Mathematical errors in advanced calculus: A survey among engineering students / Maisurah Shamsuddin … [et al.]

Shamsuddin, Maisurah and Mahlan, Siti Balqis and Umar, Norazah and Alias, Fadzilawani Astifar (2015) Mathematical errors in advanced calculus: A survey among engineering students / Maisurah Shamsuddin … [et al.]. Esteem Academic Journal, 11 (2). pp. 37-44. ISSN 1675-7939


Mathematics is widely used in all areas of learning. Students who do not master the basic mathematics will face many problems in learning at the advanced level. This study was conducted to identify the mathematical errors and misconceptions in advanced calculus. The related topics are differentiation of two variables, method of integration, and differential equation. A sample of 80 students’ final examination answer sheets for the subject of MAT235 was closely examined to identify the mathematical errors and misconceptions. The technique used to collect the data is quantitative method using descriptive analysis. The findings of this study showed that most of the students were still weak in mastering mathematical basic facts and concepts. The weakness in understanding the basic concepts may lead them to use the wrong strategy when solving mathematics questions. This misconception should be identified by the lecturers and rectified by the students in order to enhance their learning in higher education.


Item Type: Article
CreatorsID Num. / Email
Shamsuddin, MaisurahUNSPECIFIED
Mahlan, Siti BalqisUNSPECIFIED
Alias, Fadzilawani AstifarUNSPECIFIED
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > Analysis > Calculus
Divisions: Universiti Teknologi MARA, Pulau Pinang
Journal or Publication Title: Esteem Academic Journal
ISSN: 1675-7939
Volume: 11
Number: 2
Page Range: pp. 37-44
Item ID: 15309
Uncontrolled Keywords: Mathematical error; calculus; misconception; education; descriptive analysis.


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