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August 12, 2015

Last fall, students of Dr. Dawn Archey’s Elementary Functions MTH 1400 class were not aware that their assignment would be presented at a conference of the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) this month.

Dr. Dawn Archey

Dr. Dawn Archey, center (Photograph courtesy: MAA MathFest 2015)

Archey, a mathematics professor in the College of Engineering & Science, seeks practical examples to teach students about mathematics and the world around them.  She wrote a module to study the effect of coastal flooding on low-lying island nations due to rising sea levels.

Students applied mathematical modeling to complete their assignment.  A written component accompanied the assignment allowing students to reflect on their findings.  Posters were presented at a campus event in October 2014.

Students find mathematical modeling challenging,” says Archey.  “It’s a valuable example especially when it is linked to a social justice cause and sustainability of the planet.

Archey presented her research and that of her students, Nicholas GarippaMichael Purdy-SachsLuke Stempien andDayton Yingling, at the 100th anniversary conference of the MAA in Washington, D.C.  Her research on this topic will be included in an upcoming book featuring a collection of social justice modules for mathematics courses.

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