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Abstract Title: It's "Just Math": A New Epistemic Frame
Abstract: A goal of PER is to understand how students use math in physics contexts.  To investigate how students use math, we need to identify transitions between sense-making about physical systems and using mathematics to describe and make predictions about those systems. A key component of this work is determining when students use mathematical tools (e.g., vector calculus and Taylor series). We reviewed video of students solving a variety of physics problems in small groups through the lens of epistemic frames.   In this paper, we present a new frame, which we are calling "Just Math", that is similar to the worksheet frame, but is defined by brief, low-level, math-focused utterances between students. Future work will focus on analyzing the transitions into and out of this frame so that we may develop a more coherent theory of students' use of math in physics.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Steven Wolf
CREATE for STEM Institute, Michigan State University
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East Lansing, MI 48824
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Co-Author(s)
and Co-Presenter(s)
Leanne Doughty
Department of Physics and Astronomy
Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824, USA

Paul W. Irving
Department of Physics and Astronomy
Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824, USA

Marcos D. Caballero
Department of Physics and Astronomy
Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824, USA

Eleanor Sayre
Department of Physics
Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS 66506, USA