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Learning to use math in science is a non-trivial task. It involves many different skills (not usually taught in a math class) that help blend physical knowledge with mathematical symbology. One of these is the idea of quantification--that physical quantities can be assigned specific numbers (with a unit). A second is to develop an intuition for scale. One way to help students develop these skills is to teach estimation: the ability to consider a physical situation and put reasonable approximate numbers to it.

This paper is the second in a series of five articles on how to help students develop the scientific thinking skills required for learning to use math in science. The other articles explore dimensional analysis, anchor equations, toy models, and functional dependence.

See Related Materials for links to the additional articles that comprise this series: Collection Overview, plus articles addressing dimensional analysis, anchor equations, toy models, and functional dependence.
The Physics Teacher: Volume 59, Issue 7, Pages 525-529
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10.1119/5.0021823
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IPLS, Introductory Physics for Life Sciences, quantitative intuition, scaling, sense making
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Using Math in Physics: 2. Estimation:

Accompanies Using Math in Physics: 1. Dimensional Analysis

This is a link to the first in this series of five articles: "Using Math in Physics 1: Dimensional Analysis".

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Accompanies Using Math in Physics: 3. Anchor equations

A link to the third in this series of five articles: "Using Math in Physics 3: Anchor Equations".

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Accompanies Using Math in Physics: 4. Toy models

A link to the fourth in this series of five articles: "Using Math in Physics 4: Toy Models".

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Accompanies Using Math in Physics: Overview

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Accompanies Using Math in Physics: 5. Functional dependence

A link to the fifth in this series of five articles: "Using Math in Physics 2: Functional Dependence".

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