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ERIC Number: EJ1055187
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 39
ISSN: ISSN-1051-1970
Reading the World with Calculus
Verzosa, Debbie
PRIMUS, v25 n4 p349-368 2015
It is now increasingly recognized that mathematics is not a neutral value-free subject. Rather, mathematics can challenge students' taken-for-granted realities and promote action. This article describes two issues, namely deforestation and income inequality. These were specifically chosen because they can be related to a range of calculus concepts including rates of change, optimization, Riemann sums, the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus, and partial derivatives. The aim is to give ideas about how an issue may be examined from different mathematical perspectives. The impact of discussing relevant issues in the calculus classroom is described through student reflections and course evaluation.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Philippines