Monday, August 24, 2009

First Reading Assignment

Since I am not sure when Blackboard is going to be available for the class (I procrastinated asking for the two sections to be merged into a single section), here is the reading assignment and preparation for classwork for Wednesday.

Reading Assignments:

Online Calculus Textbook: Read Sections 1.1 and 1.2 (link below). These sections emphasize the idea that variables (which represent physical quantities) can be related, as independent and dependent variables. We want to think about related quantities throughout this semester. This text specifically asks for the web-browser Firefox version 3.0 or later (this is to render formulas correctly).
Come prepared to class having prepared answers for Problems 3, 4, 6, 7, 10 from Section 1.2 Problems. We will discuss these problems but will not turn them in.

How Students Learn: This book prepared by the National Academy of Sciences is actually written for teachers to focus on making courses better suited for students to learn. The first 12 pages introduce three concepts that students should be aware of in their own learning. The link below goes to the first page, and then follow the links to read through page 12.
  • How Students Learn, page 1 through page 12.

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