Session:

Postdeadline Abstract (posters)

Paper Type:

Poster

Title:

More mathematics in a conceptual physics course: formula appreciation activities

Meeting:

2014 Summer Meeting: Minneapolis, Minnesota 
Location:

N/A 
Date:


Time:

1:45PM

Author:

Vazgen Shekoyan,
7322662968, vshekoyan@qcc.cuny.edu

CoAuthor(s):

None

Abstract:

Conceptual physics courses are typically offered to nonscience majors as a fulfillment of laboratory science degree requirements. These courses do not have mathematics prerequisites and use minimal amount of mathematics. Is it worthwhile adding more mathematics in conceptual physics courses? How would it affect students? science attitudes and anxieties? I have devised and incorporated mathematical activities (formula appreciation activities) in a Conceptual Physics course offered at Queensborough Community College. Most of the activities were comprised of a) making sense of formulas by examining limiting cases, and b) identifying proportionalities between variables in the formulas. I have evaluated the implications of the implementation on students? science attitudes and anxieties in a quasiexperimental controlgroup design study. In this poster I will present examples of such activities and discuss the implications of the implementation.

Footnotes:

None

Presentation:

VazgenShekoyanAAPT2014post.ppt
