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Abstract Title: Learning Mathematics in Physics Context
Abstract: Students who meet the prerequisite requirement of an introductory physics course are expected to be well-prepared. However, students enrolled in physics courses often demonstrate mathematical deficiency in problem solving. Many teachers believe that taking mathematics courses will solve the issue. In a recent study at the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Eastern Kentucky University, a mathematics diagnostic test (pre- and post-) is given to students enrolled in a physics course and those who enrolled in an algebra course. The results suggest that when students take physics, their mathematical skills improve significantly, even more so than they do in a traditional mathematics course.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Jing Wang
Eastern Kentucky University
521 Lancaster Ave.
3140 New Science Building
Richmond, KY 40475
and Co-Presenter(s)
Jerry Cook