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Glaister, P. – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2008

A generalization of a well-known result for the arctangent function poses a number of interesting questions concerning the existence of integer solutions of related problems.

Descriptors: Problem Solving, Mathematics Instruction, Trigonometry, Generalization

Fay, Temple H. – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2002

This paper compliments two recent articles by the author in this journal concerning solving the forced harmonic oscillator equation when the forcing is periodic. The idea is to replace the forcing function by its Fourier series and solve the differential equation term-by-term. Herein the convergence of such series solutions is investigated when…

Descriptors: Calculus, Mathematical Concepts, Mathematics Education, Equations (Mathematics)

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Perrenet, Jacob; Adan, Ivo – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2002

Describes the introduction of the Modelling Track in a Mathematical Engineering curriculum as a response to the employers' complaints about Dutch graduates' poor ability to apply theoretical knowledge. Describes the introduction of Design Based Learning (DBL), meaning professionalization, activation, co-operation, creativity, integration and…

Descriptors: Curriculum, Engineering Education, Higher Education, Mathematical Models

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Leinbach, Carl; Pountney, David C.; Etchells, Terence – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2002

Links the use of Computer Algebra Systems (CAS) to an existing classification scheme for mathematical tasks called the MATH Taxonomy. Illustrates through concrete examples how the goals of teaching and learning mathematics can be set using this classification together with the CAS. (Author/MM)

Descriptors: Algebra, Computer Uses in Education, Higher Education, Mathematics Curriculum

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Fitzsimons, Gail E. – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2001

Workplace mathematics and statistics are essential for communication and decision-making, and mathematics, statistics, and technology education in/for the workplace must take into account the cultural diversity that exists within and between workplaces. Outlines some ways in which to address the challenge of making mathematics, statistics, and…

Descriptors: Cultural Differences, Education Work Relationship, Ethnomathematics, Higher Education

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Furinghetti, Fulvia – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2000

Argues that the history of mathematics may be an efficient element to provide students with flexibility, open-mindedness, and motivation towards mathematics. Illustrates examples, one of which concerns an historical presentation of 'definition' that was developed with mathematics students who will become mathematics teachers. (Contains 19…

Descriptors: Higher Education, Mathematics History, Mathematics Instruction, Secondary Education

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Kent, Phillip; Noss, Richard – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2000

The perennial debate over whether mathematics should be taught by mathematicians or engineers looks increasingly anachronistic in the light of technological change. Suggests that it is more instructive to examine the potential of technology for changing the relationship between mathematicians and engineers, and for connecting their respective…

Descriptors: Computer Uses in Education, Engineering Technology, Higher Education, Mathematics Education

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Mason, John – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2000

Proposes that the style and format of questions used by lecturers and tutors profoundly influence students' conceptions of what mathematics is about and how it is conducted. Use of questions depends on both scaffolding and fading their use in front of students so that students internalize questions for their own learning and practice of…

Descriptors: Classroom Communication, Discourse Modes, Higher Education, Mathematics Instruction