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Abernethy, Gavin M. – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2018

A simple discrete-time two-dimensional dynamical system is constructed and analyzed numerically, with modelling motivations drawn from the zombie virus of popular horror fiction, and with suggestions for further exercises or extensions suitable for an introductory undergraduate course.

Descriptors: Mathematical Models, Mathematics, Equations (Mathematics), Mathematical Concepts

Doehler, Kirsten; Taylor, Laura – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2015

This article is based on the experiences of two statistics professors who have taught students to write and effectively utilize code-based software in a college-level introductory statistics course. Advantages of using software and code-based software in this context are discussed. Suggestions are made on how to ease students into using code with…

Descriptors: Computer Software, Programming, Coding, Syntax

Martinez-Luaces, Victor E. – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2013

This paper will offer an analysis from a theoretical point of view of mathematical modelling, applications and inverse problems of both causation and specification types. Inverse modelling problems give the opportunity to establish connections between theory and practice and to show this fact, a simple linear algebra example in two different…

Descriptors: Algebra, Undergraduate Study, Mathematical Applications, Mathematical Models

Stewart, Sepideh; Stewart, Wayne – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2013

Over the past decade, many researchers have discussed the effectiveness of clickers and their potential to change the way we teach and interact with students. Although most of the literature revolves around elementary usage of clickers, the deeper questions of how to integrate this technology into teaching are largely unanswered. In this paper, we…

Descriptors: Audience Response Systems, Handheld Devices, Educational Technology, Teaching Methods

Seaton, Katherine A. – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2013

This article presents an informed reflection on the evolution of teacher-to-learner feedback provided on written assignments in first-year university mathematics subjects. The feedback provided addresses not only mathematical accuracy and skills, but also the development of graduate attributes, such as discipline-appropriate written communication.…

Descriptors: College Mathematics, Assignments, Formative Evaluation, Feedback (Response)

Munakata, Mika – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2011

In this article, ambiguous street and park signs are analysed and deciphered using symbolic logic. These examples showcase the ways in which instructors of undergraduate mathematics courses can blend their students' everyday exposure to logical reasoning with classroom experiences. (Contains 4 tables and 6 figures.)

Descriptors: Mathematics Education, Logical Thinking, Mathematical Logic, Mathematics Instruction

Muller, Eric – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2009

In this article we explore aspects of a dynamic university mathematics department and focus on its undergraduate mathematics programmes. We propose that such a department is vital, exhibits a culture that is mutually supportive and that faculty, teaching assistants and their supervisors, administrative staff and students all work towards a set of…

Descriptors: Undergraduate Study, Mathematics Education, Exhibits, Teaching Assistants

Thomas, Jan; Muchatuta, Michelle; Wood, Leigh – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2009

This article investigates enrolment trends in mathematical sciences in Australian universities. Data has been difficult to extract and the coding for mathematical disciplines has made investigation challenging. We show that the number of mathematics major undergraduates in Australia is steadily declining though the number studying…

Descriptors: Mathematics Education, Foreign Countries, College Science, Enrollment Trends

Holton, Derek; Muller, Eric; Oikkonen, Juha; Sanchez Valenzuela, Oscar Adolfo; Zizhao, Ren – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2009

Here, we look at the enrolments of students in undergraduate mathematics courses in a number of countries. The data show various increases and decreases and we suggest some common reasons for the fluctuations. These include students' goals of a secure and well-paid job, government actions and the state of the economy in the country concerned. We…

Descriptors: Undergraduate Study, Mathematics Education, Enrollment Trends, Trend Analysis

Khuri, S. A. – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2008

This article describes a simple alternative unified method of solving nonlinear regular perturbation problems. The procedure is based upon the manipulation of Taylor's approximation for the expansion of the nonlinear term in the perturbed equation. An essential feature of this technique is the relative simplicity used and the associated unified…

Descriptors: Algebra, Teaching Methods, Problem Solving, Mathematics Instruction