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Unformatted text preview: The James R. C. Leitzel Lecture Increasing the number of mathematics majors: Lessons learned from working with the minority community by William Yslas Vlez Department of Mathematics University of Arizona Tucson, Arizona This Powerpoint presentation will appear on my website: http://www.math.arizona.edu/~velez Organization of this lecture How did I get started in working with minority students? How did my interaction with these students change over time and how did it change me? What can be learned from this experiment, an experiment that has had some success? How can the entire mathematics community use the results of this experiment to increase the number of mathematics majors? A very important variable in this issue of increasing the number of mathematics majors are the attitudes of: a) individual faculty b) mathematics departments c) our professional organizations Lessons Learned Good students need attention and advice. Provide timely information to students, help them to understand the system and future opportunities. The transition from high school to university is brutal. Students oftentimes choose engineering because they liked mathematics in high school. Appointm ents for Thursday, July 21 2005 Tim e Nam e Math Cour Ethnicity Class Major 9:00 M. Robles 124 H FR 9:20 9:40 10:00 I. Am ene 124 B FR MCB 10:20 10:40 11:00 D. Sinohui 124 H FR changed to chem 11:20 11:40 E. Jaram illo 124 H JR pre pharm 12:00 A. Ram sey 124 B FR Coe 12:20 S. Arvizu 124 H FR BMB 12:40 1:00 R. Enriquez 124 H FR NMS 1:20 H. Flores 124 H FR CVE 1:40 R. Garcia 124 H FR AEE 2:00 A. Valenzuela 124 H FR NMS 2:20 2:40 3:00 D. Kaigler 124 B FR PRCS 3:20 C. Huerta 124 H FR BIOCHEM 3:40 Y Huerta 223 H SO Engr. M ath Good students need attention and advice. Provide timely information. The transition from high school to university is rough. Students choose engineering because they like mathematics. The study of mathematics opens up many doors. Resources for calculus students If you are enrolling in first semester calculus, review your algebra and trigonometry before classes begin. Here are two websites to help you review: Algebra: http://prep.math.lsa.umich.edu/pmc/ Trigonometry: http://math.arizona.edu/~trig/Math111_finalexam _studyguide.doc Here is the math departments webpage ( http://math.arizona.edu/~calc/ ) that contains the daytoday calendars and suggested homework assignments. After you have reviewed your algebra and trigonometry, you should start looking at the homework sets. Try to complete the homework for the first chapter that will be covered in your course. If you are taking math 129 or math 223, here is the website ( http://math.arizona.edu/~courseinfo/common/stu dyguides.html ) that contains old final exam questions for these courses. If you are taking math 129, go over the exam questions for math 124/125....
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This note was uploaded on 11/11/2011 for the course MATH 112 taught by Professor Jarvis during the Winter '08 term at BYU.
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