#### Presentation Title

Students' Understanding in Matrix Algebra and Eigentheory

#### Faculty Mentor

Michael Loverude

#### Start Date

23-11-2019 9:45 AM

#### End Date

23-11-2019 10:00 AM

#### Location

Markstein 306

#### Session

oral 1

#### Type of Presentation

Oral Talk

#### Subject Area

physical_mathematical_sciences

#### Abstract

As part of a project involving research on student use of mathematics in upper division physics, we have investigated student understanding of matrix algebra and eigentheory in the context of a mathematical methods course for physics majors. We focus on student written responses to three free-response questions that involve these applications. Students displayed proficiency with the procedures of matrix multiplication and determining eigenvalues with pure numbers; however, students struggle with carrying out the same calculations when given their individual meanings or physical interpretations. This work is supported by the NSF through grant PHYS 1405616.

Students' Understanding in Matrix Algebra and Eigentheory

Markstein 306

As part of a project involving research on student use of mathematics in upper division physics, we have investigated student understanding of matrix algebra and eigentheory in the context of a mathematical methods course for physics majors. We focus on student written responses to three free-response questions that involve these applications. Students displayed proficiency with the procedures of matrix multiplication and determining eigenvalues with pure numbers; however, students struggle with carrying out the same calculations when given their individual meanings or physical interpretations. This work is supported by the NSF through grant PHYS 1405616.