Didactics of Physics


The research group 'Didactics of Physics' investigates subject specific issues related to the teaching of physics at all levels. The group is particularly interested in learning difficulties and teaching strategies associated with the intrinsic mathematical character of physics. Furthermore, a strong emphasis is given to historical and epistemological investigations of the interplay between physics and mathematics.

Examples of research questions

  • What characterizes good explanations in didactical settings (e.g. lectures, textbooks) that highlight the structural role of mathematics in physics?
  • How can historical and philosophical studies on the relationship between mathematics and physics improve the teaching of these disciplines?
  • What are typical difficulties to understand the application of mathematical concepts and structures (e.g. matrices, complex numbers, vector calculus, etc.) in physics? What are appropriate teaching strategies to circumvent them?