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International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology

2013 Volume 44, Number 6

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Number of articles: 14

  1. Factors Influencing Students' Perceptions of Their Quantitative Skills

    Kelly E. Matthews, Yvonne Hodgson & Cristina Varsavsky

    There is international agreement that quantitative skills (QS) are an essential graduate competence in science. QS refer to the application of mathematical and statistical thinking and reasoning in... More

    pp. 782-795

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  2. Exercising QS: Quantitative Skills in an Exercise Science Course

    T M. Wilson

    This study seeks to bring the discipline of exercise science into the discussion of Quantitative Skills (QS) in science. The author's experiences of providing learning support to students and ... More

    pp. 796-807

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  3. It's Not Maths; It's Science: Exploring Thinking Dispositions, Learning Thresholds and Mindfulness in Science Learning

    R Quinnell, R Thompson & R J. LeBard

    Developing quantitative skills, or being academically numerate, is part of the curriculum agenda in science teaching and learning. For many of our students, being asked to "do maths" as... More

    pp. 808-816

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  4. Infusing Quantitative Approaches throughout the Biological Sciences Curriculum

    Katerina V. Thompson, Todd J. Cooke, William F. Fagan, Denny Gulick, Doron Levy, Kären C. Nelson, Edward F. Redish, Robert F. Smith & Joelle Presson

    A major curriculum redesign effort at the University of Maryland is infusing all levels of our undergraduate biological sciences curriculum with increased emphasis on interdisciplinary connections ... More

    pp. 817-833

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  5. Scientists and Mathematicians Collaborating to Build Quantitative Skills in Undergraduate Science

    Leanne Rylands, Vilma Simbag, Kelly E. Matthews, Carmel Coady & Shaun Belward

    There is general agreement in Australia and beyond that quantitative skills (QS) in science, the ability to use mathematics and statistics in context, are important for science. QS in the life... More

    pp. 834-845

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  6. A Hybrid Model of Mathematics Support for Science Students Emphasizing Basic Skills and Discipline Relevance

    Deborah C. Jackson & Elizabeth D. Johnson

    The problem of students entering university lacking basic mathematical skills is a critical issue in the Australian higher-education sector and relevant globally. The Maths Skills programme at La... More

    pp. 846-864

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  7. Engaging Life-Sciences Students with Mathematical Models: Does Authenticity Help?

    Leon Poladian

    Compulsory mathematics service units for the life sciences present unique challenges: even students who learn some specific skills maintain a negative attitude to mathematics and do not see the... More

    pp. 865-876

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  8. Using Student Feedback to Improve Student Attitudes and Mathematical Confidence in a First Year Interdisciplinary Quantitative Course: From the Ashes of Disaster!

    Yvette Everingham, Emma Gyuris & Justin Sexton

    Today's scientist is faced with complex problems that require interdisciplinary solutions. Consequently, tertiary science educators have had to develop and deliver interdisciplinary science... More

    pp. 877-892

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  9. Mathematical Literacy in Plant Physiology Undergraduates: Results of Interventions Aimed at Improving Students' Performance

    Francisca Vila & Amparo Sanz

    The importance of mathematical literacy in any scientific career is widely recognized. However, various studies report lack of numeracy and mathematical literacy in students from various countries.... More

    pp. 893-904

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  10. Enjoyment of Euclidean Planar Triangles

    V K. Srinivasan

    This article adopts the following classification for a Euclidean planar [triangle]ABC, purely based on angles alone. A Euclidean planar triangle is said to be acute angled if all the three angles... More

    pp. 905-921

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  11. Exploring Dissections of Rectangles into Right-Angled Triangles

    Martin Griffiths

    In this article we highlight how a simple classroom activity associated with the dissection of rectangles into right-angled triangles can lead on to a number of interesting explorations for... More

    pp. 921-927

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  12. The Use of Graphs in Specific Situations of the Initial Conditions of Linear Differential Equations

    Gabriela Buendía & Francisco Cordero

    In this article, we present a discussion on the role of graphs and its significance in the relation between the number of initial conditions and the order of a linear differential equation, which... More

    pp. 927-937

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  13. How Long is my Toilet Roll?--A Simple Exercise in Mathematical Modelling

    Peter R. Johnston

    The simple question of how much paper is left on my toilet roll is studied from a mathematical modelling perspective. As is typical with applied mathematics, models of increasing complexity are... More

    pp. 938-950

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  14. Conic Sections and the Discovery of a Novel Curve Using Differential Equations

    Amal de Alwis

    We began by observing a variety of properties related to the tangent and normal lines of three conic sections: a parabola, an ellipse, and a hyperbola. Some of these properties include specific... More

    pp. 950-959

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