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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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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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Gordon, Sheldon P. – Primus, 1997
Illustrates the qualitative nature of the differences between reform courses and traditional courses based on the types of student questions and comments generated in reform classes ranging from college algebra to multivariable calculus. (AIM)
Descriptors: Algebra, Calculus, Course Evaluation, Higher Education
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Alarcon, Francisco E.; Stoudt, Rebecca A. – Primus, 1997
Describes the preparation for the implementation of a Mathematica-based calculus curriculum and the curriculum selection process at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Contains a summary of the problems encountered and the resulting modifications. Evaluation of the curriculum implementation, some reasons for its demise, and suggested future…
Descriptors: Calculus, Curriculum Based Assessment, Curriculum Development, Curriculum Problems
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Rash, Agnes M. – Primus, 1997
Presents an alternative to using a single-class-period test to assess a college student's knowledge in the mathematics area. Evaluation of student mathematical knowledge and understanding of concepts is improved when students are given opportunities to design problems and solutions, applying classroom-acquired knowledge to new situations. Such…
Descriptors: Evaluation Methods, Evaluation Problems, Higher Education, Mathematical Concepts
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Shulman, Bonnie – Primus, 1998
Discusses the importance of history and original sources in motivating students to learn content. Describes how a simple question led to a fascinating quest through primary sources. Claims that once collected, these sources proved to be a treasure trove of material illuminating mathematics and mathematicians in an historical context. Contains 18…
Descriptors: College Mathematics, Equations (Mathematics), Higher Education, Mathematical Models
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Wells, Charles; Bagchi, Atish – Primus, 1998
Presents some methods for describing and referring to mathematical objects and consistently and unambiguously signaling the logical structure of mathematical arguments. Presents the problems involved in referring to mathematics objects and properties. Discusses certain individual words used to communicate the logical structure of mathematical…
Descriptors: Abstract Reasoning, Classroom Communication, College Mathematics, Higher Education
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Bolte, Linda A. – Primus, 1998
Describes how constructing concept maps and writing accompanying interpretive essays can be used in a Calculus I course to improve students' understanding of important concepts and help teachers assess students' knowledge. This combined approach allows students to explicitly communicate their knowledge and a chance to view mathematics as a…
Descriptors: Calculus, College Mathematics, Concept Mapping, Content Area Writing
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Zhang, John – Primus, 1998
Describes the effects of incorporating a group final project into an elementary statistics course. Discusses the implementation, evaluation, and student reaction to the group final project requirement. Presents one of the students' group final projects as an example. (Author/ASK)
Descriptors: College Mathematics, Cooperative Learning, Evaluation, Higher Education
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