Instituto Politécnico Nacional (MEXICO)
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Appears in: EDULEARN14 Proceedings
Publication year: 2014
Pages: 4505-4513
ISBN: 978-84-617-0557-3
ISSN: 2340-1117
Conference name: 6th International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies
Dates: 7-9 July, 2014
Location: Barcelona, Spain
Mathematization of the phenomena and problems that come up in the working field of the future engineer is a cognitive conflict point since he studied mathematics and engineering separately, so that when he uses both knowledge areas, these cognitive areas are separated and he has to integrate them in order to mathematize the problem to be resolved (Camarena, 1984). The intention is that the students build mathematics for their future life. On the other side, the mathematical model is one of the themes that appear in the hidden curriculum of university careers, since it is supposed that the graduate must know how to model with mathematics, but in many study plans and programs the term “mathematical modeling” is not mentioned at all. Inside the goals of study programs of other curricula, it is said that the student must know how to model problems from other areas of knowledge, and this term is included in the subject programs in very few curricula. But, in no case it is said how to include mathematical modeling in mathematics courses, neither how to make students model situations of other areas or problems from the daily life (Camarena, 1987; Camarena, 1993). In fact, there is no engineering subject that comes to work mathematical models. Besides, the mathematics teachers feel that this point is concerned by the teachers of engineering courses, while the latest presuppose that the mathematics teachers are the ones who have to teach the students how to model engineering phenomena or problems (Camarena, 1990).

The first step of the research, which thier objective is to determine a classification and characterization of mathematical models in the engineering careers, as well as, a definition about “mathematical model” and “mathematical modeling”. The theoretical framework is the Mathematics in the Context of Sciences.

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Mathematics in context, Mathematical models, Mathematics in the Context of Sciences, engineering.