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The Role of Physics and Mathematics in Influencing Science Students’ Performance

  • Munirah RossdyEmail author
  • Roseline Michael
  • Janvin Janteng
  • Shirley Arvilla Andrew
Conference paper

Abstract

Physics and Mathematics are two closely related fields in the world of Science. Although they are closely related, these two fields have distinct identities. The distinction between these two fields has influenced the learning process in Science programmes at institutions of higher education. The main objective of this study is to identify the relationship between the two disciplines and how their influence affects students’ overall performance. In order to learn Physics, students need basic knowledge of Mathematics. The dependence on Mathematics to understand Physics and its interrelationship have been identified since secondary school level. This is because mathematical concepts that students acquire can be applied in Physics such as functions, derivatives, equations and other aspects with a similar concept. The role of Physics and Mathematics courses is evaluated to determine whether both subjects affect students’ achievement for the Science programme. Data were acquired from 45 students undertaking Part 3 Diploma in Science (AS120) at UiTM Cawangan Sabah. These students took up Physics and Mathematics in the first and second semesters. The instruments used in this study included students’ grades in Physics and Mathematics as well as their Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA). The data were analysed using Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS) version 22.0 software, while a regression analysis was used to identify the relationship between Physics, Mathematics and students’ performance (CGPA). From the findings, it can be established that there is a highly positive relationship between Physics and Mathematics with students’ CGPA. It shows that students’ achievement in both fields will be early predictors to determine their CGPA. Moreover, Mathematics also provides a positive relationship with the learning of Physics, and it appears that students’ performance in Mathematics can predict their Physics’ result.

Keywords

Science programme Physics and Mathematics Relationship Students’ performance Regression analysis 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Munirah Rossdy
    • 1
    Email author
  • Roseline Michael
    • 1
  • Janvin Janteng
    • 1
  • Shirley Arvilla Andrew
    • 2
  1. 1.Faculty of Computer and Mathematical SciencesUniversiti Teknologi MARA Cawangan SabahKota KinabaluMalaysia
  2. 2.Faculty of Applied ScienceUniversiti Teknologi MARA Cawangan SabahKota KinabaluMalaysia

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