Bulletin of the American Physical Society
APS March Meeting 2010
Volume 55, Number 2
Monday–Friday, March 15–19, 2010; Portland, Oregon
Session H42: Focus Session: Research in Mathematics Education and Mathematics in Physics Education
8:00 AM–9:36 AM,
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Sponsoring Unit: FEd
Chair: John Thompson, University of Maine
Abstract ID: BAPS.2010.MAR.H42.1
Abstract: H42.00001 : School mathematics is largely useless for learning physics. But it needn't be.*
8:00 AM–8:36 AM
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(Arizona State University)
Physics educators often see mathematics as a toolbox for solving problems. This view fits naturally with the mathematics that most U.S. school teachers teach and that most students learn--meaningless rituals for getting answers. The two perspectives combine to make mathematics largely useless for learning physics. I will argue that a deep emphasis on ideas of quantity in school mathematics, and greater attention to the requirements of quantitative reasoning in physics, would benefit both math education and physics education greatly.
*Preparation of this session was supported by National Science Foundation Grant No. EHR-0353470. Any conclusions or recommendations stated here are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect official positions of NSF.
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