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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
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Mayfield, Betty – Primus, 2001
Describes the senior seminar in mathematics at Hood College which is a course in the history of mathematics. It is a student-led seminar with students gaining practice in oral presentation, preparing visual aids, and planning a class. (Author/MM)
Descriptors: Course Descriptions, Higher Education, Mathematics History, Mathematics Instruction
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Lutzer, Carl V. – Primus, 2001
Describes an activity designed to help students develop a good foundation from the beginning of the transition from multivariate calculus to linear algebra. (MM)
Descriptors: Calculus, Higher Education, Learning Activities, Mathematics Education
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Stalder, Daniel R. – Primus, 2001
Describes a game in which students are rewarded for catching a certain number of mistakes made by their teacher in a semester. Discusses the larger underlying principles that are worth independent consideration. (Author/MM)
Descriptors: Course Descriptions, Error Correction, Games, Higher Education