ERIC Number: EJ1045077
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 1
Using the Pottery Wheel to Explore Topics in Calculus
Farnell, Elin; Snipes, Marie A.
PRIMUS, v25 n2 p170-180 2015
Students sometimes struggle with visualizing the three-dimensional solids encountered in certain integral problems in a calculus class. We present a project in which students create solids of revolution with clay on a pottery wheel and estimate the volumes of these objects using Riemann sums. In addition to giving students an opportunity for tactile learning, this project focuses students' attention on concepts relating to (i) functions that have no algebraic formula; (ii) notation and construction of Riemann sums; and (iii) error estimation. We will describe our project design, implementation, and suggested adaptations.
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, College Mathematics, Undergraduate Study, Teaching Methods, Visualization, Mathematical Concepts, Calculus, Tactual Perception, Active Learning, Ceramics, Concept Formation, Computation
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