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Apkarian, Naneh; Bowers, Janet; O'Sullivan, Michael E.; Rasmussen, Chris – PRIMUS, 2018
This article presents a case study that details the successes and lessons learned by faculty and administrators at San Diego State University (SDSU) who are in the process of implementing a substantial improvement to the Precalculus to Calculus 2 sequence. Improvement efforts have been informed by national studies of successful programs and center…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Mathematics Instruction, Calculus, College Faculty
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Wawro, Megan; Rasmussen, Chris; Zandieh, Michelle; Sweeney, George Franklin; Larson, Christine – PRIMUS, 2012
In this paper we present an innovative instructional sequence for an introductory linear algebra course that supports students' reinvention of the concepts of span, linear dependence, and linear independence. Referred to as the Magic Carpet Ride sequence, the problems begin with an imaginary scenario that allows students to build rich imagery and…
Descriptors: Algebra, Definitions, College Mathematics, Mathematics Instruction
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Rasmussen, Chris; Keynes, Michael – PRIMUS, 2003
The purpose of this paper is to describe an instructional sequence where students invent a method for locating lines of eigenvectors and corresponding solutions to systems of two first order linear ordinary differential equations with constant coefficients. The significance of this paper is two-fold. First, it represents an innovative alternative…
Descriptors: Prediction, Concept Formation, Equations (Mathematics), Generalization