Conceptual change and symbol use in physics

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This chapter discusses the functions of equations in conceptual change in the domain of physics. The chapter begins by presenting a framework, drawn from the philosophical literature, for understanding functions. This framework is then applied to understand the functions, specifically, of physics equations in conceptual change. Two classes of functions for equations are identified: (1) intuitive knowledge, which is adapted by and for the use of equations and (2) physics equations, which provide a new domain of experience from which intuitions can be abstracted.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationConverging Perspectives on Conceptual Change
Subtitle of host publicationMapping an Emerging Paradigm in the Learning Sciences
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Pages81-88
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781315467122
ISBN (Print)9781138205390
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StatePublished - Jan 1 2017

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Sherin, B. L. (2017). Conceptual change and symbol use in physics. In Converging Perspectives on Conceptual Change: Mapping an Emerging Paradigm in the Learning Sciences (pp. 81-88). Taylor and Francis. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315467139
Sherin, Bruce L. / Conceptual change and symbol use in physics. Converging Perspectives on Conceptual Change: Mapping an Emerging Paradigm in the Learning Sciences. Taylor and Francis, 2017. pp. 81-88
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