Category: Calculus (SV)

A Semester of Calculus in 20 Minutes?

Here’s a semester of Calculus boiled down to 20 minutes (Part I and Part II), brought to you by Professor Edward Burger.  Think of this as auctioneer meets Calculus.  Now seriously, I found this incredibly hard to concentrate on, but there were elements of these videos that I really liked (the paper cutouts that are similar to the CommonCraft style). I don’t think there’s any way a student could learn Calculus from these videos, but I suppose it could help a student to see the big picture at the end. Come to think of it, it might provide for a good scare at the beginning of the semester.  Watch this – then, if you can pass the final, you’re out of here.  If not, hang around and learn Calculus in slow motion! Possibly Related Posts: Contemporary Algebra Collection (new resources 2/4/2019) Teaching in Higher Ed Podcast about ESIL Lens Add Graphs In The World to Courses Bringing the Real World to Your Math Class Every Day Taking the Algebra Out of College...

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Teaching Math with Clickers

Today’s guest blogger is Derek Bruff, Assistant Director for the Center for Teaching at Vanderbilt University. Derek writes a blog you may have stumbled across called Teaching with Classroom Response Systems. Here’s a question I ask the students in my probability and statistics course: Your sister-in-law calls to say that she’s having twins. Which of the following is more likely? (Assume that she’s not having identical twins.) A. Twin boysB. Twin girlsC. One boy and one girlD. All are equally likely Since I ask this question using a classroom response system, each of my students is able to submit his or her response to the question using a handheld device called a clicker. The clickers beam the students’ responses via radio frequencies to a receiver attached to my classroom computer. Software on the computer generates a histogram that shows the distribution of student responses. I first ask my students to respond to the question individually, without discussing it. Usually, the histogram shows me that most of the students answered incorrectly, which tells me that the question is one worth asking. I then ask my students to discuss the question in pairs or small groups, then submit their (possibly different) answers again using their clickers. This generates a buzz in the classroom as students discuss and debate the answer choices with their peers. After the second “vote,” the histogram usually...

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Interesting Results with MathTV

Todays guest blogger is Pat McKeague, author of several textbooks and the mastermind behind the site MathTV.com. Hello, I’m Pat McKeague, and I’m filling in for Maria today. I have created a website called www.MathTV.com where my students and I post videos on mathematics from basic math through calculus. I’m the first one on the left. One interesting observation is that my students have become better math students by making these videos. The other surprising thing is that they love their jobs. All of us that teach know that we understand a topic better after we have taught it. I know that I never really understood calculus until I taught it two or three times. So it makes sense that my students would become better math students after presenting topics on video. In all cases, they are presenting material from classes they have already passed. Even so, they are better at the mathematics in the classes they are taking now. The stronger their foundation in basic skills, the better they are at advanced topics. They have strengthened their foundation by making these videos. The students are paid to make these videos. It is a regular part-time job for them. I have always had trouble getting them to read the book before they come to class. But in their jobs, they don’t mind at all They want to make good...

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Happy Halloween: Antiderivative Costume

I did have one student that dressed up this year (we didn’t have class on Halloween this year, so that is a bit of a deterrent). Here’s Nate dressed as an antiderivative – I told him he can win a scary costume contest! Possibly Related Posts: Contemporary Algebra Collection (new resources 2/4/2019) Teaching in Higher Ed Podcast about ESIL Lens Add Graphs In The World to Courses Bringing the Real World to Your Math Class Every Day Taking the Algebra Out of College...

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Integrals and Icebergs

This little “joke” about icebergs and integrals is pretty clever. Possibly Related Posts: Contemporary Algebra Collection (new resources 2/4/2019) Teaching in Higher Ed Podcast about ESIL Lens Add Graphs In The World to Courses Bringing the Real World to Your Math Class Every Day Taking the Algebra Out of College...

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