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MAA Session on Projects, Demonstrations, and Activities that Engage Liberal Arts Mathematics Students


Part I:  Wednesday January 15, 2014, 8:00 AM – 8:35 AM

Part II:  Wednesday January 15, 2014, 2:15 PM – 5:50 PM

Part III:  Thursday January 16, 2014, 1:00 PM – 3:55 PM


Room 345, Baltimore Convention Center


Organizer: Sarah Mabrouk, Framingham State University


Many colleges/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 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.




Part I:  Wednesday January 15, 2014, 8:00 AM – 8:35 AM

Room 345, Baltimore Convention Center



8:00 AM

Kaleidoscopes in the liberal arts mathematics classroom.

Teresa E. Moore*, Ithaca College

L. Christine Kinsey, Canisius College



8:20 AM

Increasing Communication and Problem-Solving Skills in a Liberal Arts Probability Course.

Chester Ivan Ismay*, Ripon College     Presentation


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Part II:  Wednesday January 15, 2014, 2:15 PM – 5:50 PM

Room 345, Baltimore Convention Center



2:15 PM

Students Discover Math in the World Around Them: The Use of Projects in a Liberal Arts Mathematics Course.

Tammy Muhs*, University of Central Florida



2:35 PM

Civil Rights, Estimation, and Regression.

Semra Kilic-Bahi*, Colby-Sawyer College



2:55 PM

Two short projects for improving financial literacy.

Paul Taylor*, Shippensburg University



3:15 PM

Engaging first-year students in the mathematics of cryptology: "Ciphers and Heroes".

Sharon M Frechette*, College of the Holy Cross


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3:35 PM

Using Graph Representations to Solve Puzzles.

M. Reba*, Clemson University

D. Shier, Clemson University



3:55 PM

A Tour through Graph Theory: Projects for a Liberal Arts Math Course.

Karin R Saoub*, Roanoke College



4:15 PM

Projective Geometry for the Liberal Arts Mathematics Class.

Donna A. Dietz*, American University     Dietz Web Site     Presentation



4:35 PM

The Many Facets of Symmetry.

Thomas Q. Sibley*, St. John's University, College of St. Benedict     Presentation


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4:55 PM

Creativity, Writing and Mathematics: The FancyPants Strip Pattern Portfolio.

Shawn J. Chiappetta*, University of Sioux Falls     Presentation



5:15 PM

Engaging liberal arts students in mathematics.

Colleen Duffy*, University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire     Presentation     Projects    Discussion



5:35 PM

An Exercise in the Philosophy of Mathematics.

Charles F. Rocca*, Western Connecticut State University


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Part III:  Thursday January 16, 2014, 1:00 PM – 3:55 PM

Room 345, Baltimore Convention Center



1:00 PM

Juggling as an Introduction to Mathematical Thinking.

Otis C. Wright, III*, Cedarville University



1:20 PM

The Stable Marriage Problem in the Classroom.

Raymond N Greenwell*, Hofstra University     Handout

Daniel E Seabold, Hofstra University



1:40 PM

Walking the Line.

Cathy W. Grilli*, Christian Brothers University     Presentation     CBL



2:00 PM

Adapting liberal arts mathematics hands-on activities to a large-lecture format.

Darci L. Kracht*, Kent State University


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2:20 PM

Infographics Activities to Promote Graphical and Quantitative Literacy.

Debra L. Hydorn*, University of Mary Washington



2:40 PM

Counting Melodies: A Musical Introduction to Recursion.

Kurt Ludwick*, Salisbury University     Presentation



3:00 PM

Win, Lose, or Draw: An Analytical Reasoning Course at Butler University.

Karen Holmes*, Butler University     Test 1     Test 2



3:20 PM

Venn Diagram Bingo and other Games for Liberal Arts Math Classes.

Teena Carroll*, Emory & Henry College


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3:40 PM

Puzzles + Games = Mathematical Thinking.

Edmund A Lamagna*, University of Rhode Island




*Principle Speaker


This page was created and is maintained by S. L. Mabrouk, Framingham State University.

This page was last modified on Monday, December 30, 2013.