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Fall 2009 - William Hall Jr. – Nov. 30

Center for Science and Mathematics Education Research
Colloquia & Seminar Series


William Hall, Jr.
Master of Science in Teaching candidate
Advisor: Robert Franzos, Professor of Mathematics

Student Understanding of the Indefinite integral

There has been considerable interest throughout the Mathematics education community on how students understand limit concepts, Riemann sums, and accumulation as they pertain to integration.  However, there has been little to no research on students’ understanding of the antiderivative and its relationship to the definite integral.  A preliminary study has shown that many students tend to view integration, both definite and indefinite, as area concepts.  The indefinite integral is seen as something “less precise” than the definite integral, which is “narrows down the search”.  This seminar will outline the preliminary research that has been completed and review some of the existing literature on integration.

Monday, Nov. 30, 2009
3:00 pm
Arthur St. John Hill Auditorium
Room 165, Engineering and Science Research Bldg


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