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  Session: Post-deadline Abstract (posters)
  Paper Type: Poster
  Title: More mathematics in a conceptual physics course: formula appreciation activities
  Meeting: 2014 Summer Meeting: Minneapolis, Minnesota
  Location: N/A
  Time: 1:45PM
  Author: Vazgen Shekoyan,
7322662968, vshekoyan@qcc.cuny.edu
  Co-Author(s): None
  Abstract: Conceptual physics courses are typically offered to non-science majors as a fulfillment of laboratory science degree requirements. These courses do not have mathematics prerequisites and use minimal amount of mathematics. Is it worthwhile adding more mathematics in conceptual physics courses? How would it affect students? science attitudes and anxieties? I have devised and incorporated mathematical activities (formula appreciation activities) in a Conceptual Physics course offered at Queensborough Community College. Most of the activities were comprised of a) making sense of formulas by examining limiting cases, and b) identifying proportionalities between variables in the formulas. I have evaluated the implications of the implementation on students? science attitudes and anxieties in a quasi-experimental control-group design study. In this poster I will present examples of such activities and discuss the implications of the implementation.
  Footnotes: None
  Presentation: VazgenShekoyanAAPT2014post.ppt

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