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Zandieh, Michelle; Wawro, Megan; Rasmussen, Chris – PRIMUS, 2017
In this paper we address practical questions such as: How do symbols appear and evolve in an inquiry-oriented classroom? How can an instructor connect students with traditional notation and vocabulary without undermining their sense of ownership of the material? We tender an example from linear algebra that highlights the roles of the instructor…
Descriptors: Algebra, Mathematics, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematics Education
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Zazkis, Dov; Rasmussen, Chris; Shen, Samuel P. – PRIMUS, 2014
The Riemann sum definition of integration is ubiquitous in college calculus courses. This, however, is not the only possible way to define an integral. Here, we present an alternative mean-based definition of integration. We conjecture that this definition is more accessible to students. In support of this proposition we first present a…
Descriptors: College Mathematics, Mathematics Instruction, Calculus, Mathematical Concepts