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Project MOSAIC Workshop

Modeling: Early and Often in Undergraduate Calculus

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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:

You will see traditional calculus topics (e.g., optimization, related rates) in a new light, as well as nontraditional topics (e.g. least squares, modeling-building heuristics) that use calculus to enhance modeling skills. We will expore existing modeling case studies, and participants will be guided in developing a modeling case study of their own.

Organizers: Danny Kaplan (Macalester College), Randall Pruim (Smith College), Eric Marland (Appalachian State University), Karl-Dieter Crisman (Gordon College)

Primary funding is provided by NSF DUE- 0920350.

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Schedule and Materials

Follow this link to the schedule. Note that we will be updating this site regularly in May and June before the workshop. The topic outline is here. Questions? Contact Danny Kaplan

July 8-12, College of Idaho, Caldwell, Idaho

Workshop meetings will take place in the classrooms and computer labs of the College of Idaho, located near the Boise foothills and close to downtown Boise.

Lodging and Transport

Meals and lodging on campus will be provided to workshop participants, included in the registration fee. Those who wish to travel with family members can reserve family suites in the Best Western Caldwell Inn & Suites a one-mile walk from campus. (There is an extra charge for the Best Western. This is yet to be determined exactly but will be approximately $30/night.)

Fly into into Boise Airport (BOI). There are direct flights from Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland, Seattle, Denver, Phoenix, Salt Lake City, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Chicago. Transportation is not included in the registration fee.