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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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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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Dray, Tevian; Manogue, Corinne A. – Primus, 1999
Discusses some of the differences between the ways mathematicians and physicists view vector calculus and the gap between the way this material is traditionally taught by mathematicians and the way physicists use it. Suggests some ways to narrow the gap. (Author/ASK)
Descriptors: Calculus, Elementary Secondary Education, Engineers, Geometric Concepts
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Ashline, George; Ellis-Monaghan, Joanna – Primus, 1999
Discusses how applications from microbiology and sociology can be used to involve students. Presents a physical context for critical concepts in a first-semester calculus course. (Author/ASK)
Descriptors: Calculus, Computer Uses in Education, Educational Technology, Graphing Calculators
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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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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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Watnick, Richard – Primus, 1993
Presents a college calculus program based on the discovery method and the educational psychology literature used to develop it. Lists departmental, educational, and calculus reform goals, and describes characteristics of the program, including relaxed atmosphere, use of visualization, and supplemental teaching techniques. (13 references) (MKR)
Descriptors: Calculus, Discovery Learning, Educational Psychology, Experimental Programs
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Foehl, Henry C. – Primus, 1993
Proposes a calculus curriculum combining formative knowledge, mathematical foundations, and instrumental knowledge in mathematics. Discusses each of these components, the organization of a core calculus course, and the use of problem solving in calculus instruction. (10 references) (MKR)
Descriptors: Calculus, Higher Education, Mathematics Curriculum, Mathematics Education
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Narasimhan, Carolyn C. – Primus, 1993
Compares experiences in two calculus courses for non-science majors: a traditional business calculus course and a course using materials from the Calculus Consortium based at Harvard. The latter program is recommended. (MKR)
Descriptors: Business Education, Calculus, College Mathematics, Higher Education
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Haws, LaDawn – Primus, 1992
Hypermedia provides an easy-to-use option for adding visualization, via the computer, to the classroom. Some examples of this medium are presented, including applications in basic linear algebra and calculus, and a tutorial in electromagnetism. (Author)
Descriptors: Calculus, College Mathematics, Computer Assisted Instruction, Enrichment Activities
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Rosenthal, Bill – Primus, 1992
Offers calculus students and teachers the opportunity to motivate and discover the first Fundamental Theorem of Calculus (FTC) in an experimental, experiential, inductive, intuitive, vernacular-based manner. Starting from the observation that a distance traveled at a constant speed corresponds to the area inside a rectangle, the FTC is discovered,…
Descriptors: Calculus, College Mathematics, Discovery Learning, Experiential Learning
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Gura, Kay – Primus, 1992
Presents one model for a liberal arts mathematics course that combines probability and calculus. Describes activities utilized in the course to heighten students' interest and encourage student involvement. Activities include use of visualization, take-home tests, group problem solving, research papers, and computer usage with DERIVE computer…
Descriptors: Calculus, College Mathematics, Computer Assisted Instruction, Cooperative Learning
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de Alwis, Tilak – Primus, 1992
Describes numerical differentiation and the central difference formula in numerical analysis. Presents three computer programs that approximate the first derivative of a function utilizing the central difference formula. Analyzes conditions under which the approximation formula is exact. (MDH)
Descriptors: Calculus, College Mathematics, Estimation (Mathematics), Higher Education
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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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Sherman, Tom – Primus, 1993
To build understanding of, and the ability to use, first-year science and engineering calculus, students were introduced to differential equations and asked to carry out research on differential equation modeling projects. Describes a model for the research paper; appendices provide a copy of the student handout and five examples of student…
Descriptors: Calculus, College Freshmen, Differential Equations, Engineering Education
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