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Bruder, Andrea; Kohler, Brynja R. – PRIMUS, 2020

Although modeling is an integral process in applied mathematics, students rarely encounter modeling opportunities in their calculus courses. We introduce a laboratory experience as a starting point for calculus students to investigate multivariable functions. A layered system of coffee and milk serves as a physical model for temperature gradients…

Descriptors: Calculus, Mathematics Instruction, Climate, Food

Bagley, Spencer – PRIMUS, 2020

The flipped classroom model interchanges the roles of in-class and out-of-class time to allow students more time to engage with cognitively demanding tasks when expert help from their instructor is more available. An extensive body of literature supports the effectiveness of this model. In contrast, I present a case study of a less-successful…

Descriptors: Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Homework, Video Technology

Ko, Sei Jin; Marx, David M.; Nickerson, Susan D.; Bjorkman, Katie – PRIMUS, 2020

In this paper we provide a detailed account of how to implement a peer role model (PRM) program similar to the one that we developed at San Diego State University (SDSU) to broaden participation of college women in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). In particular, we summarize our findings of the PRM program's best practices,…

Descriptors: Role Models, Peer Influence, College Students, Calculus

Eklund, Holly – PRIMUS, 2020

The purpose of this paper is to explain a newly implemented interactive delivery model for students at the Colorado School of Mines (Mines) repeating Calculus for Scientists & Engineers I during the spring of 2017. Since calculus is a necessary component for so many STEM degrees, it will continue to be a gateway to obtaining such degrees and…

Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Delivery Systems, Calculus, Scientists

Lewis, Drew – PRIMUS, 2020

This article describes a Standards-Based Grading (SBG) implementation used in a variety of lower-level mathematics courses, notably including the use of oral re-assessments. A retrospective study of this implementation was conducted that showed that female students take advantage of optional oral re-assessments at greater rates than male students…

Descriptors: Grading, Academic Standards, Mathematics Instruction, Student Evaluation

Davis, Tara C.; Spaeth, Anneliese H. – PRIMUS, 2020

This article includes a case study describing our innovative teaching technique of assigning reading journals in a first semester calculus course (Calculus I), as well as an exposition about and recommendations arising from our subsequent experiences implementing similar methods in Junior and Senior mathematics courses. In the primary case study…

Descriptors: Student Journals, Reading Assignments, College Mathematics, Calculus

Harsy, Amanda – PRIMUS, 2020

As educators, it is important for us to recognize that our assessment methods affect student attitudes. If we want students to learn from their mistakes and counteract a fixed-mindset of learning, perhaps we should look at what we incentivize in the classroom. Some professors are attempting to counteract math and test anxiety, poor STEM retention,…

Descriptors: Testing, Mastery Tests, Mastery Learning, Mathematics Instruction

Martin, Taylor E. – PRIMUS, 2019

My goal in crafting homework in calculus is twofold: to provide scaffolding for students to develop a theoretical understanding of calculus concepts and to incorporate good mathematical exposition, including justification and proof when appropriate. I achieve these goals by creating weekly homework sets that students work on in groups of three or…

Descriptors: Calculus, Homework, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematical Concepts

Anderson, Jacqueline – PRIMUS, 2019

A common challenge among mathematics professors is to structure a course so that students are motivated to complete enough work to master the material without creating an unmanageable grading workload. We will discuss a strategy that the author devised to successfully confront this challenge (after many other failed attempts): using online surveys…

Descriptors: College Mathematics, College Students, Student Evaluation, Feedback (Response)

Czocher, Jennifer A.; Tague, Jenna; Baker, Greg – PRIMUS, 2019

In this paper, we tell a story of iterative design and continual improvement of an asynchronous technological resource, pencasts, to support development of students' modeling skills while studying at home. Our students were typically engineering majors, enrolled in differential equations as a prerequisite for their subsequent engineering courses.…

Descriptors: Homework, Mathematical Models, Technology Uses in Education, Asynchronous Communication

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

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

Jensen-Vallin, Jacqueline – PRIMUS, 2017

As STEM educators, we know it is beneficial to train students to think critically and mathematically during their early mathematical lives. To this end, the author teaches the College Algebra/Precalculus course in a flipped classroom version of an inquiry-based learning style. However, the techniques described in this paper can be applied to a…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Critical Thinking, College Mathematics, Inquiry

Mokry, Jeanette – PRIMUS, 2016

This article discusses preparation assignments used in a Calculus II course that cover material from prerequisite courses. Prior to learning new material, students work on problems outside of class involving concepts from algebra, trigonometry, and Calculus I. These problems are directly built upon in order to answer Calculus II questions,…

Descriptors: Calculus, Assignments, Prerequisites, Instructional Materials

Deshler, Jessica M.; Miller, David; Pascal, Matthew – PRIMUS, 2016

In an effort to support the success of minority students and to incorporate inquiry-based learning (IBL) into the calculus sequence of courses at West Virginia University, a modified version of the Emerging Scholars Program (ESP) was implemented in the fall of 2009. Since then, approximately 100 students have taken ESP Calculus I, with many of…

Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Active Learning, Inquiry, Calculus