In the last few years interdisciplinary didactics has paid increasing attention to the development of the most relevant methodology and approaches to teaching and learning. Digital tools and technology have greatly contributed to opportunities for permeable and inter-disciplinary class initiatives. The need for a shift from single subjects to the development of flexible competences within an ever-growing field of knowledge, both from a quantity and quality point of view, has emerged in the current evolution of teaching practices. This paper fits the above-mentioned theoretical framework, and puts forward an example of a laboratory with special reference to mathematical modelling through the use of technology. The authors first look at an analysis of the relationship between Mathematics and Physics, and consider a crucial aspect in the definition of such a relationship, that is, which kind of connections and integrations are needed in order to design a class initiative oriented towards the learning of interdisciplinary skills. In particular, the authors propose a laboratory for higher secondary schools on Bréguet’s spiral, a little known flat curve, which was created to guarantee a more precise functioning and performance of wrist watches. The laboratory uses computers with the aid of the dynamic geometry GeoGebra software, which allows to produce a simulation of a phenomenon of everyday life with the help of the geometrical model.

Legacy and Influence in Mathematics and Physics with Educational Technology: A Laboratory Example

Serpe, Annarosa
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Frassia, Maria Giovanna
2018

Abstract

In the last few years interdisciplinary didactics has paid increasing attention to the development of the most relevant methodology and approaches to teaching and learning. Digital tools and technology have greatly contributed to opportunities for permeable and inter-disciplinary class initiatives. The need for a shift from single subjects to the development of flexible competences within an ever-growing field of knowledge, both from a quantity and quality point of view, has emerged in the current evolution of teaching practices. This paper fits the above-mentioned theoretical framework, and puts forward an example of a laboratory with special reference to mathematical modelling through the use of technology. The authors first look at an analysis of the relationship between Mathematics and Physics, and consider a crucial aspect in the definition of such a relationship, that is, which kind of connections and integrations are needed in order to design a class initiative oriented towards the learning of interdisciplinary skills. In particular, the authors propose a laboratory for higher secondary schools on Bréguet’s spiral, a little known flat curve, which was created to guarantee a more precise functioning and performance of wrist watches. The laboratory uses computers with the aid of the dynamic geometry GeoGebra software, which allows to produce a simulation of a phenomenon of everyday life with the help of the geometrical model.
978-1-53613-893-1
mathematics, physics, geometric modeling, Breguet’s spiral, Lossier-Philips’ curve, GeoGebra
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Utilizza questo identificativo per citare o creare un link a questo documento: http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11770/288780
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