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Edward F. Redish
Making meaning with math in physics requires blending physical conceptual knowledge with mathematical symbology. Students in introductory physics classes often struggle with this, but it is an essential component of learning how to think with math. Teaching the dimensionality of measured quantities and dimensional analysis (DA) is a valuable first step in helping them learn to appreciate this difference. In this paper I discuss some of the issues associated with learning dimensional analysis and show some ways we can modify our instruction to help.
This paper is the first in a series of five articles on how to help students develop the scientific thinking skills required to effectively use mathematics in science. The author and publisher are temporarily offering this article for free access. See Related Materials for links to the five additional articles that comprise this series. They consist of a Collection Overview plus articles covering the topics of estimation, anchor equations, toy models, and functional dependence.
The Physics Teacher: Volume 59, Issue 6, Pages 397-400
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<a href="https://www.per-central.org/items/detail.cfm?ID=16482">Redish, Edward F.. "Using Math in Physics: 1. Dimensional Analysis." Phys. Teach. 59, no. 6, (September 2, 2021): 397-400.</a>
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Redish, Edward F.. "Using Math in Physics: 1. Dimensional Analysis." Phys. Teach. 59, no. 6, (September 2, 2021): 397-400, https://doi.org/10.1119/5.0021244 (accessed 13 October 2024).
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Redish, Edward F.. "Using Math in Physics: 1. Dimensional Analysis." Phys. Teach. 59.6 (2021): 397-400. 13 Oct. 2024 <https://doi.org/10.1119/5.0021244>.
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