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Rylands, L. J.; Coady, C. – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2009

In recent years, significant numbers of academics from the science and health disciplines at our institution have found that their students lack the appropriate "mathematical" background to cope with first-year science subjects. Consequently, failure rates are on the increase in these subjects. The mathematical background of students…

Descriptors: Secondary School Mathematics, Mathematics Skills, College Mathematics, College Science

Cetin, Nezahat – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2009

In this work, we investigated first-year university students' skills in using the limit concept. They were expected to understand the relationship between the limit-value of a function at a point and the values of the function at nearby points. To this end, first-year students of a Turkish university were given two tests. The results showed that…

Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Mathematics Instruction, College Mathematics, Foreign Countries

Oikkonen, Juha – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2009

At the University of Helsinki, special effort has been put to help beginning math students to get started with their studies. This involves new ways of teaching a lecture course and new ways of giving peer support to the students. The results have been promising: the number of students passing certain important courses has been at least doubled…

Descriptors: Foreign Countries, College Students, Higher Education, Mathematics Curriculum

Knight, D.G. – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2008

The determination of bounds for A(n, d, w), the maximum possible number of binary vectors of length n, weight w, and pairwise Hamming distance no less than d, is a classic problem in coding theory. Such sets of vectors have many applications. A description is given of how the problem can be used in a first-year undergraduate computational…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, College Freshmen, Programming, Coding

Farmaki, V.; Paschos, T. – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2007

This paper reports studies of the interaction between the intuitive, the formal and the procedural aspects in the processes of mathematical understanding of Peter, a first-year undergraduate of Mathematics. Using an activity and an interview, an attempt is made to analyse his mental operations. The way in which he handles visual-graphic…

Descriptors: Mathematics, Thinking Skills, College Freshmen, Case Studies

Britton, Sandra; Daners, Daniel; Stewart, Michael – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2007

It is difficult to ensure that incoming students enrol in first year courses at a level that is commensurate with their ability. Not only do students come from a diverse range of backgrounds, but mathematics at university is, in general, more rigorous and conceptual than it is at high school, and success at high school does not always guarantee…

Descriptors: College Freshmen, College Mathematics, Foreign Countries, Mathematical Aptitude

Gonzalez-Martin, Alejandro S.; Camacho, Matias – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2004

This paper analyses the answers of a group of first-year university Mathematics students to a questionnaire, with the aim of determining the difficulties they have when carrying out non-routine tasks related to improper integrals. The questionnaire consisted of nine questions including not only calculus tasks and determining the convergence of…

Descriptors: College Mathematics, Higher Education, Calculus, Mathematics Education

Thaheem, A. B.; Laradji, A. – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2003

This note provides a simple method to extend the usual Leibniz rule for higher derivatives of the product of two functions to several functions, which is within the reach of freshman calculus students.

Descriptors: Calculus, Mathematical Concepts, College Mathematics, Mathematics Instruction

Gutierrez, Rosa Maria Afonso; Diaz, Jose Angel Dorta – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2002

The continuous technological progress of the past few decades affords a different orientation to the teaching-learning process, which is useful and advantageous when mathematical concepts are transmitted. This article pursues two different aims. The first one is to examine the present state of the traditional process in relation to the concepts of…

Descriptors: Computer Software, Mathematical Concepts, Mathematics Education, Higher Education