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Rash, Agnes M.; Winkel, Brian J. – PRIMUS, 2009
This paper describes details of development of the general birth and death process from which we can extract the Poisson process as a special case. This general process is appropriate for a number of courses and units in courses and can enrich the study of mathematics for students as it touches and uses a diverse set of mathematical topics, e.g.,…
Descriptors: Equations (Mathematics), Probability, Calculus, Mathematics Instruction
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Rash, Agnes M. – Primus, 1998
Suggests an approach in courses for mathematics majors and minors similar to the popular approach used in applied courses--using student projects. Describes strategy and implementation of the projects and provides examples from student projects on statistics. (Author/ASK)
Descriptors: Higher Education, Mathematics Activities, Mathematics Education, Probability
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Rash, Agnes M. – Primus, 1997
Presents an alternative to using a single-class-period test to assess a college student's knowledge in the mathematics area. Evaluation of student mathematical knowledge and understanding of concepts is improved when students are given opportunities to design problems and solutions, applying classroom-acquired knowledge to new situations. Such…
Descriptors: Evaluation Methods, Evaluation Problems, Higher Education, Mathematical Concepts