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Abstract Title: Student Blending in Math and Physics Integration Problems
Abstract: Introductory calculus-based physics courses present situations in which students are asked to apply tools acquired in math courses to physical phenomenon. For this poster we look specifically at integration and how students use it to solve problems involving variable forces in two different courses: introductory calculus-based mechanics and second-semester calculus. These courses are often taken concurrently and require students to blend information from both disciplines to create a full picture of the solution to physics problems. Data were collected using semi-structured think-aloud interviews including math and physics contexts. Data were analyzed using a cognitive blending lens [Fauconnier & Turner 2002].   While these tasks would seem to prompt blending, students struggled with constructing an effective blend.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation
Session Time: Poster Session I
Poster Number: A64

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Anthony Pina
California Stateu University Fullerton
1327 N Acacia St
Anaheim, CA 92805
Phone: 5629003387
and Co-Presenter(s)
Dr. Michael Loverude, California State University Fullerton