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Another FaCTS Mellon Project

Active Reading Skills in the Course Math 2020: Mathematical Modeling in Life Sciences

by Dr. Vlajko L. Kocic

The main goal of the proposal "Active Reading Skills in the Course MATH 2020: Mathematical Modeling in Life Sciences" is the development of very special reading skills that will enable Xavier students to understand the problems in natural world, translate them to the language of mathematics, to interpret the obtained mathematical results to real world situations and discuss their implications to world and society we live in. This goal will be accomplished through the building a vocabulary that includes both mathematical terms and terms from natural world used in the modeling process, development of students' skills to understand the connection between the problem in natural world and mathematical problem and its solution and to be able to discuss implications of the obtained solution to society and world. The proposed strategy includes the development of different types of instructional materials including handouts, worksheets, vocabulary exercises, projects, and tools to assess their effectiveness.

Start date: Monday, May 10, 2010
Finish date: Tuesday, May 10, 2011