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Lucas, Timothy A.; Spivey, Joseph – PRIMUS, 2011
In the Spring of 2007, a group of highly motivated mathematics graduate students conducted a review of Duke's Calculus curriculum. They focused on two main problems. The first problem is the result of a very positive trend: a growing number of students are earning AP credit for Calculus I in high school. However, this results in Calculus II…
Descriptors: Mathematics Curriculum, Graduate Students, Advanced Placement, Calculus
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Khattri, Sanjay Kumar – PRIMUS, 2010
Based on the Lobatto quadrature, we develop several new closed form approximations to the mathematical constant "e." For validating effectiveness of our approximations, a comparison of our results to the existing approximations is also presented. Another objective of our work is to inspire students to formulate other better approximations by using…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Computation, College Mathematics, Undergraduate Study
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Gallegos, Irene; Flores, Alfinio – PRIMUS, 2010
First-year university students design and play their own games, including board, computer, and other kinds of games, to learn mathematical concepts and practice procedures for their pre-calculus and calculus courses. (Contains 2 tables and 8 figures.)
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Mathematical Concepts, Calculus, College Freshmen
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Hamdan, May – PRIMUS, 2008
Through an account of the history of exponential functions as presented in traditional calculus textbooks, I present my observations and remarks on the spiral development of the concept, and my concerns about the general presentations of the subject. In this article I emphasize how the different arrangements and sequencing of the subjects required…
Descriptors: Mathematics Education, Textbooks, Definitions, Calculus
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Franzblau, Deborah S. – Primus, 1992
Details the planning and the outcomes for an undergraduate seminar course that introduced students to journal articles and graduate level texts pertaining to theoretical computer science. Included are useful guides for students that provide basic techniques for reading mathematical papers, and that lead students through the process of generating…
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, College Mathematics, Computer Science, Higher Education
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Maurer, Stephen B. – PRIMUS, 1991
Presented is a guide for undergraduate mathematical composition with emphases on explicit and clear definitions, purposeful formatting with regard to technical conventions, and proper style with respect to content and prospective audience. Numerous examples are included, particularly those involving complicated mathematical expressions. (JJK)
Descriptors: College Mathematics, Content Area Writing, Higher Education, Mathematical Linguistics