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Boudreaux, Gregory M.; Haugh, Janine; Johnson, Ed; Tinney, Laura; Whitlock, Cathy – PRIMUS, 2022

Several publishing companies now offer competing brands of online homework (OHW) software. Students rarely have a voice in choosing their required course materials, even though, ultimately, they will be asked to use and pay for these systems. In this study, Calculus I students each tested three different OHW systems. The students were then asked…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Calculus, Homework, Educational Technology

DeOrsey, Philip; von Renesse, Christine – PRIMUS, 2022

We introduce a ruler and compass activity designed around Islamic Geometry and provide a detailed description of the various components of the activity along with ideas for students exhibitions in both digital and print form. In our experience, this activity helps students to "buy into" actively doing mathematics, making it an ideal…

Descriptors: Geometry, Mathematics Instruction, Learning Activities, Inquiry

Norton, Douglas E. – PRIMUS, 2022

This paper introduces a course design for a post-Calculus undergraduate course on mathematical modeling for the life sciences. The course includes differential equations, discrete, and cellular automata approaches (among others) to modeling questions in the life sciences, as well as a variety of biological topics. The course focuses on model…

Descriptors: Undergraduate Study, College Mathematics, Mathematical Models, Biological Sciences

Aligning Calculus with Life Sciences Disciplines: The Argument for Integrating Statistical Reasoning

Luque, Antoni; Mullinix, James; Anderson, Matt; Williams, Kathy S.; Bowers, Janet – PRIMUS, 2022

Governmental and educational organizations have pointed out that students coming into the biological sciences require stronger skills in statistics and data modeling that are not usually addressed in typical engineering-based calculus courses. Our work here documents how faculty in biology and mathematics addressed this issue at a large urban…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Calculus, Undergraduate Students, STEM Education

Venkatesh, Anil; Bagley, Spencer – PRIMUS, 2022

To address a deteriorating classroom climate at the midpoint of a two-semester course sequence, we employed a novel intervention: reading a research manuscript together with students as an invitation to legitimate peripheral participation in scholarly reflection on teaching and learning. This intervention resolved many student complaints about the…

Descriptors: Classroom Environment, Intervention, Student Participation, Publications

Gaines, Benjamin – PRIMUS, 2022

In introductory level math classes, writing prompts can be used as part of weekly homework assignments to encourage students to think more deeply about the subject at hand. These writing prompts present scenarios related to recently learned material in a new context and require students to submit a short written response online. Writing prompts…

Descriptors: Introductory Courses, Mathematics Instruction, Cues, Writing (Composition)

Rahmoeller, Margaret; Steinweg, J. Megan – PRIMUS, 2022

We explored the impact a new quantitative biology course for biology majors had on their ability and confidence to utilize hypothesis testing. Students currently in the quantitative biology course and the first cohort of students who took the course (currently seniors) were surveyed on ability and confidence regarding four types of hypothesis…

Descriptors: Biology, Science Instruction, Self Esteem, Student Attitudes

Antonou, Angela; Liesman, Sara; Powell, Megan – PRIMUS, 2022

There are many perceived benefits to undergraduate student research; however, students may not have a full understanding of the research process prior to engaging in a project. In this paper, we analyze the impact of an undergraduate research workshop on students' understanding of academic research as well as the impact on their self-efficacy for…

Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Student Research, Workshops, Knowledge Level

Stoner, Melissa A.; Joyner, Robert L. – PRIMUS, 2022

Relating mathematics learned in the classroom to real situations increases student motivation and enhances learning. In this paper, we provide an example of a classroom application of calculus to physiology in two courses: "Differential Equations" and "Calculus I for Biology and Medicine." We designed and implemented a project…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Calculus, Mathematical Models, Physiology

Mazur, Kristen; Taylor, Laura – PRIMUS, 2022

According to the MAA Instructional Practices Guide, deep learning requires student engagement with content both inside and outside the classroom. Hence, mathematics instructors must work to engage students in the learning experience. Higher education research often equates engaged learning and active learning, but what does engaged learning mean…

Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Learner Engagement, Calculus, Active Learning

Prabhu, Sunitha – PRIMUS, 2022

Teaching Mathematics to tertiary students can be a challenge to educators, mainly because they must deal with learners' varying levels of readiness. Some of the factors attributing to the variability are learners' perceptions of mathematics, their previous learning experiences, and fear of failure. We implemented a teaching approach to facilitate…

Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Attitude Change, Mathematics Education, Student Experience

Munakata, Mika; Vaidya, Ashwin; Monahan, Ceire; Krupa, Erin – PRIMUS, 2021

This paper describes the development and implementation of course modules intended to encourage creative thinking in an undergraduate general education mathematics course. The modules were designed to address the characteristics of creativity outlined in the literature through explorations of mathematics relevant to non-mathematics majors. A…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Creative Thinking, Undergraduate Study, College Mathematics

Yurasovskaya, Ekaterina – PRIMUS, 2021

Service-learning provides a versatile pedagogical platform that can improve the academic performance of participating students and open space for a discussion of issues of social justice within a mathematics classroom. We describe our Precalculus course with a service-learning component, in which university students regularly tutor algebra…

Descriptors: Service Learning, Teaching Methods, Mathematics Instruction, Social Justice

Maciejewski, Wes – PRIMUS, 2021

What if your students could access "any" resource during a test? How would they react? How would "you" react? This paper presents some results from a trial of allowing students access to notes, calculators, and any device connected to the internet, which occurred during a midterm in a second-year ordinary differential equations…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, College Mathematics, Undergraduate Students, Mathematics Tests

McDowell, Eric L. – PRIMUS, 2021

This article chronicles the author's positive experience of conducting a liberal arts mathematics course with no testing whatsoever. The format of the course is discussed, and student responses to the format are summarized.

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Liberal Arts, College Mathematics, Mathematical Concepts