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Abstract Title: Presentation of integrals in introductory physics textbooks
Abstract: Setting up an integral based on a given physical system can be a significant barrier to success for students (Cui et. al. 2006). Prior research has shown that the way students think about integration (e.g. area under the curve, the antiderivative, or adding up pieces) before they start a problem has an effect on their success when they're constructing the necessary integrals (Jones 2015a). We examined five introductory physics textbooks, documented each example of an integral, and coded them into four categories. Area under the curve is the conceptualization fostered by calculus courses, but it is the least productive and one of the least utilized by physics textbooks. This work is supported by the NSF through grant PHYS-1405616 and by the Dan Black Family Foundation.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation
Session Time: Poster Session I
Poster Number: A55
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Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Anthony Pina
California State University Fullerton
1327 N Acacia St
Anaheim, CA 92805
Phone: 5629003387
and Co-Presenter(s)
Michael Loverude California State University Fullerton

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