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This 2021 report in The Physics Teacher journal is one of a series of five articles by noted physics educator E.F. Redish on the use and utilization of mathematics in physics. Making meaning with math in physics requires blending physical conceptual knowledge with mathematical symbology. Students in introductory physics classes often struggle with this, but it is an essential component of learning how to think with math. Teaching the dimensionality of measured quantities and dimensional analysis (DA) is a valuable first step in helping them learn to appreciate this difference. In this article, Dr. Redish describes the crucial importance of the teacher as facilitator to promote a true understanding of dimensionality, often a stumbling block for students. He provides examples of using "e-games" (knowledge building strategies or epistemic games) that blend physical concepts with math symbology. He also points out pitfalls that can result from the standard notation for dimensionality (brackets) and explores ways to help students understand D.A. as a code.
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The Physics Teacher: Volume 59, Issue 6, Pages 397-400
Editor's Note: See Related Materials for links to the five additional articles that comprise this series. They consist of a Collection Overview plus articles covering the topics of estimation, anchor equations, toy models, and functional dependence.
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