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Moseley, L. Jeneva – PRIMUS, 2014
This article discusses how teachers can create cartoons for undergraduate math classes, such as college algebra and basic calculus. The practice of cartooning for teaching can be helpful for communication with students and for students' conceptual understanding.
Descriptors: College Mathematics, Teaching Methods, Cartoons, Algebra
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Shifflet, Daniel R. – PRIMUS, 2013
In this paper we discuss why a senior capstone course is the perfect setting to reward graduating seniors with some of the more fun and interesting aspects of advanced mathematics. We provide a beginner's list of topics to consider as well as a method of implementing these tidbits outside of the classroom if time is an issue.
Descriptors: Mathematics Curriculum, College Mathematics, Teaching Methods, College Seniors
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Klanderman, David B.; Moore, Mary Webster; Maxwell, Mandi S.; Robbert, Sharon K. – PRIMUS, 2013
We describe several service-learning initiatives implemented by the mathematics and education departments. College students with majors and minors in math and math education have helped to design and implement math events for elementary and middle school students. Formal and informal reflections on these service-related experiences have…
Descriptors: Service Learning, College Students, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematics Activities
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Wagaman, John C. – PRIMUS, 2012
This paper describes an active learning idea that I have used in my applied statistics class as a first lesson in correlation and regression. Students propel spitballs from various standing distances from the target and use the recorded data to determine if the spitball accuracy is associated with standing distance and review the algebra of lines…
Descriptors: Active Learning, Statistics, College Mathematics, Correlation
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von Renesse, Christine – PRIMUS, 2012
This paper shows how to teach a mathematics for liberal arts class in an inquiry-based way using ideas from music to launch the mathematical activities. No musical knowledge is required to understand and teach the material. The main activity is analyzing the differences between two kinds of rhythmic palindromes. The content is mathematically…
Descriptors: Liberal Arts, Teaching Methods, Music, Mathematics Instruction
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Burks, Robert – PRIMUS, 2011
This article describes a modification of the popular TV game show, "Survivor," as conducted in an undergraduate first semester mathematics precalculus course. The objective of this game is a group-based competitive drill and practice activity to help students prepare and review for the fundamental concepts exam. The results of this activity…
Descriptors: Popular Culture, Calculus, Communication Skills, Mathematics Instruction
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Bauer, Craig – PRIMUS, 2010
A detailed description is provided of a 200-level 3-credit course introducing ways in which mathematics may be explored with the use of a computer. This may serve as a template for such courses or be taken piecemeal for use in other classes. The original course was aimed at mathematics and mathematics education majors. (Contains 2 tables, 21…
Descriptors: Mathematics Education, Computer Uses in Education, Educational Technology, Teacher Education
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Charbonneau, Peter C.; Jackson, Heather A.; Kobylski, Gerald C.; Roginski, Jonathan W.; Sulewski, Charles A.; Wattenberg, Frank – PRIMUS, 2009
We discuss approaches to develop and improve habits of mind in our students. Several illustrations and strategies are offered and we demonstrate how popular culture and mystery can be used to motivate students. We offer an approach to assessing the work ethic efforts of our students based on an historical approach used at the United States…
Descriptors: Popular Culture, Work Ethic, Military Schools, Mathematics Instruction
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Huber, Michael – PRIMUS, 2009
The mythology surrounding Hercules has been a part of human culture for over 2,500 years. In ancient Greek mythology, Eurystheus assigns various labors to Hercules, who has to perform them in order to cleanse his soul. This article treats one of the more famous labors, the fifth labor: The Augean Stables. The labor is provided verbatim from…
Descriptors: Mythology, Mathematics Instruction, Teaching Methods, Problem Solving
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Warrington, Gregory S. – PRIMUS, 2009
We describe a simple photographic assignment appropriate for an abstract algebra (or other) course. Students take digital pictures around campus of various examples of symmetry. They then classify these pictures according to which of the 17 plane symmetry groups they belong. (Contains 2 figures.)
Descriptors: Algebra, Mathematics Instruction, Photography, Creative Teaching
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Warwick, Jon – PRIMUS, 2009
The use of humor in the mathematics classroom has been advocated by many as an example of good practice in learning and teaching. In universities where the student body is drawn from diverse ethnic and social groupings, it is not clear whether a common understanding of what constitutes humor exists and therefore whether students would benefit from…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Student Attitudes, Humor, Mathematics Instruction
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Hillyard, Cinnamon – PRIMUS, 2007
Popular culture provides many opportunities to develop quantitative reasoning. This article describes a junior-level, interdisciplinary, quantitative reasoning course that uses examples from movies, cartoons, television, magazine advertisements, and children's literature. Some benefits from and cautions to using popular culture to teach…
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Popular Culture, Cartoons, Mathematical Logic
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Chin, Cynthia E. – PRIMUS, 2007
The history of Fermat's Last Theorem, recounted in the theatrical piece "Fermat's Last Tango," is a useful vehicle for introducing students to the variety of personalities, processes, and products involved in advanced mathematical investigation. The musical's accessible, informative, and positive portrayal of mathematicians and their work is…
Descriptors: High School Students, Teaching Methods, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematical Concepts
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Fraboni, Michael; Hartshorn, Kevin – PRIMUS, 2007
In the typical first-year mathematics course--whether it be calculus or a general education quantitative proficiency course--we struggle to help students see the relevance of mathematics to their own lives. Particularly in a focused course such as calculus, there is a danger that students see mathematics as an isolated subject, with applications…
Descriptors: Calculus, Mathematics Instruction, Relevance (Education), College Mathematics
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Barnes, Julie – PRIMUS, 2007
This paper is essentially a story that can be used to help students understand some of the definitions found in a standard introductory real analysis course.
Descriptors: Definitions, Fairy Tales, Calculus, Mathematics Instruction