Using math in science

In science,  we use math to model the physical world and not just as a set of numbers and symbols to be manipulated. This makes the math carry meaning in a way it typically doesn't in a math course. It makes our equations a lot "richer" — more complicated to interpret — than they are in math. Making our equations physical (as opposed to purely mathematical) gives us some very powerful tools, such as dimensional analysis, scaling, and estimation, that allow us to use math more effectively.

To get an overview of the chapter, and to understand the motivation for our approach, look at the page:

Here's the full Table of Contents of the chapter. The notation "(EX)" means that there is a worked example attached to that page. The notation "{WO}" means there is an activity (a Workout) attached to that page, usually one that involves working with a simulation.


Joe Redish 5/15/19

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Last Modified: May 27, 2019