Investigation of the Role of Mathematics on Students’ Performance in Physics

Thomas Ojonugwa Daniel, Ruth J. Umaru, Kasali O. Suraju, Abdulrahman O. Ajah
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Abstract


This study is aimed at investigating the role of mathematics in students learning, understanding and performance in Physics using senior secondary school science students. The study employed the use of design samples which were drawn through a simple random sampling technique. Structured questionnaires were used to collect data for the study, after which the data were analyzed using simple percentage and chi-square analysis. The result shows that there is a significant relationship between mathematics and physics, as insufficient mathematical skills such as analytical skills, algebraic process skills, geometry skills, calculation skills, tables and graph interpretation skills required to solve physics problems are the cause of the poor performance of students in physics, whereas the efficient application of mathematics to physics enhances students’ performance in physics. The study reveals that the cognitive tools involve in studying Physics are student’s expectation, thinking, knowledge, syntheses, application, memorization and remembrance of formulas and equations.

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Daniel, T. O., Umaru, R. J., Suraju, K. O., & Ajah, A. O. (2020). Investigation of the role of mathematics on students’ performance in physics. Journal of Research in Education, Science and Technology, 5(2), 101-108.


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