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Gray, Elizabeth D.; Sharp, Wyatt – Primus, 1996
Presents a miniresearch project from a college geometry class for preservice mathematics teachers involving Venn diagrams for five sets. (Author/MKR)
Descriptors: Alternative Assessment, Education Majors, Geometry, Higher Education
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Arney, David C.; And Others – Primus, 1995
Describes the past history and present reforms of the Department of Mathematical Sciences at the United States Military Academy. (MKR)
Descriptors: Cognitive Development, College Mathematics, Educational Change, Higher Education
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Parker, Mark; Zullo, Holly; Preyer, Norris – Primus, 1999
Describes the Mathematical Contest in Modeling (MCM), a contest in which teams of three undergraduate students compete with other undergraduate teams from schools all over the world. Implements MCM at Eastern Oregon University and indicates that the MCM program promotes teamwork and generates enthusiasm in students. (Author/ASK)
Descriptors: Competition, Higher Education, Mathematical Models, Mathematics Education
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Levine, Alan; Shanfelder, Benjamin – Primus, 2000
A major cause of the difficulty undergraduate mathematics majors have with the transition from elementary to advanced mathematics courses is that advanced courses require students to understand how mathematics is created. Describes a course whose main purpose is to introduce students to the creative process in mathematics. The course consists of…
Descriptors: Course Descriptions, Epistemology, Experiments, Higher Education
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Oty, Karla J.; Elliott, Brett M.; McArthur, John M.; Clark, Bryon K. – Primus, 2000
Describes an interdisciplinary quantitative reasoning course that uses algebra to answer questions from science. Describes the development, philosophy, and structure of the course and demonstrates two of the projects developed for this course. Presents student reactions and attitudes towards the course. (Contains 11 references.) (Author/ASK)
Descriptors: Algebra, Course Descriptions, Higher Education, Interdisciplinary Approach
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Meier, John; Thorme, Trisha – Primus, 1997
Outlines a pair of projects used in introductory calculus that are inspired by techniques archaeologists use in the analysis of pottery. These real-world application problems appeal to students who are not necessarily interested in the standard application of calculus. (Author/DDR)
Descriptors: Active Learning, Archaeology, Calculus, College Curriculum
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Kasturiarachi, A. Bathi – Primus, 1997
Demonstrates how to incorporate collaborative learning into the mathematics curriculum. The method is based on the Academic Mastery Program (AMP) at Occidental College, a program that promotes achievement in mathematics by helping students to organize their lives around their academic interests. Describes in detail the format of the weekly two-…
Descriptors: Classroom Environment, College Curriculum, Higher Education, Learning Strategies
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Wainwright, Barbara A.; Austin, Homer W. – Primus, 1997
Shares the perspectives of two instructors of elementary statistics at the college level. Describes a course developed to increase statistics learning and student motivation to learn statistics by introducing writing into the course content. (DDR)
Descriptors: College Curriculum, Computer Uses in Education, Course Content, Educational Attitudes
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Armstrong, Gerald; And Others – Primus, 1994
Gives a general description of reformed calculus efforts and describes experiences with two reformed calculus programs together with traditional calculus. Also provides comparisons between these three programs using teaching evaluations and student journals. (Author/MKR)
Descriptors: Calculators, Calculus, Computer Uses in Education, Conventional Instruction
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Barber, Fredrick; Narayan, Jack – Primus, 1994
Reports on the use of technology to enhance the teaching of ordinary differential equations, gives examples of laboratory activities using cooperative learning, and discusses assessment of student learning. MacMath, TI-81 graphing calculators, and Maple were used in the course. (Author/MKR)
Descriptors: Calculus, Computer Uses in Education, Cooperative Learning, Differential Equations
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Post, Steven – Primus, 1994
Describes a course in problem solving for undergraduates not majoring in mathematics or science. The course was unusually successful in bringing average students to mathematical thinking. (Author/MKR)
Descriptors: Higher Education, Mathematics Achievement, Mathematics Instruction, Nonmajors
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Hodgson, Ted – Primus, 1995
Describes an experimental course in which the programming language ISETL served as a tool for exploring concepts in abstract algebra, and identifies instructional strategies that facilitate the successful use of ISETL. Offers informal observations regarding the effectiveness of this approach. (13 references) (Author/MKR)
Descriptors: Algebra, College Mathematics, Computer Uses in Education, Concept Formation
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Barr, Thomas H. – Primus, 1995
Presents a case study of an undergraduate mathematics seminar in which seniors put together ideas from their previous coursework and extended their understanding of mathematics. (10 references) (Author/MKR)
Descriptors: College Seniors, Content Area Reading, Course Descriptions, Higher Education
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Gorini, Catherine A. – Primus, 1991
Describes the collegewide academic program at Maharishi International University that incorporates speaking and writing into the undergraduate curriculum. The impact of the key features of this successful program upon the mathematics curriculum are discussed in detail. (JJK)
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, College Mathematics, Content Area Writing, Curriculum Evaluation
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Castro, James – Primus, 1991
Describes several techniques that have been used in a variety of college mathematics classes to shift the classroom experience from instructor-centered to student-centered. Discusses specific applications of these techniques to remedial mathematics, precalculus, liberal arts mathematics, calculus, and geometry classroom settings. (40 references)…
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, College Mathematics, Content Area Writing, Cooperative Learning
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