A "Nature of Science" Discussion: Connecting Mathematics and Scienceby: James Hohman, Paul Adams, Germaine Taggart, John Heinrichs, and Karen Hickman

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Nonscience majors often come into science courses with misconceptions about the nature of science. As part of an integrative mathematics and science course, we have structured a continued dialogue regarding the nature of science through inquiry-based classroom activities and an extended investigation.

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  • on Tue Oct 11, 2011 8:41 PM

In this article from the Journal of College Science Teaching the author addresses inquiry based Science, critical thinking, and use of mathematics in methods of teaching Science. The approach described sets a course midway between Science as dry memorization of fact and Science as a game played with toys. This article is relevant to Science teachers at all academic levels.

James Arimond  (Sarasota, FL)
James Arimond (Sarasota, FL)

  • on Tue Aug 14, 2018 7:44 AM

This is a well-written article discussing an integrated science and math course for nonmajors. The authors mentioned statistical analysis but did not provide any figures or tables to present the data. While the book suggested in "Reinforcing the nature of science " is now dated, I appreciate the suggestion of using Fermi questions. However, because this article is now 12 years old, the URL listed to the resource is redirected to a general page by mathforum.org. In looking for this resource, I found a lesson plan aimed at Grades 5 - 12 (http://www.mathcircles.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/Fermi_Estimates_Lesson_Plan_0-1.pdf)

Emily Faulconer  (Archer, FL)
Emily Faulconer (Archer, FL)

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