An attempt to handle the calculus problem

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7th International CONCEIVE DESIGN IMPLEMENT OPERATE Conference (CDIO2011)

An attempt to handle the calculus problem
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Author:Fredrik Abrahamsson <fredrik.abrahamsson@jth.hj.se> (Jönköping University, School of Engineering)
Date: 2011-06-20     Track: Main     Session: 1
DOI:10.4122/1.1000054675
DOI:10.4122/1.1000054676

For many years now, we have experienced a negative trend concerning the mathematics skill level of our new engineering students. This has been particularly noticeable in the calculus course, which is mandatory for all engineering programs at Jönköping University. To handle this problem, we have made some structural changes to the way we teach the subject, emphasizing the teaching efforts to standard type problems – named ‘A-problems’. A list of categories of such A-problems have been constructed, the purpose of which is to help the student identify the most important ideas and develop the basic skills needed to understand calculus.