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Summary of Discussion surrounding "A Geoscience versus a Mathematical Approach to Problem Solving"

Small groups of geologists and mathematicians were given a map of Lake Erie with depths shown in different colors. Each group was asked to discuss ways to go about calculating the volume of the lake. Not surprisingly, geologists and mathematicians thought about this problem in different ways; nonetheless, there were similarities in the approaches. A summary of the varied approaches, similarities and differences and sentiments about working in a multidisciplinary group follows:

Geoscience approaches


Math approaches


Similarities between Math and Geoscience approaches


Differences in approaches


How did we benefit from group work?


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