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Should mathematics and technology students be taught from the same texts, with the same viewpoint? Conventional pre-calculus and calculus texts are written by mathematicians with an aim of deriving logical proofs. On the other hand, technology and engineering students need to know and understand mathematical facts and be able to apply these facts in the solution of analytical problems. The formality of current math texts is not user friendly and fails to meet the needs of students interested in technology, robotics or drones. This workshop is planned to address the needs of these technology students by providing their teachers with more acceptable explanations.
The workshop will be set up as follows:
1) Introduction by Andrew Grossfield, Ph.D., PE with a brief statement of his concerns and views.
2) Assessment of attendees’ attitudes concerning the clarity and compatibility of current math teaching materials and the needs of technology and engineering students. Is there a need for a new “math reform” designed by technicians and pre-college math teachers to better suit the needs of the teachers and students?
3) Discussion and organization of topics that the attendees feel need attention or clearer, more suitable explanations.
4) An introduction to the free computer graphing software WINPLOT.
5) A presentation of the slides described below.
6) The assessment of the workshop, including a discussion of how to proceed.
The slide presentations will offer pre-college faculty a natural conceptual structure of curves in a coordinate system and functions, emphasizing the definitions, kinds, forms, properties and operations of functions. In addition, the slides will provide faculty with visual interpretations of concepts as presented in my papers on “Visual Analysis.” Lastly if time permits, I will show slides displaying how most of the “rules” of differential calculus naturally fit the structure mentioned above and can be derived using simple algebra as presented in my paper “Calculus Without Limits” The papers can be found on the ASEE and CIEC websites. High School principals are welcomed as are non-analytical teachers assigned algebra classes.
Biographical Information Throughout his career Dr. Grossfield, has combined an interest in engineering design and mathematics. He earned his BSEE at the City College of New York. During the early sixties, he obtained an M. S. degree in mathematics at night while working full time during the day, designing circuitry for aerospace/avionics companies. As a Graduate Associate, pursuing a doctoral degree at the University of Arizona, he found himself in the odd position of both teaching calculus courses and taking courses in applied mathematics. Being caught in the middle made him acutely aware of the differences in mathematics, as viewed by the mathematician, as needed and used by the engineer and as presented to the student. He is a member of MAA, ASEE and IEEE.