Location:

TBA 
Date:

Sunday, Jul.31 
Time:

8:00 PM 10:00 PM

Author:

Cameron Zahedi, University of Georgia
7065424023, cszahedi@uga.edu

CoAuthor(s):

Craig C. Wiegert , Daniel Seaton

Abstract:

Introductory physics courses are mathematically demanding, even those for nonphysics science majors. Students must become adept at solving a wide variety of quantitative problems. However, even students with calculus experience often lack facility with basic precalculus skills. A large contributing factor to the problem is the students' generally poor retention of working math skills, but they may also be struggling to transfer their math knowledge to unfamiliar problem domains. In either case, these students should benefit from early intervention that continues to scaffold throughout the term. We report on our efforts to create mathrelated, online formative assessment modules for firstsemester introductory physics. These online tutorials target specific mathematical skills that are essential to success in physics, and are designed to progress from a purely mathcentered review of each basic skill, to problems of increasing generality and complexity, and ultimately toward a transfer of these skills to physics problem domains.

Footnotes:

Sponsored by Craig Wiegert.


