This is the summary of a presentation given at the 74th Annual NCTM Meeting, 25-28 April 1996, San Diego, CA.
The project has developed and is now widely testing an alternate approach to precalculus in the spirit of the calculus reform movement that is based on the applications of mathematics. The course features innovative emphasis on mathematical topics such as difference equations, data analysis and fitting curves to data, and probability models to study and analyze a wide variety of applications from many different fields. In the process, students are encouraged to view mathematics and its applications from symbolic, geometrical and numerical perspectives with the use of technology, writing and projects. The session will focus on the philosophy behind the project, an outline of topics covered, an introduction to some of the mathematical methods used, and a discussion of student reactions to the materials and student performance in the course.
Sheldon P. Gordon (Sulfolk Community College, Selden, NY)
Florence S. Gordon (New York Institute of Technology, Old Westbury, NY)
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