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Herriott, Scott R.; Dunbar, Steven R. – PRIMUS, 2009
The common understanding within the mathematics community is that the role of the college algebra course is to prepare students for calculus. Though exceptions are emerging, the curriculum of most college algebra courses and the content of most textbooks on the market both reflect that assumption. This article calls that assumption into question…
Descriptors: Majors (Students), Textbooks, Biological Sciences, Sciences
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Abramovich, Sergei; Grinshpan, Arcadii Z. – PRIMUS, 2008
This article focuses on the important role of applications in teaching mathematics to students with career paths other than mathematics. These include the fields as diverse as education, engineering, business, and life sciences. Particular attention is given to instructional computing as a means for concept development in mathematics education…
Descriptors: Majors (Students), Education Courses, Mathematics Education, Biological Sciences