## Making the Transition

### Anita Salem

Paula Shorter

John Koelzer

Mathematics Department

Rockhurst College

1100 Rockhurst Road

Kansas City, MO 64110
salem@vax1.rockhurst.edu

shorter@vax1.rockhurst.edu

koelzer@vax1.rockhurst.edu

*Grant Number*: DUE: 9551661

Rockhurst College began experimenting with alternative calculus curricula
in 1990 and became a test
site for the Duke University *Project CALC* program in the fall
of 1992. Specifically,
we were looking for a calculus curriculum that emphasized conceptual
understanding, had a
demonstrated commitment to modeling real-life applications, and used
modern technology as a
fundamental tool to both solve problems and present ideas. From the
beginning we made extensive
use of the
*Mathematica* laboratory materials developed at Duke University and
Bowdoin College that were
an integral part of *Project CALC*. Our efforts to build a
laboratory-rich environment
resulted in the creation of a Mathematics Technology Classroom (funded by the
DUE-9551661 NSF-ILI grant). Technical information regarding the physical
layout and the equipment
component of the mathematics technology classroom will be provided.
Issues of funding, building
and maintaining a technological learning environment will also be included.
Examples of curricular
materials designed specifically around the technology in the room will be
displayed.

One of the most successful aspects of our efforts to implement
*Project CALC* has been the
use of open-ended, independent student projects. The projects have been
judged by students and
faculty to noticeably improve student understanding, to stimulate student
interest in calculus, and
to allow for the analysis of non-trivial, real-world applications. The
NSF-CCD grant supports the
creation of well-defined student projects in calculus that are more
authentically connected (through
introductory readings and carefully sequenced analytical activities) to
their scientific
disciplines. Preliminary drafts of the first set of interdisciplinary
student projects (funded by
the DUE-9653093
NSF-CCD grant) will be displayed.

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