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Online Survey of Studentsí Mathematical Modelling Skills

Thu 10th Apr, 2008

The university team that produced the Mathtutor online resource is working with MEI (Mathematics in Education and Industry), to address some pressing questions in relation to the teaching of mechanics at university.

These include:

- Is students’ understanding of Newtonian mechanics in serious decline?

- If so, how can we improve their modelling and problem-solving skills at the transition to higher education?

To prepare a way forward, evidence is needed from those working with first-year students in Mathematics, Engineering and Physics. A short survey has been compiled that is available online at:

Your response to this survey will help us to stimulate an informed debate among the stakeholders and hopefully to find some solutions.