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The Language of “Rate of Change”

Version 1 : Received: 30 August 2021 / Approved: 1 September 2021 / Online: 1 September 2021 (12:09:29 CEST)

How to cite: Avgerinos, E.; Remoundou, D. The Language of “Rate of Change”. Preprints 2021, 2021090012 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202109.0012.v1). Avgerinos, E.; Remoundou, D. The Language of “Rate of Change”. Preprints 2021, 2021090012 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202109.0012.v1).

Abstract

Language is an essential aspect of teaching and learning mathematics. It is necessary for communicating, transmission of concepts and ideas, and formation of meaning of mathematical concepts. In mathematics, besides symbols, which are usually common in different languages, words and expressions are used, which may invoke different concept images to students in various languages. Some words are used in mathematics and in everyday language with different meanings, while others are used only in mathematics or in mathematics and other disciplines in similar but non-identical ways. In Mathematical Analysis, the used vocabulary is gradually enhanced, and the concepts are defined in a more formal way. In the current study, the language used regarding mathematics of change is examined, focusing on rate of change and in relation to misconceptions of students.

Keywords

calculus; rate of change; language of mathematics; mathematics education

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