Department of Physics and Astronomy

University of Mississippi

Events

Event Information:

  • Tue
    03
    Oct
    2017

    Colloquium: Investigating Student Understanding at the Physics-Mathematics Interface

    4:00 pmLewis 101

    John Thompson
    Department of Physics and Astronomy
    University of Maine

    Investigating Student Understanding at the Physics-Mathematics 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 upper-division 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.