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Pudwell, Lara – PRIMUS, 2017
In this paper, we discuss the Experimental Mathematics course taught at Valparaiso University since 2009. We focus on aspects of the course that facilitate students' abilities to ask and explore their own research questions.
Descriptors: Inquiry, Mathematics, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematics Education
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Karls, Michael A. – PRIMUS, 2017
In this paper I will outline the process I have developed for conducting applied mathematics research with undergraduates and give some examples of the projects we have worked on. Several of these projects have led to refereed publications that could be used to illustrate topics taught in the undergraduate curriculum.
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, College Mathematics, Undergraduate Study, Student Research
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Rodgers, Kathy V.; Sarol, Yalçin – PRIMUS, 2014
Students earning a degree in mathematics often seek information on how to apply their mathematical knowledge. One option is to follow a curriculum with an actuarial emphasis designed to prepare students as an applied mathematician in the actuarial field. By developing only two new courses and utilizing existing courses for Validation by…
Descriptors: Program Development, Educational Resources, Risk Assessment, Mathematics Education
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Wilson, Christopher James – PRIMUS, 2014
We describe specific curricular decisions employed at Butler University that have resulted in student achievement in the actuarial science major. The paper includes a discussion of how these decisions might be applied in the context of a new actuarial program.
Descriptors: Majors (Students), Risk Assessment, Educational Objectives, Degree Requirements
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Czarneski, Debra – PRIMUS, 2013
In the Fall semester of 2009, I taught a first-year course that focused on skills required to successfully complete undergraduate research. This paper will discuss the Simpson College first-year course requirements, my course goals, the graph theory topics covered, student feedback, and instructor reflection.
Descriptors: College Mathematics, Research Skills, Student Research, Mathematics Instruction
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Shafii-Mousavi, Morteza; Kochanowski, Paul – PRIMUS, 2006
This paper describes an interdisciplinary project-based mathematics course linked to a computer technology course. The linkage encourages an appreciation of mathematics and technology as students see an immediate use for these skills in completing actual real-world projects. Linking mathematics and technology integrates subjects taught in…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Computers, Information Technology, Mathematics