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SUMMARY:Investigation of First Year University Students’ Interpretation
of Graphs in Mathematics and Kinematics
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DESCRIPTION:Speakers: Itumeleng Phage (Honorary)\nMathematics is an essent
ial tool in studying physics\, i.e.\, it will be difficult to study Physic
s without the sound basics of Mathematics. It is even called the “langua
ge of physics” (Redish\, 2005). Physicists blend conceptual physics with
mathematical skills and use them to solve and interpret equations and gra
phs. For instance\, in kinematics\, different aspects from mathematics suc
h as knowledge of functions and the solving of equations are combined with
physics concepts. \nMany introductory physics students perform poorly on
the use of mathematical skills and interpretations of graphs in physics. T
wo possible reasons may be: (1) Students lack the necessary mathematical s
kills needed to solve the physics problems and (2) Students do not know ho
w to apply and relate their mathematical skills in the context of physics.
These possible reasons were investigated in a Masters Research project wh
ich is still in progress\, which probed first year university students’
interpretations of graphs in kinematics and in mathematics. This paper wil
l use the idea of Beichner’s standardized questionnaire on kinematic gra
phs. From this questionnaire\, an equivalent questionnaire was devised in
the context of Mathematical equations and graphs. The results of the inves
tigation tend to indicate the deficiencies in the students’ mathematical
conceptual knowledge as well as in the transfer of mathematical skills th
at they possess to solve kinematic equations and graphs.\n\nhttps://events
.saip.org.za/event/7/contributions/5231/
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