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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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Kenyon, Paula L.; Bardzell, Michael J. – Primus, 2001

Summarizes an interdisciplinary undergraduate research project involving experimental physics and calculus and illustrates how mathematics was used to finesse incomplete experimental information and maximize physical quantity known as jerk. Describes how calculus can be applied in the "real world" where functions are not always given by nice…

Descriptors: Calculus, Higher Education, Integrated Activities, Interdisciplinary Approach

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Kerley, Lyndell; Knisley, Jeff – Primus, 2001

Although data is often used to estimate parameters for models in calculus and differential equations, the models themselves are seldom justified. Uses the data itself to motivate mathematical models in introductory mathematics courses. Illustrates various regression and optimization techniques. (Author/ASK)

Descriptors: College Mathematics, Higher Education, Mathematical Models, Mathematics Instruction

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Dancis, Jerome – Primus, 2001

Students in a freshmen calculus course should become fluent in modeling physical phenomena represented by integrals, in particular geometric formulas for volumes and arc length and physical formulas for work. Describes how to train students to became fluent in such modeling and derivation of standard integral formulas. Indicates that these lessons…

Descriptors: Calculus, College Mathematics, Higher Education, Mathematical Models

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Allen, David – Primus, 2001

Shares a series of problems designed to provide students with opportunities to develop an understanding of applications of the definite integral. Discourages Template solutions, solutions in which students mimic a rehearsed strategy without understanding as the variety of problems helps prevent the construction of a template. (Author/ASK)

Descriptors: Calculus, College Mathematics, Higher Education, Mathematics Instruction

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Pilzer, Scott – Primus, 2001

Explores a method of teaching called Peer Instruction. Describes how Peer Instruction was implemented in physics and summarizes the results. Discusses the way in which Peer Instruction was modified to be used in an introductory single variable calculus course. (Author/ASK)

Descriptors: Calculus, Higher Education, Mathematics Education, Peer Teaching

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Lehmann, Joel; Gillman, Rick – Primus, 1998

Presents a summary of insights gained by the authors after a semester of collaborative teaching. Emphasizes pedagogical and administrative insights. (Author/ASK)

Descriptors: Cooperative Learning, Higher Education, Mathematics Instruction, Professional Development

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Berry, John; Nyman, Melvin A. – Primus, 1998

Describes the outcomes of an intensive one-month mathematical modeling course and the use of posters in peer assessment of student work. (Author/ASK)

Descriptors: Cooperative Learning, Course Descriptions, Higher Education, Mathematical Models

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Claus-McGahan, Elly – Primus, 1998

Discusses the value of student-designed, in-depth, modeling projects in a differential equations course and how to prepare students. Provides excerpts from worksheets, a list of computer software for Macintosh that can be used in teaching differential equations, and an annotated bibliography. (Author/ASK)

Descriptors: Annotated Bibliographies, Computer Software, Cooperative Learning, Differential Equations

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Ensley, Douglas E.; Fiorini, Gene R. – Primus, 1998

Argues that the level of student activity in a mathematics department at an undergraduate institution is an important gauge of academic atmosphere within the program. Outlines some practical tips for improving the level of student activity through properly directed faculty activity. (Author/ASK)

Descriptors: Educational Environment, Extracurricular Activities, Higher Education, Mathematics Education

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Alexander, Daniel S.; DeAlba, Luz M. – Primus, 1997

Describes a mathematics reasoning course at Drake University and efforts to introduce collaborative, small-group, mixed-ability activities into the classroom. Comments on the ease, difficulties, rewards, and demands involved. Discusses student and instructor attitudes towards the collaborative activities. (AIM)

Descriptors: Cooperative Learning, Group Instruction, Higher Education, Logic

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Sanders, Marc D. – Primus, 1997

Suggests that the lack of motivation in mathematics courses often demonstrated by undergraduates can be remedied in part by a better explanation of the intrinsic value of studying mathematics. Offers suggestions for maximizing success such as previewing topics, attending class regularly, and knowing how to read the text and how to study for exams.…

Descriptors: Higher Education, Mathematics Achievement, Mathematics Instruction, Student Motivation

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Revak, Marie; Pendergraft, Dave; Brown, Cynthia – Primus, 1997

Presents a murder mystery in the form of six Calculus II review problems. Students must solve the six problems to determine the murderer, murder weapon, and time and location of the murder. (AIM)

Descriptors: Area, Calculus, Differential Equations, Estimation (Mathematics)

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Witt, Ana – Primus, 1997

Describes three labs designed to help students in a first course on ordinary differential equations with three of the most common numerical difficulties they might encounter when solving initial value problems with a numerical software package. The goal of these labs is to help students advance to independent work on common numerical anomalies.…

Descriptors: Calculus, Computer Software, Computer Uses in Education, Differential Equations

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Rash, Agnes M. – Primus, 1998

Suggests an approach in courses for mathematics majors and minors similar to the popular approach used in applied courses--using student projects. Describes strategy and implementation of the projects and provides examples from student projects on statistics. (Author/ASK)

Descriptors: Higher Education, Mathematics Activities, Mathematics Education, Probability