New Perspectives in Science Education

Edition 13

Accepted Abstracts

Reports and Suggestions on Physical and Mathematical Thinking- Expressions and Understanding in Japanese Engineering College Students

Miyori Shirasuna, National Institute of Technology, Tsuruoka College (Japan)


It is generally said that thinking of things is done in the native language. This applies to all aspects of daily life, especially in the acquisition of study. We are a higher education institution specializing in engineering and teach to students aged 15 to 20 years. In the process of organizing their thoughts and expressing them, the higher the understanding and knowledge required of them, the higher the thinking and expressive ability in their native language is required. This paper requires a basic understanding of physics and mathematics among our students, first and second year college students and students aged 18 to 20 who belong to a college of engineering in Japan. The results of a survey based on task reports, regular exams, and questionnaire surveys on the relationship between the ability to explain thoughts in the test native language and mechanical analytical thinking using mathematical formulas through the aquatic class and regular exams. Report and make suggestions. In our study, there was a marked correlation between the two, and they could be roughly classified into five types. Furthermore, as a result of conducting a questionnaire survey on the students and collating them with assignment reports and regular examinations, we were able to discover a type that is an intersection of five types. This type has a small number of people, but they are highly active people who can expect growth in thinking ability. By understanding the individuality of this type of person and repeating careful instruction and education, we were able to confirm their improvement in academic ability.

Keywords Physics, Mathematics, Understanding and Thought Expression, Engineering Education

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[4] Kazuo Suzuki, "Theory of Fluid Dynamics and Fluid Resistance" Seizando Shoten, 2006, in Japanese.

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