Writing in a reformed differential equations class

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dc.contributor.author Habre, Samer
dc.date.accessioned 2018-06-19T10:05:53Z
dc.date.available 2018-06-19T10:05:53Z
dc.date.copyright 2002 en_US
dc.date.issued 2018-06-19
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10725/8060
dc.description.abstract In an attempt to promote the development of understanding over rote memorization, writing in mathematics has received increased attention in recent years. In Calculus, the Rule of Three (based on communicating ideas thorough algebraic, graphical and numerical means) has been replaced by the Rule of Four in which writing plays a central role. Educators agree that the benefits of writing include the promotion of understanding, and the initiation of the posing of questions. Writing also helps generate meaning, and helps in the retention of content. In this paper the author evaluates the use of writing for analyzing a problem and its solution. The setting is a reformed differential equations class offered at the Lebanese American University. Unlike a traditional ode course where students are provided with a cookbook of methods for solving differential equations, the emphasis in a reformed ode course is placed on the geometry of the solutions and on an analysis of the outcomes. In many instances, analytically, and the sketch is to be supplemented by an argument justifying it. In addition, various real life problems are modeled and essay questions are asked to analyze the graphs describing these models. Results show that students first reject the idea, but later rate writing as essential. Furthermore, an improvement in the style and content of the writing exercises in usually noticeable at the end of each semester. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.title Writing in a reformed differential equations class en_US
dc.type Conference Paper / Proceeding en_US
dc.author.school SAS en_US
dc.author.idnumber 199329050 en_US
dc.author.department Computer Science and Mathematics en_US
dc.description.embargo N/A en_US
dc.keywords Reformed differential equations curriculum en_US
dc.keywords Writing in mathematics en_US
dc.identifier.ctation Habre, S. (2002). Writing in a Reformed Differential Equations Class. en_US
dc.author.email shabre@lau.edu.lb en_US
dc.conference.date July 1-6, 2002 en_US
dc.conference.place Crete, Greece en_US
dc.conference.title 2nd International Conference on the Teaching of Mathematics en_US
dc.identifier.tou http://libraries.lau.edu.lb/research/laur/terms-of-use/articles.php en_US
dc.identifier.url https://eric.ed.gov/?id=ED477834 en_US
dc.orcid.id https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7887-8767 en_US
dc.publication.date 2002 en_US
dc.author.affiliation Lebanese American University en_US

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