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Modeling: Early and Often in Undergraduate Calculus

Daniel Kaplan, Randall Pruim, Eric Marland, Nicholas Horton, and Karl-Dieter Crisman
July 8 – 12, 2013
Caldwell, Idaho

Registration Fee: $275 per person ($350 for registrations received after May 27, 2013)

Modeling is an important mathematical skill, yet instructors are often at a loss about how to teach it. This workshop will help you teach introductory calculus in a way that engages modeling skills. Based on ideas and materials developed as part of the NSF-supported Project MOSAIC, the workshop will examine introductory calculus from two perspectives: motivating calculus topics through authentic modeling settings, and using models to reinforce learning about calculus topics. You will see traditional calculus topics (e.g., optimization, related rates) in a new light, as well as non-traditional topics (e.g., least squares, modeling-building heuristics) that use calculus to enhance modeling skills. We will explore existing modeling case studies, and participants will be guided in developing a modeling case study of their own.

Primary funding is provided by NSF DUE- 0920350.

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