### Abstract

Original language | English |
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Title of host publication | Proceedings of 8th Congress of European Research in Mathematics Education |

Editors | Behiye Ubuz, Çiğdem Haser, Maria Alessandra Mariotti |

Place of Publication | Ankara (TR) |

Pages | 1536-1545 |

Number of pages | 10 |

Publication status | Published - 31 Dec 2013 |

Event | 8th Congress of the European Society for Research in Mathematics Education - Antalya, Turkey Duration: 6 Feb 2013 → 10 Feb 2013 |

### Congress

Congress | 8th Congress of the European Society for Research in Mathematics Education |
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Abbreviated title | CERME 8 |

Country | Turkey |

City | Antalya |

Period | 6/02/13 → 10/02/13 |

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*Proceedings of 8th Congress of European Research in Mathematics Education*(pp. 1536-1545). Ankara (TR).

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*Proceedings of 8th Congress of European Research in Mathematics Education.*Ankara (TR), pp. 1536-1545, 8th Congress of the European Society for Research in Mathematics Education, Antalya, Turkey, 6/02/13.

**An investigation into the tension arising between natural language and mathematical language experienced by mechanical engineering students.** / Peters, Michael D.; Graham, Edward.

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TY - GEN

T1 - An investigation into the tension arising between natural language and mathematical language experienced by mechanical engineering students

AU - Peters, Michael D.

AU - Graham, Edward

PY - 2013/12/31

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N2 - This investigation is grounded within the concept of embodied cognition where the mind is considered to be part of a biological system. A first year undergraduate Mechanical Engineering cohort of students was tasked with explaining the behaviour of three balls of different masses being rolled down a ramp. The explanations given by the students highlighted the cognitive conflict between the everyday interpretation of the word energy and its mathematical use. The results showed that even after many years of schooling, students found it challenging to interpret the mathematics they had learned and relied upon pseudo-scientific notions to account for the behaviour of the balls.

AB - This investigation is grounded within the concept of embodied cognition where the mind is considered to be part of a biological system. A first year undergraduate Mechanical Engineering cohort of students was tasked with explaining the behaviour of three balls of different masses being rolled down a ramp. The explanations given by the students highlighted the cognitive conflict between the everyday interpretation of the word energy and its mathematical use. The results showed that even after many years of schooling, students found it challenging to interpret the mathematics they had learned and relied upon pseudo-scientific notions to account for the behaviour of the balls.

M3 - Conference contribution

SN - 978-975-429-315-9

SP - 1536

EP - 1545

BT - Proceedings of 8th Congress of European Research in Mathematics Education

A2 - Ubuz, Behiye

A2 - Haser, Çiğdem

A2 - Mariotti, Maria Alessandra

CY - Ankara (TR)

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