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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

DiGregorio, G.; Hagman, J. Ellis – PRIMUS, 2021

As higher education institutions focus on increasing mathematics success, it is important to consider the experiences and needs of structurally disadvantaged identities. In this article, an asset-based framework was used to examine how eight first-generation, low-income, Students of Color perceive their mathematics placement experience. Although…

Descriptors: Higher Education, Mathematics Instruction, Disadvantaged, Self Concept

Piercey, Victor – PRIMUS, 2021

Since the content of the Theory of Interest course in an actuarial science program is tied to an external exam, instructors may be hesitant to attempt to use inquiry-based learning. In this paper, I outline how and why I did so, including descriptions of the materials that I wrote. I found that student performance on the final exam improved…

Descriptors: Risk Management, Inquiry, Mathematics, Money Management

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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