Instructors of Math 111:
Soon we will be putting flyers in your mailbox to distribute to your students about the "Special Project-oriented" sections of Math 112. Please distribute these flyers to your students. Most of them will be registering for Math 112 next week. With the flyer is a sheet with comments from the students who took the special sections last semester -- this will probably give your students the best idea about which section they should take.
1. The special sections cover almost the same CONTENT MATERIAL as the regular sections.
2. Class time is the same as the regular sections except that about once a week we devide the class into small groups that work together on "ACTIVITIES". These activities serve a variety of functions: introduce new topics, give the students an expereince of the ideas behind the theory, use calculs to solve 'real-world' problems.
3. There are 3-4 longer PROJECTS which are completed by students in small groups (3-5 per group) outside of class. Each project is in the context of a "real-world" problem and takes 3-4 weeks to complete and require putting together several different parts of the curricullum and writting a complete coherent report. This semster: Project 1 requires the students to combine volume by slices, fundemental theorem of Caculus, chain rule, and natural logs. Project 2 requires combing differential equations, infinite series, binomial theorem, and exponential function. Project 3 requires combining infinite series, error estimates, speed of convergence, and integral inequalities.
4. The special sections have only two prelims (instead of three) and a final. I have in my office a collection of activities and projects and the written reports of the students. Please stop by and look them over. Also, on Monday Nov 6, Harel and I will give a report on the special sections in the Ocasional Seminar -- please come to find out more.
If you have further question, contact either of us:
David Henderson &