Warming up for PBL: a course in mathematical modelling and problem solving
Journal article, 2015

The step from traditional teaching to PBL is considerable and it has previously been proposed that students should be skilled at problem solving before entering a PBL course. In this paper, we first discuss some key ideas behind the design of a successful course in mathematical modelling and problem solving for engineering students. A central aim of the course is to help the students to understand the power of learning by exploration, a missing key compo-nent in the students’ ability to solve problems. We then discuss how this kind of course can serve as an intermediate step in a progression towards more self-directed project-based and problem-based learning.


engineering education


problem solving

mathematical modelling


Dag Wedelin

Chalmers, Computer Science and Engineering (Chalmers)

Tom Adawi

Chalmers, Applied Information Technology (Chalmers), Engineering Education Research - EER (Chalmers)

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2000-7558 (ISSN)

Vol. 5 1 23-34

Areas of Advance

Information and Communication Technology


Subject Categories

Educational Sciences



Basic sciences

Learning and teaching

Pedagogical work

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