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Villalobos, Cristina; Kim, Hyung Won; Huber, Timothy J.; Knobel, Roger; Setayesh, Shaghayegh; Sasidharan, Lekshmi; Galstyan, Anahit; Balogh, Andras – PRIMUS, 2021
Research indicates multi-section coordination improves the academic performance of students in STEM education. This paper describes the process of coordination in Precalculus, Calculus 1, and Calculus 2 courses undertaken by a large department that grew from the merger of two institutions through a pilot program and a project grant. Components…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Calculus, Success, Mathematics Achievement
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Shelton, Therese; Laurent, Theresa; Agyemang-Barimah, Beulah – PRIMUS, 2019
We present adaptable activities for models of drug movement in the human body -- pharmacokinetics -- that motivate the learning of ordinary differential equations with an interdisciplinary topic. Specifically, we model aspirin, caffeine, and digoxin. We discuss the pedagogy of guiding students to understand, develop, and analyze models,…
Descriptors: Equations (Mathematics), Active Learning, Calculus, Pharmacology
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Autin, Melanie; Bateiha, Summer; Marchionda, Hope – PRIMUS, 2013
Traditional classroom instruction consists of teacher-centered learning in which the instructor presents course material through lectures. A recent trend in higher education is the implementation of student-centered learning in which students take a more active role in the learning process. The purpose of this article is to describe the discomfort…
Descriptors: Introductory Courses, Statistics, Active Learning, Educational Practices
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Royer, Melvin – PRIMUS, 2012
Gabriel's Horn is a solid of revolution commonly featured in calculus textbooks as a counter-intuitive example of a solid having finite volume but infinite surface area. Other examples of solids with surprising geometrical finitude relationships have also appeared in the literature. This article cites several intriguing examples (some of fractal…
Descriptors: Mathematics Education, Textbooks, Scientific Concepts, Calculus
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Otten, Samuel; Zin, Christopher – PRIMUS, 2012
The emergence of non-Euclidean geometries in the 19th century rocked the foundations of mathematical knowledge and certainty. The tremors can still be felt in undergraduate mathematics today where encounters with non-Euclidean geometry are novel and often shocking to students. Because of its divergence from ordinary and comfortable notions of…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Mathematics Education, Textbooks, Geometry
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Ada, Tuba; Kurtulus, Aytac – PRIMUS, 2012
In Turkey, the content of the geometry course in the Primary School Mathematics Education, which is developed by The Council of Higher Education (YOK), comprises Euclidean and non-Euclidean types of geometry. In this study, primary mathematics teacher candidates compared these two geometries by focusing on Taxicab geometry among non-Euclidean…
Descriptors: Student Projects, Mathematics Education, Active Learning, Foreign Countries
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Gonzalez-Muniz, Madeline; Klingler, Lee; Moosai, Susan; Raviv, Daniel – PRIMUS, 2012
Florida Atlantic University implemented a number of changes in the College Algebra course in an attempt to improve student success. We summarize these changes, and how they have affected the course. We also discuss possibilities for future improvements. (Contains 3 figures and 1 footnote.)
Descriptors: Algebra, Mathematics Instruction, College Mathematics, Higher Education
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George, Michael – PRIMUS, 2012
Research has shown that a significant majority of students in remedial mathematics do not remediate successfully. Such widespread failure raises the question of motivation. Some would argue that the instructor should directly compel students to commit themselves to the course and its work. This can be done by mandating attendance and/or by…
Descriptors: Motivation, Remedial Mathematics, French, Intervention
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McGee, Daniel, Jr.; Moore-Russo, Deborah; Ebersole, Dennis; Lomen, David O.; Quintero, Maider Marin – PRIMUS, 2012
With the help of the National Science Foundation, the Department of Mathematics at the University of Puerto Rico in Mayaguez has developed a set of manipulatives to help students of science and engineering visualize concepts relating to points, surfaces, curves, contours, and vectors in three dimensions. This article will present the manipulatives…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Calculus, Higher Education, Manipulative Materials
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Lucas, Adam R. – PRIMUS, 2012
"WeBWorK," an online homework system, can be be used to deliver daily reading questions to students. The author studied its use for this purpose with a lower division Introduction to Programming course and an upper division Probability and Statistics course. In the lower division course, "WeBWorK" significantly improved peer…
Descriptors: Homework, Student Attitudes, Active Learning, Grading
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Cardetti, Fabiana; McKenna, P. Joseph – PRIMUS, 2012
The purpose of this article is to provide a deeper understanding of the natural rhythm of a typical semester, as observed in students' reflections in journals kept during the semester. Our analysis of students' writings rendered a breakdown of the semester into four distinct periods that were independent of the particular semester or section the…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Anatomy, Calculus, Teaching Methods
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Cherepinsky, Vera – PRIMUS, 2011
Students rarely use their graded exams to study. An alternative method of grading exams, based on self-reflection, encourages students to use their mistakes as a learning resource. In this grading method, the test is returned with each question simply marked as "right" or 'wrong." Students can then go over their exams and resubmit them with…
Descriptors: Majors (Students), Student Evaluation, Student Surveys, Grading
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Rash, Agnes M.; Winkel, Brian J. – PRIMUS, 2009
This paper describes details of development of the general birth and death process from which we can extract the Poisson process as a special case. This general process is appropriate for a number of courses and units in courses and can enrich the study of mathematics for students as it touches and uses a diverse set of mathematical topics, e.g.,…
Descriptors: Equations (Mathematics), Probability, Calculus, Mathematics Instruction
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Lock, Robin H.; Lock, Patti Frazer – PRIMUS, 2008
Bootstrap methods and randomization tests are increasingly being used as alternatives to standard statistical procedures in biology. They also serve as an effective introduction to the key ideas of statistical inference in introductory courses for biology students. We discuss the use of such simulation based procedures in an integrated curriculum…
Descriptors: Integrated Curriculum, Introductory Courses, Biology, Statistical Inference
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Marland, Eric; Palmer, Katrina M.; Salinas, Rene A. – PRIMUS, 2008
In this article we provide two detailed examples of how we incorporate biological examples into two mathematics courses: Linear Algebra and Ordinary Differential Equations. We use Leslie matrix models to demonstrate the biological properties of eigenvalues and eigenvectors. For Ordinary Differential Equations, we show how using a logistic growth…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Biology, Integrated Curriculum, Equations (Mathematics)
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