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Integration of mathematics and communication in physics-intensive workplaces
written by Brianna Santangelo, Nicholas T. Young, Anna E. Leak, Kelly Norris Martin, and Benjamin M. Zwickl
Although there is widespread agreement on the importance of communication in physics-intensive careers, there is little prior research on how mathematics is integrated into communication. To examine how and what math is communicated in the workplace, we interviewed managers and recently hired employees from optics companies. Using a priori and emergent thematic coding, we found that symbolic math was purposefully hidden in many communication situations to avoid confusion. Alternatively, visual communication through blueprints, diagrams, and visuals of data was widely used across the optics workplace. Spreadsheets were a universal tool for exchanging mathematics through data, formulas, graphs, and calculations; however, different people relied on the spreadsheets for different purposes (e.g., executing calculations or programming formulas). Our data illuminates the value of specific strategies for communicating math and how math is communicated between employees, managers, and clients. These findings suggest the importance of teaching physics majors how to explain mathematical ideas for a variety of audiences and purposes.
Physics Education Research Conference 2017
Part of the PER Conference series
Cincinnati, OH: July 26-27, 2017
Pages 352-355
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B. Santangelo, N. Young, A. Leak, K. Martin, and B. Zwickl, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2017, Cincinnati, OH, 2017, WWW Document, (https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14643&DocID=4820).
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B. Santangelo, N. Young, A. Leak, K. Martin, and B. Zwickl, Integration of mathematics and communication in physics-intensive workplaces, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2017, Cincinnati, OH, 2017, <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14643&DocID=4820>.
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Santangelo, B., Young, N., Leak, A., Martin, K., & Zwickl, B. (2017, July 26-27). Integration of mathematics and communication in physics-intensive workplaces. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2017, Cincinnati, OH. Retrieved March 20, 2019, from https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14643&DocID=4820
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Santangelo, B, N. Young, A. Leak, K. Martin, and B. Zwickl. "Integration of mathematics and communication in physics-intensive workplaces." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2017, Cincinnati, OH, July 26-27, 2017. https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14643&DocID=4820 (accessed 20 March 2019).
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Santangelo, Brianna, Nicholas "Nick" Young, Anna Leak, Kelly Norris Martin, and Benjamin Zwickl. "Integration of mathematics and communication in physics-intensive workplaces." Physics Education Research Conference 2017. Cincinnati, OH: 2017. 352-355 of PER Conference. 20 Mar. 2019 <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14643&DocID=4820>.
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