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NoNIP: Natures of Negativity in Introductory Physics
written by Suzanne White Brahmia, Alexis Olsho, Trevor I. Smith, and Andrew Boudreaux
Mathematical reasoning skills are a desired outcome of introductory physics courses, particularly calculus-based courses. Signed quantities are ubiquitous in physics, and sign carries important and varied meanings. Unlike physics experts, novices struggle with the many roles signed numbers can play in physics contexts; recent evidence shows that unresolved struggle carries over to subsequent physics courses. Mathematics education research literature documents cognitive challenges of conceptualizing negative numbers as mathematical objects--for experts, historically, and for novices as they learn. We add to the small but growing body of physics education research that focuses on student reasoning about signed quantities and the role of the negative sign in models. This paper contributes a framework for categorizing the various natures of the negative sign in physics contexts, modeled on the established natures of negativity in algebra from the mathematics education research community. We hope such a framework can facilitate innovation in methods and curricular activities to catalyze a deeper mathematical conceptualization of signed quantities in the introductory courses and beyond.
Physics Education Research Conference 2018
Part of the PER Conference series
Washington, DC: August 1-2, 2018
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S. Brahmia, A. Olsho, T. Smith, and A. Boudreaux, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2018, Washington, DC, 2018, WWW Document, (https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14763&DocID=4910).
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S. Brahmia, A. Olsho, T. Smith, and A. Boudreaux, NoNIP: Natures of Negativity in Introductory Physics, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2018, Washington, DC, 2018, <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14763&DocID=4910>.
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Brahmia, S., Olsho, A., Smith, T., & Boudreaux, A. (2018, August 1-2). NoNIP: Natures of Negativity in Introductory Physics. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2018, Washington, DC. Retrieved May 31, 2020, from https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14763&DocID=4910
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Brahmia, S, A. Olsho, T. Smith, and A. Boudreaux. "NoNIP: Natures of Negativity in Introductory Physics." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2018, Washington, DC, August 1-2, 2018. https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14763&DocID=4910 (accessed 31 May 2020).
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Brahmia, Suzanne White, Alexis Olsho, Trevor I. Smith, and Andrew Boudreaux. "NoNIP: Natures of Negativity in Introductory Physics." Physics Education Research Conference 2018. Washington, DC: 2018. of PER Conference. 31 May 2020 <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14763&DocID=4910>.
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