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   Contemporary College Algebra: Data, Functions, Modeling, By Don Small

Updated 03/17/2004
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Workshops & Meetings

Past Workshops

Refocusing College Algebra
Gateway Community College
North Haven, CT.
May 31-June 2, 2006

Contact Person: Kathy Bavelas []

Focus: How to refocus college algebra to address the quantitative needs students will encounter in society, the workplace, and in school?

Retreat for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) interested in Refocusing their College Algebra Programs
U.S. Military Academy
West Point, NY
June 5-8, 2006

Contact Person: Don Small []

This Retreat is the first event in a three year program funded by the Army Research Office and the National Science Foundation to refocus college algebra to address the quantitative needs students will encounter in society, the workplace, and in school?

For further information on this program or to apply for next year's retreat, contact Don Small.

Past Workshops have included:

Jump to 2005


Workshop on Refocusing College Algebra
Miami-Dade College
May 26-28, 2004

Tentative Schedule

5:00-5:45 Supper

5:45-7:00 Goals and Focus of Contemporary College Algebra (Don)
8:00-9:00 Discussion: "Getting Started" (Pavlov, Paul)
9:00-10:00 Discussion: "Class Activities" (Elizabeth, Alex)

10:00-10:30 Break

10:30-12:00 Discussion: "College Algebra as a Basis for QL" (Norma)

12:00-1:00 Lunch

1:00-2:00 Discussion: "Projects" (Paul, Pavlov)
2:00-3:00 Discussion: "Assessment" (Elizabeth, Alex)

3:00-3:30 Break

3:30-5:00 Problem Session
8:00-9:00 Question and Answer
9:00-10:00 Modeling Finance Problems

10:00-10:30 Break

10:30-11:30 Open Discussion: "What is important?" (w.r.t. college algebra)
11:30-12:00 Wrap up

Workshop on Algebra and Physics Courses
in High School and College

San Antonio, TX
June 2-4, 2004

  • To improve student performance in Algebra II and Physics courses in high school and College Algebra and College Physics courses.

  • To identify critical topics in algebra and physics and design strategies to ensure mastery of all San Antonion students;

  • To establish the foundation for an ongoing dialogue between K-12 and higher education;

  • To engage the broader business community in the articulation of the needs for science, mathematics, and technology skills for the future economic development of the city region; and

  • To develop a community campaign to encourage higher standards in mathematics, science, and technology.

Contact Information:
Mary Moore
224-5151, Ext:224
American Red Cross
3642 East Houston
San Antonio, TX

Joint Mathematics Meetings, Phoenix, AZ (January)

JMM Workshop Panels

Workshop for the Consortium of Tribal Colleges in Montana for College Algebra Reform

Stone Child College
Rocky Boy Reservation
Havre, MT 59501
February 26-27, 2004
Contact Bob Johnke [bobjohnke@yahoo.cpm] for further information

Virginia Commonwealth University Workshop
"Refocusing College Algebra"

Sept. 30 - Oct. 2, 2004

Virginia State University Workshop
"Changing College Algebra"

Nov. 18-20, 2004


Joint Mathematics Meetings, Baltimore, MD (January)

JMM Workshop Panels

Dissemination Workshop for Contemporary College Algebra

Cy-Fair Community College, Houston, TX, May 29-31, 2003
Interested in participating? Contact Don Small
All expenses, including transportation, are paid.

Tentative Schedule:

Thursday, May 29, 2003

5:00 - 5:45 Pizza Supper, get acquainted
5:45 - 8:00 Introductions, Overview
Toothpick railing
TI-83 refresher Collect data from participants
Homework - read Preface and Chapter 1

Friday, May 30, 2003

8:30 - 9:30 Displaying Data - use participants data 9:30 - 10:15 Linear equations - skyline activity
10:15 - 10:35 Break
10:35 - 12:00 Fun Projects
12:00 - 1:30 Lunch
1:30 - 2:30 Functions
2:30 - 3:30 Graphic/Symbolic approx.
3:30 - 3:50 Break
3:50 - 5:00 Discussion - participants air issues, share experiences
6:00 - Dinner

Saturday, May 31, 2003

8:30 - 10:00 Modeling (finance problems)
10:00 - 10:30 Break
10:30 - 12:00 Assessment & Class activities
12:00 - 1:30 Lunch
1:30 - 3:00 Projects & Activities
3:00 - 3:30 Break
3:30 - 5:00 Discussion
5:30 Dinner for those who want to stay.

Faculty Development Workshop for Faculty in the Tribal Colleges in Montana

Ft. Peck Community College, Poplar, MT, June 20-21, 2003


- Reflection on the Contemporary College Algebra program
- Development of a web site
- Preparation for panel discussion and poster display at the AMATYC Meeting, Nov. 13-16, 2003, Salt Lake, UT
- Incorporating tribal culture into college algebra activities/projects.

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