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Gedeborg, Samuel – Mathematics Teacher, 2016
One of the major benefits of the face-to-face teaching environment is that social interaction opportunities are a natural part of the course: Learners meet in the same room for the same allotted period of time each week. This social opportunity is not organic to online courses; therefore, to have this social interaction as a part of online classes…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Interaction, Asynchronous Communication, Synchronous Communication
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Turton, Roger W. – Mathematics Teacher, 2007
This article describes several methods from discrete mathematics used to simulate and solve an interesting problem occurring at a holiday gift exchange. What is the probability that two people will select each other's names in a random drawing, and how does this result vary with the total number of participants? (Contains 5 figures.)
Descriptors: Probability, Algebra, Problem Solving, Monte Carlo Methods