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Modeling and Mathematics in Physics

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Modeling and Mathematics in Physics

Physical Science

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After completing this tutorial, you will be able to complete the following:

  • Explain the importance of modeling in physics.
  • Explain the importance of math in physics.
  • Identify advantages of models.
  • Identify limitations of models.

Everything You'll Have Covered

What is a model?

~ A model is a representation of something that is difficult to visualize. A model may consist of objects, pictures, or metaphors.

What is the main purpose of a model?

~ The main purpose of a model is to help us better understand the world and visualize facts that we cannot observe in real life.

Why is math important for doing and understanding physics?

~ Math is important for doing and understanding physics because most relationships in physics are expressed mathematically.

How are math and modeling related in physics?

~ In physics, relationships are represented by mathematical symbols, which are shown using a formula. Such mathematical formulas are, in fact, models.

Tutorial Details

Approximate Time 2 Minutes
Pre-requisite Concepts Students should be able to define the following terms: mathematics in physics and modeling in physics.
Course Physical Science
Type of Tutorial Animation
Key Vocabulary mathematics in physics, modeling in physics,