# Using Visual Analogies for Increasing Application of Mathematical Knowledge in STEM Disciplines

## Track

Research Proposal / Teaching with Technology

## Abstract

College students in various STEM disciplines often struggle with translating mathematical formulas to physical interpretation. Knowing a procedure to solve mathematical equations does not guarantee an understanding of the physical process represented by the equations. We address this problem in chemistry using animated visual analogies that simulate mathematical equations that represent a dynamic chemical process. The complexity of the chemical system is simplified by the analogy, and the animated visualization makes the mathematical equations more intuitive. In our presentation, we will discuss the process involved in creating visual analogies in chemistry - the best methodologies, roadblocks, results of our pilot studies, and assessment methods.

## Session Format

Poster Session

## Recommended Citation

Narendrapurapu, Beulah S., "Using Visual Analogies for Increasing Application of Mathematical Knowledge in STEM Disciplines" (2017). *SoTL Commons Conference*. 21.

https://digitalcommons.georgiasouthern.edu/sotlcommons/SoTL/2017/21

Using Visual Analogies for Increasing Application of Mathematical Knowledge in STEM Disciplines

College students in various STEM disciplines often struggle with translating mathematical formulas to physical interpretation. Knowing a procedure to solve mathematical equations does not guarantee an understanding of the physical process represented by the equations. We address this problem in chemistry using animated visual analogies that simulate mathematical equations that represent a dynamic chemical process. The complexity of the chemical system is simplified by the analogy, and the animated visualization makes the mathematical equations more intuitive. In our presentation, we will discuss the process involved in creating visual analogies in chemistry - the best methodologies, roadblocks, results of our pilot studies, and assessment methods.