How mathematical is conceptual understanding?
Paper in proceedings, 2005
Conceptual understanding has widely been suggested as the key first link to gain a solid physics
understanding. By the means of empirical data from interviews with first year university students
around force and friction problems, we argue that conceptual understanding has to be developed in
conjunction with a structural understanding of the potential mathematical solution to master the area
more thoroughly. Such structural understanding does neither necessarily seem to follow or precede a