**Synergy effects in learning? The influence of mathematics as a second subject on teacher students physics content knowledge.** / Neumann, Irene; Sorge, Stefan; Hoth, Jessica; Lindmeier, Anke; Neumann, Knut; Heinze, Aiso.

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Neumann, I, Sorge, S, Hoth, J, Lindmeier, A, Neumann, K & Heinze, A 2021, 'Synergy effects in learning? The influence of mathematics as a second subject on teacher students physics content knowledge', *Studies in Higher Education*, vol. 46, no. 10, pp. 2035-2046. https://doi.org/10.1080/03075079.2021.1953335

Neumann, I., Sorge, S., Hoth, J., Lindmeier, A., Neumann, K., & Heinze, A. (2021). Synergy effects in learning? The influence of mathematics as a second subject on teacher students physics content knowledge. *Studies in Higher Education*, *46*(10), 2035-2046. https://doi.org/10.1080/03075079.2021.1953335

Neumann I, Sorge S, Hoth J, Lindmeier A, Neumann K, Heinze A. Synergy effects in learning? The influence of mathematics as a second subject on teacher students physics content knowledge. Studies in Higher Education. 2021 Oct 3;46(10):2035-2046. https://doi.org/10.1080/03075079.2021.1953335

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