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Simic-Muller, K. – PRIMUS, 2019

This manuscript describes a quantitative literacy course focusing on issues of economic and racial justice, developed for a summer bridge program. The curriculum for the course, described in the manuscript, consisted of open-ended assignments that dealt with real-world issues and required basic modeling skills; whereas the culminating assignment…

Descriptors: Social Justice, Mathematical Models, Logical Thinking, Mathematics Skills

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

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

Karaali, Gizem; Khadjavi, Lily S. – PRIMUS, 2019

We provide context and motivation for an instructor to use real-life examples in the calculus classroom. To this end we describe two specific project ideas, one related to the devastating impact of methylmercury fungicide in a grain seed supply and the other to a catastrophic methane leak. By using calculus in contexts that have social justice…

Descriptors: Calculus, Mathematics Instruction, Social Justice, Interdisciplinary Approach

Branson, Mark – PRIMUS, 2019

Mathematics has a unique and powerful role to play in the teaching of social justice issues. There is substantial quantitative evidence for social injustice, but many citizens lack the quantitative skills to understand that evidence. A course in quantitative literacy is a unique opportunity to provide this quantitative understanding to a wide…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Social Problems, Social Justice, Interdisciplinary Approach

O'Donovan, Barbara; Geary, Krisan – PRIMUS, 2019

Income inequality is a central social justice concern, and hence excellent motivation for real-world applications in mathematics classrooms at every level. We describe the "Mathematics for Social Justice" course at Saint Michael's College, giving a specific example of one of the typical social justice projects for the course, and showing…

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

McCune, David; McCune, Lori – PRIMUS, 2019

This article presents a project that is meant to deepen student understanding of what it would mean for one preference voting method to be "better" than another. In the project we show the students how to rigorously compare the methods of plurality and plurality with elimination, and we then allow them to compare two other voting methods…

Descriptors: Voting, Preferences, Student Attitudes, Evaluation Criteria

Ding, Wandi; Florida, Ryan; Summers, Jeffery; Nepal, Puran; Burton, Ben – PRIMUS, 2019

We share our experience and lessons learned from using Systemic Initiative for Modeling Investigations and Opportunities with Differential Equations (SIMIODE) modeling scenarios in our Differential Equations I class at Middle Tennessee State University. Specific projects with Python codes are presented. Discussions are brought forth on how to…

Descriptors: Calculus, College Mathematics, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematical Models

Spindler, Richard – PRIMUS, 2019

Project-based learning supports unique and authentic problems in differential equations courses. An intuitive, interesting and deep differential equations project is described. The description illustrates a case study of guiding students through a complex project and the technical and personal rewards gained from it. Valuable advice is provided to…

Descriptors: Student Projects, Calculus, Equations (Mathematics), Mathematics Instruction

White, David – PRIMUS, 2019

In an increasingly data-driven world, facility with statistics is more important than ever for our students. At institutions without a statistician, it often falls to the mathematics faculty to teach statistics courses. This paper presents a model that a mathematician asked to teach statistics can follow. This model entails connecting with faculty…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, College Mathematics, Student Projects, Teaching Methods

Ludwig, Patrice; Tongen, Anthony; Walton, Brian – PRIMUS, 2018

James Madison University faculty team-teach an interdisciplinary mathematical modeling course for mathematics and biology students. We have used two different project-based approaches to emphasize the mathematical concepts taught in class, while also exposing students to new areas of mathematics not formally covered in class. The first method…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Science Instruction, Case Studies, Interdisciplinary Approach

Sanft, Rebecca; Ziegler-Graham, Kathryn – PRIMUS, 2018

The Mathematics Practicum has been offered at St. Olaf College for over 30 years. The Practicum is a 4-week, January Interim course where three teams of five students work on consulting problems solicited from area businesses, government agencies, and non-profit organizations. These problems have significant mathematical, statistical, and…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Practicums, Active Learning, Student Projects

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

Harwood, R. Corban – PRIMUS, 2018

This article addresses the logistics of implementing projects in an undergraduate mathematics class and is intended both for new instructors and for instructors who have had negative experiences implementing projects in the past. Project implementation is given for both lower- and upper-division mathematics courses with an emphasis on mathematical…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Mathematical Models, Active Learning, Student Projects

Evans, Riley; Friedman, Jane; McGrath, Lynn; Myers, Perla; Ruiz, Amanda – PRIMUS, 2018

Although the number of bachelor's degrees in the U.S. awarded to women has gone up, engagement of women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) continues to be low. This paper presents a project-based learning program, informed by education research best practices, designed to provide research experiences to female students…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Females, Active Learning, Student Projects