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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

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Rosenthal, Bill – Primus, 1992

Offers calculus students and teachers the opportunity to motivate and discover the first Fundamental Theorem of Calculus (FTC) in an experimental, experiential, inductive, intuitive, vernacular-based manner. Starting from the observation that a distance traveled at a constant speed corresponds to the area inside a rectangle, the FTC is discovered,…

Descriptors: Calculus, College Mathematics, Discovery Learning, Experiential Learning

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Haws, LaDawn – Primus, 1992

Hypermedia provides an easy-to-use option for adding visualization, via the computer, to the classroom. Some examples of this medium are presented, including applications in basic linear algebra and calculus, and a tutorial in electromagnetism. (Author)

Descriptors: Calculus, College Mathematics, Computer Assisted Instruction, Enrichment Activities

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Zarzycki, Piotr – Primus, 1992

Presents eight techniques for teaching undergraduate mathematics whose main aims are (1) learning how to pose problems in an easier and more attractive form; (2) fostering usage of mathematical symbolism; and (3) checking the level of comprehension of the principal ideas. Examples illustrate each technique. (Author/MDH)

Descriptors: Competition, Elementary Secondary Education, Enrichment Activities, Higher Education

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Reiter, Clifford A. – Primus, 1992

Computational environments that provide integrated numeric, symbolic, and graphical capabilities provide new opportunities for laboratories in Numerical Analysis. Hermite interpolation is one topic that can benefit from such an environment. Describes a laboratory session using Mathematica that allows students to actively experience Hermite…

Descriptors: College Mathematics, Computer Assisted Instruction, Discovery Learning, Estimation (Mathematics)

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Maurer, Stephen B. – PRIMUS, 1991

Presented is a guide for undergraduate mathematical composition with emphases on explicit and clear definitions, purposeful formatting with regard to technical conventions, and proper style with respect to content and prospective audience. Numerous examples are included, particularly those involving complicated mathematical expressions. (JJK)

Descriptors: College Mathematics, Content Area Writing, Higher Education, Mathematical Linguistics

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Chinn, Phyllis; And Others – Primus, 1992

Presents examples of questions and answers arising from a hands-on and exploratory approach to discrete mathematics using cuisenaire rods. Combinatorial questions about trains formed of cuisenaire rods provide the setting for discovering numerical patterns by experimentation and organizing the results using induction and successive differences.…

Descriptors: Discovery Learning, Elementary School Teachers, Higher Education, Instructional Materials