Visualizing Functions Summary

Monday - Friday, June 27 - July 1, 2005

The first week in the Visualizing Functions Group, we spent most of our time understanding our charge.

Monday, June 27th: Introduction to GSP
Art and Cal did an introduction to using technology to explore the properties of functions. Most of the focus was with Geometer's Sketchpad® and functions.
Tuesday, June 28th: Introduction to Working Group Projects
We invited Seth Bundy, Connie Savoie, and Jeff Reinhardt to share projects that they were working on (works-in-progress) from the past two summers.
Thursday, June 30: Initial Projects
The team presented initial project ideas and compared and collected interests.
  1. Algebra (functions) of Music
  2. The Mathematics behind the Eradication of Disease
  3. Polar Coordinates & Complex numbers (with Technology)
  4. Parametric Equations & Lissajous Curves (for Pre-Calculus)
  5. Conics and GSP
Friday, July 1: Project Work Continued
By Friday, the teams consolidated to the following groupings:
  1. Algebra (functions) of Music - James & Sue
  2. The Mathematics of Eradication of Disease - Alieze, Jeff, Jerry, and Cal
  3. Parametric Equations & Lissajous Curves (for Pre-Calculus) - Gary & Stephanie
  4. Conics and GSP - Lars & Peter

They then continued their investigations. The first group is gatherings resources from the web while the second group has received (and will continue to receive) support from one of the lecturers and a graduate student. The last two groups are working with text books that they brought and GSP supplemental resources.

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