Thinking, reasoning and problem solving in physics

General interest seminar

Thinking, reasoning and problem solving in physics

  • Event time: 5:00pm until 6:00pm
  • Event date: 29th November 2021
  • Speaker: Dr David Sands (University of Hull)
  • Location: Lecture Theatre B and online

Event details

Thinking, reasoning and problem solving in physics

Much of physics education research has been concerned with “misconceptions”, and with research-informed techniques, but not with the nature of reasoning. Dr Sands has been interested in the cognitive aspects of learning physics since 2004/5, as he sees it as the only way to provide a theoretical framework. If we know what students are doing when they learn physics, we can better direct our teaching to these ends. In this talk, he will present an account of reasoning as it applies to the practice of physics. He will explain what is involved in building models and solving problems and, on a practical note, he will give his own personal answer to the question aimed at both staff and students: "What should be the focus of our attention in order to improve knowledge, understanding and ability to solve problems?". 

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About General interest seminars

Our General Interest Seminars are an opportunity for distinguished speakers to present new research in physics and related areas. The material presented is suitable for undergraduate level upwards and all members of the School are welcome to attend..

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