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Shelton, Therese; Laurent, Theresa; Agyemang-Barimah, Beulah – PRIMUS, 2019
We present adaptable activities for models of drug movement in the human body -- pharmacokinetics -- that motivate the learning of ordinary differential equations with an interdisciplinary topic. Specifically, we model aspirin, caffeine, and digoxin. We discuss the pedagogy of guiding students to understand, develop, and analyze models,…
Descriptors: Equations (Mathematics), Active Learning, Calculus, Pharmacology
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Ross, John; Shelton, Therese – PRIMUS, 2019
We present several modules that address social justice issues in an introductory statistics course. The activities consider possible disparities of housing location, language spoken at home, and job sector as they relate to, respectively, access to healthy foods, air pollution via proximity to traffic, and health concerns via proximity to fracking…
Descriptors: Statistics, Social Justice, Fuels, Introductory Courses
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Shelton, Therese – PRIMUS, 2018
Mathematical modeling allows flexibility for a project-based experience. We share details of our regular capstone course, successful for virtually 100% of our math majors for almost two decades. Our research-like approach in this course accommodates a variety of student backgrounds and interests, and has produced some award-winning student…
Descriptors: Mathematical Models, Mathematics Instruction, Active Learning, Student Projects
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Shelton, Therese – PRIMUS, 2017
Implementing inquiry-based modules within a course can be effective and enable instructor experimentation, without completely transforming an entire course. For instructors new to inquiry-based learning (IBL), we state hallmarks of the practice and point out the merits of strong IBL communities. An inquiry-based approach may alleviate some current…
Descriptors: Calculus, Mathematics Instruction, Active Learning, Inquiry