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Innovative Approaches For Teaching Calculus To Engineering Students

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2001 Annual Conference


Albuquerque, New Mexico

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June 24, 2001

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June 24, 2001

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June 27, 2001



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6.589.1 - 6.589.4



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Joby Anthony

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A. Henry Hagedoorn

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Bahman Motlagh

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Session 3202

Innovative Approaches for Teaching Calculus to Engineering Students

Joby M. Anthony, A. Henry Hagedoorn, Bahman S. Motlagh University of Central Florida


A successful engineering program requires proficient and dynamic mathematics classes to enhance the teaching and learning of complex subject matter. Without a sufficient amount of problem solving and engineering applications, students are left with rather vague concepts regardless of the instructor’s effectiveness. Improving student performance in mathematics classes requires inventive approaches to both subject matter and content delivery. Introduction of new technology, in-class problem solving, and discussion sessions are important factors in the enhancement of students’ deep understanding of mathematics. At the University of Central Florida the College of Engineering and the Department of Mathematics are “team teaching” calculus for engineering majors in a “high tech” classroom. The instructional delivery involves group work combined with the use of computer technology to analyze the relationship between the physical problems and the mathematical models

I. Introduction

A strong foundation in the knowledge and application of calculus provides a distinct advantage in the learning of all engineering concepts. Learning and retaining complex subject matter in engineering greatly depends on students’ mathematical proficiency established earlier on. Effectively teaching calculus establishes a strong base of knowledge from which all future learning of these concepts is supported. The University of Central Florida has embarked upon an innovative and collaborative approach for the effective teaching of mathematics. Several dynamic techniques have been initiated to deliver a result-centered learning environment. These techniques include team-teaching, a technology rich classroom environment, and a unique classroom layout. The syllabus was developed by a team of engineers, physicists, and mathematicians and correlates the Calculus I class with the beginning physics course. Vectors are introduced early and vector calculus is emphasized from the very beginning.

Proceedings of the 2001 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright  2001, American Society for Engineering Education

Anthony, J., & Hagedoorn, A. H., & Motlagh, B. (2001, June), Innovative Approaches For Teaching Calculus To Engineering Students Paper presented at 2001 Annual Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico. 10.18260/1-2--9390

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