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A special hello and THANKS to members of the LCHS Math Team 1995-96.

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Essays for EMT 669

Parametric equations

Prolific ellipse
Explorations with the Cycloid

Instructional Unit on Parametric Curves
Introductory Exploration and Assessment
Parametric Equations for Lines
Using Parametric Equations to Model Projectile Motion
Assessment Strategies

Project for EMT 670

How does a teacher do the impossible? Meet all the QCC objectives as well as implementing the NCTM standards? Incorporate technology into teaching and assessment strategies? In the spring with juniors and seniors? Here's the account of how I attempt the impossible. If you're interested, see the big project as a start. The Big Project

What happens the day the assignment is due and no student can access their work? High tech is great, if it works. Journal Two continues the saga.Journal two

Students respond in their journal topics to the experience of testing using this method of writing an essay on a randomly chosen conic section. Journal Three summarizes their writings.Journal Three

The initial activity with exponential functions lends itself to computer exploration. A description of the activity follows.Journal Four

Students develop understanding of exponential functions using a spreadsheet to create and solve problems of their own design. The interested reader clicks here for a description of the activity and a sample of student work.Journal Five

Students use a spreadsheet as an introduction to the number e. A description follows in Journal Six

Graphing caluclators provide a visual method for estimating solutions to logarithmic and exponential equations. A brief description is in Journal Seven

In conclusion...did I accomplish the impossible??? I did incorporate technology in my teaching and assessment strategies in the spring with all my students...Do the students know more mathematics than they would have using more traditional techniques???Thats a difficult question to answer objectively. I do know they've enjoyed the experience and are better able to communicate their thoughts about mathematics. They certainly know more about the use of computers and calculators as tools to enhance learning mathematics. I feel successful for having the courage and encouragement to complete this project in the spring 1996. Thanks, Dr.Wilson.