MAA Session on Projects, Demonstrations, and Activities That Engage Liberal Arts Mathematics Students
Thursday, January 10, 2013, 8:00 AM - 11:55 AM
Friday, January 11, 2013, 3:30 PM - 5:25 PM
Sarah L. 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, strengths, and levels of interest/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, presented, evaluated, as well as grading issues, if any, and the rubric used to appraise the studentsí work. Each presenter is encouraged to discuss how the project/demonstration/activity fits into the course, the use of technology, if any, the studentsí reactions, and the effect of the project/demonstration/activity on the studentsí attitudes towards and understanding of mathematics.
Session I - Thursday, January 10, 2013, 8:00 AM - 11:55 AM
Room 5A, Upper Level, San Diego Convention Center
Developing Voting Systems on the First Day: an IBL Approach.
Eric B. Kahn*,
Voting Alliances: Using Politics to Motivate Combinatorial Counting.
Christopher S Shaw*,
The Future of Voting: Engaging students through designing voting systems.
Erin E. Bancroft*,
Voting: The Intersection of Mathematics & Citizen Leadership.
Jacqueline Anderson Hall*,
A final project in a mathematics of games class: create your own new game!
Liberal Arts Mathematics: Do It Yourself with SNAP -- Simulation, Random Walks.
Jerome L. Caldwell*,
A Strange Attractor in the Kitchen.
Rachel R. Roe-Dale*,
Little Fractal on the Prairie: a study of fractal dimension.
Andrea N Young*,
Bringing Mathematics to Life through Dialogue Based Activities and Manipulatives.
James C. Price*,
Is it logical? Exploring the validity of arguments.
J. Christopher Tweddle*,
Using JobQuests as a Capstone Project for Statistics in a Liberal Arts Mathematics Course.
Brian P. Beaudrie*,
Projects for liberal arts majors explaining the concept of limit in probability problems simulated on the TI-84 calculator.
Ehrenfeucht, Computer Science Dept,
Session II - Friday, January 11, 2013, 3:30 PM - 5:25 PM
Room 7A, Upper Level, San Diego Convention Center
Using Popular Culture to introduce Mathematical Ideas.
A humanistic reading component for an introduction to proofs course.
An open-ended project for a liberal arts mathematics course.
A spectrum of Values, Critical Thinking, Writing, and Social Justice activities used to engage students and to assist adjuncts in mathematics.
Scott B. White,
Service-Learning Projects and Activities that Engage Liberal Arts Mathematics Students: Implementation and Assessments.
Paul Kochanowski, Indiana University South Bend
A Plaidoyer for Boolean Algebra.
Helmut Knaust*, The University of Texas at El Paso
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