Report on MPE & Sustainability in the Classroom

Tyrel Winebarger, 
Alana Baird, 
Department of Mathematics Sciences, Appalachian State University

Friday, Jan. 18, 2019
3-4 p.m.
Walker Hall, Room 103A 

This talk is free and open to the public

Sustainability topics provide excellent opportunities for fostering quantitative literacy through exploration of real and relevant phenomena. The Center for Discrete Mathematics and Theoretical Computer Science (DIMACS') Mathematics of Planet Earth (MPE) 2013+ writing workshop "Developing Sustainability Modules for the Community College Classroom" brought instructors from universities and two-year colleges together to revise then-current mathematical exploration modules and develop new units relating mathematical concepts to current issues surrounding sustainability efforts worldwide.

Tyrel Winebarger and Alana Baird will share some of the products of the workshop, as well as student research into the effectiveness of implementing sustainability topics in college math curricula. One module to be shared requires learners to analyze climate data using Shiny apps, which allow exploration of big data sets and allows learners to easily see the impacts of changing calculations and graph types. Another unit develops the process of mathematical modeling, by analyzing data about Palm Oil production, designed for college algebra courses, but easily adaptable for a range of courses. 

Sponsored by the Department of Mathematical Sciences, in the College of Arts and Sciences. Contact Quinn Morris or Travis Weiland or visit the department colloquium website for more information and to see other upcoming events.


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Published: Jan 13, 2019 9:26am