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Buyske, Steven – Primus, 1995
Describes the use of formal writing and speaking in upper level geometry and analysis courses. Includes student journals, students reviewing written proofs with a student writing associate, and simulated conferences. Includes a 16-item list of possible topics. (Author/MKR)
Descriptors: Classroom Communication, Content Area Writing, Geometry, Higher Education
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Barr, Thomas H. – Primus, 1995
Presents a case study of an undergraduate mathematics seminar in which seniors put together ideas from their previous coursework and extended their understanding of mathematics. (10 references) (Author/MKR)
Descriptors: College Seniors, Content Area Reading, Course Descriptions, Higher Education
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Odell, Patricia; Schumacher, Phyllis – Primus, 1995
Correlations of a test of algebra skills, SAT mathematics scores, and final mathematics grades indicated that most college freshmen would be better placed in mathematics courses by using the test of algebra skills and SAT scores than by using SAT scores alone. (18 references) (Author/MKR)
Descriptors: Algebra, College Freshmen, Correlation, Higher Education
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Lefton, Lew E.; Steinbart, Enid M. – Primus, 1995
Discusses the use of the Calculus & Mathematica materials, presents an objective assessment of student performance based on a uniform final exam, presents a summary of student perceptions drawn from responses to survey questions, and gives an analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of the courseware. (19 references) (Author/MKR)
Descriptors: Calculus, College Students, Computer Uses in Education, Course Evaluation
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Hodgson, Ted – Primus, 1995
Describes an experimental course in which the programming language ISETL served as a tool for exploring concepts in abstract algebra, and identifies instructional strategies that facilitate the successful use of ISETL. Offers informal observations regarding the effectiveness of this approach. (13 references) (Author/MKR)
Descriptors: Algebra, College Mathematics, Computer Uses in Education, Concept Formation
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Chinn, Phyllis; And Others – Primus, 1992
Presents examples of questions and answers arising from a hands-on and exploratory approach to discrete mathematics using cuisenaire rods. Combinatorial questions about trains formed of cuisenaire rods provide the setting for discovering numerical patterns by experimentation and organizing the results using induction and successive differences.…
Descriptors: Discovery Learning, Elementary School Teachers, Higher Education, Instructional Materials
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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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Mitchell, Richard – Primus, 1992
Discusses an activity-based, exploratory-centered model of instruction based on the Piagetian theory of developmental learning that bridges the gap between the expected and actual levels of student reasoning. Applies the method to learning the mathematical concepts of circumference, area and volume, and division by zero. (22 references) (MDH)
Descriptors: Area, College Mathematics, Discovery Processes, Higher Education
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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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