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  Paper Type: Contributed
  Title: From Vector Calculus to Electromagnetism*
  Meeting: 2005 AAPT Winter Meeting: Albuquerque, NM
  Location: Nambe
  Date: Wednesday, Jan. 12
  Time: 1:15PM
  Author: Corinne Manogue, Oregon State Univ.
541-737-1695, corinne@physics.oregonstate.edu
  Co-Author(s): Tevian Dray
  Abstract: Students often have trouble "bridging the gap" between the different presentations of vector calculus in mathematics and physics courses, even though they tend to cover the same topics. In education research at Oregon State University, Mount Holyoke College, and Grinnell College, we have discovered radical differences in the ways in which mathematicians and physicists think about these ideas. We have already developed and tested materials using a geometric approach emphasizing differentials to help bridge the gap from the mathematics side. Now we will report on materials, recently developed or revised, for use in physics courses such as mathematical methods or upper-division E&M.
  Footnotes: *Supported by NSF grants #9653250 and #0231032.

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