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To address difficulties students have in simultaneously assimilating
and organizing material, I have been using a new lecture structure for our
mathematics for business and social sciences sequence
and basic statistics).
Before each class I posted lecture outlines as in this
which would then be presented in a powerpoint format during class
as in this corresponding
The powerpoint format is mimicked by PDF files produced using the
LaTex post-processing package.
The outlines state examples but do not work them out. I work out the
examples on the chalkboard, spending most of class time
in this more traditional problem-working mode.
By giving students the logical
framework for the lecture ahead of time, students are better able to
focus on the critical task of following the examples during class.
This format was motivated by my experience in teaching this class
previously, where in one-on-one discussions with students I found that
even those who actively participated during class time would have poorly
structured and sometimes incorrect notes.
Inspirational credit goes to Jeremy
Wolfe, who structured his
introductory cognitive science class at MIT in
a similar way. You may download .tar files
containing the lectures (for projecting)
and the notes (for posting), both as PDF files and the LaTex source,
below. Some colleagues and graduate students have simply used the
notes to help prepare their own lectures.
Final additional note: when I teach calculus II
this year I will be trying out some Excel projects developed by
my colleague Marie Vitulli,
which should also help to make the material more immediate.
Calculus for business and social sciences, I:
Calculus for business and social sciences, II: