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Sudakov, Ivan; Bellsky, Thomas; Usenyuk, Svetlana; Polyakova, Victoria V. – PRIMUS, 2016

This work discusses the creation and use of infographics in an undergraduate mathematics course. Infographics are a visualization of information that combines data, formulas, and images. This article discusses how to form an infographic and uses infographics on topics within mathematics and climate as examples. It concludes with survey data from…

Descriptors: College Mathematics, Mathematics Instruction, Undergraduate Study, Teaching Methods

Brandt, Jim; Lunt, Jana; Meilstrup, Gretchen Rimmasch – PRIMUS, 2016

Educators often argue that mathematics should be taught so that the students in the course are actually "doing mathematics." Is there a consensus among mathematicians and mathematics educators as to the meaning of "doing mathematics?" In an effort to answer this question, we administered a survey to hundreds of university-level…

Descriptors: Mathematics Education, Professional Personnel, Mathematics Teachers, College Faculty

Norman, Ke Wu; Medhanie, Amanuel G.; Harwell, Michael R.; Anderson, Edwin; Post, Thomas R. – PRIMUS, 2011

Recent "math wars" have drawn attention to how well various high school mathematics curricula prepare students for college-level mathematics. The purpose of this study was to investigate the relationship between the high school mathematics curricula and students' post-secondary mathematics placement recommendation, specifically how…

Descriptors: High Schools, College Mathematics, Student Placement, Mathematics Curriculum

Erickson, Amy H.; Melendez, Barbra S.; Ball, Daniel L.; Morse, Steven T.; Phillips, Geoffrey P. – PRIMUS, 2010

This project is one of four that were issued to first semester sophomore undergraduates at the United States Military Academy as part of an integrated learning experience at the end of their Calculus II course work. This project was used during a short, seven lesson block of instruction that was intended to capitalize on their recent academic…

Descriptors: Majors (Students), Mathematical Models, Learning Experience, Calculus

Brod, Ryan; Gomber, John; Mendoza, Jurelle; Roginski, Jonathan; Smith, Tyler – PRIMUS, 2010

The material presented here was used for a semester-long capstone project for a first semester freshman course entitled Mathematical Modeling and Introduction to Calculus. The goals for the students in this work were twofold: first, enable the students to gain insight into an actual problem that affects millions of people in the United States and…

Descriptors: Technical Writing, Writing Skills, Calculus, Diabetes

Sturdivant, Rod; Watts, Krista – PRIMUS, 2010

This article presents material that has been used as a classroom activity in a calculus-based probability and statistics course. The application was used in the first few lessons of this course. Students had three previous semesters of math, including calculus (single and multivariable), differential equations, and a course in mathematical…

Descriptors: Probability, Calculus, Mathematics Instruction, Communicable Diseases

Burks, Robert; Lindquist, Joseph; McMurran, Shawnee – PRIMUS, 2008

At United States Military Academy, a unit on biological modeling applications forms the culminating component of the first semester core mathematics course for freshmen. The course emphasizes the use of problem-solving strategies and modeling to solve complex and ill-defined problems. Topic areas include functions and their shapes, data fitting,…

Descriptors: Group Activities, Calculus, Matrices, Liberal Arts

Myers, Joseph; Trubatch, David; Winkel, Brian – PRIMUS, 2008

We discuss the introduction and teaching of partial differential equations (heat and wave equations) via modeling physical phenomena, using a new approach that encompasses constructing difference equations and implementing these in a spreadsheet, numerically solving the partial differential equations using the numerical differential equation…

Descriptors: Equations (Mathematics), Calculus, Teaching Methods, Mathematical Models