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4434Calculus of the Dinner Table: Mathematical Modeling
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Calculus students are presented with a write-pair-share activity that initially involves the construction of a model based on direct variation and later involves the use of calculus as a means by which to analyze the model. Suitable for either Calculus I or Calculus II students. Note: This project has a sequel entitled Fundamental Theorem of Calculus: An Investigation (listed under Interactive Lectures) in which the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus is investigated via the constructed model.Tue, 29 Sep 2009 10:54:50 -0700Fundamental Theorem of Calculus: An Investigation
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Calculus students are presented with a write-pair-share activity that leads them to a practical understanding of the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus. The activity involves analyzing a function that describes eating speed in a hypothetical dinner table experience. Suitable for either Calculus I or Calculus II students.Note: This project has a prequel entitled Calculus of the Dinner Table: Mathematical Modeling (listed under Interactive Lectures) in which students construct the mathematical model for the king's eating speed. This prequel provides an excellent and engaging prelude to this activity.Tue, 29 Sep 2009 10:56:49 -0700Exploring Space Through Math
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This site provides several activities involving space exploration that fit into the mathematics curriculum. There is a separate page for each of: Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2 and Pre-Calculus. For each course there are several topics that are included. For each of these, the site contains a reading on the highlighted NASA project, a student worksheet that contains questions that ask students to apply the mathematics to the NASA project, and an instructor guide complete with teaching suggestions and an answer sheet.Sat, 9 Apr 2016 17:44:30 -0700Exploring Space Through Math: Precalculus Series
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This site provides several activities involving space exploration that fit into the Precalculus Curriculum. The mathematics that is used includes using trigonometry to manipulate a robotic arm in space, modeling projectile motion, using spherical coordinates to track the ISS, investigating the elliptical orbits of rondevous to the ISS, and several other applications to NASA activities. Students are asked to read about the space exploration related application and then answer several questions that require these pre-calculus topics in order to successfully answer them.Sat, 9 Apr 2016 17:54:53 -0700Comparison of GDP and the Human Development Index (HDI).
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This assignment exposes students to data on economic growth and development as commonly measured by per capita GDP and the Human Development Index (HDI) for 100 countries of the world. There is a big debate about how good an indicator HDI is compared to GDP per capita as a measure of development.Mon, 11 Jul 2016 08:45:42 -0700Earth-Moon-Sun Dynamics
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This site has fully developed activities, handouts, and even a test covering sunrise and sunset direction, moon face, phases of the moon, eclipses, and seasonal changes.Tue, 7 Sep 2010 22:08:24 -0700Elementary Statistics
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This course is the study of descriptive statistics; probability; discrete and continuous (including binomial, normal and T) distributions; sampling distributions; interval estimation; hypothesis testing; linear regression and correlation. It is recommended for majors in the fields of biology, mathematics, social sciences, education and business. Wed, 29 Apr 2015 20:33:13 -0700Exploring Economic Inequality with Data
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This set of assignments exposes students to data which can be used to analyze economic inequality in international and historical context. Then students are asked to generate a thesis-driven argument drawing supporting evidence from one or more of the data sources.Mon, 11 Jul 2016 08:45:52 -0700Writing about Numbers We Should Know
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This opening assignment for an introductory quantitative reasoning course asks students to write about "Numbers We Should Know." Its goal is to help students begin to think quantitatively, evaluate the sources of quantitative information critically, and write using numbers precisely and thoughtfully.Mon, 11 Jul 2016 08:45:55 -0700Applied Math Lesson Plan
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This fall I will be teaching a new course entitled “Applied Mathematics” which is intended for students who demonstrate a need to reduce the Algebra II requirement in the Michigan Merit Curriculum due to academic difficulty in Algebra I and/or Geometry. The course features interwoven strands of algebra and functions, statistics, and probability, with a focus on applications of mathematics. Students will learn to recognize and describe important patterns that relate quantitative variables and develop strategies to make sense of real-world data. The course will develop students’ abilities to solve problems involving chance and to approximate solutions to more complex probability problems by using simulation. The goal that will be addressed in this lesson is to review Algebra I fundamentals, more specifically mathematical models (price-demand model, formulas as models, and operations with real numbers) to lay the foundation for the semester.Mon, 11 Jul 2011 09:03:19 -0700