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Omar, Mohamed; Karakok, Gulden; Savic, Milos; El Turkey, Houssein; Tang, Gail – PRIMUS, 2019

Challenging mathematics problems were posed as a substantial part of homework in an elective combinatorics course. The intent was to encourage undergraduate students' exploration as well as develop their technical writing skills. The bulk of students' grades on these problems rested on a three-page reflective write-up using a rubric on…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Undergraduate Students, Creativity, Student Attitudes

Marzocchi, Alison S.; Turner, Kelly; Druken, Bridget K. – PRIMUS, 2019

We present a mathematical activity called graph talks as a new pedagogical routine to intertwine social justice issues and mathematics. Adapted from "number talks," graph talks involve students analyzing, interpreting, and discussing real-life data represented in graphs. Graphs may be strategically selected to both highlight a relevant…

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

Unfried, Alana; Canner, Judith – PRIMUS, 2019

Many students experience mathematics as a neutral entity, without understanding its impact on social justice and equity. Students must understand that mathematics and statistics are powerful tools for creating social change, and that students themselves are capable to enact positive social change through their mathematical abilities. In this…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, College Mathematics, Undergraduate Study, Social Justice

Larripa, Kamila; Mazzag, Borbala – PRIMUS, 2019

This article proposes that in addition to training teams of students to succeed in the Mathematical Contest in Modeling, the contest and the preparation for competition can be successfully used as a framework to teach an auxiliary skill set to undergraduate STEM majors through workshop-style modules. The skills emphasized are collaboration across…

Descriptors: Mathematical Models, Competition, STEM Education, Undergraduate Students

Byrne, Martha – PRIMUS, 2017

This paper discusses the author's experiences of getting advanced undergraduate math students to engage in mathematical inquiry by using games as a vehicle for exploration. The students explored the mathematics behind SET®1, Spot it!®2, Blokus®3, and Six®4. Specifically, we present the experience of the instructor and students and how the games…

Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Advanced Students, Mathematics Education, Inquiry

Larripa, Kamila R.; Mazzag, Borbala – PRIMUS, 2016

Our paper describes a solution we found to a still existing need to develop mathematical modeling courses for undergraduate biology majors. Some challenges of such courses are: (i) relatively limited exposure of biology students to higher-level mathematical and computational concepts; (ii) availability of texts that can give a flavor of how…

Descriptors: Mathematical Models, Biotechnology, Undergraduate Students, College Science

Chabrán, H. Rafael; Kozek, Mark – PRIMUS, 2016

We describe our team-taught, interdisciplinary course "Numb3rs in Lett3rs & Fi1ms: Mathematics in Literature and Cinema," which explores mathematics in the context of modern literature and cinema. Our goal with this course is to advance collaborations between mathematics and the written/theatre-based creative arts.

Descriptors: Interdisciplinary Approach, Mathematics Curriculum, Literature, Films

Farris, Frank A.; Tsao, Ryan – PRIMUS, 2016

The technique of "group-averaging" produces colorings of a sphere that have the symmetries of various polyhedra. The concepts are accessible at the undergraduate level, without being well-known in typical courses on algebra or geometry. The material makes an excellent discovery project, especially for students with some background in…

Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Art Activities, Mathematical Concepts, Photography

Yong, Darryl; Levy, Rachel; Lape, Nancy – PRIMUS, 2015

Flipped classrooms have the potential to improve student learning and metacognitive skills as a result of increased time for active learning and group work and student control over pacing, when compared with traditional lecture-based courses. We are currently running a 4-year controlled study to examine the impact of flipping an Introductory…

Descriptors: College Mathematics, Mathematics Instruction, Blended Learning, Educational Technology

Esselstein, Rachel – PRIMUS, 2013

A capstone project is required for every graduating student from California State University, Monterey Bay. Due to dramatic growth in the number of senior math majors as well as the extreme workload required of faculty advisers, our department developed a new model for the capstone which not only addressed workload issues but also improved the…

Descriptors: Best Practices, Educational Practices, Educational Quality, Program Improvement

Schulteis, Melinda S. – PRIMUS, 2013

Service-learning has been shown to have benefits for both students and faculty, however, it is quite rare in the mathematics classroom. At Concordia University Irvine we have established a relationship with the Village of Hope--a local non-profit organization designed to help homeless families transition to a self-sufficient status via temporary…

Descriptors: Service Learning, College Mathematics, Undergraduate Study, Mathematics Instruction

Zack, Maria; Crow, Greg – PRIMUS, 2013

Institutional research questions provide an excellent source of interesting problems for service-learning projects for undergraduates in mathematics. This paper discusses how this model has been implemented at Point Loma Nazarene University and provides both examples and practical details. (Contains 6 figures.)

Descriptors: Service Learning, Mathematics Instruction, College Mathematics, School Community Programs

Lucas, Adam R. – PRIMUS, 2012

"WeBWorK," an online homework system, can be be used to deliver daily reading questions to students. The author studied its use for this purpose with a lower division Introduction to Programming course and an upper division Probability and Statistics course. In the lower division course, "WeBWorK" significantly improved peer…

Descriptors: Homework, Student Attitudes, Active Learning, Grading

Weyhaupt, Adam G. – PRIMUS, 2012

We describe a non-statistics, data-based activity developed by the author for an interdisciplinary course on mathematics and politics that uses actual ballot data from the City of San Francisco, California. The assignment is appropriate for a general education audience and develops students' ability to work with data, improves their understanding…

Descriptors: Interdisciplinary Approach, Mathematics Instruction, Politics, Voting

Miller, Sheila; Helms, Josh – PRIMUS, 2010

We detail a student project that incorporates the story of the 1918 Influenza Pandemic, which, between the summer of 1918 and the spring of 1919, infected one-fifth to one-half of the world's population and killed more U.S. soldiers fighting in World War I than the war itself. The project uses Susceptible, Infected, Recovered, and Dead (SIRD)…

Descriptors: Student Projects, Communicable Diseases, Mathematics Instruction, Public Health