Numeracy in science

Professor Linda la Velle | View as single page |
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Graphs and science students

In relation to graphs, you may find that your students generally:

  • Cannot work out the equation in a straight line;
  • Never learned within the context of science how to represent a data set graphically eg fitting equations to lines. This will probably have been covered theoretically in mathematics and may have been taught differently;
  • Have difficulties making links between a graph and the physical situation it represents;
  • Are competent at the mechanics of graph plotting.