Revistes Catalanes amb Accés Obert (RACO)

Mathematical modelling in engineering: a proposal to introduce linear algebra concepts

Andrea Dorila Cárcamo Bahamonde, Joan Vicenç Gómez Urgellés, José María Fortuny Aymeni


The modern dynamic world requires that basic science courses for engineering, including linear algebra, emphasize the development of mathematical abilities primarily associated with modelling and interpreting, which aren´t limited only to calculus abilities. Considering this, an instructional design was elaborated based on mathematic modelling and emerging heuristic models for the construction of specific linear algebra concepts: span and spanning set. This was applied to first year engineering students. Results suggest that this type of instructional design contributes to the construction of these mathematical concepts and can also favour first year engineering students understanding of key linear algebra concepts and potentiate the development of higher order skills

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