A growing number of colleges and universities are modifying their college algebra courses to focus on mathematical modeling. Students address problems presented as real world situations by creating and interpreting mathematical models. Solutions to the problems are formulated, validated, and analyzed using mental, paper-and-pencil, algebraic, and technology-based techniques as appropriate. MAA's Committee on Curriculum Renewal Across the First Two Years (CRAFTY) recommends that all College Algebra courses be organized in this manner. The recently approved CRAFTY College Algebra Guidelines describe the features of such a course. Complementing the modeling approach is an approach aimed at making symbols more meaningful for students by emphasizing structure and purpose in expressions, formulas and equations.
The workshop is designed to help faculty from departments who have plans to renew their algebra curriculum. During the course of the workshop, participants will
Participants will be provided with some reading before the workshop and will be asked to share their experiences and provide mutual support as they revise their college algebra courses.
For more information on the Institute for Mathematics and Education, visit http://ime.math.arizona.edu.
Air: fly into Tucson International Airport (TUS), located approx. 20 minutes from the housing. Information on ground transportation from the airport can be found at http://www.tucsonairport.org/html/tia_ground.html. Participants will be staying at Sheraton Four Points, 1900 E. Speedway. The workshop will take place at the hotel.
Arrival: please arrive Sunday, June 17.
Workshop will meet Monday-Wednesday 8-4, and Thursday 8-12. We will conclude with lunch on Thursday.
Departure: Thursday evening, anytime after 3PM.
Workshop fee includes housing and meals. You are responsible for your own transportation.