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Abstract Title: Students' Views of Math and Physics Problems: Structure vs Context
Abstract: This is a continuation of a set of work investigating how students use mathematics when solving physics problems.  This phase of the study specifically looked at qualitative data from in-depth group interviews to expand upon the more quantitative studies previously conducted.   Specifically, but unsurprisingly, the results indicate that students tend to focus on problem structure when dissecting math problems but focus on context when dissecting physics problems.   This is evident in a variety of tasks including grouping/matching exercises and oral discussions of the nature of the problems.  Excerpts from these interviews along with an overall analysis will be presented here, as well as some indication for future work to facilitate a more natural and useful integration of these disciplines for effective problem solving.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation

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Primary Contact: Dyan L. Jones
Mercyhurst University
Department of Physics
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Erie, PA 16546
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