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Klima, V. – PRIMUS, 2019

As teachers of mathematics we encourage our students to ask good questions, and we strive to help our students find and understand answers to these questions. This journey can be made more meaningful if students conclude by reflecting on their learning process. If we find careful questioning and reflection important, we should include such…

Descriptors: Homework, Mathematics Instruction, College Mathematics, Color

Dunmyre, Justin R. – PRIMUS, 2019

In this paper, I present a homework system that supports a flipped classroom environment using only a textbook for students' first contact with the material. Motivated by David Pengelley's homework system, each unit of material has four key components: Core Assignments, Conceptual Assignments, In-class Worksheets, and Follow-up Assignments. The…

Descriptors: Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Homework, Video Technology

OShaughnessy, J. – PRIMUS, 2019

This paper investigates the advantages of using a two-step homework system. First, technology is used to collect and grade traditional homework. Then, students are expected to present and explain problems from their assignments in class. Several versions of implementation are discussed for different course levels and sizes. Through these methods,…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, College Mathematics, Homework, Educational Technology

Soto-Johnson, Hortensia; Hancock, Brent – PRIMUS, 2019

Although students may develop extensive geometric intuition about derivatives during calculus, many complex analysis texts avoid geometric connections between the real and complex derivative. In this report, we discuss our implementation of, and student responses to, a Geometer's Sketchpad lab that was informed by mathematics education research.…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, College Mathematics, Geometric Concepts, Educational Technology

Kostadinov, Boyan; Thiel, Johann; Singh, Satyanand – PRIMUS, 2019

The goal of this paper is to promote the use of R and Python as high-level, free, open-source programming environments that can be used as a computational and visualization tool for teaching differential equations. Both R and Python also allow for creating reproducible dynamic documents using Markdown, which combines live code, plain text, and…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, College Mathematics, Undergraduate Study, Programming

Anderson, Jeffrey A.; McCusker, Michael V. – PRIMUS, 2019

We present a new learning activity that enables students to apply eigenvalue theory to investigate a practical modeling problem. We demonstrate how to build a spring-coupled pair of pendula and describe how students can measure the movements of these pendula using open-source image processing software. We then illustrate how to analyze this…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, College Mathematics, Experiential Learning, Learning Activities

Shaw, Christopher – PRIMUS, 2018

We present a short-term class project used in an introductory linear algebra course, designed to engage students in matrix algebra. In this activity, students responded to a survey of their pop culture tastes. Using the survey responses, they worked to design a series of matching algorithms, using matrices, with the goal of matching the students…

Descriptors: Algebra, Mathematics Instruction, Matrices, Popular Culture

Kindle, Jennifer; Gentimis, Thanos – PRIMUS, 2018

At Florida Polytechnic University, a STEM University founded in 2014, Calculus I is the first mathematics course required by students in every major. In order to ensure students received the support necessary for Calculus I, an online Primer course was developed. The course, which is housed in the online platform CANVAS, targets specific topics…

Descriptors: College Mathematics, Calculus, Undergraduate Students, Educational Technology

Costello, Pat – PRIMUS, 2018

In 1981 Dixon introduced a clever idea for factoring large numbers. This idea has become the basis for many current factoring techniques. In this paper, we show how to implement the idea on the computer in the classroom. Additionally, pseudocode is given for finding examples suitable for demonstrating Dixon factorization.

Descriptors: Number Concepts, Numbers, Theories, Educational Technology

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

Childers, Adam F. – PRIMUS, 2017

Facebook provides businesses and organizations with copious data that describe how users are interacting with their page. This data affords an excellent opportunity to turn introductory statistics students into consultants to analyze the Facebook data using descriptive and inferential statistics. This paper details a semester-long project that…

Descriptors: Social Media, Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Statistics

Heuett, William J. – PRIMUS, 2017

Students' learning experiences in an introductory statistics course for non-math majors are compared between two different instructional approaches under controlled conditions. Two sections of the course (n = 52) are taught using a flipped classroom approach and one section (n = 30) is taught using a traditional lecture approach. All sections are…

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

Dittman, Marki; Soto-Johnson, Hortensia; Dickinson, Scott; Harr, Tim – PRIMUS, 2017

In this paper, we describe how we integrated complex analysis into the second semester of a geometry course designed for preservice secondary mathematics teachers. As part of this inquiry-based course, the preservice teachers incorporated their geometric understanding of the arithmetic of complex numbers and complex-valued functions to create a…

Descriptors: Secondary School Teachers, Secondary School Mathematics, Geometry, Preservice Teachers

Abbasian, Reza O.; Sieben, John T. – PRIMUS, 2016

In this paper we present a short tutorial on creating mini-videos using two platforms--PCs and tablets such as iPads--and software packages that work with these devices. Specifically, we describe the step-by-step process of creating and editing videos using a Wacom Intuos pen-tablet plus Camtasia software on a PC platform and using the software…

Descriptors: College Mathematics, Undergraduate Study, Mathematics Instruction, Video Technology

Lunsford, M. Leigh; Pendergrass, Marcus – PRIMUS, 2016

Online homework systems, which deliver homework assignments to students and provide real-time feedback on their responses, have the potential to increase student learning in college mathematics classes. However, current research on their effectiveness is inconclusive, with some studies showing gains in student achievement, whereas others report…

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