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Goyer, Alysia; Lynch, Alison; Wand, Jeffrey – PRIMUS, 2021

With the goal of improving student success, the chancellor of the California State University (CSU) system issued an executive order that required all CSU campuses to eliminate remedial math courses as of Fall 2018 and place all first-year students into appropriate General Education (GE) mathematics/quantitative reasoning courses. The Mathematics…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Calculus, College Mathematics, College Freshmen

Barth, Eric; Higginbottom, Ryan S. – PRIMUS, 2021

Gateway testing is an important pedagogic tool employed by many university mathematics departments in calculus and precalculus courses. With a goal of ensuring that students attain needed basic skills in courses with a conceptual "reform" orientation, these tests provide an efficient means of assessing a large volume of student work,…

Descriptors: Calculus, Mathematics Instruction, Educational Practices, Mathematics Tests

Peck, Frederick – PRIMUS, 2021

A deficit perspective is a propensity to locate the source of academic problems in deficiencies within students, their families, their communities, or their membership in social categories (such as race and gender). While the deficit perspective is a common topic of discussion in K-12 mathematics education, it is a much rarer topic of discussion…

Descriptors: Undergraduate Study, College Mathematics, Mathematics Education, Equal Education

Koban, D.; Fukuzawa, M.; Slocum, R.; Fletcher, M.; Pleuss, J. – PRIMUS, 2020

We present an analysis on the differential effects of incentivizing homework in an introductory mathematics course at the United States Military Academy. We found that including homework as part of a student's overall course average (incentive) led to a significantly higher performance (achievement) on homework assignments. However, doing homework…

Descriptors: Homework, Correlation, Mathematics Achievement, Introductory Courses

It Is All about Inquiry: A Cross-Disciplinary Conversation about the Shared Foundations for Teaching

Firkins Nordstrom, Jennifer A.; Sumner, David Thomas – PRIMUS, 2017

This paper brings together general principles for teaching inquiry across disciplines with those generally employed in mathematics classrooms. It describes some broad principles of teaching inquiry to first-year writing students and shows how these can be employed in the context of a course on game theory in popular culture. Although undergraduate…

Descriptors: Inquiry, Writing Instruction, Mathematics Instruction, Teaching Methods

Perez, Ismael; Bowers, Janet; Salamon, Peter – PRIMUS, 2017

Undergraduate research experiences provide excellent examples of high-impact practices. They rely on inquiry-based learning to provide important capstone experiences for the students. However, they are time-intensive for mentor faculty. In an attempt to scale up our faculty's ability to offer such experiences, we combined a number of projects into…

Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Student Participation, Mentors, Case Studies

Razzaghi, Mehdi – PRIMUS, 2017

Undergraduate research has become the centerpiece of many institutions of higher education's efforts to attract and recruit high school graduates. Since 1987, throughout my tenure at Bloomsburg University, I have involved over 20 students in my research. In my experience, there is clear evidence that students of mathematics substantially benefit…

Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Research Projects, Student Research, Mathematics Curriculum

Kinney, William M. – PRIMUS, 2017

Educational modules can play an important part in revitalizing the teaching and learning of complex analysis. At the Westmont College workshop on the subject in June 2014, time was spent generating ideas and creating structures for module proposals. Sharing some of those ideas and giving a few example modules is the main purpose of this paper. The…

Descriptors: Learning Modules, Teaching Methods, Mathematical Concepts, Mathematical Formulas

Breen, Sinéad; O'Shea, Ann – PRIMUS, 2016

Traditionally, many undergraduate mathematics courses have been defined in terms of mathematical content and the techniques in which students should become proficient or theorems they should be able to prove. This can result in a reliance on shallow or rote learning by students, despite the fact that the main goal of a mathematics lecturer is…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Mathematical Concepts, Concept Teaching, Undergraduate Students

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

Capezzi, Rita; Kinsey, L. Christine – PRIMUS, 2016

We describe our experiences in team-teaching an honors seminar on mathematics and literature. We focus particularly on two of the texts we read: Georges Perec's "How to Ask Your Boss for a Raise" and Alain Robbe-Grillet's "Jealousy," both of which make use of iterative structures.

Descriptors: Teaching Experience, Team Teaching, Mathematics Instruction, Literature

Chabrán, H. Rafael; Kozek, Mark – PRIMUS, 2016

We describe our team-taught, interdisciplinary course "Numb3rs in Lett3rs & Fi1ms: Mathematics in Literature and Cinema," which explores mathematics in the context of modern literature and cinema. Our goal with this course is to advance collaborations between mathematics and the written/theatre-based creative arts.

Descriptors: Interdisciplinary Approach, Mathematics Curriculum, Literature, Films

Ludwick, Kurt – PRIMUS, 2016

In the study of music from a mathematical perspective, several types of counting problems naturally arise. For example, how many different rhythms of a specified length (in beats) can be written if we restrict ourselves to only quarter notes (one beat) and half notes (two beats)? What if we allow whole notes, dotted half notes, etc.? Or, what if…

Descriptors: Liberal Arts, Computation, Number Concepts, Numbers

Wilson, Christopher James – PRIMUS, 2014

We describe specific curricular decisions employed at Butler University that have resulted in student achievement in the actuarial science major. The paper includes a discussion of how these decisions might be applied in the context of a new actuarial program.

Descriptors: Majors (Students), Risk Assessment, Educational Objectives, Degree Requirements

Marchand, Richard J. – PRIMUS, 2014

This paper provides suggestions for preparing students to take the actuarial examination on financial mathematics, SOA/CAS Exam FM/2. It is based on current practices employed at Slippery Rock University, a small public liberal arts university. Detailed descriptions of our Theory of Interest course and subsequent Exam FM/2 prep course are provided…

Descriptors: Risk Assessment, Mathematics Education, Financial Services, Test Preparation

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