MTED 2800/3900 F04


Assignments and classes will run according to this schedule. Please let me know if any of these dates conflict with a university-recognized religious holiday that you observe as a matter of faith.

I expect all assignments to be submitted, and in the form of typed, word processor documents (preferably MS Word) unless otherwise noted in the assignment schedule or the assignment itself. Send elecronically-submitted assignments as email attachments to

Please name your assignment files by the convention given below (files not following this convention will be returned unread). Name the file with:

In Class
Aug 26
  • Introductions
  • Overview
  • Questionnaire
  • The Teaching Gap
Aug 31
  • Discuss The Teaching Gap
  • The idea of variable in dynamic situations
  • Introduction to video assignment
Sep 2
Sep 7
  • Discuss assignments
  • Covariation and graphs
  • City A and City B
Sep 9
  • Discuss assignments
  • Discuss interviews and how to analyze them.
  • More City A/City B activities
Sep 14
  • Interview analysis due.
  • Comments on Cities assignment
  • Covariation (motion detector)
  • Covariation and rates of change
  • Motion, graphing, and rates of change assignment (activity, no assignment due).
Sep 16
  • Go through Graphing Calculator's first three demos (see instructions).
  • Work two of Questions 2-7 of Models and Functions (see instructions).
  • Schedule meeting with Dr. T. to discuss mini project.
  • Begin section 3 (Planning) of mini-project
Sep 21
  • Discuss models, modeling, and covariation
Sep 23
  • Meet with Dr. T. regarding mini project plan before Sep 23.
  • Discuss reading
  • Discuss assignment
  • Functions and their behavior
Sep 28
Sep 30
  • Discuss Functions and their Behavior
  • Trig functions
Oct 5
Oct 7
Oct 12
Exam 1
No Homework
Oct 14
Oct 19
  • Fall Break
Oct 21
  • More on averate rate of change
  • "Smoothness" of a function
  • Issues of smoothness (Due 8:00a, Oct 26)
  • When is one function "smoother" than another?
Oct 26
  • Discussion of accumulations and Riemann Sums
Oct 28
  • More on Riemann Sums
  • Focus on why some Riemann sums are step functions and why some are not
Nov 2
  • Accumulations and rates of change--how fast does an accumulating quantity accumulate?
Nov 4
Nov 9
  • Discuss functions of two variables assignment
  • Variables, equations, and inequalities
  • Inequalities activity
Nov 11
  • Discuss inequalities assignment
  • Discuss instructional design
  • Use of GC to create instructional tools
  • Design logic of lesson to teach point-slope formula and point-point formula. Construct GC graph(s) to support teacher's teaching and students' learning (Due Nov 18)
  • Begin Assignment Group Writeup for this section (Due Nov 18)
  • Have a working copy of Geometers' Sketchpad by Nov 18
Nov 16
  • Geometric constructions (compass and straightedge)
  • Continue assignments from Nov 11
  • Have a working copy of Geometers' Sketchpad by Nov 18
Nov 18
  • Constructions (See discussion of difference between making a duplicate segment and making a duplicate segment given a segment, a line, a point on the line, and having that point as an endpoint) (Due Nov 30)
  • Saturday Math Club (Due Dec 2)
Nov 23
  • Thanksgiving break

Nov 25
  • Thanksgiving break

Nov 30
  • What does a proof prove?
  • Whence "the thing to be proved"?
  • Fundamental constructions
Dec 2
  • Discuss constructions
  • Discuss project
Dec 7
Dec 9
  • Exam II - geometry
Dec 14
Present projects

Party at Dr. T's home, 6:00p

Wyatt 164, 12:00 noon