HomeIAMURE International Journal of Mathematics, Engineering and Technologyvol. 5 no. 1 (2013)

Correlates of Problem Solving Performance in Prerequisites of Math Courses in Engineering Physics 1

Melanie D. Lugo

Discipline: Mathematics, Engineering, Technology



Word problems are topics in Physics and Math that students had difficulties. Physics is one of the branches of physical science. Advanced Algebra, Plane and Spherical Trigonometry are branches of Mathematics which are the prerequisites in Engineering Physics 1. As future engineers, students need to acquire sufficient Mathematical and science proficiency. The study used the descriptive research design which was anchored on the three groups that contributed to problem solving capabilities of students; personal, cognitive, and social factors. The Math entrance examination result and Science aptitude test are found to be significant with the final course grade in engineering physics1. The problem solving skills in personal factors (problem solving and study strategies skills), language and comprehension in cognitive factors have significant relationship with problem solving capabilities in Engphy1. The personal factors (problem solving and study strategies skills) have a significant relationship between the final course grades in engphy1. The final course grade in both the Math courses are also found significant with engineering physics 1. The levels of problem solving in engineering physics1 are also found significant in both Math courses. The personal and social factors have significant effect in the final course grade in engineering physics1. It also shows that the final course grade in Math courses have a significant effect with the final course grade in engineering physics 1.