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Klebanoff, Aaron – Primus, 1997

Describes a project involving a short car trip in which students experience an early opportunity to work in teams, think about mathematics, gather and analyze speed and distance data, and produce a report on their findings. Provides a typical-authored solution. (Author/ASK)

Descriptors: Calculus, Data Collection, Higher Education, Mathematical Concepts

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Craighead, Robert L., Jr.; Fleck, Cynthia – Primus, 1997

Presents an experiment to design a precalculus topic that would help prepare students for limits in differential calculus. Emphasizes the topic to enhance the interpretation of graphs and to be applicable in both technology-based and traditional precalculus courses. Uses graphing calculators to help students observe the results of their…

Descriptors: Calculus, Educational Technology, Functions (Mathematics), Graphing Calculators

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Cooley, Laurel A. – Primus, 1997

Describes an experimental study in which two sections of calculus were taught using the same materials, except one section was enhanced with the computer algebra system Mathematica. Results indicated that the students in the technology group had advantages to understanding certain key topics in calculus such as limits, derivatives, and curve…

Descriptors: Calculus, Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Software, Educational Technology

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Gray, Shirley B.; Mena, Robert A. – Primus, 1997

Presents activities that engage students and promote discussion emphasizing the history of mathematics, diversity, and multiculturalism. Six activities included are Crossword Puzzle, Date of Event, Quotes Matching, Famous Mathematical Expressions, Calendar Scramble, and Map Puzzle. Also lists related World Wide Web sites. Contains 15 references.…

Descriptors: Educational Games, Higher Education, Integrated Activities, Mathematical Concepts

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Graham, Jeff; Barnes, Julia – Primus, 1997

Argues that although differential equations are billed as applied mathematics, there is rarely any hands-on experience incorporated into the course. Presents a laboratory project that requires students to obtain data from a physics lab and use that data to compute the coefficients of the second order differential equation, which mathematically…

Descriptors: Data Collection, Differential Equations, Electric Circuits, Experiential Learning

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Harris, Gary A.; Tarwater, J. Dalton – Primus, 1997

Describes a nine-hour, three-sequence mathematics course in the elementary teacher certification program at Texas Tech University. Emphasizes the development, philosophy, design, and implementation of the sequence. Presents excerpts from the activities and group exercises outlined for the course. Contains 15 references. (Author/ASK)

Descriptors: Course Descriptions, Elementary Education, Elementary School Teachers, Higher Education

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Park, Robert – Primus, 1997

Discusses the properties of the equation y"+ay=0, a basic equation in differential equations classes which is well known to have periodic solutions. Explores similar but more complicated equations using a graphing calculator to ask questions about the nature of the solutions and to generate conjectures from examples. Lists some equations and…

Descriptors: Differential Equations, Educational Technology, Graphing Calculators, Higher Education

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Mower, Pat – Primus, 1996

Presents the findings of a study on the learning experiences of undergraduates enrolled in a writing-intensive algebra course. The study revealed that writing activities are successful in terms of facilitating student comprehension of mathematical content. The use of words allows student writers to gain ownership of the algebraic content. (DDR)

Descriptors: Algebra, Educational Research, Higher Education, Instructional Innovation

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Silvia, Evelyn M.; Hom, Carole L. – Primus, 1996

Refutes the assumption that large classes must be impersonal, characterized by lecture style, and presented in a theorem-proof-example format. Discusses successful strategies for space use, classroom management, and collecting student feedback. (DDR)

Descriptors: Calculus, Class Size, Classroom Techniques, Educational Strategies

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Gura, Kay – Primus, 1996

Describes a mathematics course that involves the study of growth patterns combined with an analysis of the symmetry of patterns. Briefly outline the curriculum and and discusses key features of the course, such as use of hands-on models, video, slides, and speakers from other disciplines. Contains 29 references. (DDR)

Descriptors: Course Content, Geometry, Higher Education, Interdisciplinary Approach

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DeLong, Matthew; Winter, Dale; Yackel, Carolyn A. – Primus, 2003

Describes a research-based analytical framework for motivation, activity, learning, and attribution to exam classroom management issues in student-centered instruction. Reviews research in classroom management for university and college-level classrooms. Describes the research base for the framework. (Contains 88 citations.) (Author/KHR)

Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Higher Education, Learning Activities, Learning Motivation

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Shell-Gellasch, Amy – Primus, 2003

Describes a way to teach mathematics majors as guest instructors in their classroom to utilize resources with a wealth of experience, ideas, and enthusiasm. (Author/KHR)

Descriptors: Curriculum Design, Higher Education, Learning Strategies, Majors (Students)

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Chappell, Kelly K. – Primus, 2003

Examines the performance of two groups of students in traditionally-taught second semester calculus: students who took reform first semester calculus and students who took traditionally-taught first semester calculus. Identifies and explores the issues that reform students faced as they transitioned into traditionally-taught second semester…

Descriptors: Calculus, Curriculum Development, Educational Change, Higher Education

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Latterell, Carmen M.; Regal, Ronald R. – Primus, 2003

Describes the writing of a new placement test and provides detailed results of a validity study on the test. Concludes that placement testing does not work very well. Suggests that undergraduate mathematics departments consider using existing data rather than giving a separate placement test. (Author/KHR)

Descriptors: Educational Administration, Educational Policy, Evaluation, Higher Education

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Swetz, Frank J. – Primus, 2003

Raises issues and questions concerning the judicious choice of a textbook to teach the history of mathematics. (Author/KHR)

Descriptors: Higher Education, Instructional Materials, Learning Strategies, Mathematics History