Using Math in Physics: 3. Anchor equations
Abstract
An important step in learning to use math in science is learning to see symbolic equations not just as calculational tools, but as ways of expressing fundamental relationships among physical quantities, of coding conceptual information, and of organizing physics knowledge structures. In this paper, I propose "anchor equations" as a construct to support teaching and learning in introductory physics. I define anchor equation, provide examples, and suggest ways anchor equations can be used in instruction to support the development of students' mathematical sensemaking.
 Publication:

The Physics Teacher
 Pub Date:
 November 2021
 DOI:
 10.1119/5.0023066
 arXiv:
 arXiv:2011.12761
 Bibcode:
 2021PhTea..59..599R
 Keywords:

 Physics  Physics Education
 EPrint:
 6 pages, 4 figures