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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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Kirtland, Joseph; Hoh, Pau-San – Primus, 2002

Describes the development of an integrated approach for teaching mathematics and writing to freshmen. The goals are to strengthen mathematical skills, develop writing competencies, and foster interdisciplinary awareness. (Author/MM)

Descriptors: Course Descriptions, Educational Strategies, Higher Education, Innovation

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Wainwright, Barbara A.; Tardiff, Robert M.; Austin, Homer W. – Primus, 2002

Describes the development of an introductory course that exposes mathematical sciences majors to a full range of issues that most practicing statisticians may face including data acquisition, design of experiments, use of theory, and formal writing. Provides a summary of laboratories and student perspectives. (Author/MM)

Descriptors: Computer Uses in Education, Course Descriptions, Higher Education, Mathematics Education

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Acosta, Daniel J.; Wills, Randall – Primus, 2002

Outlines ideas and exercises for two topics that accompany the standard treatment of integral calculus. Emphasizes intuition to help facilitate student comprehension of the definite integral as a limit of Riemann Sums. (Author/MM)

Descriptors: Calculus, Higher Education, Mathematics Education

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Golding, Tena Long; Gray, Elizabeth D. – Primus, 2002

Describes a mentoring program that was used to train additional faculty to teach a new course in geometry for elementary education majors. (Author/MM)

Descriptors: Geometry, Higher Education, Mathematics Education, Mentors

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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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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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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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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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Rodgers, Kathy V.; Wilding, William G. – Primus, 1998

Presents findings from a study of students enrolled in college algebra. Concludes that the predicted success of students is related to explanatory variables using a linear model. Recommends advising cut-off scores in terms of student success rated as well as the mission statement and philosophy of the university. Contains 12 references.…

Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Algebra, Higher Education, Mathematics Education

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Arney, David C. – Primus, 1998

Presents the historical development of required undergraduate core mathematics courses. Suggests that a new core course--discrete dynamical modeling--is needed to prepare students for success in the information age. Contains 17 references. (Author/ASK)

Descriptors: Course Content, Course Descriptions, Higher Education, Mathematical Models

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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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Harris, Gary A.; Tarwater, J. Dalton – Primus, 1997

Describes a nine-hour, three-sequence mathematics course in the elementary teacher certification program at Texas Tech University. Emphasizes the development, philosophy, design, and implementation of the sequence. Presents excerpts from the activities and group exercises outlined for the course. Contains 15 references. (Author/ASK)

Descriptors: Course Descriptions, Elementary Education, Elementary School Teachers, Higher Education

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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