Pressing Toward the Prize

Topics Galore!

Posted on: December 4, 2010

In Capstone Seminar this week, we were treated to presentations in which nine different students shared the plans for his or her Capstone project. It was quite interesting to see the wide range of topics represented. One student will be programming virtual manipulatives (hands-on, interactive math learning tools) for mobile devices, one will be studying stocks, another dimension, and yet another will be evaluating Standards Based Grading in mathematics for secondary students. A couple of the students will be pursuing statistical topics, one involving Major League Baseball players and another looking at case control studies. In addition, modular origami and the Monte Carlo method will be explored. All of these are worthy topics, but my personal favorite is the study of traffic jams. Who has not been driving along and come upon a slow-down or back-up with no apparent cause? How frustrating! One student will be studying these “jamitons” in the hopes of using mathematics to gain insight into, and possible solutions for, such phenomenon. For all our sakes, I wish him well in his endeavor!


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  • gramsonjanessa: I can't wait to listen to your capstone presentation in the spring! Your proposal was really interesting and I'm interested to see how the linear alge
  • dewittda: This is impressive! I thought I was good because I solved a rubik’s cube once in an hour. I served with a guy in the Air Force who could solve a r
  • ZeroSum Ruler: The Euclidean algorithm should me the mainstream way we teach students how to find the GCF. Why isn't it? A mystery.


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