MATH W80 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 K-5, 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. 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. This course is required for the Mathematics Elementary major, and replaces Math 110 for Mathematics Elementary minors. Prerequisites: Mathematics 221 and 222. (with permission of their mathematics advisor). J. Koop. 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
MATH W81 Matrix Polynomials. An introduction to the spectral theory of matrix pencils, which are polynomials with matrix-valued coefficients. From a physical perspective, problems of this type arise, e.g., when studying the dynamics of coupled mass-spring systems, vibration analysis of rail tracks, the study of corner singularities in anisotropic elastic materials, optimal control, and behavior of acoustic wave filters. Topics include symmetric and skew-symmetric matrices, quadratic forms, and the construction and analysis of “eigenvalue-finding” functions. The material is accessible to mathematically mature science and engineering students. This course meets the requirement for the Mathematics major. Prerequisites: Math 231 or Math 256. T. Kapitula. 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. Prerequisite: Mathematics 169. Staff. 8:30 a.m. to noon and 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
MATH 323 K-8 Mathematics Curricula (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 & 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. (TTH)