Teaching physics in science, technology, engineering and mathematics education contexts with interactive computational modelling

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Abstract

Knowledge about mathematical physics models and scientific computation methods is of fundamental importance for contemporary modelling processes in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Physics teaching in STEM education should thus envision the integration of learning sequences with computational physics that ensure epistemological and cognitive balance between experimentation, computation and theory, and foster the development of meaningful knowledge in physics, mathematics and scientific computation, in ways appropriate to the different STEM contexts. We discuss a teaching approach where such learning sequences involve interactive engagement activities with computational modelling designed to (1) explore various kinds of modelling, from exploratory to expressive modelling, (2) introduce scientific computation progressively without requiring prior development of a working knowledge of programming, (3) generate and resolve cognitive conflicts in the understanding of physics concepts and mathematical methods, and (4) develop performative competency in the different and complementary representations of the mathematical models of physics. To illustrate we describe a learning sequence about rotational dynamics created for introductory physics students of STEM university courses.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational Conference on Numerical Analysis and Applied Mathematics, ICNAAM 2018
EditorsTheodore Simos, Charalambos Tsitouras
Place of PublicationRhodes, Greece
PublisherAmerican Institute of Physics Inc.
Pages1-4
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)978-073541854-7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 24 Jul 2019
EventInternational Conference on Numerical Analysis and Applied Mathematics 2018, ICNAAM 2018 - Rhodes, Greece
Duration: 13 Sep 201818 Sep 2018

Publication series

NameAIP Conference Proceedings
Volume2116
ISSN (Print)0094-243X
ISSN (Electronic)1551-7616

Conference

ConferenceInternational Conference on Numerical Analysis and Applied Mathematics 2018, ICNAAM 2018
CountryGreece
CityRhodes
Period13/09/1818/09/18

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