Mark Daniels

Mark Daniels

College of Natural Sciences, Department of Mathematics, UTeach Natural Sciences
Discovery Precalculus: A Creative and Connected Approach

Students in this course will learn to deepen and extend their knowledge of functions, graphs, and equations from their high school algebra and geometry courses so they can successfully work with the concepts in a rigorous university-level calculus course. This course engages students in the “doing” of mathematics, emphasizing conceptual understanding of mathematical definitions and student development of logical arguments in support of solutions. Major emphasis is placed on why the mathematics topics covered work within the discipline, as opposed to simply the mechanics of the mathematics.

Project Highlights

  • Inquiry-Based Learning (IBL) pedagogy, which engages students in the educational process and stresses the importance of the active construction of learning
  • Demonstrates mathematics as a creative endeavor, which is reinforced through connecting themes and processes to the field of visual art
  • Emphasizes the “big picture” connections between important mathematical concepts
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