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How do introductory physics and mathematics courses impact engineering students’ performance in subsequent engineering courses?
written by Kyle M. Whitcomb, Z. Yasemin Kalender, Timothy J. Nokes-Malach, Christian D. Schunn, and Chandralekha Singh
In collegiate engineering curricula in the US, physics and mathematics are treated as foundational with all students taking physics and mathematics in both semesters of freshman year and additional mathematics courses in later semesters. Using academic data from the cohorts of students in introductory physics since 2009, we investigated the correlation between the performance of undergraduate engineering majors in introductory physics and mathematics courses and their performance in subsequent engineering courses. We find an interesting relationship between the best predictors of performance, advanced mathematics courses, and the physics sequence.
Physics Education Research Conference 2018
Part of the PER Conference series
Washington, DC: August 1-2, 2018
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10.1119/perc.2018.pr.Whitcomb
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K. Whitcomb, Z. Kalender, T. Nokes-Malach, C. Schunn, and C. Singh, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2018, Washington, DC, 2018, WWW Document, (https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14864&DocID=5011).
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K. Whitcomb, Z. Kalender, T. Nokes-Malach, C. Schunn, and C. Singh, How do introductory physics and mathematics courses impact engineering students’ performance in subsequent engineering courses?, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2018, Washington, DC, 2018, <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14864&DocID=5011>.
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Whitcomb, K., Kalender, Z., Nokes-Malach, T., Schunn, C., & Singh, C. (2018, August 1-2). How do introductory physics and mathematics courses impact engineering students’ performance in subsequent engineering courses?. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2018, Washington, DC. Retrieved February 23, 2019, from https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14864&DocID=5011
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Whitcomb, K, Z. Kalender, T. Nokes-Malach, C. Schunn, and C. Singh. "How do introductory physics and mathematics courses impact engineering students’ performance in subsequent engineering courses?." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2018, Washington, DC, August 1-2, 2018. https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14864&DocID=5011 (accessed 23 February 2019).
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Whitcomb, Kyle M., Z. Yasemin Kalender, Timothy J. Nokes-Malach, Christian Schunn, and Chandralekha Singh. "How do introductory physics and mathematics courses impact engineering students’ performance in subsequent engineering courses?." Physics Education Research Conference 2018. Washington, DC: 2018. of PER Conference. 23 Feb. 2019 <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14864&DocID=5011>.
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