Event Detail

Event Type: 
M.Sc. Presentation
Tuesday, August 23, 2022 - 09:00 to 11:00
Zoom - If you are interested in attending this presentation, please send an email to Nikki Sullivan - nikki.sullivan@oregonstate.edu - to request Zoom log in details

Students’ understanding of logarithms has typically been under researched compared to students’ understanding of other mathematical topics at the secondary or post-secondary level. In this expository paper, I consider the ways in which knowledge of logarithms might be formed and structured to support students’ understanding. By first looking at the history of logarithms, I will introduce how this concept was conceived and developed. Then, I will look at a variety of research studies regarding students’ understanding of logarithms to get an idea for how we might inform future approaches to teaching the concept of logarithms to our students. I will look at a couple of constructs for defining types of knowledge students have, such as procedural and conceptual knowledge to inform my exploration of students’ understanding of logarithms. Considering the research frameworks that have been designed to elucidate students’ understanding of logarithms will give insight into how people have defined an in-depth understanding of logarithms. In conclusion, I address the ways that properties and rules regarding logarithms can be defined through different types of knowledge and what that means for teaching.