On the Cutting Edge - Professional Development for Geoscience Faculty
Teaching Quantitative Skills in a Geoscience Context
Carleton College, Northfield, MN -- July 2002
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July 26th Morning Discussion Notes


How can we best prepare geoscience students with the quantitative skills they need? How do we coordinate and not have gaps? How do we manage time?

Work with math to determine what skills are needed in course and where they are in math to set appropriate prerequisites.

Math-science student partnerships

Integrated textbooks - Primarily math text with disciplinary supplements

Shackled by course structure - think radically about this

Don't call it math

Much of what we are doing is applying math to physics

Goals

Application for teaching

For students:

What are critical aspects of successful applications of mathematics to problem-solving in the real world?

How to go from physical world to equation-representation and back - do this early and often

Develop mathematical intuition

Make simplifying assumptions clear and decision making explicit

Make clear differences between analytical and numerical solutions and strengths of each

Application of successful application: