ERIC Number: EJ1160320
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Oct
Calculus in Your Career: Putting the "Relate" Back in Related Rates
Lommatsch, Christina W.
Mathematics Teacher, v111 n2 p112-118 Oct 2017
"Find the extreme values of the function." "At what rate is the distance between A and B increasing after 12 seconds?" Prompts like these can be heard in most first-semester calculus courses. Unfortunately, these cues also tend to prompt students' eyes to glaze over with thoughts of "When will I ever use this?" This article describes a month-long project to engage university calculus students in relating course material to their chosen career field and enabling them to practice communicating their technical knowledge through oral and written formats.
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Calculus, Relevance (Education), Career Choice, Teaching Methods, College Mathematics, Student Interests, Mathematical Models, Public Speaking, Reports
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Higher Education
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