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Kenyon, Paula L.; Bardzell, Michael J. – Primus, 2001

Summarizes an interdisciplinary undergraduate research project involving experimental physics and calculus and illustrates how mathematics was used to finesse incomplete experimental information and maximize physical quantity known as jerk. Describes how calculus can be applied in the "real world" where functions are not always given by nice…

Descriptors: Calculus, Higher Education, Integrated Activities, Interdisciplinary Approach

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Kerley, Lyndell; Knisley, Jeff – Primus, 2001

Although data is often used to estimate parameters for models in calculus and differential equations, the models themselves are seldom justified. Uses the data itself to motivate mathematical models in introductory mathematics courses. Illustrates various regression and optimization techniques. (Author/ASK)

Descriptors: College Mathematics, Higher Education, Mathematical Models, Mathematics Instruction

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Dancis, Jerome – Primus, 2001

Students in a freshmen calculus course should become fluent in modeling physical phenomena represented by integrals, in particular geometric formulas for volumes and arc length and physical formulas for work. Describes how to train students to became fluent in such modeling and derivation of standard integral formulas. Indicates that these lessons…

Descriptors: Calculus, College Mathematics, Higher Education, Mathematical Models

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Allen, David – Primus, 2001

Shares a series of problems designed to provide students with opportunities to develop an understanding of applications of the definite integral. Discourages Template solutions, solutions in which students mimic a rehearsed strategy without understanding as the variety of problems helps prevent the construction of a template. (Author/ASK)

Descriptors: Calculus, College Mathematics, Higher Education, Mathematics Instruction

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Roddick, Cheryl D. – Primus, 2001

Present a study conducted at The Ohio State University and compares students from the calculus-reform course sequence Calculus and Mathematica with traditional students in two areas: (1) conceptual and procedural understanding of calculus; and (2) achievement in calculus-dependent courses. Investigates student achievement in calculus-dependent…

Descriptors: Calculus, Computer Uses in Education, Educational Change, Higher Education

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Pilzer, Scott – Primus, 2001

Explores a method of teaching called Peer Instruction. Describes how Peer Instruction was implemented in physics and summarizes the results. Discusses the way in which Peer Instruction was modified to be used in an introductory single variable calculus course. (Author/ASK)

Descriptors: Calculus, Higher Education, Mathematics Education, Peer Teaching

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Kirtland, Joseph; Hoh, Pau-San – Primus, 2002

Describes the development of an integrated approach for teaching mathematics and writing to freshmen. The goals are to strengthen mathematical skills, develop writing competencies, and foster interdisciplinary awareness. (Author/MM)

Descriptors: Course Descriptions, Educational Strategies, Higher Education, Innovation

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Shell, Amy E. – Primus, 2002

Presents a short overview of how instruction at West Point has evolved over 200 years. Discusses current teaching methods and how they can be integrated into any science classroom. (Author/MM)

Descriptors: Educational History, Higher Education, Science Education, Teaching Methods

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Wainwright, Barbara A.; Tardiff, Robert M.; Austin, Homer W. – Primus, 2002

Describes the development of an introductory course that exposes mathematical sciences majors to a full range of issues that most practicing statisticians may face including data acquisition, design of experiments, use of theory, and formal writing. Provides a summary of laboratories and student perspectives. (Author/MM)

Descriptors: Computer Uses in Education, Course Descriptions, Higher Education, Mathematics Education

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Acosta, Daniel J.; Wills, Randall – Primus, 2002

Outlines ideas and exercises for two topics that accompany the standard treatment of integral calculus. Emphasizes intuition to help facilitate student comprehension of the definite integral as a limit of Riemann Sums. (Author/MM)

Descriptors: Calculus, Higher Education, Mathematics Education

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Golding, Tena Long; Gray, Elizabeth D. – Primus, 2002

Describes a mentoring program that was used to train additional faculty to teach a new course in geometry for elementary education majors. (Author/MM)

Descriptors: Geometry, Higher Education, Mathematics Education, Mentors

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Lehmann, Joel; Gillman, Rick – Primus, 1998

Presents a summary of insights gained by the authors after a semester of collaborative teaching. Emphasizes pedagogical and administrative insights. (Author/ASK)

Descriptors: Cooperative Learning, Higher Education, Mathematics Instruction, Professional Development

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Berry, John; Nyman, Melvin A. – Primus, 1998

Describes the outcomes of an intensive one-month mathematical modeling course and the use of posters in peer assessment of student work. (Author/ASK)

Descriptors: Cooperative Learning, Course Descriptions, Higher Education, Mathematical Models

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Claus-McGahan, Elly – Primus, 1998

Discusses the value of student-designed, in-depth, modeling projects in a differential equations course and how to prepare students. Provides excerpts from worksheets, a list of computer software for Macintosh that can be used in teaching differential equations, and an annotated bibliography. (Author/ASK)

Descriptors: Annotated Bibliographies, Computer Software, Cooperative Learning, Differential Equations

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Ensley, Douglas E.; Fiorini, Gene R. – Primus, 1998

Argues that the level of student activity in a mathematics department at an undergraduate institution is an important gauge of academic atmosphere within the program. Outlines some practical tips for improving the level of student activity through properly directed faculty activity. (Author/ASK)

Descriptors: Educational Environment, Extracurricular Activities, Higher Education, Mathematics Education