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Abstract Title: Measurement: A rich and ubiquitous context for mathematization in physics
Abstract: Most research on math in physics involves problem-solving and modeling around content in lecture courses; however, measurement and data analysis contexts are equally rich and ubiquitous in physics and STEM careers at all levels. We explored how Common Core Math Practices and NGSS Science and Engineering Practices were embedded in various workplace contexts. Measurement contexts were especially prevalent and included a wide range of intersecting math and science practices, such as using tools strategically (both measurement and computation tools), reasoning with mathematics (finding physical meaning in measured values), and mathematical argumentation (making decisions based on measurements and their interpretation). Measurement contexts lacked elaborate derivations common in math modeling, but nevertheless exhibited sophistication through fragmented representations (e.g., measurement tools, data sets, analysis scripts, graphs, written summaries). Contexts involving measurement in labs altered and complexified the use of mathematics and also integrated math with multiple science and engineering practices.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation
Session Time: Poster Session III
Poster Number: C103

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Benjamin M Zwickl
Rochester Institute of Technology
84 Lomb Memorial Dr
Rochester, NY 14623-5604
Phone: 5854754512
and Co-Presenter(s)
Abby E Rocha, Western Illinois University
Kingston Chen, Rochester Institute of Technology
Zackary Santos, Rochester Institute of Technology
Anne E Leak, Rochester Institute of Technology