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Quantitative reasoning skills in math methods
written by Michael E. Loverude
Many upper-division physics courses have as goals that students should 'think like a physicist.'  While this is often not defined, most would agree that thinking like a physicist includes quantitative reasoning skills: considering limiting cases, dimensional analysis, and using approximations. However, there is often relatively little curricular support for these practices and many instructors do not assess them explicitly. As part of a project to investigate student learning in math methods, we have developed a number of written questions testing these skills. Although there are limitations to assessing these skills with written questions, they can provide insight to the extent to which students can apply a given skill when prompted, even if they do not help understand how and when students choose to activate these skills.
Physics Education Research Conference 2015
Part of the PER Conference series
College Park, MD: July 29-30, 2015
Pages 203-206
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Loverude, M. (2015, July 29-30). Quantitative reasoning skills in math methods. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2015, College Park, MD. Retrieved December 17, 2017, from https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13871&DocID=4289
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Loverude, Michael. "Quantitative reasoning skills in math methods." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2015, College Park, MD, July 29-30, 2015. https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13871&DocID=4289 (accessed 17 December 2017).
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Loverude, Michael. "Quantitative reasoning skills in math methods." Physics Education Research Conference 2015. College Park, MD: 2015. 203-206 of PER Conference. 17 Dec. 2017 <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13871&DocID=4289>.
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