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Diedrichs, Danilo R. – PRIMUS, 2019
Harvesting models based on ordinary differential equations are commonly used in the fishery industry and wildlife management to model the evolution of a population depleted by harvest mortality. We present a project consisting of a series of scenarios based on fishery harvesting models to teach the application of theoretical concepts learned in a…
Descriptors: Mathematical Models, Equations (Mathematics), Calculus, Industry
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Davis, Diana – PRIMUS, 2018
We describe a case study of a problem-solving section, using the "Harkness" discussion method, of an honors multivariable calculus course. Students in the problem-solving section had equivalent outcomes on exams, reported higher ratings in self-assessments of skills, and took more math classes in the following year, compared with…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, College Mathematics, Undergraduate Students, Inquiry
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Herriott, Scott R.; Dunbar, Steven R. – PRIMUS, 2009
The common understanding within the mathematics community is that the role of the college algebra course is to prepare students for calculus. Though exceptions are emerging, the curriculum of most college algebra courses and the content of most textbooks on the market both reflect that assumption. This article calls that assumption into question…
Descriptors: Majors (Students), Textbooks, Biological Sciences, Sciences
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Comar, Timothy D. – PRIMUS, 2008
This article discusses the incorporation of biological content into existing calculus courses without significantly changing the courses. This is exemplified by the common laboratory course taken by students in all first semester calculus courses at Benedictine University. Several biologically oriented projects are implemented in this laboratory…
Descriptors: Data Analysis, Calculus, Integrated Curriculum, Biology