Understanding the Level of Mathematics Knowledge of Students Who Joined ISEC

Publication TypeConference Paper
AuthorsBigotte de Almeida, ME, Branco, JR, Margalho, L, Queiruga-Dios, A, Cáceres, MJosé
Nombre de la ConferenciaInternational Conference on Mathematics and its Applications in Science and Engineering-ICMASE 2021
Fecha de publicación04/2022
PublisherMathematical Methods for Engineering Applications. ICMASE 2021. Springer Proceedings in Mathematics & Statistics, vol 384. Springer, Cham.
Conference LocationSalamanca, Spain
KeywordsDiagnostic test, Differential Integral calculus, Engineering, Mathematics knowledge

The low pass rate in the curricular units of Differential and Integral Calculus, taught throughout the first semester of the first year of engineering degrees at the Coimbra Institute of Engineering, led to the development of a diagnostic test with the intention of identifying the degree of knowledge considered essential for the full integration [1]. This diagnostic test was constructed considering the guidelines of European Society for Engineering Education. Regarding the minimum knowledge recommended for entering higher education for an engineering course and according to the basic and secondary education program of Portugal, the 20 questions were grouped taking into account the topics algebra, analysis and calculus, geometry and trigonometry. The analysis of the data, from academic years 2013/2014 to 2019/2020, allows us to analyze the level of knowledge in terms of mathematics content of the students as well as to realize in which topics they show the greatest difficulties.