Students as toolmakers: refining the results in the accuracy and precision of a trigonometric activity

Igoe, D.P., Parisi, A.V., and Wagner, S. (2017) Students as toolmakers: refining the results in the accuracy and precision of a trigonometric activity. International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 48 (4). pp. 641-645.

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Abstract

Smartphones used as tools provide opportunities for the teaching of the concepts of accuracy and precision and the mathematical concept of arctan. The accuracy and precision of a trigonometric experiment using entirely mechanical tools is compared to one using electronic tools, such as a smartphone clinometer application and a laser pointer. This research has demonstrated how two classroom activities based on tool-making can enhance student measurement and application of accuracy and precision considerations through a trigonometric activity investigating arctan.

Item ID: 54224
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1464-5211
Keywords: learning technology; student activity; trigonometry
Date Deposited: 20 Jun 2018 04:21
FoR Codes: 13 EDUCATION > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130208 Mathematics and Numeracy Curriculum and Pedagogy @ 40%
13 EDUCATION > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130212 Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy @ 60%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9303 Curriculum > 930302 Syllabus and Curriculum Development @ 100%
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