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Jones, Steven R. – Mathematics Teacher, 2013

Calculus instruction is an important topic for high school and college teachers alike. A prime target for attention is integration, which, unfortunately, students too often treat as a rote procedure. Understanding the integral better will support students' application of their mathematical knowledge to science, technology, and engineering…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Calculus, Mathematical Concepts, Teaching Methods

Raje, Sonali; Krach, Michael; Kaplan, Gail – Mathematics Teacher, 2013

Concepts in mathematics are often universally applicable to other fields. A critical aspect for success in high school or college is the ability to transfer content knowledge from one discipline to another. This is especially true for material learned in the sciences and mathematics. Several studies have suggested that strong mathematical skills…

Descriptors: College School Cooperation, Mathematics Instruction, Secondary School Mathematics, Problem Solving

Urich, Joshua A.; Sasse, Elizabeth A. – Mathematics Teacher, 2011

This article describes a hands-on mathematics activity wherein students peel oranges to explore the surface area and volume of a sphere. This activity encourages students to make conjectures and hold mathematical discussions with both their peers and their teacher. Moreover, students develop formulas for the surface area and volume of a sphere…

Descriptors: Mathematical Concepts, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematics Anxiety, Learning Activities

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Touval, Ayana – Mathematics Teacher, 1997

Consideration of a definite integral in an advanced calculus class led to a great deal of mathematical thinking and to the joy of discovery. Graphing calculators allowed students to investigate quick solutions which should be regarded as stepping stones to additional investigation and rigorous proof. With slight modifications to their proofs,…

Descriptors: Calculators, Calculus, Computation, Discovery Learning

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Fosnaugh, Linda S.; And Others – Mathematics Teacher, 1997

Describes a classroom activity based on the practice of fishermen tying knots in boat anchor ropes to determine river or lake depth. Knot-tying provides a simple hands-on context for students modeling in algebra. Students were actively involved in measuring, collecting data, fitting a line to data, finding an equation for a line, and checking a…

Descriptors: Algebra, High Schools, Learning Activities, Mathematical Concepts