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Lyons, David W. – PRIMUS, 2017

Quantum Information Science (QIS) is an interdisciplinary field involving mathematics, computer science, and physics. Appealing aspects include an abundance of accessible open problems, active interest and support from government and industry, and an energetic, open, and collaborative international research culture. We describe our student-faculty…

Descriptors: Quantum Mechanics, Information Science Education, Undergraduate Students, Student Research

Razzaghi, Mehdi – PRIMUS, 2017

Undergraduate research has become the centerpiece of many institutions of higher education's efforts to attract and recruit high school graduates. Since 1987, throughout my tenure at Bloomsburg University, I have involved over 20 students in my research. In my experience, there is clear evidence that students of mathematics substantially benefit…

Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Research Projects, Student Research, Mathematics Curriculum

Spayd, Kimberly; Puckett, James – PRIMUS, 2016

This article describes our modeling approach to teaching the one-dimensional heat (diffusion) equation in a one-semester undergraduate partial differential equations course. We constructed the apparatus for a demonstration of heat diffusion through a long, thin metal rod with prescribed temperatures at each end. The students observed the physical…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Equations (Mathematics), Heat, Teaching Methods

McGuire, Linda – PRIMUS, 2014

This article will describe a writing assignment designed for use in a liberal arts college whose mission stresses effective written communication both within and across disciplines. In this assignment, students write three separate solutions to the same mathematics problem: one for a mathematical peer, a second for a contemporary that does not…

Descriptors: College Mathematics, Undergraduate Study, Writing Assignments, Problem Solving

Taylor, Paul T. – PRIMUS, 2014

Many institutions wish to offer a path for students pursuing actuarial careers but lack the student demand to offer new courses or hire additional faculty. Fortunately, a program training students to enter the profession can often be constructed using existing courses and well-informed advising.

Descriptors: Educational Resources, Program Development, Program Descriptions, Risk Assessment

Marano, Lisa E. – PRIMUS, 2014

In 2007, the B.S. in Applied Mathematics program consisting of five concentrations, including Actuarial Science, began at West Chester University of Pennsylvania, and we graduated our first class (of one) that December. We describe our program, some ideas to consider when planning your own program, and share some of the successes of our program…

Descriptors: College Programs, Program Development, Program Descriptions, Risk Assessment

Marchand, Richard J. – PRIMUS, 2014

This paper provides suggestions for preparing students to take the actuarial examination on financial mathematics, SOA/CAS Exam FM/2. It is based on current practices employed at Slippery Rock University, a small public liberal arts university. Detailed descriptions of our Theory of Interest course and subsequent Exam FM/2 prep course are provided…

Descriptors: Risk Assessment, Mathematics Education, Financial Services, Test Preparation

McGuire, Linda – PRIMUS, 2013

This article will describe a project designed for use in a liberal arts mathematics course that satisfies an institutional quantitative reasoning requirement. Students, working in groups of four, are responsible for introducing and explaining new material to the rest of their class. Their "reporting" of mathematical information is…

Descriptors: Student Projects, Liberal Arts, College Mathematics, Mathematics Instruction

Berkove, Ethan – PRIMUS, 2013

A capstone course is often synthetic, bringing together many components of a student's educational background. For this reason, a project-based course in mathematical modeling makes a great capstone, as modeling problems often require a broad collection of mathematical tools for their solution. The addition of a service-learning component can…

Descriptors: Mathematics Curriculum, Undergraduate Study, College Mathematics, Mathematics Instruction

Donnay, Victor J. – PRIMUS, 2013

We describe a college math course and summer research project in which students used their math skills to analyze sustainability issues on campus and in the wider community and how these projects contributed to bringing about change in the community. Staff members at the college played an important role in developing and supervising the student…

Descriptors: Sustainability, Service Learning, Mathematics Education, Campuses

Fillebrown, Sandra – PRIMUS, 2013

Saint Joseph's University, a small comprehensive university, implemented a one-credit capstone project for the mathematics major beginning in 2002. After expansion to three credits in 2007, the capstone, although successful, had unintended consequences. In 2010, for both programmatic and practical reasons, the department decided to remove the…

Descriptors: Mathematics Curriculum, Mathematics Education, Majors (Students), College Programs

Roth, Kimberly A. – PRIMUS, 2012

The combination of classroom voting system (clicker) questions and peer instruction has been shown to increase student learning. While implementations in large lectures have been around for a while, mathematics has been increasingly using clickers in classes of a smaller size. In Fall 2008, I conducted an experiment to measure the effect of…

Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Calculus, Handheld Devices, Classroom Environment

Garrison, Laura A. – PRIMUS, 2005

This paper describes two classroom activities and a project that supplement a Liberal Arts Mathematics course's coverage of logic and reasoning. The first classroom activity introduces the writing of inductive and deductive arguments, and the second activity involves analyzing a guest speaker's arguments. The project consists of using logic and…

Descriptors: Class Activities, Learning Activities, Games, Logical Thinking

Rash, Agnes M.; Zurbach, E. Peter – PRIMUS, 2004

The intention of this article is to present a year-long interdisciplinary course, Mathematical Models in Chemistry. The course is comprised of eleven units, each of which has both a mathematical and a chemical component. A syllabus of the course is given and the format of the class is explained. The interaction of the professors and the content is…

Descriptors: Mathematical Models, Chemistry, College Mathematics, Interdisciplinary Approach

Brewer, J. Patrick – PRIMUS, 2003

This article describes a sophomore transition-to-advanced-math course taught via a modified Moore method at Lebanon Valley College.

Descriptors: Active Learning, Mathematics Instruction, College Mathematics, Advanced Courses