Math

In partnership with the Department of Mathematics,  REBUILD is focused on redesigning tutorial/lab sections for Calculus III (Math 215), both in terms of content and the physical layout of the lab. A pre/post-test is being set up to measure the outcomes of these changes.

Starting in the Fall 2015 term, changes will also be evident in linear algebra (Math 214), led by REBUILD committee member David Speyer. The reform will involve coordination of Math 214 sections, including uniform exams and assignments. Since this is a required course for many engineers, the 214 team plans to introduce MATLAB into the course, as well as computer projects on applications of linear algebra. In terms of pedagogical changes, they also aim to introduce undergraduate assistants into the lectures who will help facilitate problem-solving sessions (these will ideally comprise at least 1/3 of lecture time). Former REBUILD postdoc Cam Franc supported these initiatives.


The REBUILD Math team discusses changes to Math 214. Sarah Kitchen, Fred Terry, Stephen DeBacker, Gavin LaRose, Shifi Reif, David Speyer, and Jenna Rajchgot.

The REBUILD Math team discusses changes to Math 214.
Sarah Kitchen, Fred Terry, Stephen DeBacker, Gavin LaRose, Shifi Reif, David Speyer, and Jenna Rajchgot.

The structure of the new Math 215 classrooms is more conducive to group learning.

The structure of the new Math 215 classrooms is more conducive to group learning.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here is a list of past events in mathematics.

Image source: Mandelbrot set image from Wikimedia Commons.