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Abstract Title: Student Interpretations of Partial Derivatives
Abstract: We present results from an investigation into how students interpret partial derivatives at different points in their undergraduate career. We gave a long-answer survey to students near the beginning of both a multivariable calculus and an upper-division physics class that asked them to explain the meaning of the derivative in three different contexts. The most common patterns in the student responses are reported and discussed using a concept image framework based on the work of Zandieh. We also note differences in the response patterns of the students in the math and physics courses and differences in how students interpret the derivative across different representations of functions.
Abstract Type: Symposium Poster
Parallel Session: Emerging Scholarship

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Paul Emigh
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98125

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