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Applying Calculus Graphing Knowledge to Culture Symbol Design in Maple Technology

Class information

MAT301 – Analytic Geometry &Calculus I

25 students

Students are introduced to different kinds of functions by graphing properties of functions and applications of functions. Students utilize computer software such as the graphing packages of Maple Software, a computer algebra system, and a mathematical word processor to complete laboratory assignments associated with their calculus course study. Calculation skills and graphing skills and applications skills are students’ learning outcomes.


Project overview


The Calculus Maple-Culture Art project on the topics of Culture Symbol Design is created and integrated in my Calculus teaching at BMCC. Students will be required to apply their calculus graphing knowledge of different functions to create cultural symbol images to represent a variety of cultures. Students will be expected to use the Maple software as their graphing technical skills to obtain computer-generated cultural artwork images. The purpose of this project is to help students reveal their culture identities and enhance cultural awareness and appreciation.


Why did you select this project? How does it relate to identity and purpose?


As an instructor and project designer, I expect to stimulate students’ interests in math learning to reduce their math anxiety by connecting math with culture life. The purpose of this project is to encourage students to use graphing knowledge and maple technical skills to create digital cultural symbol images to reveal their cultural identities, to express their cultural knowledge, and to be aware of cultural diversity. I also expect to build students’ math learning confidence by using a project-based teaching/learning method. Students will be expected to make progress among peer support in group work under my guidance during the calculus course study.


What advice do you have for other faculty who would like to implement a similar project?


As an instructor, we need to be well-prepared for this project design. When the project is implemented in teaching, we need to have good time management skills to make sure to help students complete this project during the course study. We also need to deal with unexpected situations from students.


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