June 23, 2013
June 23, 2013
June 26, 2013
Engineering Physics & Physics
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Integrated Physics and Math course for engineering students: A first experienceThis work presents the curricular and design innovation of an integrated course of Physics andMathematics for first-year engineering students at a large private university at the north part ofMexico. The innovation involves the content material, the teaching strategies, the classroomsetting, the implemented technology, and the evaluation used.Richard Feynman stated “The rules that describe nature seem to be mathematical”. Thiscurricular design uses the mathematical laws to study physical phenomena so students can createpowerful predictions. In this sense, the basting of the mathematical and physical contents evokesthe mathematics as a potent tool that provides the concepts and operations to analyze andunderstand physical models. The main pedagogical approach is modeling by instruction, inwhich students are actively engage in the process of conjecturing, testing and revising thinking.The classroom setting consists on round tables that accommodate nine students arranged ingroups of three. This setting foster group interaction, promotes communication, empowersstudents, and in turn facilitates the development of learning abilities such as argumentation andself-regulation. The variety of technological tools and equipment available in the classroomfacilitate students’ investigation of various models constructed from their own observations andmeasurements.Complete results of students learning, attitudes toward physics and mathematics, and abilitiesgain will be available by the time of the draft paper.
Dominguez, A., & Zavala, G., & Alanis, J. A. (2013, June), Integrated Physics and Math course for engineering students: A first experience Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. 10.18260/1-2--19780
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