Cody Hood Prospectus

Applied Calculus Student Understanding of the Definite Integral

Date: 4/9/2019
Time: 8:30AM-10:00AM
Place: 403 Armstrong Hall

Abstract:Current literature on student understanding of the definite integral strongly suggests that students who perceive the definite integral in a manner that closely aligns with a Riemann sum definition prove to perform better when interacting with applications involving the definite integral in comparison to students with less robust concept images. I look to see if this relationship holds for students in an Applied Calculus course. In my talk I will discuss what current literature says about this topic and what research I plan on conducting that will discover how well students who don’t initially approach the definite integral from a Riemann sum perspective are able to adapt when required to think about the definite integral as an extension of a Riemann sum. A decomposition of the symbolic nature of the definite integral in the context of applications will be used to help students elicit and achieve this level of understanding.

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