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ERIC Number: EJ1148955
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 23
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1051-1970
How to Make a Math Modeling Class from Scratch in Six (Not-So) Easy Steps
Gerhardt, Ira
PRIMUS, v27 n6 p618-640 2017
The recent introduction of a new course in mathematical modeling at Manhattan College has provided students with a valuable opportunity to gain practical experience utilizing tools in applying their mathematical abilities to a real-world problem. This paper describes the steps taken to create this class, from obtaining a real-world partner (client) to designing the assessment plan, as well as mentoring the student participants, so as to provide a road map to any instructor looking to initiate such a course on their own. Although the first two iterations focused on data analytics, the course presented here easily translates to projects utilizing differential equations, optimization, stochastic modeling, and simulation. Discussions included reflect on what elements of the course have proven successful and what may be open to improvement; responses from students are also included.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: National Science Foundation (NSF)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New York
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: National Survey of Student Engagement
Grant or Contract Numbers: DMS1345499