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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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Case, Robert – Primus, 2002
Reports on a long-term collaborative effort between Northeastern University and inner-city high schools in Boston which resulted in the wide-spread introduction of reform classes in schools previously lacking calculus. (Author/MM)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Calculus, College School Cooperation, Educational Change
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Wallace, Dorothy – Primus, 2002
Describes a successful course in mathematical biology at Dartmouth College. The course targets premedical students and biology majors rather than mathematics majors, and requires only one semester of calculus as prerequisite. Real world problems form the basis of student work. (Author/KHR)
Descriptors: Biology, Calculus, Curriculum Design, Higher Education
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Friedman, Mordechai Lawrence – Primus, 1993
Describes the behavior of five calculus professors and their students based on observations of calculus classes. Results showed that the dominant mode of instruction was lecture and students were usually not actively engaged in doing mathematics. (14 references) (Author/MKR)
Descriptors: Calculus, College Faculty, College Students, Higher Education
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Watnick, Richard – Primus, 1993
Presents a college calculus program based on the discovery method and the educational psychology literature used to develop it. Lists departmental, educational, and calculus reform goals, and describes characteristics of the program, including relaxed atmosphere, use of visualization, and supplemental teaching techniques. (13 references) (MKR)
Descriptors: Calculus, Discovery Learning, Educational Psychology, Experimental Programs
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Edwards, Harriet C. – Primus, 1993
Reports results of a survey of demographics and work and study habits of college freshmen mathematics students. No statistically significant correlation was found between work hours and grade outcome. (Author/MKR)
Descriptors: Calculus, College Freshmen, Demography, Employment
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Foehl, Henry C. – Primus, 1993
Proposes a calculus curriculum combining formative knowledge, mathematical foundations, and instrumental knowledge in mathematics. Discusses each of these components, the organization of a core calculus course, and the use of problem solving in calculus instruction. (10 references) (MKR)
Descriptors: Calculus, Higher Education, Mathematics Curriculum, Mathematics Education
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Narasimhan, Carolyn C. – Primus, 1993
Compares experiences in two calculus courses for non-science majors: a traditional business calculus course and a course using materials from the Calculus Consortium based at Harvard. The latter program is recommended. (MKR)
Descriptors: Business Education, Calculus, College Mathematics, Higher Education
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Lefton, Lew E.; Steinbart, Enid M. – Primus, 1995
Discusses the use of the Calculus & Mathematica materials, presents an objective assessment of student performance based on a uniform final exam, presents a summary of student perceptions drawn from responses to survey questions, and gives an analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of the courseware. (19 references) (Author/MKR)
Descriptors: Calculus, College Students, Computer Uses in Education, Course Evaluation
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Teles, Elizabeth J. – Primus, 1992
Discusses results from studies reported from 1958-86 examining the different methods of teaching calculus. Alternatives to lecture presentations to supplement and enhance learning include discovery and group learning, self-paced classes, programed materials, and use of computers. (over 50 references) (MDH)
Descriptors: Calculus, Computer Assisted Instruction, Computers, Cooperative Learning
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Haws, LaDawn – Primus, 1992
Hypermedia provides an easy-to-use option for adding visualization, via the computer, to the classroom. Some examples of this medium are presented, including applications in basic linear algebra and calculus, and a tutorial in electromagnetism. (Author)
Descriptors: Calculus, College Mathematics, Computer Assisted Instruction, Enrichment Activities
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Rosenthal, Bill – Primus, 1992
Offers calculus students and teachers the opportunity to motivate and discover the first Fundamental Theorem of Calculus (FTC) in an experimental, experiential, inductive, intuitive, vernacular-based manner. Starting from the observation that a distance traveled at a constant speed corresponds to the area inside a rectangle, the FTC is discovered,…
Descriptors: Calculus, College Mathematics, Discovery Learning, Experiential Learning
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Gura, Kay – Primus, 1992
Presents one model for a liberal arts mathematics course that combines probability and calculus. Describes activities utilized in the course to heighten students' interest and encourage student involvement. Activities include use of visualization, take-home tests, group problem solving, research papers, and computer usage with DERIVE computer…
Descriptors: Calculus, College Mathematics, Computer Assisted Instruction, Cooperative Learning
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de Alwis, Tilak – Primus, 1992
Describes numerical differentiation and the central difference formula in numerical analysis. Presents three computer programs that approximate the first derivative of a function utilizing the central difference formula. Analyzes conditions under which the approximation formula is exact. (MDH)
Descriptors: Calculus, College Mathematics, Estimation (Mathematics), Higher Education
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Fenton, William E. – Primus, 1991
Describes an attempt to increase business calculus students' desire to learn by overcoming typical low levels of mathematical preparation and motivation utilizing a corporate structure managed by the students. Includes 10 sample problems from fictitious corporations. (JJK)
Descriptors: Calculus, Classroom Techniques, College Mathematics, Higher Education
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