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Bruder, Andrea; Kohler, Brynja R. – PRIMUS, 2020

Although modeling is an integral process in applied mathematics, students rarely encounter modeling opportunities in their calculus courses. We introduce a laboratory experience as a starting point for calculus students to investigate multivariable functions. A layered system of coffee and milk serves as a physical model for temperature gradients…

Descriptors: Calculus, Mathematics Instruction, Climate, Food

Martin, Taylor E. – PRIMUS, 2019

My goal in crafting homework in calculus is twofold: to provide scaffolding for students to develop a theoretical understanding of calculus concepts and to incorporate good mathematical exposition, including justification and proof when appropriate. I achieve these goals by creating weekly homework sets that students work on in groups of three or…

Descriptors: Calculus, Homework, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematical Concepts

Anderson, Jacqueline – PRIMUS, 2019

A common challenge among mathematics professors is to structure a course so that students are motivated to complete enough work to master the material without creating an unmanageable grading workload. We will discuss a strategy that the author devised to successfully confront this challenge (after many other failed attempts): using online surveys…

Descriptors: College Mathematics, College Students, Student Evaluation, Feedback (Response)

Czocher, Jennifer A.; Tague, Jenna; Baker, Greg – PRIMUS, 2019

In this paper, we tell a story of iterative design and continual improvement of an asynchronous technological resource, pencasts, to support development of students' modeling skills while studying at home. Our students were typically engineering majors, enrolled in differential equations as a prerequisite for their subsequent engineering courses.…

Descriptors: Homework, Mathematical Models, Technology Uses in Education, Asynchronous Communication

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

Helmreich, James E.; Krog, K. Peter – PRIMUS, 2018

We present a short, inquiry-based learning course on concepts and methods underlying ordinary least squares (OLS), least absolute deviation (LAD), and quantile regression (QR). Students investigate squared, absolute, and weighted absolute distance functions (metrics) as location measures. Using differential calculus and properties of convex…

Descriptors: Least Squares Statistics, Regression (Statistics), Active Learning, Inquiry

Jensen-Vallin, Jacqueline – PRIMUS, 2017

As STEM educators, we know it is beneficial to train students to think critically and mathematically during their early mathematical lives. To this end, the author teaches the College Algebra/Precalculus course in a flipped classroom version of an inquiry-based learning style. However, the techniques described in this paper can be applied to a…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Critical Thinking, College Mathematics, Inquiry

Mokry, Jeanette – PRIMUS, 2016

This article discusses preparation assignments used in a Calculus II course that cover material from prerequisite courses. Prior to learning new material, students work on problems outside of class involving concepts from algebra, trigonometry, and Calculus I. These problems are directly built upon in order to answer Calculus II questions,…

Descriptors: Calculus, Assignments, Prerequisites, Instructional Materials

Deshler, Jessica M.; Miller, David; Pascal, Matthew – PRIMUS, 2016

In an effort to support the success of minority students and to incorporate inquiry-based learning (IBL) into the calculus sequence of courses at West Virginia University, a modified version of the Emerging Scholars Program (ESP) was implemented in the fall of 2009. Since then, approximately 100 students have taken ESP Calculus I, with many of…

Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Active Learning, Inquiry, Calculus

Jaafar, Reem – PRIMUS, 2016

For students with little experience in mathematical thinking and conceptualization, writing-to-learn activities (WTL) can be particularly effective in promoting discovery and understanding. For community college students embarking on a first calculus course in particular, writing activities can help facilitate the transition from an "apply…

Descriptors: College Mathematics, Calculus, Mathematics Instruction, Writing Instruction

Carter, J. D.; Helliwell, D.; Henrich, Allison; Principe, M.; Sloughter, J. M. – PRIMUS, 2016

Finding ways to improve student success in calculus is a critically important step on the path to supporting students who are pursuing degrees in STEM fields. Far too many students fail calculus 1 and are pushed to drop their majors in technical fields. One way of addressing this issue is by following a program that was pioneered at University of…

Descriptors: Calculus, College Mathematics, Mathematics Instruction, College Students

Schroeder, Larissa Bucchi; Dorn, Brian – PRIMUS, 2016

The increased use of videos in mathematics courses means that direct instruction, traditionally part of class lectures, now often occurs outside of the classroom. Although students come to class with some baseline level of understanding, instructors lose opportunities to assess students' understanding of content as it is seen for the first time.…

Descriptors: Formative Evaluation, Blended Learning, Technology Uses in Education, Educational Technology

Engelke, Nicole; Karakok, Gulden; Wangberg, Aaron – PRIMUS, 2016

"WeBWorK" CLASS combines the best features of online homework and digital whiteboards to create a system that provides instructors with information on students' problem-solving processes, as well as their final answer. The system's utilization of tools that can sort students based on correct and incorrect homework and quiz answers and…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, College Mathematics, Technology Uses in Education, Educational Technology

Townsley, Lisa – PRIMUS, 2016

We describe recent attempts by the University System of Georgia to develop and pilot a system-wide online Precalculus course for credit. The course was based on full online delivery, using an emporium model for learning. We experienced moderate success with the course, with a completion rate of 61-76% compared with the 4-7% for Massive Open Online…

Descriptors: Calculus, Online Courses, College Mathematics, Academic Persistence

Palmer, Katrina – PRIMUS, 2015

This paper describes one instructor's experiences during a year of flipping four calculus classes. The first exploration attempts to understand student expectations of a math class and their preference towards a flipped classroom. The second examines success of students from a flipped classroom, and the last investigates relationships with student…

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