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.

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Nov 23rd, 9:45 AM Nov 23rd, 10:00 AM

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.