The main finding is that most students are able to successfully learn mathematical procedures to succeed in their mathematics classes. However, when they enter their physics and engineering classes they struggle to interpret problems in these classes to create a mathematical model that would enable them to solve these problems. The tutorials and online materials that we have been developing in this project have shown some promise in improving student problem solving performance.
Dong-Hai Nguyen and N. Sanjay Rebello. (2011). “Students’ Difficulties with Integration in Electricity.” Physical Review Special Topics - Physics Education Research 7, 010113.
Dong-Hai Nguyen and N. Sanjay Rebello. (2011). “Students’ Understanding and Application of the Area Under the Curve Concept in Physics Problems.” Physical Review Special Topics - Physics Education Research 7, 010112.
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Tutorials to facilitate transfer of problem solving from mathematics to physics and engineering.