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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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Weinstein, Gideon – Primus, 1999

Explains the philosophy and practice of a mathematics study-skills course through the narrative of a fictional student. Provides a rich description of the experience, and numerous footnotes provide the ideas and justification behind the design of the course. Contains 15 references. (Author/ASK)

Descriptors: Course Descriptions, Higher Education, Learning Laboratories, Mathematics Education

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Meel, David E. – Primus, 1999

Examines the various issues surrounding the implementation of journal writing in an undergraduate linear algebra course. Identifies the benefits of incorporating journal writing into an undergraduate mathematics course, which are supported with students' comments from their journals and their reflections on the process. Contains 14 references.…

Descriptors: Algebra, College Mathematics, Content Area Writing, Higher Education

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Beckmann, Charlene E.; Schlicker, Steven J. – Primus, 1999

Describes a rich, investigative approach to multivariable calculus. Introduces a project in which students construct physical models of surfaces that represent real-life applications of their choice. The models, along with student-selected datasets, serve as vehicles to study most of the concepts of the course from both continuous and discrete…

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

A Portfolio Problem for Second Semester Reform Calculus: The Gudermannian and the Inverted Pendulum.

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Biagini-Komas, Rob – Primus, 1999

Alternative forms of evaluation can provide deep and powerful learning experiences for students. Explains how to implement portfolios as an evaluation tool and describes a problem that was successfully implemented in a second semester reform calculus class. (Author/ASK)

Descriptors: Calculus, College Mathematics, Cooperative Learning, Higher Education

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Becerra, Linda; Sirisaengtaksin, Ongard; Waller, Bill – Primus, 1999

Addresses the difficulties students have in acquiring graphical problem-solving skills. Presents some techniques and concepts intended to help students overcome them. Contains 15 references. (Author/ASK)

Descriptors: Algebra, College Mathematics, Educational Technology, Graphs

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Flores, Alfinio – Primus, 1999

Prospective secondary teachers can explore mathematics at their own level by using the law of cosines to establish connections between topics that are usually taught separately such as cosine of the difference of two angles, Cauchy's inequality, determinants, sine of the difference of two angles, triangle inequality, and inner product of two…

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

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Mueller, William – Primus, 1999

Common student attitudes toward reform methods are conveyed through the thoughts of a student leaving a multivariable calculus exam and musings range over textbooks, homework, workload, group work, writing, noncomputational problems, instructional problems, instructional styles, and classroom activities. (Author/ASK)

Descriptors: Calculus, Educational Change, Higher Education, Mathematics Education

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Prichett, Gordon D.; Feinstein, Steven P. – Primus, 1999

Describes a course that integrates the teaching of finance theory and mathematics. Concludes that this marriage of mathematics and finance reflects the current state of the investments profession and produces a deeper understanding of both fields. Contains 18 references. (Author/ASK)

Descriptors: College Mathematics, Higher Education, Interdisciplinary Approach, Investment

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Mastrangeli, Jean – Primus, 2001

Discusses experiences teaching senior seminar at a small women's college where the emphasis is on the writing process, practicing of presentations, and fellow student feedback. (Author/MM)

Descriptors: Females, Higher Education, Mathematics Education, Reading

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Schlatter, Mark D. – Primus, 2002

Discusses one way of addressing the difficulty of mastering a large number of concepts through the use of ConcepTests; that is, multiple choice questions given in a lecture that test understanding as opposed to calculation. Investigates various types of ConcepTests and the material they can cover. (Author/KHR)

Descriptors: Calculus, Concept Formation, Evaluation, Group Activities

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Miller, Cheryl Chute – Primus, 2002

Describes teaching a course on the history of mathematics intended for prospective teachers. Presents a brief overview of the course created, difficulties encountered, and some solutions discovered. (Author/KHR)

Descriptors: Course Descriptions, Culture, Curriculum Development, Higher Education

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Mahavier, W. Ted – Primus, 2002

Describes a two-semester numerical methods course that serves as a research experience for undergraduate students without requiring external funding or the modification of current curriculum. Uses an engineering problem to introduce students to constrained optimization via a variation of the traditional isoperimetric problem of finding the curve…

Descriptors: Calculus, College Mathematics, Computer Uses in Education, Curriculum Design

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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

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Cupillari, Antonella; Khalilollahi, Amir – Primus, 1998

Discusses how experiments can offer students different points of view on the mathematical concepts presented in class and bring these concepts to life. Presents an experiment that demonstrates the interaction between mathematics and fluid dynamics. (Author/ASK)

Descriptors: Fluid Mechanics, Functions (Mathematics), Graphs, Higher Education