Student Epistemology About Mathematical Integration In A Physics Context: A Case Study
written by
Joshua S. Von Korff,
Andrew Elby,
Dehui Hu, and
N. Sanjay Rebello
During a sequence of interventions including a tutorial and a teaching interview, a student ("Bryce") showed evidence of understanding all the steps of Riemann-sum style reasoning about why displacement corresponds to the area under a velocity vs. time graph, which in turn corresponds to the integral of velocity over time. However, he does not view this reasoning as productive for explaining to someone why displacement corresponds to that area under the velocity vs. time curve. We argue that his view stems not primarily from conceptual or mathematical difficulties but from his epistemological stance toward learning integration. Although Bryce tries to mesh physical/conceptual reasoning and other pieces of mathematical formalism (such as simple equations), he views integration as something to be accepted and used. He therefore frames the Riemann sum reasoning as unneeded logical stepping stones rather than as a deeper explanation linking mathematical formalism to intuitive physical ideas.
Physics Education Research Conference 2013
Part of the PER Conference series Portland, OR: July 17-18, 2013 Pages 353-356
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<a href="https://www.compadre.org/portal/items/detail.cfm?ID=13151">Von Korff, J, A. Elby, D. Hu, and N. Rebello. "Student Epistemology About Mathematical Integration In A Physics Context: A Case Study." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2013, Portland, OR, July 17-18, 2013.</a>
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J. Von Korff, A. Elby, D. Hu, and N. Rebello, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2013, Portland, OR, 2013, WWW Document, (https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13151&DocID=3698).
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J. Von Korff, A. Elby, D. Hu, and N. Rebello, Student Epistemology About Mathematical Integration In A Physics Context: A Case Study, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2013, Portland, OR, 2013, <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13151&DocID=3698>.
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Von Korff, J., Elby, A., Hu, D., & Rebello, N. (2013, July 17-18). Student Epistemology About Mathematical Integration In A Physics Context: A Case Study. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2013, Portland, OR. Retrieved May 20, 2018, from https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13151&DocID=3698
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Von Korff, J, A. Elby, D. Hu, and N. Rebello. "Student Epistemology About Mathematical Integration In A Physics Context: A Case Study." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2013, Portland, OR, July 17-18, 2013. https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13151&DocID=3698 (accessed 20 May 2018).
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Von Korff, Joshua, Andrew Elby, Dehui Hu, and N. Sanjay Rebello. "Student Epistemology About Mathematical Integration In A Physics Context: A Case Study." Physics Education Research Conference 2013. Portland, OR: 2013. 353-356 of PER Conference. 20 May 2018 <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13151&DocID=3698>.
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