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American Journal of Educational Research. 2015, 3(12), 1484-1488
DOI: 10.12691/EDUCATION-3-12-1
Original Research

Mathematical Problem Solving and Use of Intuition and Visualization by Engineering Students

Chih-Hsien Huang1,

1Ming Chi University of Technology

Pub. Date: November 13, 2015

Cite this paper

Chih-Hsien Huang. Mathematical Problem Solving and Use of Intuition and Visualization by Engineering Students. American Journal of Educational Research. 2015; 3(12):1484-1488. doi: 10.12691/EDUCATION-3-12-1

Abstract

Deciding on the truth value of mathematical statements is an essential aspect of mathematical practice in which students are rarely engaged. This study explored first year engineering students’ approaches to mathematical statements with unknown truth values, taking a perspective that the construction examples is an activity of problem solving. Task-based interviews utilizing the think-aloud method revealed students problem solving processes in depth. The primary data sources were the protocols of 15 students to the questionnaire, three false statements involved basic concepts about derivative and definite integral. Through analysis of the data. The findings suggest that the factors the participants failed to solves problems include: mathematical intuition and prototype example hindered the constructing of counterexamples, there are two dangers in visualizing -figures can induce false conclusions and figures can mislead our reasoning.

Keywords

engineering students, intuition, problem solving, visualization

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