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Abstract Title: Learning Mathematics in a Physics Classroom
Abstract: Physics teachers expect that students who meet the prerequisite requirement of an introductory physics course will be well-prepared, however, this is not always the case. In reality, every physics teacher faces the challenging question: Can we identify and save the students who meet the required course prerequisite yet who are not really prepared? A recent study at the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Eastern Kentucky University suggests that when students take physics, their mathematical skills improve significantly, perhaps even more so than they do in a traditional mathematics course. Encouraged by this fact, PHAS decides to offer students an auxiliary short math course taken concurrently with introductory physics. This work will discuss PHAS's practice of diagnosing and assisting math-unprepared students through this course called Success in College Physics.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Jing Wang
Eastern Kentucky University
521 Lancaster Ave, 351 Moore Bldg
Richmond, KY 40475
and Co-Presenter(s)
Jerry Cook, Eastern Kentucky University