Calculational versus mechanistic mathematics in propelling the development of physical knowledge

@inproceedings{Silk2011CalculationalVM,
title={Calculational versus mechanistic mathematics in propelling the development of physical knowledge},
author={Eli Silk},
year={2011}
}

A design experiment with a manipulation of instructional conditions across two groups of students was conducted to investigate the role of mathematics in solving problems involving a physical system. The instruction utilized a model-eliciting activity in the context of controlling robot movements. One group was encouraged to use mathematics as a calculational resource for being precise about numerical operations for transforming input values into desired output values. In contrast, the second… CONTINUE READING

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