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The key difference between math as math and math in science is that in science we blend our physical knowledge with our knowledge of math. This blending changes the way we put meaning to math and even the way we interpret mathematical equations. Learning to think about physics with math instead of just calculating involves a number of general scientific thinking skills that are often taken for granted (and rarely taught) in physics classes. In this paper, I give an overview of my analysis of these additional skills. I propose specific tools for helping students develop these skills in subsequent papers.

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The Physics Teacher: Volume 59, Issue 5, Pages 314-318
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math reasoning, mathematics schema, nature of science, physics reasoning, schema
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Redish, E. (2021, April 30). Using Math in Physics: Overview. Phys. Teach., 59(5), 314-318. Retrieved May 27, 2024, from https://doi.org/10.1119/5.0021129
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Redish, Edward F.. "Using Math in Physics: Overview." Phys. Teach. 59, no. 5, (April 30, 2021): 314-318, https://doi.org/10.1119/5.0021129 (accessed 27 May 2024).
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Using Math in Physics: Overview:

Accompanies Using Math in Physics: 4. Toy models

A link to the fourth in the series of five articles, Using Math in Physics 4: Toy Models.

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Accompanies Using Math in Physics: 2. Estimation

A link to the second in the series of five articles, Using Math in Physics 2: Estimation.

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Accompanies Using Math in Physics: 3. Anchor equations

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Accompanies Using Math in Physics: 5. Functional dependence

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Accompanies Using Math in Physics: 1. Dimensional Analysis

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