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Perna, James – NCSSS Journal, 2016
The purpose of this article is to examine the reasoning behind the wording of the definition of the particular solution to an initial value problem. This article will be of practical importance for students taking a first year calculus course that includes the study of first order linear separable differential equations.
Descriptors: Definitions, Calculus, Equations (Mathematics), College Mathematics
Sadler, Philip M.; Sonnert, Gerhard; Tai, Robert; Klopfenstein, Kirstin – NCSSS Journal, 2016
The Advanced Placement (AP) program was created to enhance the experience of gifted students as they transition from high school to college. "AP: A Critical Examination of the Advanced Placement Program," edited by Philip M. Sadler, Gerhard Sonnert, Robert Tai, and Kirstin Klopfenstein (2010, Harvard Education Press), questions the…
Descriptors: Advanced Placement Programs, Transitional Programs, Gifted, Relevance (Education)
Nager, Adams; Atkinson, Robert – NCSSS Journal, 2016
Despite the growing use of computers and software in every facet of our economy, not until recently has computer science education begun to gain traction in American school systems. The current focus on improving science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education in the U.S. School system has disregarded differences within STEM…
Descriptors: Computer Science Education, Educational Improvement, Educational Change, Change Strategies
DeVol, Dave – NCSSSMST Journal, 2014
When the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy (IMSA) was founded in 1985, the state of Illinois charged IMSA with two mandates: (1) "The primary role of the Academy shall be to offer a uniquely challenging education for students talented in the areas of mathematics and science." (2) "The Academy shall also carry a responsibility…
Descriptors: Partnerships in Education, Case Studies, College School Cooperation, High School Students
Dash, Karen – NCSSSMST Journal, 2012
This paper summarizes five phases of a comprehensive Economic Impact Study conducted by the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics (NCSSM) from 2009-2011. The methodology and assumptions of those analyses is summarized for those wishing to conduct similar studies. The paper also documents highlighted results, such as the school's…
Descriptors: Taxes, Economic Impact, Methods, Science Education
Jones, Brent M. – NCSSSMST Journal, 2011
Seventeen state-sponsored residential math and science schools have been created across the country to direct talented teens toward STEM careers. Admission is selective, based on competitive grades, standardized test scores, and references. Most of the schools also require preadmission interviews. However, selection interviews may be challenged as…
Descriptors: State Schools, Standardized Tests, Validity, Interviews
Dunn, Michelle – NCSSSMST Journal, 2011
The purpose of this project was to construct and test an off-grid photovoltaic (PV) system in which the power from a solar array could be stored in a rechargeable battery and a flywheel motor generator assembly. The mechanical flywheel energy storage system would in turn effectively power a 12-volt DC appliance. The voltage and current of…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Energy, Power Technology, Equipment
Lombardi, Marissa R. – NCSSSMST Journal, 2010
Educators and employers increasingly acknowledge the value of intercultural competence. While most higher education institutions consider these skills as important outcomes for their graduates, few have specifically addressed the means by which to measure the wide variety of results. Having and using intercultural assessment tools will allow…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Competence, Colleges, Cultural Differences
Asai, Elizabeth; Cao, Sharon – NCSSSMST Journal, 2009
The purpose of this investigation was to determine if three Western species of the Panax, Lycium, and Astragalus genera had antibacterial and/or antioxidant properties, and how their properties compared to Eastern herbs in the same genera. The group hypothesized that when compared, the corresponding herbs would have identical antibacterial and…
Descriptors: Plants (Botany), Microbiology, Radiation, Science Experiments
Post, Jan F. – NCSSSMST Journal, 2006
With clockwork regularity, the real or perceived shortage of scientists and engineers in the US pops up as a topic of debate in academic and industry circles. Discussions of an imminent shortage have deep impact for education, career prospects, immigration, and "The American Dream." The purpose of this article is twofold. First, it poses a…
Descriptors: Labor Market, College Graduates, Scientists, High School Students
Brown, Courtney – NCSSSMST Journal, 2006
Sediment oxygen demand (SOD) is the rate that dissolved oxygen leaves the water column in a body of water due to the build-up and decomposition of organic carbons in the sediment. The introduction of organic materials changes the chemistry of streams, and many chemical reactions occurring in bodies of water, with the exception of photosynthesis,…
Descriptors: Earth Science, Ecology, Organic Chemistry, Water Pollution