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Lyn McQuaid; Vanessa Maybruck; Yun Lu – PRIMUS, 2024

Since its founding in 2013, the Kutztown University Association for Women in Mathematics student chapter has built a supportive community of women students and faculty on campus and beyond. This article aims to share our successful experiences with the broader community by presenting our pre- and mid-pandemic AWM activities including Mathematics…

Descriptors: Womens Education, Females, Women Faculty, Higher Education

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

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

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

Quinn, Terrance J.; Rai, Sanjay – PRIMUS, 2008

The Laplace Transform is an object of fundamental importance in pure and applied mathematics. In addition, it has special pedagogical value in that it can provide a natural and concrete setting for a student to begin thinking about the modern concepts of "operator" and "functional". Most undergraduate textbooks, however, merely define the…

Descriptors: Mathematics Education, Textbooks, Teaching Methods, Mathematical Concepts

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DeLong, Matthew; Winter, Dale; Yackel, Carolyn A. – Primus, 2003

Describes a research-based analytical framework for motivation, activity, learning, and attribution to exam classroom management issues in student-centered instruction. Reviews research in classroom management for university and college-level classrooms. Describes the research base for the framework. (Contains 88 citations.) (Author/KHR)

Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Higher Education, Learning Activities, Learning Motivation

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Barr, Thomas H. – Primus, 1995

Presents a case study of an undergraduate mathematics seminar in which seniors put together ideas from their previous coursework and extended their understanding of mathematics. (10 references) (Author/MKR)

Descriptors: College Seniors, Content Area Reading, Course Descriptions, Higher Education

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Hodgson, Ted – Primus, 1995

Describes an experimental course in which the programming language ISETL served as a tool for exploring concepts in abstract algebra, and identifies instructional strategies that facilitate the successful use of ISETL. Offers informal observations regarding the effectiveness of this approach. (13 references) (Author/MKR)

Descriptors: Algebra, College Mathematics, Computer Uses in Education, Concept Formation

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Schurle, Arlo W. – Primus, 1991

Reports on the differences in two sections of a college course on differential equations. Results on a common examination showed that writing assignments substituted for traditional homework assignments did not improve test performance. However, survey results indicated that students felt the writing assignments, in lieu of additional homework,…

Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, College Mathematics, Content Area Writing, Differential Equations

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Mathews, Susann M. – Primus, 1991

Describes the mechanics of group work in the college mathematics classroom specifically group formation, preliminary class work, class and group discourse, individual and group assignments, and impact on test taking. Includes examples from a first-semester calculus course. (JJK)

Descriptors: Calculus, Cheating, Classroom Techniques, College Mathematics

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Gorini, Catherine A. – Primus, 1991

Describes the collegewide academic program at Maharishi International University that incorporates speaking and writing into the undergraduate curriculum. The impact of the key features of this successful program upon the mathematics curriculum are discussed in detail. (JJK)

Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, College Mathematics, Content Area Writing, Curriculum Evaluation

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Castro, James – Primus, 1991

Describes several techniques that have been used in a variety of college mathematics classes to shift the classroom experience from instructor-centered to student-centered. Discusses specific applications of these techniques to remedial mathematics, precalculus, liberal arts mathematics, calculus, and geometry classroom settings. (40 references)…

Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, College Mathematics, Content Area Writing, Cooperative Learning

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Myers, Nadine C. – Primus, 1991

Describes an intermediate level, college geometry course that is designated as both writing and speaking intensive. Suggests methods that utilize writing and speaking activities to enhance student learning, and discusses student reactions to the course. (nine references) (JJK)

Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, College Mathematics, Content Area Writing, Cooperative Learning

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Avioli, John J. – Primus, 1993

Computer labs using Calculus T/L were introduced into Calculus I classes at Christopher Newport University. A description of the labs, the instructor's experiences in using the labs, and student reactions are detailed. Contains instructions for Lab I involving inputting functions, finding difference quotients, and sketching a graph. (Author/MDH)

Descriptors: Calculus, Class Activities, College Mathematics, Computer Assisted Instruction

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Jur, Barbara A. – PRIMUS, 1991

Presented are the results of an extra-credit assignment to a group of intermediate-algebra students, which entailed the writing of word problems in poetic form. Included is the history of such writing from the trivial pursuitlike games of the Middle Ages in India. (JJK)

Descriptors: Algebra, Ancient History, College Mathematics, Creative Writing

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