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berg, jenn; Buell, Catherine A.; Day, Danette; Evans, Rhonda – PRIMUS, 2019

As an interdisciplinary team, we set out to create an applied statistics course that would cover the traditional introductory statistics topics in a consistent framework of social justice. The goal was to motivate students to understand and learn math while deepening their understanding of the interplay, at local and global levels, between social…

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

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

Marzocchi, Alison S.; Turner, Kelly; Druken, Bridget K. – PRIMUS, 2019

We present a mathematical activity called graph talks as a new pedagogical routine to intertwine social justice issues and mathematics. Adapted from "number talks," graph talks involve students analyzing, interpreting, and discussing real-life data represented in graphs. Graphs may be strategically selected to both highlight a relevant…

Descriptors: Mathematics, Mathematics Instruction, College Mathematics, Undergraduate Students

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

Hoke, Kathy; Keough, Lauren; Wares, Joanna – PRIMUS, 2019

In the calculus classroom, integrating applications with the theoretical and procedural conveys the relevance of the material. Since Newton and Leibniz developed calculus in the context of physics and astronomy, applications in these fields tend to predominate. To engage and excite our students, pedagogical considerations must include broader…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, College Mathematics, Teaching Methods, Calculus

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

Unfried, Alana; Canner, Judith – PRIMUS, 2019

Many students experience mathematics as a neutral entity, without understanding its impact on social justice and equity. Students must understand that mathematics and statistics are powerful tools for creating social change, and that students themselves are capable to enact positive social change through their mathematical abilities. In this…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, College Mathematics, Undergraduate Study, Social Justice

Anderson, Marlow; Hollings, Christopher; Wilson, Robin – PRIMUS, 2019

History of mathematics courses based on original source materials are becoming increasingly common. However, are they more suitable for particular types of students? Here we compare two such upper-level courses, with a similar structure and using the same textbook, taken by liberal arts students at Colorado College and mathematics specialists at…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, College Mathematics, History, Foreign Countries

Melkonian, Vardges – PRIMUS, 2019

This paper discusses a game that can be used for introducing the binary representation of integers in an interactive and fun environment. The game is introduced in the way it is presented in an undergraduate Discrete Mathematics class. Variations of the game are discussed, particularly its extension to base-three representation of integers. It is…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, College Mathematics, Undergraduate Study, Educational Games

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

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

Collins, J. B.; Harsy, Amanda; Hart, Jarod; Haymaker, Katie Anne; Hoofnagle, Alyssa Marie; Janssen, Mike Kuyper; Stewart Kelly, Jessica; Mohr, Austin Tyler; OShaughnessy, Jessica – PRIMUS, 2019

Mastery-based testing is an assessment scheme that challenges students to provide complete solutions to problems derived from clear course concepts. Students are allowed multiple attempts to demonstrate mastery, which helps create a classroom environment where students value persistence toward thorough understanding. In this paper, we describe in…

Descriptors: Mastery Tests, Mathematics Tests, College Mathematics, Undergraduate Students

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