**Haitham Al
Khateeb**, University of
Indianapolis

Title: Undergraduate
students’ understanding of division of fractions

Strands: Teacher
Preparation 1-hour session

Abstract: This research study was designed to assess undergraduate students' understanding of division of fractions. A paper and pencil instrument was administered as a pre- and posttest to 59 undergraduate students who major in elementary education. Analysis by independent t test of written responses provided by students on the pre- and posttests showed lack of understanding, even post-instruction.

**John
Dersch**, Grand Rapids CC

Title: Ahhh, the good old days:
The First 250 Years of Mathematics in America. 1-hour session

Strands: History of Mathematics

Abstract: What was mathematics like in America in 1700? In 1800? What
topics were taught at the college level? In the lower grades? What
were the textbooks like? What was the instruction like? What kind
of research was being done? How thorough was teacher training? Come
and find out! Representative examples
of 18th and 19th century textbooks will be available for your perusal.

**Jim
Ham**, Delta College

Title: An Emerging Assessment Program 1-hour session

Strands: Assessment

Abstract: Delta College has been working on its assessment program for ten
years. This emerging model includes assessment at the classroom, course
and program levels. The mathematics faculty are involved in assessment
projects at all three levels. The presenter will provide updates of these
projects. In addition, the presenter will share successes, failures, and
some positive unintended consequences that resulted from the department's
engagement in assessment activities. Come share your own college's assessment
successes and challenges.

**Barbara Jur**, Macomb CC

Title: "The Lens of the Udjat
Eye" 1-hour session

Strands: History of Mathematics, applications/enrichment, and
developmental mathematics.

Abstract: Egypt has produced some important and useful mathematics, both
practical and instructive. From the use of unit fractions which the Greeks used
to practical geometry to study texts, the mathematics of the Nile region is
still of interest today. New discoveries and speculations are still being made
about what the ancients knew about mathematics.

**Doug Mace**, Kirtland CC

Title: Introduction to the MathWorks Project
1-hour session

Strands: Application/Enrichment

Abstract: Mathworks is an
interdisciplinary collection of open-ended laboratories designed by community
college mathematics faculty. Results of the usage of these laboratories
at Kirtland Community College will be discussed along with an introduction to
selected laboratories.

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**Jeff Morford**, Henry Ford Community College

Title: Conclusions of Henry Ford Community College's Developmental Education
Task Force

Strands: Developmental Mathematics

Abstract: HFCC spent the last year reviewing its developmental program
campus wide. Come find out some of the conclusions we reached and some
changes we are planning. Find out what resources- colleges, articles and
books- that we used in crafting our report. Finally share what is new in
developmental math on your campus.

**Kathy Mowers**, Owensboro CC, Owensboro, KY

Title: Online Elementary Algebra: Can it work? 1-hour session

Strands: Developmental Mathematics, Distance Learning

Abstract: This presentation will focus on the presenter's experiences
teaching elementary algebra online including successes, challenges, and format.
It will also include her thoughts on ways to web-enhance other mathematics
courses, students' comments and her impressions and experiences.

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**Chuck Nicewonder**, Owens CC, Toledo, Ohio

Title: Humor in the Mathematics Classroom?*.But Seriously 1-hour session

Strands: Articulation

Abstract: This presentation will explore humor as a
necessary and fun component of any math class. Math-related jokes and other
bits of humor relating to various levels of mathematics, as well as their use
in the classroom and their effect on student performance, will be presented and
discussed. There will be time for input and discussion by all those in
attendance.

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**Jeffrey A. Oaks**, University of Indianapolis

Title: Algebra and Inheritance in 9th Century Baghdad 1-hour session

Strands: History of Mathematics

Abstract: To properly assess a medieval mathematical text we need to consider
both its relationship to previous works in the same field, and to the social
setting in which the work was produced. I will be examining the _Algebra_
of al-Khwarizmi from these perspectives. This will allow us to see not
only what is innovative and what is not in his work, but why he took his
particular approach to the subject.

