Session:

An Interactive Guide to the Paradigms in Physics Programs

Paper Type:

Panel

Title:

Bridging the Gap Between LowerDivision Mathematics and MiddleDivision Physics

Meeting:


Location:

Broadway III/IV 
Date:


Time:

8:20AM  10:20AM

Author:

Tevian Dray, Oregon State University
5417375159, tevian@math.oregonstate.edu

CoAuthor(s):

None

Abstract:

How do physics students learn to be excellent problem solvers? Middledivision physics material, such as electrostatics, requires students to solve complicated problems involving many steps, yet lowerdivision mathematics courses typically emphasize the algorithmic solution of singlestep problems. This presentation provides an overview of the methods used at OSU to bridge this gap, not only within the early paradigms courses, but also in prerequisite mathematics courses. These methods include an emphasis on geometric reasoning and the use of multiple representations.
This work was supported in part by NSF grants DUE9653250, DUE0088901, DUE0231032, DUE0231194, and DUE0618877.

Footnotes:

Sponsored by Juan Burciaga.

