Mathematical modelling in engineering: A proposal to introduce linear algebra concepts

Andrea Cárcamo Bahamonde, Joan Gómez Urgelles, Josep Fortuny Aymemí

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The modern dynamic world requires that basic science courses for engineering, including linear algebra, emphasise the development of mathematical abilities primarily associated with modelling and interpreting, which are not exclusively calculus abilities. Considering this, an instructional design was created based on mathematical modelling and emerging heuristic models for the construction of specific linear algebra concepts: span and spanning set. This was applied to first year engineering students. Results suggest that this type of instructional design contributes to the construction of these mathematical concepts and can also improve first year engineering students' understanding of key linear algebra concepts and enhance the development of higher order skills.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)62-70
JournalJournal of Technology and Science Education
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2016


  • Emerging models
  • Instructional design
  • Linear algebra
  • Mathematical modelling
  • Span
  • Spanning set


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