Investigating the correlation between mathematical pre-knowledge and learning gains in service physics

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    Abstract

    An investigation was undertaken into the relationship between the initial mathematics knowledge of students and their success in a service physics course aimed at science students who require an understanding of basic physics concepts but who are not studying for a physics major. An appropriate method for performing this investigation was developed, implemented and analysed. Results from a small, self-selected sample indicated a correlation between the initial mathematical knowledge of students and learning gains obtained during the course.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1073-1080
    JournalEuropean Journal of Physics
    Volume28
    Issue number6
    Early online date7 Sep 2007
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Nov 2007

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