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Classroom Resources Index – Liberal Arts / General Education; also suitable for high school

Classroom-Ready Resources and Teaching Suggestions

Browse index of informative background articles for liberal studies and general education courses.
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A Writing-Intensive General Education History of Mathematics Course, by Amy Shell-Gellasch
... for students who think they aren’t good at or don’t like mathematics!

Apportionment: What's Your Fair Share – An Activity for Liberal Arts and High School Students, by Jeff Suzuki
A self-contained project that uses US Census data from 1790 to guide students through an exploration of what it means for each state to get its fair share of congresspersons, and of how different methods of apportionment might have altered the course of American history.

Euler's Analysis of the Genoese Lottery, by Robert E. Bradley
With suggested classroom activities for lessons on lotteries and probability theory suitable for grades 9–14.

How to Calculate \(\pi\): Buffon's Needle – A Mini-Primary Source Project on Geometric Probability for Calculus 2 Students, Pre-service Teachers and Others, by Dominic Klyve
One of a collection of student-ready modules based on primary historical sources presented in the article A Series of Mini-projects from TRIUMPHS: TRansforming Instruction in Undergraduate Mathematics via Primary Historical Sources. Non-calculus version suitable for use in courses for liberal studies or general education students.

Leonardo of Pisa: Bunny Rabbits to Bull Markets, by Sandra Monteferrante
Lesson plans and background information for exploring applications of the Fibonacci numbers to areas such as plant growth and stock market predictions with students.

Maya Calendar Conversions, by Ximena Catepillan and Waclaw Szymanski
Students learn about Maya calendar systems, including how to convert Maya Long Count dates to Calendar Round (Tzolkin and Haab calendar) dates, on a trip to the Yucatan.

Maya Cycles of Time, by Sandra Monteferrante
Explorations of the Maya calendar with suggestions for further enrichment.

Numbers, Infinity, and Reality: An Interdisciplinary Undergraduate Philosophy of Mathematics Course, by Kevin DeLapp and Jessica Sorrells
Description of an undergraduate course at Converse University that brings together advanced topics in the philosophy, history, and sociology of mathematics, providing a fruitful collaboration between mathematics instruction and humanities curricula.

The French Connection: Borda, Condorcet and the Mathematics of Voting Theory, by Janet Heine Barnett
Provides an overview of two 18th-century texts on voting theory accompanied by a classroom-ready project based on the original writings of their authors.

Informative Background Articles

Browse index of classroom-ready resources and teaching suggestions for liberal studies and general education courses.
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Apportioning Representatives in the United States Congress, by Michael J. Caulfield
The history of apportionment of representatives in the U.S. Congress, from the 1790s until today, along with a discussion of the mathematics involved in the various methods.

Learning Geometry in Georgian England, by Benjamin Wardhaugh
A comparison of the geometry found in two 18th-century copybooks written with two very different purposes.

The Quadrature of the Circle and Hippocrates’ Lunes, by Daniel E. Otero
A study of some elements of Greek geometry, as part of a course for liberal arts undergraduates dealing with basic concepts of the calculus.

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"Classroom Resources Index – Liberal Arts / General Education; also suitable for high school," Convergence (May 2022)