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

Igoe, D. P. and 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. ISSN 0020-739X

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Smartphones used as tools provides 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.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Accepted version deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Agricultural, Computational and Environmental Sciences
Date Deposited: 08 Feb 2017 01:50
Last Modified: 19 Dec 2017 06:35
Uncontrolled Keywords: smartphone; tools; toolmaker; teaching; trigonometric
Fields of Research : 02 Physical Sciences > 0299 Other Physical Sciences > 029999 Physical Sciences not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970102 Expanding Knowledge in the Physical Sciences
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1080/0020739X.2016.1256446

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