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Gordon, Sheldon P.; Gordon, Florence S. – PRIMUS, 2020
This article illustrates ways that dynamic software using some sophisticated techniques in Excel can be used to demonstrate fundamental ideas related to hypothesis testing to increase student understanding of the concepts and methods in elementary statistics courses. The article considers hypothesis tests for the population mean with large or…
Descriptors: Hypothesis Testing, Computer Software, Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education
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belcastro, sarah-marie – PRIMUS, 2017
We delineate some types of structured practice (modeling, requests, feedback, and space-making) that help students learn to pose appropriate questions and to initiate exploration of those questions. Developing skills requires practice, so we suggest ways to embed structured practice into existing class sessions. Including structured practice is…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Advanced Placement Programs, Academically Gifted, High School Students
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Yopp, David A. – PRIMUS, 2012
Considerable literature has documented both the pros and cons of students' use of empirical evidence during proving activities. This article presents an analysis of a classroom episode involving in-service middle school, high school, and college teachers that demonstrates that learners need not be steered away from empirical investigations during…
Descriptors: Persuasive Discourse, Geometry, Middle School Teachers, Secondary School Teachers
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Koss, Lorelei – PRIMUS, 2011
We describe a set of manipulatives developed to help students learn three-dimensional Cartesian, cylindrical, and spherical coordinate systems. (Contains 6 figures.)
Descriptors: Manipulative Materials, Mathematics Instruction, Teaching Methods, Mathematical Concepts
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Tawfeeq, Dante A. L. – PRIMUS, 2011
Teaching preparatory mathematics to first-time college students--who come from economically impoverished high schools that have not prepared their students to do college level mathematics--can be a daunting task for teaching assistants (TAs). The preparation of TAs to assist such students in the mastery of mathematical content is a complex…
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, College Freshmen, Teaching Assistants, College Mathematics
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Huntley, Mary Ann; Flores, Alfinio – PRIMUS, 2011
In this article, the authors describe how prospective secondary mathematics teachers designed their own adaptations of popular board and computer games to learn the history of mathematics. They begin the article by describing some of the games students designed and used, and follow this with a discussion of factors for successful use of games in…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Teaching Methods, Educational Games, History
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Fulton, James P.; Sabatino, Linda – PRIMUS, 2008
During the last two years we have developed a precalculus course customized around biology by using the scientific method as a framework to engage and motivate biology students. Historically, the precalculus and calculus courses required for the Suffolk County Community College biology curriculum were designed using examples from the physical…
Descriptors: Scientific Methodology, Biology, Sciences, Calculus
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Chin, Cynthia E. – PRIMUS, 2007
The history of Fermat's Last Theorem, recounted in the theatrical piece "Fermat's Last Tango," is a useful vehicle for introducing students to the variety of personalities, processes, and products involved in advanced mathematical investigation. The musical's accessible, informative, and positive portrayal of mathematicians and their work is…
Descriptors: High School Students, Teaching Methods, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematical Concepts
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Munakata, Mika – PRIMUS, 2005
This article describes the Field Trip Assignment, which was developed for a mathematics modeling course for prospective teachers. The objective of the assignment was to motivate students to make connections between mathematics and real-life phenomena while considering how to make those connections explicit to their future students. For the Field…
Descriptors: Field Trips, Mathematics Instruction, Teaching Methods, Relevance (Education)