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Koss, Lorelei – PRIMUS, 2022

In a recent article, Crider recommends ending a course with a memorable learning experience, called an epic finale, instead of a final exam. Here, we give the details of epic finales given in four mathematics courses: Discrete Mathematics, Information and Coding Theory, Real Analysis, and Complex Analysis. We describe how to reconfigure a course…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Learning Activities, Mathematics Tests, Teamwork

Krause, Andrew J.; Maccombs, Ryan J.; Wong, Willie W. Y. – PRIMUS, 2021

Our traditional model of calculus instruction at a large public research university emphasized factual knowledge and procedural fluency with few realistic applications, leaving a chasm between classroom mathematics and disciplinary practice. Amid an ongoing effort by our department to improve undergraduate learning outcomes, we replaced…

Descriptors: Calculus, Mathematics Instruction, College Mathematics, Undergraduate Study

Greene, M.; von Renesse, C. – PRIMUS, 2017

This paper aims to illustrate a design cycle of inquiry-based mathematics activities. We highlight a series of questions that we use when creating inquiry-based materials, testing and evaluating those materials, and revising the materials following this evaluation. These questions highlight the many decisions necessary to find just the right tasks…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Learning Activities, Mathematics Activities, Inquiry

Smith, Michael D. – PRIMUS, 2016

The Parity Theorem states that any permutation can be written as a product of transpositions, but no permutation can be written as a product of both an even number and an odd number of transpositions. Most proofs of the Parity Theorem take several pages of mathematical formalism to complete. This article presents an alternative but equivalent…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, College Mathematics, Undergraduate Study, Mathematical Logic

Lenz, Laurie – PRIMUS, 2015

Inquiry-based learning is a topic of growing interest in the mathematical community. Much of the focus has been on using these methods in calculus and higher-level classes. This article describes the design and implementation of a set of inquiry-based learning activities in a Math for Liberal Arts course at a small, private, Catholic college.…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, College Mathematics, Undergraduate Study, Liberal Arts

Cook, John Paul – PRIMUS, 2015

This paper details an inquiry-based approach for teaching the basic notions of rings and fields to liberal arts mathematics students. The task sequence seeks to encourage students to identify and comprehend core concepts of introductory abstract algebra by thinking like mathematicians; that is, by investigating an open-ended mathematical context,…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Liberal Arts, College Mathematics, Undergraduate Study

Mayfield, Betty – PRIMUS, 2014

The benefits of including the study of the history of mathematics in the education of mathematics majors have been discussed at length elsewhere. Many colleges and universities now offer a History of Mathematics course for mathematics majors, for mathematics education majors, or for general credit. At Hood College, we emphasize our commitment to…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, College Mathematics, Undergraduate Study, History

Barnett, Janet – PRIMUS, 2014

Much has been written about the benefits to be derived by incorporating the history of mathematics into its teaching. Of the various ways to do this, the use of original sources is among the most thrilling for the insights and the challenges it offers for students and instructors alike. In this paper, we describe examples of one particular…

Descriptors: College Mathematics, Undergraduate Study, History, Teaching Methods

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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