Exemplary Programs in Introductory College Mathematics

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Susan S. Lenker
Mathematical Association of America, 1998 - Mathematics - 171 pages
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This handbook will help you improve your teaching by showing you how to take advantage of current technology to teach introductory mathematics courses. Browse through the winning entries in the INnovative Programs Using Technology Project (INPUT) & learn how others have used technology to teach developmental mathematics, precalculus, business mathematics, quantitative literacy & introductory statistics. The INPUT project, (funded by the Annenberg/CPB Project, the National Science Foundation, & Central Michigan University) sought to stimulate change in the way mathematics service courses were being taught by recognizing & rewarding college instructors who have rethought the mathematical content of their "introductory" mathematics courses. The award winning projects of that competition are featured here. You will find detailed descriptions of what some innovative instructors are doing, how they are doing it, what technologies they are using, & how you can contact them to learn more about their particular project. Also included is a list of reference materials for further exploration. Listing of Projects: Business Mathematics: A New Approach to Calculus for Non-Technical Students; Business Calculus Today; Implementing an Applications-Based, Technology-Supported Linear Math Course. Developmental Mathematics: Basic Geometry Using Computers & Collaborative Learning; Successful Use of Computer Algebra Systems in Developmental Mathematics. Precalculus: Earth Algebra; College Algebra with Applications to Environmental Issues; Functioning in the Real World: A Precalculus Experience; The Gettysburg Text: An Integrated Precalculus-Calculus Course Using a Computer Algebra System & Spreadsheet Including Business Applications; Projects for Precalculus; Redesigning Intermediate Algebra & Precalculus Using Graphing Calculators; Using Educational Technology in a Precalculus Course at the US Air Force Academy. Quantitative Literacy/Special Topics: A Cognitive Tutor for Authentic Problem Solving in College Algebra; A Laboratory Course in Mathematics for the Liberal Arts Major; Combining Technology with Cooperative Learning in a Foundation Course for Quantitative Literacy; Powered Flight as a Paradigm for Mathematics & Science; Visual Mathematics in a General Education Curriculum: Helping Students Discover the Interconnections Between Mathematics & Other Disciplines. Statistics: Graphing Calculators & Cooperative Learning in Elementary Statistics; Introduction to Statistics: Enhancements through the Use of the Graphing Calculator; Integrating Maple, Spreadsheets, & Writing into Algebra & Introductory Statistics; Technology Enhanced Connections in the Statistics Sequence.

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Contents

A Precalculus Experience
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A Laboratory Course in Mathematics for Liberal Arts Majors
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A New Approach to Calculus for NonTechnical Students
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