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Abstract Title: Deltas, differentials, and derivatives: navigating the mathematics of change
Abstract: Students encounter multiple mathematical representations of change in physics courses.  In addition to the inherent complexity of the material, students must navigate mathematical notation that can seem arbitrary and idiosyncratic as well as potentially distinct from conventions used in mathematics coursework.  In this poster we will examine student responses illustrating the challenges of mathematical representations of change, drawn from students in upper-division physics courses in math methods and thermal physics.  

Supported in part by NSF grant PHYS 1406035.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Michael Loverude
California State University Fullerton
800 N State College
Dept of Physics MH 611
Fullerton, CA 92834