Mathematics in Physics Education

  • Gesche Pospiech
  • Marisa Michelini
  • Bat-Sheva Eylon

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Perspectives on Mathematics in Physics Education

  3. Learning Mathematization

  4. Teaching Mathematization

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 267-267
    2. Gesche Pospiech, Bat-Sheva Eylon, Esther Bagno, Yaron Lehavi
      Pages 269-291
    3. Lena Hansson, Örjan Hansson, Kristina Juter, Andreas Redfors
      Pages 293-316
    4. E. Bagno, H. Berger, E. Magen, C. Polingher, Y. Lehavi, B. Eylon
      Pages 317-331
  5. Facilitating Mathematization by Visual Means

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 333-333
    2. Yaron Lehavi, Roni Mualem, Esther Bagno, Bat-Sheva Eylon, Gesche Pospiech
      Pages 335-353

About this book


This book is about mathematics in physics education, the difficulties students have in learning physics, and the way in which mathematization can help to improve physics teaching and learning. The book brings together different teaching and learning perspectives, and addresses both fundamental considerations and practical aspects. Divided into four parts, the book starts out with theoretical viewpoints that enlighten the interplay of physics and mathematics also including historical developments. The second part delves into the learners’ perspective. It addresses aspects of the learning by secondary school students as well as by students just entering university, or teacher students. Topics discussed range from problem solving over the role of graphs to integrated mathematics and physics learning. The third part includes a broad range of subjects from teachers’ views and knowledge, the analysis of classroom discourse and an evaluated teaching proposal. The last part describes approaches that take up mathematization in a broader interpretation, and includes the presentation of a model for physics teachers’ pedagogical content knowledge (PCK) specific to the role of mathematics in physics.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Gesche Pospiech
    • 1
  • Marisa Michelini
    • 2
  • Bat-Sheva Eylon
    • 3
  1. 1.Technische Universität DresdenDresdenGermany
  2. 2.DCFA - Section of Mathematics and PhysicsUniversity of UdineUdineItaly
  3. 3.The Weizmann Institute of Science RehovotIsrael

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