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Pfaff, Thomas J. – PRIMUS, 2011
We give an overview of why it is important to include sustainability in mathematics classes and provide specific examples of how to do this for a calculus class. We illustrate that when students use "Excel" to fit curves to real data, fundamentally important questions about sustainability become calculus questions about those curves. (Contains 5…
Descriptors: Calculus, Mathematics Instruction, Sustainable Development, Mathematical Concepts
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Pfaff, Thomas J.; Zaret, Michele – PRIMUS, 2006
We give an example of a student project that experimentally explores a topic in random graph theory. We use the "Combinatorica" package in "Mathematica" to estimate the minimum number of edges needed in a random graph to have a 50 percent chance that the graph is connected. We provide the "Mathematica" code and compare it to the known theoretical…
Descriptors: Student Projects, Mathematics Instruction, Theories, Graphs