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Description:

Numbers, variables, and equations are used differently in a physics class than in a pure mathematics class. In physics, these symbols not only obey formal mathematical rules but also carry physical ideas and relations. This paper focuses on modeling how this combination of physical and mathematical knowledge is constructed. The cognitive blending framework highlights both the different ways this combination can occur and the emergence of new insights and meaning that follows such a combination. After an introduction to the blending framework itself, several examples from undergraduate physics students' work are analyzed.

Subjects:

  • Mathematics > General
  • Education > General

Education Levels:

  • Grade 1
  • Grade 6
  • Grade 8
  • Grade 9

Keywords:

NSDL,Education Foundations,Multidisciplinary,Undergraduate (Lower Division),learning theory,oai:nsdl.org:2200/20071203141707922T,Mathematics,Physics Education Research,General Physics,Graduate/Professional,Life Science,mathematics,Higher Education,Cognition,PERC 2006,Learning Theory,Pedagogy,Physics,cognitive blending,Education Practices,NSDL_SetSpec_439869,Education

Language:

English

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