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Pages: 106-112
Publication year: 2010
ISBN: 978-84-613-5538-9
ISSN: 2340-1079

Conference name: 4th International Technology, Education and Development Conference
Dates: 8-10 March, 2010
Location: Valencia, Spain

MATHEMATICAL MODELING IN TRIGONOMETRY ENHANCED BY PHYSICS SIMULATIONS

A. Sokolowski, L. Walters

Texas A&M University (UNITED STATES)

This study examines utilization of computer based physics simulations to enhance the process of mathematical modeling in trigonometry classes. The study is conducted in one of the high schools in Magnolia Independent School District in Texas. It is hypothesized that if the applications are supported by computer based simulations, students’ compahension of modeling using trigonometric functions will be deeper than of these taught by traditional methods. A group of 51 pre-calculus students were exposed to computer based simulations while studying applications of trigonometry. The focus of the applications is formulating trigonometric functions based on given scenarios. The results of district –wide assessment proved that the hypothesis was correct. The mean score of experimental group is about 10% higher than that of the controlled group. In addition, more than 75% of students strongly favored the use of such simulations in their mathematics classes. The findings of the study show that students learn science application problems successfully if presented methods integrate science contents and if they are parallel with students’ prior knowledge.
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author = {Sokolowski, A. and Walters, L.},
title = {MATHEMATICAL MODELING IN TRIGONOMETRY ENHANCED BY PHYSICS SIMULATIONS },
series = {4th International Technology, Education and Development Conference},
booktitle = {INTED2010 Proceedings},
isbn = {978-84-613-5538-9},
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A. Sokolowski, L. Walters (2010) MATHEMATICAL MODELING IN TRIGONOMETRY ENHANCED BY PHYSICS SIMULATIONS , INTED2010 Proceedings, pp. 106-112.
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