**Emily Omlor,** Quant Systems, Inc.

Title: Automated Homework and Testing System

Strands: Probability/Statistics,
DL, Teacher Prep., College Algebra/Trig/PreCalc, Dev. Mathematics

Abstract: Quant Systems courseware provides tutorials
and assessments that extend instructional influence beyond the classroom. Intelligent feedback makes the
problem-solving tutorials unique. By
offering intelligent tutoring and mastery-level testing, the courseware
encourages students to solve more problems while enabling instructors to
measure progress.

**Ann Savonen**, Monroe County Community College

Title: Less Lecture = More Fun

Strands: Teacher
Preparation 1-hour session

Abstract: Do your math students love listening to long
lectures with lots of abstract concepts, theory, and definitions? Do long
reading assignments with the same information get them even more excited? If
so, do not come to this session. This session will present the idea of a
curriculum which minimizes lecture and the reading of long boring
textbooks. Instead, it encourages discovery, interaction, discussion,
hands-on experience, and fun. And yes, they will learn too!

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**Randy Schwartz**, Schoolcraft College

Title: Making Historical Arab
Mathematics Come Alive 1-hour session

Strands: History of Mathematics, Multicultural Mathematics

Abstract: Our curricula have scarcely acknowledged the scientific contributions
of non-European people. My slideshow
illustrates why the medieval Arab world soared in mathematics. I’ll also share activities whereby students
in Finite Math, Statistics, Linear Algebra and Business Calculus can use these
techniques to solve problems in combinatorics, linear modeling, and
optimization.

**Bill Stiggers**, Texas Instruments

Title: Algebra Topics using
TI-Applications with the TI-83 Plus

Strands: Teacher
Preparation, College Algebra/Trigonometry/Precalculus

Abstract: Learn how
to use and incorporate new and exciting TI-83 + applications into your current
Algebra classes. You will learn how to
use Algebra I, Inequalities, Transformations, Finance, and Polynomial Root
Finder Applications to motivate students and teach algebra more effectively.

**Gwen Terwilliger**, University of Toledo

Title: Trials and Tribulations of
Teaching Math via Distance Learning
2-hour workshop

Strands: Distance Learning

Abstract: Distance Learning encompasses
a wide variety of methods from videos to interactive multi-media Internet
presentation. What works for one course
and/or instructor does not necessarily mean it will work for the next course
and/or instructor – or even for that same course and instructor for the next
group of students. Also, distance
learning as a means for students to be able to complete their college education
is an excellent tool. But, that does
not mean that all students will be able to succeed in this type of learning
environment any more than all students have
one learning style. A successful
distance learning course takes at least or more time than teaching in a
traditional classroom. This means that
any instructor planning or currently teaching a distance-learning course needs
1. careful planning of course, 2. ongoing assessment of the course, the
presentation, the students, etc., 3. immediate evaluation after the course is
completed for needed changes, and 4. constant learning about distance
learning from what is available, what
works (and does not work) for others, about the students taking the course,
etc. This presentation will discuss a variety of resources and ideas for
teaching math via the Internet. Participants will be able to access some of the
Internet sites.

**Mario F. Triola**, Dutchess CC

Title: Issues in Teaching
Statistics 1-hour session

Strands: Probability/Statistics

Abstract: Why divide by n-1 for
standard deviation? Why not use mean
absolute deviation? What features make
a statistics course effective? Which
technology should be used? Are projects
important? Which topics can be
omitted? These and other important
issues facing statistics teachers will be discussed.

**Deborah Zopf** and **Anna Cox**, Henry Ford CC, Kellogg
CC

Title: Let’s Talk: Conversations about
Math for Elementary Teachers Courses
1-hour session

Strands: Teacher Preparation;
Collaboration Learning/ Learning Communities

Abstract: This session will be an
informal conversation focused on Mathematics for Elementary Teachers
courses. Participants will be
encouraged to bring ideas that they have employed while teaching these courses.
Highlights from the AMATYC Summer Session on Teacher Preparation will be given.