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Projects, Demonstrations, and Activities that Engage Liberal Arts Mathematics Students


Thursday January 5, 2012, 1:00 PM – 3:55 PM


Friday January 6, 2012, 8:00 AM – 10:35 AM


Sarah Mabrouk, Framingham State University, Organizer


Many colleges and universities offer liberal arts mathematics courses (lower-level courses other than statistics, college algebra, precalculus, and calculus) designed for students whose majors are in disciplines other than mathematics, science, social science, or business. Students taking such courses have a variety of backgrounds and strengths and differing levels of interest and comfort with mathematics.


This session invites papers regarding projects, demonstrations, and activities that can be used to enhance the learning experience for students taking liberal arts mathematics courses. Papers should include information about the topic(s) related to the project/demonstration/activity, preliminary information that must be presented, and the goal(s)/outcome(s) for the project/demonstration/activity. Presenters discussing demonstrations and activities are encouraged to give the demonstration or perform the activity, if time and equipment allow, and to discuss the appropriateness of the demonstration/activity for the learning environment and the class size. Presenters discussing projects are encouraged to address how the project was conducted (individual or group), how the project was presented for evaluation (in-class or online presentation, written paper, poster session, or online discussion), grading issues, if any, and the rubric used to appraise the students' work. Each presenter is encouraged to discuss how the project/demonstration/activity fits into the course, the use of technology, if any, the students’ reactions, and the effect of the project/demonstration/activity on the students’ attitudes towards and understanding of mathematics.



Session I – Thursday January 5, 2012, 1:00 PM – 3:55 PM

Back Bay Ballroom C, 2nd Floor, Sheraton

1:00 PM – 1:15 PM

The Real Cost of Home Ownership (1077-L1-214)

Stan Perrine, Charleston Southern University

1:20 PM – 1:35 PM

Beyond Formulas: A Collaboration Between Liberal Arts Underclassmen and Senior Math Majors (1077-L1-2272)

Alissa S. Crans, Loyola Marymount University

Robert J. Rovetti, Loyola Marymount University

1:40 PM – 1:55 PM

Try Trisecting by Bisecting (1077-L1-1106)

Theresa Jorgensen, University of Texas at Arlington

Barbara Shipman, University of Texas at Arlington

2:00 PM – 2:15 PM

Geometric Constructions in Contemporary Problem Solving (1077-L1-974)

Jeffrey L. Poet, Missouri Western State University

2:20 PM – 2:35 PM

Candy Bar Election (1077-L1-2651)

Ben Galluzzo, Shippensburg University

2:40 PM – 2:55 PM

Balancing structure and creativity in projects for liberal arts mathematics (1077-L1-560)

Reva Kasman, Salem State University

3:00 PM – 3:15 PM

Hexiclouds: Graph Theory Meets LEGO Bricks (1077-L1-2902)

Edward W. Welsh, Westfield State University

3:20 PM – 3:35 PM


3:40 PM – 3:55 PM

Survey It! Using Surveys to Answer Student's Questions (1077-L1-1526)

Erin Smith, Zayed University Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates


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Session II – Friday January 6, 2012, 8:00 AM – 10:35 AM

Back Bay Ballroom C, 2nd Floor, Sheraton


8:00 AM – 8:15 AM

Do it together to understand it: group activities that help liberal arts students understand mathematical  concepts (1077-L1-1256)

Russell D Blyth, Saint Louis University

8:20 AM – 8:35 AM

"I CAN PROVE IT"-- Using Proofs of the Pythagorean Theorem to Bolster Confidence for the math-anxious Liberal Arts Mathematics Students (1077-L1-1247)

Jackie A Hall, Longwood University

8:40 AM – 8:55 AM

Final Project in an Elementary Cryptology Course (1077-L1-442)

Robert Edward Lewand, Goucher College

9:00 AM – 9:15 AM

Open Questions in Number Theory for Liberal Arts Students: The Good, the Bad, and the Underwhelming (1077-L1-517)

Emelie A Kenney, Siena College

9:20 AM – 9:35 AM

Reading, Writing and Discussing Mathematics in a Service-level Undergraduate Course (1077-L1-282)

Daniel P. Wisniewski, DeSales University

9:40 AM – 9:55 AM

Panel Discussion: Suggestions/Tips for Those Teaching a Liberal Arts Math Course for the First Time

10:00 AM – 10:15 AM

Visualizing Hyperbolic Geometry in the Liberal Arts (1077-L1-2835)

Charlotte J. Chell, Carthage College

10:20 AM – 10:35 AM

Using a Jeopardy Game to Engage Students' Learning (1077-L1-1384)

Yun Lu, Kutztown University of PA


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This page was last modified on Monday, January 02, 2012.