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Externalities in the cashmere market: Colbert Report interview part of Examples
In this interactive lecture, students watch a video clip from The Colbert Report that addresses pollution externalities. Students graph the market and use the write-pair-share technique, then brainstorm ways to move the market to the socially efficient equilibrium.

Interactive lecture on diminishing marginal product: tennis ball production part of Examples
In this interactive lecture, students "produce" tennis balls with fixed capital and increasing labor, generating a production function. Students calculate the marginal product of each work and discover that marginal product falls as the number of workers rises.

The Price Mechanism, Subjective Value and The Antiques Road Show part of Examples
An interactive lecture segment utilizing videos from the Antiques Roadshow, designed to create an interactive experience for students and the instructor. After watching an expert appraisal of a rare/unique object students respond to discussion questions. Instructors lead the discussion toward issues of subjective value, willingness to pay, and the price mechanism.

La Dyslexie: A French language podcast part of Examples
In this listening comprehension exercise, students will complete a questionnaire based on a podcast on the topic of dyslexia. Students will listen to the podcast at the French website Neopodia and answer comprehension questions in complete sentences in French.

Buvons de l'eau!: A French language Podcast on Water part of Examples
In this listening comprehension exercise, students of intermediate level French language listen to a podcast interview and complete a questionnaire to check their listening comprehension and enlarge their vocabulary on health topics.

Newsmap-France: Lisons les Manchettes! part of Examples
In this Interactive Lecture Demonstration, students will attempt to predict the content of articles on the Health Science pages of French newspapers by reading headlines. They then read the actual articles and reflect on the actual content of the news articles.

Combined Series and Parallel Circuits: Interactive Lecture Demonstrations part of Examples
Three in-class lecture demonstration questions to test and build understanding of DC circuits are presented. These questions cover simple series and parallel circuits, and a more complicated circuit that is fundamental for understanding this topic.

Partial Derivatives: Geometric Visualization part of Examples
This write-pair-share activity presents Calculus III students with a worksheet containing several exercises that require them to find partial derivatives of functions of two variables. Afterwards, a series of Web-based animations are used to illustrate the surface of each function, the path of the indicated partial derivative for a specified value of the variable and the value of the derivative at each point along the path.

Mathematical Curve Conjectures part of Examples
In this activity, a six-foot length of nylon rope is suspended at both ends to model a mathematical curve known as the hyperbolic cosine. In a write-pair-share activity, students are asked to make a conjecture concerning the nature of the curve and then embark on a guided discovery in which they attempt to determine a precise mathematical description of the curve using function notation.

Riemann Sums and Area Approximations part of Examples
After covering the standard course material on area under a curve, Riemann sums and numerical integration, Calculus I students are given a write-pair-share activity that directs them to predict the best area approximation methods for each of several different functions. Afterwards, the instructor employs a Web-based applet that visually displays each method and provides the corresponding numerical approximations.