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Warner, Jared – PRIMUS, 2019
We describe a semester-long project for an introductory statistics class that studies the broken windows theory of policing and the related issues of race, policing, and criminal justice. The most impactful feature of the project is the data-collection phase, in which students attend and observe a public arraignment court session. This "Court…
Descriptors: Police, Race, Correctional Rehabilitation, Statistics
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Singh, Satyanand – PRIMUS, 2019
We show that the total distance traveled by an under-damped oscillating spring mass system with sinusoidal displacement results in a nice, closed-form expression.
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, College Mathematics, Undergraduate Study, Mathematical Concepts
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Fisher, Forest; Warner, Jared; Mickelson, Nate – PRIMUS, 2019
Gentrification is a complex issue with very real repercussions for urban youth. Games make learning fun and provide a way for students to explore complex systems through recursive play. We describe a board game designed to help students explore ratios and proportional reasoning while simultaneously engaging the causes and effects of…
Descriptors: Disadvantaged, Social Class, Change, Middle Class
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Storm, Christopher – PRIMUS, 2017
This article shares an example of a course in Combinatorics, taught at Adelphi University in Fall 2012, designed with a primary goal of engaging students in pursuing mathematics as mathematicians do. The course went beyond usual applications of inquiry-based learning in that students were also charged with the responsibility of posing the…
Descriptors: Inquiry, Mathematics Instruction, Teaching Methods, Communities of Practice
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Guy, G. Michael; Cornick, Jonathan; Puri, Karan – PRIMUS, 2016
Many colleges are finding that the use of acceleration in developmental education is a promising direction for improved student progress toward a degree or certificate. Acceleration has been defined in the literature as the reorganization of curricula and instruction in ways that facilitate the completion of educational requirements in an…
Descriptors: Arithmetic, Algebra, Problem Solving, Remedial Mathematics