home - login - register

PERC 2020 Abstract Detail Page

Previous Page  |  New Search  |  Browse All

Abstract Title: Ordinary differential equations in physics: some preliminary observations of the role of rote procedure
Abstract: Ordinary differential equations (ODEs) occupy an essential role in most physicists' work as an important tool for modeling. However, in this preliminary analysis of three semesters' worth of pre-instructional surveys in a math methods course, we have found that purely relying on rote solving of de-contextualized ODEs generally is not productive for contextualized physics problems. In addition to showcasing several example of this
phenomena, we describe several elements of ODEs that beginner students struggle to grasp as documented by previous researchers and how emphasizing these elements might be a potential avenue towards more productive strategies regarding ODEs in physics.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation
Session Time: Poster Session III
Poster Number: 3.K4

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Anderson T. Fung
California State University, Fullerton
Fullerton, CA 92831-3599
Phone: 6263544722
and Co-Presenter(s)
Michael E. Loverude, California State University, Fullerton