20-22 May 2015
Asia/Bangkok timezone
The Centennial Celebration of General Relativity Theory and 80 Years of Thai Physics Graduate

Teaching strategies to facilitate students’ use of mathematics when solving physics problems

21 May 2015, 08:00
3h
Board: EDU-21
Poster presentation Physics Education Poster-2

Speaker

Mr Putcharapong Prawai (Department of physics, Faculty of Science, Ubon Ratchathani University, Thailand, 34190)

Description

The complexity of physics has implications for the teaching of physics today. That physics is a very complex subject is shown from the research on problem solving and misconceptions that has dominated the field during the past 30 years. It is commonly known that students have difficulty for solving physics problems because of mathematic skill. In this study 120 high school physics students were given a set of pure math problems and a set of physics problems that require them to use the same mathematical processes. Presented here are the preliminary results that show a strong positive relationship between math and physics scores. We also introduce the teaching strategies that facilitate students' use of mathematics when solving physics problems.

Primary author

Mr Putcharapong Prawai (Department of physics, Faculty of Science, Ubon Ratchathani University, Thailand, 34190)

Co-author

Dr Sura Wuttiprom (Department of physics, Faculty of Science, Ubon Ratchathani University, Thailand, 34190)

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