An investigation of disjuncture between graphing in school mathematics and school physics
Faculty of Community Services, Education and Social Sciences
School of Education
This paper reports an inquiry into approaches to grapbing required in Physics and Applicable Mathematics tertiary entrance examinations (TEE), in Westem Australia. The focus in the paper is on the different graphing practices in Physics and Applicable Mathematics in relation to gradient and transformed data, and in regard to use of graphics calculators. The differences mediate against transfer between the subjects and are one explanation for students' poor performance in graphing in the Physics TEE.