2012 MAA PREP Workshop

Modeling: Early and Often in Undergraduate Calculus

Daniel Kaplan, Randall Pruim, Eric Marland, and Nicholas Horton

July 9 – 13, 2012
Grand Rapids, Michigan

Registration Fee: $225 ($300 for registrations received after May 28, 2012)

Registration Site: https://www.signup4.net/public/ap.aspx?EID=2012485E&OID=147

Modeling is an important mathematical skill, yet instructors are often at a loss when it comes to teaching it. This workshop will help you teach modeling in a way that strengthens your students’ development of mathematical concepts, interest in mathematics, and appreciation for the uses of mathematics. Based on ideas and materials developed as part of the NSF-supported Project MOSAIC, whose aim is to create stronger connections among modeling, statistics, computation and calculus, the workshop will share existing materials for teaching modeling-based calculus from the introductory level through differential equations. As part of the workshop, you will develop a syllabus for integrating modeling into one of your own courses and a modeling case study. Come see how modeling can be your ally in teaching undergraduate calculus.

More details information about the schedule of the workshop will be posted as they become available.

Primary funding is provided by NSF DUE- 0920350.

Workshop Resources

Arrival and Departure

The workshop will begin with dinner in the Prince Conference Center at 6:30 pm on Monday, July 9.  Dinner will be followed by an introduction to the workshop and its participants.  The workshop will end with lunch on Friday, July 13.  Those flying to the workshop can book flights to the Gerald R Ford International Airport in Grand Rapids, MI (GRR).  The airport is approximately 10 minutes from campus by car.  The Prince Conference Center provides a free shuttle if they are provided with flight information in advance.

Lodging and Local Arrangements

Workshop sessions will take place in computer laboratories in the Science and Mathematics Complex at Calvin College, in Grand Rapids, MI.

Calvin College Science Complex

Lodging (double occupancy) for workshop participants will be provided at the Prince Conference Center, located on Calvin’s campus, about a 10-minute walk from the Science Complex.  For an additional $50/night, participants can book a single room or share a room with family members.  Room charges include breakfast for up to four guests staying in a room.

Additional meals (lunches and dinners) will be provided for workshop attendees.  Guests and family members are welcome to join us for any excursions or social events (sometimes at a nominal charge).

Prince Conference Center Lobby