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Ponce Campuzano, Juan Carlos; Matthews, Kelly E.; Adams, Peter – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2018

In this paper, we report on an experimental activity for discussing the concepts of speed, instantaneous speed and acceleration, generally introduced in first year university courses of calculus or physics. Rather than developing the ideas of calculus and using them to explain these basic concepts for the study of motion, we led 82 first year…

Descriptors: Mathematics, History, College Freshmen, College Science

Sedaghatjou, Mina – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2018

This study illustrates how mathematical communication and learning are inherently multimodal and embodied; hence, sight-disabled students are also able to conceptualize visuospatial information and mathematical concepts through tactile and auditory activities. Adapting a perceptuomotor integration approach, the study shows that the lack of access…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Advanced Courses, Foreign Countries, Visual Impairments

van der Hoff, Quay; Harding, Ansie – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2017

This study focuses on the mathematics department at a South African university and in particular on teaching of calculus to first year engineering students. The paper reports on a cause-effect analysis, often used for business improvement. The cause-effect analysis indicates that there are many factors that impact on secondary school teaching of…

Descriptors: College Freshmen, Calculus, Engineering Education, Teaching Models

Wiggins, Harry; Harding, Ansie; Engelbrecht, Johann – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2017

This paper presents an enrichment case study to showcase a possible avenue for attending to the needs of academically strong mathematics students. We report on a group of university students who were presented with the opportunity of exploring a specific first year mathematics topic deeper, using an inquiry-based learning approach as part of an…

Descriptors: Enrichment, Enrichment Activities, Mathematics, Mathematics Instruction

Code, Warren; Merchant, Sandra; Maciejewski, Wes; Thomas, Matthew; Lo, Joseph – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2016

One goal of an undergraduate education in mathematics is to help students develop a productive disposition towards mathematics. A way of conceiving of this is as helping mathematical novices transition to more expert-like perceptions of mathematics. This conceptualization creates a need for a way to characterize students' perceptions of…

Descriptors: Mathematics, Mathematics Instruction, Attitudes, Undergraduate Students

Campos, Dilhermando Ferreira; Pinto, Márcia Maria Fusaro – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2016

In recent years, changes in the Brazilian economic and social scenario have generated a growing demand for higher education in the country. In response to this new context, the federal government launched in 2007 a programme aiming at expansion of the enrolment to public higher education. In such environment of changes, several proposals have…

Descriptors: Mathematics, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematics Education, Mathematics Teachers

Caglayan, Gunhan – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2016

The purpose of this article is to offer teaching ideas in the treatment of the definite integral concept and the Riemann sums in a technology-supported environment. Specifically, the article offers teaching ideas and activities for classroom for the numerical methods of approximating a definite integral via left- and right-hand Riemann sums, along…

Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Technology Integration, Mathematics, Mathematics Education

Johnson, Estrella; Ellis, Jessica; Rasmussen, Chris – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2016

This paper is based on a large-scale empirical study designed to investigate Calculus I programmes across the United States to better understand the relationship between instructors' concerns about coverage, instructional practices, and the nature of the material covered. We found that there was no association between instructors feeling pressured…

Descriptors: College Mathematics, Mathematics, Mathematics Instruction, Calculus

López, Jonathan; Robles, Izraim; Martínez-Planell, Rafael – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2016

Action-Process-Object-Schema theory (APOS) was applied to study student understanding of quadratic equations in one variable. This required proposing a detailed conjecture (called a genetic decomposition) of mental constructions students may do to understand quadratic equations. The genetic decomposition which was proposed can contribute to help…

Descriptors: Equations (Mathematics), Semi Structured Interviews, Undergraduate Students, Calculus

Sevimli, Eyup – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2016

This study aims to evaluate the consistency of teaching content with teaching approaches in calculus on the basis of lecturers' views. In this sense, the structures of the examples given in two commonly used calculus textbooks, both in traditional and reform classrooms, are compared. The content analysis findings show that the examples in both…

Descriptors: Lecture Method, Conventional Instruction, Educational Change, Content Analysis

Randahl, Mira – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2016

This paper reports on a study about how the mathematics textbook was perceived and used by the teacher in the context of a calculus part of a basic mathematics course for first-year engineering students. The focus was on the teacher's choices and the use of definitions, examples and exercises in a sequence of lectures introducing the derivative…

Descriptors: Postsecondary Education, Mathematics, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematics Education

Jones, Steven R. – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2015

Few studies on calculus limits have centred their focus on student understanding of limits at infinity or infinite limits that involve continuous functions (as opposed to discrete sequences). This study examines student understanding of these types of limits using both pure mathematics and applied-science functions and formulas. Seven calculus…

Descriptors: Calculus, Logical Thinking, Mathematics, Mathematical Concepts

Debnath, L. – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2013

This article deals with a short historical introduction to determinants with applications to the theory of equations, geometry, multiple integrals, differential equations and linear algebra. Included are some properties of determinants with proofs, eigenvalues, eigenvectors and characteristic equations with examples of applications to simple…

Descriptors: Equations (Mathematics), Geometry, Calculus, Algebra

Ho, Weng Kin; Ho, Foo Him; Lee, Tuo Yeong – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2012

This article gives an elementary proof of the famous identity [image omitted]. Using nothing more than freshman calculus, the present proof is far simpler than many existing ones. This result also leads directly to Euler's and Neville's identities, as well as the identity [image omitted].

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

Khattri, Sanjay Kumar – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2012

Finding a series expansion, such as Taylor series, of functions is an important mathematical concept with many applications. Homotopy perturbation method (HPM) is a new, easy to use and effective tool for solving a variety of mathematical problems. In this study, we present how to apply HPM to obtain a series expansion of functions. Consequently,…

Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Mathematical Concepts, Mathematics, Undergraduate Study

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