Connected Curriculum Project Workshop

Duke University

July 19-22, 2000

Wednesday, July 19

7:00 PM

Supper at Papa's Grill, 1821 Hillandale Rd. 383-8502
Meet in the lobby of the Brookwood Inn at 6:45. Introductions, overall description of the project

Thursday, July 20

8:30-9:00 AM

Coffee in 135 Physics Building (Math Dept Lounge). Walk to 229 Social Sciences, workshop location until mid-afternoon.

9:00-9:20 AM   Introduction and logistics

9:20-10:35 AM

Group A -- those with little or no knowledge of Maple

Group B -- those with basic knowledge of Maple

10:35-10:55 AM   Break


Noon-1:30 PM   Lunch

1:30-3:00 PM

3:00-3:30   Break -- walk to 120 Physics

3:30-5:00 PM

5:00-5:30 PM

Open discussion of issues raised during the day

7:00 PM   Supper (restaurant TBA)

Friday, July 21

8:30-9:00 AM

Coffee in 135 Physics. Walk to 229 Social Sciences, workshop location for the rest of the day.

9:00-10:30 AM

Work on (at least) one module from the following list:

  1. Functions Defined by Data (Precalculus or Differential Calculus) -- an exploration of data entry and plotting
  2. Time and Temperature (Precalculus or Differential Calculus) -- modeling with sinusoidal functions
  3. Slope Fields (Differential Calculus) -- graphical representations of differential equations and their solutions, in a calculus context
  4. Raindrops (Differential Calculus) -- modeling falling bodies with air resistance
  5. The SIR Model for Spread of Disease (Differential Calculus) -- Why is it that we can wipe out polio but not measles? -- a calculus problem, even though it involves a system of nonlinear differential equations
  6. World Population Growth (Integral Calculus) -- a study of world population data and the “natural” and “coalition” models for it
  7. One-Dimensional Heat Equation (Engineering Mathematics) -- a companion to Introduction to the One-dimensional Heat Equation that studies symbolic solutions and challenges the student to explain the behavior over time in terms of the symbolic representation.
  8. World Class Sprints (Differential Equations) -- Exploration of a first-order linear DE with emphasis on selection of parameters to model data
  9. Markov Chains (Linear Algebra) An introduction to the concepts of transition matrices and Markov Chains

10:30-10:50 AM   Break

10:50-11:30 AM   Student journal entries

11:30 AM -1:00 PM   Lunch

1:00-1:30 PM   Student reports

1:30-3:00 PM

3:00-3:30 PM   Break

3:30-5:00 PM

7:00 PM   Supper (restaurant TBA)

Saturday, July 22

8:30-9:00 AM

Coffee in 135 Physics. Walk to 229 Social Sciences, workshop location for the rest of the day.

9:00-9:50 AM

Presentation on use of Blackboard CourseInfo online course management

10:00-10:50 AM

Presentation on CCP and the National Digital Library

11:00-Noon   Wrap-up and evaluation


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