Mathematics Across the Disciplines
The National Science Foundation has funded seven major projects in a
program entitled,"Mathematics Across the Disciplines." The purpose
of the program is to change the way undergraduate education is designed
and executed. The NSF criteria called for institution-wide reform
and models for changing the culture at the schools awarded grants under
The seven projects currently underway will be described. One of the projects is entitled, "Project Intermath," a consortium of 15 schools led by West Point and COMAP. The objectives of Intermath include developing "Interdisciplinary Lively Applications Projects," initiating an Interdisciplinary Modeling Contest, and six major curriculum projects.
Products from Project Intermath will be demonstrated.
Initiatives of the Consortium of Mathematics and its Applications
Thursday, December 3, 1998
4:00 p.m., Natural Resources 101
pre-colloquium tea from 3:30 - 4:00 p.m.,
Basement of the Library Foyer
COMAP was originally funded by the
NSF in 1975 to develop modules entitled Undergraduate Mathematics Applications
Projects (UMAPs). Today, COMAP is leading a wide range of K-16 activities.
In this talk we will discuss the
mathematical contest in modeling, the interdisciplinary contest in modeling, the high school contest in modeling, and Math Serve, a contest recognizing voluntary efforts by the mathematical sciences resulting in social good. We will discuss undergraduate curriculum projects including:
For All Practical Purposes, Against All Odds, Principles and Practices of Mathematics as well as curricula currently under development: a high school modeling curriculum, interdisciplinary and integrated curriculum projects being tested by Project Intermath, and an undergraduate methods course for secondary educators.
Dr. Giordano is a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He graduated
from the United States Military Academy in 1964, and later served 21 years
on the faculty there. He has co-authored texts in mathematical modeling,
differential equations, and calculus.