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MAA PREP 2013

Modeling: Early and Often in Undergraduate Calculus

Before the Workshop

This workshop is about using mathematical modeling as a setting in which to introduce students to calculus and motivating calculus for students by the ways it simplifies constructing models of diverse phenomena.

In the weeks leading up to the workshop, we ask you to spend a couple of hours getting oriented.

You'll notice that the topics for the workshop are not in the order you would use in your own classes. Unlike your students, you already know the operations and concepts of calculus. So our first day is about building models, even though some of these use calculus. Later, we'll introduce some models that motivate topics of calculus, so you can teach calculus in the context of modeling.

Please note: This is a working outline. The topics and their order may change before the workshop.

Monday

Evening

Welcome dinner and introductions. Some ice-breaking modeling activities.

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Morning