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Tue03Oct20174:00 pmLewis 101
Colloquium: Investigating Student Understanding at the PhysicsMathematics Interface
John Thompson
Department of Physics and Astronomy
University of MaineInvestigating Student Understanding at the PhysicsMathematics Interface
Because learning physics concepts often requires the ability to construct, interpret, and manipulate mathematical representations and formalism
(e.g., equations, graphs, and diagrams), researchers in physics education and mathematics education have been examining how students navigate
this interface between mathematics and physics. Our own research into student conceptual understanding of physics has led us to investigate how
students use and reason about mathematics, especially calculus, to solve physics problems in several upperdivision physics domains. Examples
coming from thermal and statistical physics as well as from vector calculus as used in electromagnetism will be given. Instructional materials
development and implementation will be discussed.