Mathematics and Computer Education

International journal providing evaluation and distribution of articles on mathematics and computer education.

Articles from Vol. 46, No. 2, Spring

A Classroom Note on Computational Error in Calculating Exponential Terms of a Geometric Series
(ProQuest: ... denotes formulae omitted.)TWO CENTSWe share our classroom experience to show how students can learn and understand their own common algebraic or computational errors through some interesting examples. This note is designed to give pedagogical...
A Classroom Note on Extensible Truth Tables for Verifying Logical Arguments
This paper demonstrates a way to determine the validity of logical arguments with a minimal number of truth table lines. This is an extension of a method [1,2] inspired by a quote from Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes: "How often have I said to you...
A Classroom Note on Strengthening Statistical Reasoning with Loaded Dice
1. INTRODUCTIONNowadays, individuals can have access to a wealth of information from a myriad of diverse contexts, including sports, finances, and weather. The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics [1] and the American Statistical Association (Franklin...
A Comparison of Performance and Attitudes between Students Enrolled in College Algebra vs. Quantitative Literacy
INTRODUCTIONIn the 2006-2007 academic year, the University of South Dakota formed a mathematics task force to evaluate student success in introductory mathematics courses and to investigate the question of quantitative literacy and its meaning for graduates...
A Note on Mathematics Instruction at Two State Universities in Bolivia
(ProQuest: ... denotes formulae omitted.)INTRODUCTIONThe following presentation is an overview of the mathematics entrance exam requirements and curriculum in collegiate engineering programs at two institutions in Bolivia: The Facultad de Tecnología...
Basic! 3.2.2 (Mobile App)
miSoft, $0.99 (via iTunes or other mobile app sites)Website: http://miSoft.comWith so much emphasis today on STEM integrated learning, I decided to review an iPad app that honors the applied nature of mathematics and is also naturally connected to how...
Bug's Bugbear, Gödel's Proof
This piece provides students in second-year courses on mathematical logic with an accessible framework before their first exposure to a proof of the incompleteness results. After a formal development of the incompleteness theorems, the students can return...
Diversity and Complexity
DIVERSITY AND COMPLEXITY by Scott E. Page Princeton University Press, 2011, 290 pp. ISBN: 978-0-691-13767-4This interesting and exciting book describes the challenging and timely multi-disciplinary concepts of complexity and diversity. The author's presentation...
Game Theory and the Humanities
GAME THEORY AND THE HUMANITIES by Steven J. Brams MIT Press, 2011, 319 pp. ISBN: 978-0-262-01522-6Game Theory and the Humanities is an interesting new book on applied mathematics containing two themes. The first describes, through a series of examples,...
How Many Calories: An Applied Project
1. INTRODUCTIONWe present an interdisciplinary project suitable for assignment in an introductory computer programming or scientific computing class. Students are asked to analyze temperature data from a calorimetrie experiment to determine the caloric...
Infinity: New Research Frontiers
INFINITY: NEW RESEARCH FRONTIERS Edited by Michael Heller and W. Hugh Woodin Cambridge University Press, 2011, 311 pp. ISBN: 978-1-107-00387-3In 2006, an invitation-only international conference was held in San Marino on the concept and meaning of infinity...
Modeling and Simulation for Analyzing Global Events
MODELING AND SIMULATION FOR ANALYZING GLOBAL EVENTS by John A. Sokolowski and Catherine M. Banks John Wiley and Sons, 2009, 205 pp. ISBN: 978-0-470-47841-7This powerful book incorporates both qualitative and quantitative modeling for important real world...
Smart Math Tools
Smart Technologieshttp://www.smarttech.com$130.00 per copy; 5 packs or more are under $100.00I can vividly recall the instructional tools that I had in my classroom when I was a young math teacher. I felt fortunate to have at at my disposal a chalkboard,...
The Dragonfly Effect: Quick, Effective, and Powerful Ways to Use Social Media to Drive Social Change
THE DRAGONFLY EFFECT: QUICK, EFFECTIVE, AND POWERFUL WAYS TO USE SOCIAL MEDIA TO DRIVE SOCIAL CHANGE by Jennifer Aaker and Andy Smith with Carlye Adler Jossey-Bass, 2010, 240 pp. ISBN: 978-0470614150As stated in the title of this book, its purpose is...