Tuesday, February 21, 2006

You can't do science without math 

In this discussion about math, we may add another wrinkle. A Harvard study concludes that taking AP courses in science do not lead to better grades in college for those students than those who never took AP. According to a press release on the event,
Mathematical fluency is the single best predictor of college performance in biology, chemistry, and physics, giving a strong advantage to students whose high school science courses integrate mathematics. "Draining the math out of high school coursework does students a disservice," Sadler says. "Much of college biology, chemistry, and physics are taught using the language of math, so students without fluency quickly become lost."