Using mathematics in science

Using math in science is quite different from the way math is taught in typical math classes. Math is used in science to organize conceptual knowledge, build models, study functional and parameter dependence, consider extreme cases and many other things. For many students the key missing factor is learning to blend their knowledge of the physical world with math and to make physical meaning with mathematics. This lesson set identifies specific tools and approaches that can help students develop math-in-science skills. It provides a thread that can be called on and reinforced throughout the course.

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