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Investigating Engineering Students’ Mathematical Modeling Competency

1Ming Chi University of Technology, Taiwan

American Journal of Educational Research. 2018, Vol. 6 No. 12, 1668-1672
DOI: 10.12691/education-6-12-12
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Chih-Hsien Huang. Investigating Engineering Students’ Mathematical Modeling Competency. American Journal of Educational Research. 2018; 6(12):1668-1672. doi: 10.12691/education-6-12-12.

Correspondence to: Chih-Hsien  Huang, Ming Chi University of Technology, Taiwan. Email:


This study investigates university students’ modeling process in one modeling activity. The data is collected by students’ individual and group written responses to the mathematical modeling activity, video-taped group discussions and classroom observation by the researcher. The data showed that university students have difficulty in transition between different modes of mathematical representations and the classifications of variables/parameters as known or unknown, implicit or explicit, independent or dependent variables.