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Lewis, Drew; Clontz, Steven; Estis, Julie – PRIMUS, 2021
Team-Based Learning (TBL) is a cooperative learning strategy blending elements of flipped learning, inquiry-based learning, and problem-based learning. Although used quite frequently in other disciplines, use of this strategy in mathematics has been limited. In this article, we describe how TBL can be implemented in math courses with adherence to…
Descriptors: Cooperative Learning, Inquiry, Active Learning, Flipped Classroom
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Diedrichs, Danilo R. – PRIMUS, 2019
Harvesting models based on ordinary differential equations are commonly used in the fishery industry and wildlife management to model the evolution of a population depleted by harvest mortality. We present a project consisting of a series of scenarios based on fishery harvesting models to teach the application of theoretical concepts learned in a…
Descriptors: Mathematical Models, Equations (Mathematics), Calculus, Industry
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Shelton, Therese; Laurent, Theresa; Agyemang-Barimah, Beulah – PRIMUS, 2019
We present adaptable activities for models of drug movement in the human body -- pharmacokinetics -- that motivate the learning of ordinary differential equations with an interdisciplinary topic. Specifically, we model aspirin, caffeine, and digoxin. We discuss the pedagogy of guiding students to understand, develop, and analyze models,…
Descriptors: Equations (Mathematics), Active Learning, Calculus, Pharmacology
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McCarthy, Chris; Lan, Jie; Li, Jieying – PRIMUS, 2019
We present noncompetitive adsorption as "particles in a box with one sticky wall." We start with a general model that can be modeled as a simple ordinary differential equation (ODE). To verify the ODE students run a computer simulation. The ODE's solution imperfectly fits the simulation's data. This leads to the diffusion partial…
Descriptors: Equations (Mathematics), Mathematical Models, Problem Solving, Computer Simulation
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Helmreich, James E.; Krog, K. Peter – PRIMUS, 2018
We present a short, inquiry-based learning course on concepts and methods underlying ordinary least squares (OLS), least absolute deviation (LAD), and quantile regression (QR). Students investigate squared, absolute, and weighted absolute distance functions (metrics) as location measures. Using differential calculus and properties of convex…
Descriptors: Least Squares Statistics, Regression (Statistics), Active Learning, Inquiry
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Dorée, Suzanne Ingrid – PRIMUS, 2017
How can we teach inquiry? In this paper, I offer practical techniques for teaching inquiry effectively using activities built from routine textbook exercises with minimal advanced preparation, including rephrasing exercises as questions, creating activities that inspire students to make conjectures, and asking for counterexamples to reasonable,…
Descriptors: Inquiry, Mathematics Instruction, Learning Activities, Problem Solving
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Selby, Christina – PRIMUS, 2016
Linear algebra students are typically introduced to the problem of how to convert from one coordinate system to another in a very abstract way. Often, two bases for a given vector space are provided, and students are taught how to determine a transition matrix to be used for changing coordinates. If students are successful in memorizing this…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, College Mathematics, Undergraduate Study, Algebra
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Latulippe, Joe; Latulippe, Christine – PRIMUS, 2014
As an often recommended but under-utilized pedagogical strategy, writing in mathematics has many benefits for students. However, creating and grading worthwhile writing projects can be more time-consuming than utilizing more traditional forms of assessment. This paper provides a concrete example of a writing project prompt, questions, directions,…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, College Mathematics, Undergraduate Study, Content Area Writing
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Kalajdzievska, Darja – PRIMUS, 2014
In many post-secondary, introductory mathematics courses failure and withdrawal rates are reaching as high as 50% and average GPA is steadily decreasing. This is a problem that has been witnessed across the globe. With widespread reforms taking place in K-12 mathematics education, many innovative teaching strategies have been created, implemented,…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, College Mathematics, Undergraduate Study, Student Motivation
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Karp, Alexander – Primus, 2002
Investigates issues of mathematics instruction of problems in blocks. Discusses the best way to construct mathematical problems with connections to one another as parts of a coherent whole and how to reflect on the types of connections that can arise between them. (Author/KHR)
Descriptors: Interdisciplinary Approach, Mathematical Models, Mathematics Instruction, Problem Solving
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Schlatter, Mark D. – Primus, 2002
Discusses one way of addressing the difficulty of mastering a large number of concepts through the use of ConcepTests; that is, multiple choice questions given in a lecture that test understanding as opposed to calculation. Investigates various types of ConcepTests and the material they can cover. (Author/KHR)
Descriptors: Calculus, Concept Formation, Evaluation, Group Activities
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Miller, Cheryl Chute – Primus, 2002
Describes teaching a course on the history of mathematics intended for prospective teachers. Presents a brief overview of the course created, difficulties encountered, and some solutions discovered. (Author/KHR)
Descriptors: Course Descriptions, Culture, Curriculum Development, Higher Education
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Mahavier, W. Ted – Primus, 2002
Describes a two-semester numerical methods course that serves as a research experience for undergraduate students without requiring external funding or the modification of current curriculum. Uses an engineering problem to introduce students to constrained optimization via a variation of the traditional isoperimetric problem of finding the curve…
Descriptors: Calculus, College Mathematics, Computer Uses in Education, Curriculum Design
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Weinstein, Gideon – Primus, 1999
Explains the philosophy and practice of a mathematics study-skills course through the narrative of a fictional student. Provides a rich description of the experience, and numerous footnotes provide the ideas and justification behind the design of the course. Contains 15 references. (Author/ASK)
Descriptors: Course Descriptions, Higher Education, Learning Laboratories, Mathematics Education
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Meel, David E. – Primus, 1999
Examines the various issues surrounding the implementation of journal writing in an undergraduate linear algebra course. Identifies the benefits of incorporating journal writing into an undergraduate mathematics course, which are supported with students' comments from their journals and their reflections on the process. Contains 14 references.…
Descriptors: Algebra, College Mathematics, Content Area Writing, Higher Education
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