Goals and Objectives:
students with an opportunity to experience mathematics and science as a process
and to achieve an understanding
of that process by participating in activities which meet the following guiding principles. While not limited to this
list, the activities will include many, but not necessarily all, of the following properties. They will:
- focus on science and mathematics as ways
of knowing, rather than on the specific knowledge or theories produced by science and mathematics.
- adopt a "minds-on" or
"hands-on" approach to investigating science and mathematics as
ways of knowing.
- involve "doing" science or
mathematics through observation and/or experimentation.
- use problem-solving logic and techniques.
- focus on the processes involved in
- promote extensive student participation.
- emphasize the formulation of scientific
questions and hypotheses.
- include the collection of data through
measurements and quantification.
- encourage the use of library and computer
based sources of information.
- illustrate the differences and benefits
of deductive and inductive reasoning.
- encourage the communication of results
and conclusions through reports, models and/or discussion.
- illustrate differences between basic and
applied science or mathematics and provide an understanding of how the
products of science and mathematics
relate to society and technological advances.
- be conducted in a small classes to
facilitate non-lecture formats and greater interaction among students and
between student and teacher.
- build on the basic principles illustrated
in GSCI 101-103 and general education mathematics.
This is a
participatory course. Your grade is based on both out-of-class assignments and
in-class participation. You are
expected to attend and participate, so attendance will be counted. The GRADE column on the website will provide a
running score on points given for each assignment and for attendance. Letter grades will be based on
criteria listed in the JMU Undergraduate Catalog.
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