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Models of Math Use in Non-Academic Workplace Settings
written by Nicholas T. Young, Brianna Santangelo, Kelly Norris Martin, Anna E. Leak, and Benjamin M. Zwickl
It is important to develop models about how mathematics is used in professional physics settings. Existing models of math use focus on mathematical modeling for problem solving. However, workplace problems often include design problems, troubleshooting, and more. To study workplace mathematics, we conducted hour-long, semi-structured interviews with employees at photonics and optics companies in Rochester, NY. We applied an emergent coding process to classify instances of math in the workplace, and present two models of mathematics use within workplace tasks. We describe a four-phase engineer task consisting of defining the problem, designing a product, testing the product, and communicating results. A common technician task replaces the design phase with manufacturing the product. Workplace math is embedded in these phases through various representations such as simulations, schematics, and machining codes. Educators should consider using diverse problem types since they require additional mathematical representations and techniques to be brought to the forefront.
Physics Education Research Conference 2017
Part of the PER Conference series
Cincinnati, OH: July 26-27, 2017
Pages 452-455
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N. Young, B. Santangelo, K. Martin, A. Leak, 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=14667&DocID=4844).
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N. Young, B. Santangelo, K. Martin, A. Leak, and B. Zwickl, Models of Math Use in Non-Academic Workplace Settings, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2017, Cincinnati, OH, 2017, <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14667&DocID=4844>.
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Young, N., Santangelo, B., Martin, K., Leak, A., & Zwickl, B. (2017, July 26-27). Models of Math Use in Non-Academic Workplace Settings. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2017, Cincinnati, OH. Retrieved February 24, 2020, from https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14667&DocID=4844
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Young, N, B. Santangelo, K. Martin, A. Leak, and B. Zwickl. "Models of Math Use in Non-Academic Workplace Settings." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2017, Cincinnati, OH, July 26-27, 2017. https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14667&DocID=4844 (accessed 24 February 2020).
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Young, Nicholas "Nick", Brianna Santangelo, Kelly Norris Martin, Anna Leak, and Benjamin Zwickl. "Models of Math Use in Non-Academic Workplace Settings." Physics Education Research Conference 2017. Cincinnati, OH: 2017. 452-455 of PER Conference. 24 Feb. 2020 <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14667&DocID=4844>.
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