Students’ performance in engineering mathematics courses

Vector Calculus versus differential equations

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Abstract

Students’ performance can be evaluated through final exam results consist of students’ assignment, quizzes, e-learning tutorial and mid-semester exam. In engineering, mathematics is one of the important course students should dominated especially in Differential Equation (DE) course. However, students should have deep understanding of some important topics covered in Vector Calculus (VC) at early stage such as Integration, Differentiation and Series before they taken the DE course. This article attempts to explore students' performance and correlation between two mathematics courses, VC and DE among engineering students. A study is carried out on student’s results data which consisted of 205 engineering students from four different departments; Department of Civil and Structural Engineering (JKAS), Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering (JKMB), Department of Chemical and Process Engineering (JKKP) and Department of Electrical, Electronic and Systems Engineering (JKEES). The results, which are verified by using paired ttest and Pearson product-moment correlation coefficient, indicated that VC and DE courses are related and have positive linear relationship.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)90-91
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of Engineering Science and Technology
Volume10
Issue numberSpec. Issue 2 on UKM Teaching and Learning Congress 2013, May...
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2015

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Keywords

  • Differential equations
  • Grades
  • Students’ performance
  • Vector calculus

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  • Engineering(all)

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Students’ performance in engineering mathematics courses : Vector Calculus versus differential equations. / Mohamad Hamzah, Firdaus; Kamarulzaman, P. S D; Ismail, Nur Arzilah; Jafar, Khamisah.

In: Journal of Engineering Science and Technology, Vol. 10, No. Spec. Issue 2 on UKM Teaching and Learning Congress 2013, May..., 01.05.2015, p. 90-91.

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