MATH W80 Curricular Materials for K-8 mathematics. This course examines and evaluates K-8 mathematics curricula in the context of the NCTM Principles and Standards for School Mathematics. Although the emphasis this year will be on grades 6-8, curricula at all grade levels will be examined. Some of the curricula to be discussed are Everyday Mathematics, Investigations, Math TrailBlazers, Bridges, Connected Mathematics, MathScape, MathThematics , Mathematics in Context, and Singapore Math. Familiarity with a variety of K-8 mathematics curricula, with state and national mathematics grade level standards, and with state and national K-8 mathematics testing instruments is important for prospective teachers. Practice in designing exemplary mathematics lessons, making mathematics/literature connections, and solving mathematics problems are valuable skills for classroom mathematics teachers. Students are expected to complete assigned readings, to participate in and lead sample activities and lessons, and to contribute to small-group and whole-class discussions of the materials under consideration. Evaluation is based on in-class participation, presentation of grade-level lessons, written quizzes, and several written projects. Optional K-8 classroom observations can be arranged for the morning hours. Students should arrange their schedules so that they can spend additional hours in the Curriculum Center. Prerequisites: Mathematics 222, Education 302/303. This course is required for the Mathematics Elementary major, and replaces Math 110 for Mathematics Elementary minors (with permission of their mathematics advisor). J. Koop. 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
MATH W81 Infinite Series. The theory of infinite series is a fascinating area of mathematics due to its wealth of surprising results. At a basic level, the theory provides a logical basis for extending finite addition to “infinite addition.” Students will learn the basic definitions, and will be able to test series for convergence or divergence, using both the more elementary tests and more sophisticated tests such as those of Kummer and Raabe. Finally, they will study the harmonic and alternating harmonic series, and closely related series, and will be able to find the exact sum of many different convergent series. There will be daily assignments and a final project. This course may fulfill an elective for mathematics majors. Prerequisites: Mathematics 172, and either Mathematics 256 or a 300-level mathematics course in which proofs are emphasized. J. Ferdinands. 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
MATH 170 Elementary Functions and Calculus. This course is a continuation of Mathematics 159. Topics include applications of derivatives, integrals, the fundamental theorem of calculus, and applications of integrals. Grades are based on problem sets, tests, and a final exam. Prerequisite: Mathematics 159. M. Bolt. 8:30 a.m. to noon and 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
MATH 241 Engineering Statistics (2 hours). A course in statistics with emphasis on the collection and analysis of data in engineering contexts. Topics include descriptive statistics, experimental design, and inferential statistics . The development of probabilistic models for describing engineering phenomena is emphasized . Statistical software will be used throughout the course . Prerequisite: Mathematics 172. M. Stob. 8:30 a.m. to noon.
MATH 323 Teaching Mathematics in the Elementary and Middle School (2 hours). A discussion of the methods, pedagogy, and strategies for teaching mathematics in the elementary/middle school. Curricular issues, including discussion of various materials and the use of technology, will be tied to criteria for evaluation of such. Topics of assessment, state and national standards, and lesson development will be examined. The relationship of mathematics teaching and the Christian worldview will be discussed. Field experiences will allow students the opportunity to see the issues raised in the course in the setting of a school . Prerequisites:
Mathematics 221, 222, Education 302. J. Genzink. 8:30 a.m. to noon (M-F) and 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. (TTH)