Abstract: This project simulates a request from a client to complete a “task” which involves an analysis of a data set containing any of the following -general first order theory, linear equations of higher order, series solutions, the Laplace transform, or numerical methods. Students work as a group on this project which is intentionally not well-defined. Students must first work together to discern the nature of the request prior to working as a group to analyze the data set. Students then respond to the client at a level appropriate for the client.
Authors: Catie Patterson, Assistant Professor of Mathematics, Austin College
Description of Integration into Course: This was a group project worth 10% of the final course grade.
Course(s) used in and enrollments: MATH 301 – Differential Equations (20 students)
Behaviors Taught: Problem Solving, Collaborative Work
Leadership Theories Used: N/A
Time Required for Activity: Three weeks outside of class
Date Posted: June 23, 2017
Date Modified: None
Copyright and Permission to Use: Writing Projects for Mathematics Courses. Annalisa Crannell, Gaving LaRose, Thomas Ratliff, and Elyn Rykkens. Mathematical Association of America, 2004.
Links to Similar Activities: None