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Abstract Title: Embedding Physical Meaning in Mathematical Formalism
Abstract: Although equations and derivations are often presented in physics classes to emphasize conceptual logic, that logic may not be explicitly stated. We are studying the language used by physics instructors in classroom environments, paying close attention to their presentations of abstract mathematical relations (e.g. Gaussian surface integrals and Heaviside step functions). Videos analyzed include faculty lecturing in physical classrooms and from online courses publicly available. Discourse is categorized by an emergent coding scheme, based loosely on earlier work by Redish et al. that incorporates elements of the symbolic forms framework proposed by Sherin. This poster presents preliminary results obtained from both introductory and upper-level courses.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Chasya Eli Church
Rochester Institute of Technology
1 Lomb Memorial Drive, Suite 3160
Rochester, NY 14603
Phone: 2104689720
and Co-Presenter(s)
Scott V. Franklin