Mathematics Underlying the Physics First Curriculum

Implications for 8th and 9th Grade Mathematics

by Dorina Mitrea

An ongoing collaboration between math and physics teachers is an integral part of a successful implementation of the Physics First curriculum. This summary is intended as the springboard for such a collaboration. The list below contains some examples from the Physics First curriculum which you, the mathematics teacher, may incorporate into your lessons and/or homework assignments for 8th and 9th grade.

1. Notation

Students need to understand that in a physics course the quantities measured in an experiment dictate the notation used for the independent and dependent variables.

2. Literal Formulas

3. Literal equations.

4. Linear functions

5. Piecewise linear functions.

6. Quadratic functions.

7. Solving systems of equations.

8. Area

9. Measurement

10. Number and Operation