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Ross, John; Shelton, Therese – PRIMUS, 2019
We present several modules that address social justice issues in an introductory statistics course. The activities consider possible disparities of housing location, language spoken at home, and job sector as they relate to, respectively, access to healthy foods, air pollution via proximity to traffic, and health concerns via proximity to fracking…
Descriptors: Statistics, Social Justice, Fuels, Introductory Courses
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Shelton, Therese – PRIMUS, 2018
Mathematical modeling allows flexibility for a project-based experience. We share details of our regular capstone course, successful for virtually 100% of our math majors for almost two decades. Our research-like approach in this course accommodates a variety of student backgrounds and interests, and has produced some award-winning student…
Descriptors: Mathematical Models, Mathematics Instruction, Active Learning, Student Projects
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Cline, Kelly; Zullo, Holly; Huckaby, David A.; Storm, Christopher; Stewart, Ann – PRIMUS, 2018
Classroom voting can be an effective way to stimulate student discussions. In this pedagogy, the instructor poses a multiple-choice question to the class, and then allows a few minutes for consideration and small-group discussion before students vote, either with clickers, cell phones, or a non-electronic method. After the vote the instructor…
Descriptors: Calculus, Mathematics Instruction, Audience Response Systems, Voting
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Callahan, Jason T. – PRIMUS, 2016
This paper describes and assesses the implementation of online homework in a first-semester calculus course. Comparing sections of the course before implementation to those after, we find statistically significant improvements in retention rates, measures of student engagement, and participation on homework. We do not, however, find statistically…
Descriptors: Homework, Calculus, College Mathematics, Undergraduate Study
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Harris, Roy Joe; Stovall, Sarah T. – PRIMUS, 2013
Students from small rural schools (class 1A, 2A, and 3A) historically have not had access to dual credit courses for several reasons including distance from a college campus, affordability, and district teaching strength. In an effort to address these problems and to begin the college experience sooner, a new program was developed by the…
Descriptors: Mathematics Education, Online Courses, Rural Schools, Trigonometry
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Das, Kumer – PRIMUS, 2013
As an extension to various sponsored summer undergraduate research programs, academic year research for undergraduate students is becoming popular. Mathematics faculty around the country are getting involved with this type of research and administrators are encouraging this effort. Since 2007, we have been conducting academic year research at…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Student Research, Inquiry, Active Learning
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Shipman, B. A. – PRIMUS, 2012
Through a series of six guided classroom discoveries, students create, via targeted questions, a definition for deciding when two sets have the same cardinality. The program begins by developing basic facts about cardinalities of finite sets. Extending two of these facts to infinite sets yields two statements on comparing infinite cardinalities…
Descriptors: Cognitive Processes, Multidimensional Scaling, Matrices, Questioning Techniques