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Students’ Difficulties In Multivariable Calculus Through Mathematical Thinking Approach

Kashefi, Hamidreza and Ismail, Zaleha and Mohammad Yusof, Yudariah (2011) Students’ Difficulties In Multivariable Calculus Through Mathematical Thinking Approach. Journal of Edupres, 1 . pp. 77-86.

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Abstract

The purpose of this study is to identify students’ difficulties in Multivariable Calculus through mathematical thinking approach at Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM). The data collection for this study was collected from a Multivariable Calculus class in Faculty of Electrical Engineering during semester I 2009-2010. Data collection was carried out through written assessments and structured questionnaires. The data analysis reveals that students’ common difficulties are: students’ met-before (previous experience), selecting appropriate representation of the three worlds of mathematical thinking, the transition from one world to another world of mathematical thinking, lack of understanding two different symbolic for a concept, and poor prior knowledge or lack of it. The findings show that the sketching in 3-dimensions is the greatest difficulty for majority of students in this method. Keywords: Mathematical Thinking; Basic Calculus; Multivariable Calculus; Students’ difficulties.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Mathematical Thinking; Basic Calculus; Multivariable Calculus; Students’ difficulties
Subjects:L Education > L Education (General)
Divisions:Education
ID Code:14994
Deposited By: Assoc. Prof Dr Azizi Yahaya
Deposited On:19 Sep 2011 03:17
Last Modified:06 Jan 2014 03:08

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