Lessons in Mathematics: A Dynamic Approach 

Author(s):
Diana M. Fisher 
Subject:
Math 

The abstractness of a traditional approach to mathematics causes many students to falter. This book focuses on making the abstractness more concrete with interesting and fun lessons. It uses STELLA software's iconbased, nonabstract language to structure problems in ways that students can easily visualize. Students use the software's simulation capabilities to explore solutions to the problems. Some sections can be used as building blocks to understand the behavior of complex systems, while others illustrate one or more characteristics of complex systems. Available from iseesystems. 

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Lessons in Mathematics Section 9: Appendix 

Author(s):
Diana M. Fisher 
Subject:
Math 

This book provides a set of tools that enables educators to teach mathematics using the framework of System Dynamics. Section 9 is a useful reference for all lessons in the book. Included are generic modeling structures, a summary of motion, distancevelocityacceleration graphs and examples of differential equations with their growth patterns. Available from iseesystems. 

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Lessons in Mathematics Section 8: Miscellaneous Topics 

Author(s):
Diana M. Fisher 
Subject:
Math 

This book provides a set of tools that enables educators to teach mathematics using the framework of System Dynamics. Section 8 presents a natural extension of linear and exponential growth study  arithmetic and geometric sequences. Application to an agespecific population is also included. Available from iseesystems. 

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Lessons in Mathematics Section 7: Differential Equations 

Author(s):
Diana M. Fisher 
Subject:
Math 

This book provides a set of tools that enables educators to teach mathematics using the framework of System Dynamics. Section 7 builds on the skills of Sections 5 and 6 using classic problems studied with differential equations. Exponential, convergent and logistic models are presented using examples from contagious disease, the path of lead through the body and predatorprey interactions. This section also compares the numerical derivation of Euler's Method to a corresponding version in STELLA.
Complex Systems Connection: Cause within System. The lessons in this section can be used as building blocks for the Oscillations curriculum that illustrates "the cause of the problem is within the system." Available from iseesystems. 

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Lessons in Mathematics Section 6: Convergent and Logistic Behavior 

Author(s):
Diana M. Fisher 
Subject:
Math 

This book provides a set of tools that enables educators to teach mathematics using the framework of System Dynamics. Section 6 takes students through the steps from exponential to convergent to logistic models, culminating with an application to a system of deer and vegetation.
Complex Systems Connection: Cause within System. The lessons in this section can be used as building blocks for the Oscillations curriculum that illustrates "the cause of the problem is within the system." 

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Lessons in Mathematics Section 5: Oscillatory Behavior 

Author(s):
Diana M. Fisher 
Subject:
Math 

This book provides a set of tools that enables educators to teach mathematics using the framework of System Dynamics. Section 5 covers sinusoidal functions, including simple harmonic motion. Distance versus time lessons using a motion detector are also included, as are lessons on predatorprey systems.
Complex Systems Connection: Cause within System. The lessons in this section can be used as building blocks for the Oscillations curriculum that illustrates "the cause of the problem is within the system." 

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Lessons in Mathematics Section 4: Review 

Author(s):
Diana M. Fisher 
Subject:
Math 

This book provides a set of tools that enables educators to teach mathematics using the framework of System Dynamics. Section 4 reviews previous concepts, combines model structures to solve new problems and extends problems from previous lessons. Available from iseesystems. 

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Lessons in Mathematics Section 3: Exponential Behavior 

Author(s):
Diana M. Fisher 
Subject:
Math 

This book provides a set of tools that enables educators to teach mathematics using the framework of System Dynamics. Section 3 covers the theory of finite differences for exponential functions. Students build models of many processes, including bacteria growth, drug elimination from the body and compounding interest, among others. 

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Lessons in Mathematics Section 2: Quadratic Behavior 

Author(s):
Diana M. Fisher 
Subject:
Math 

This book provides a set of tools that enables educators to teach mathematics using the framework of System Dynamics. Section 2 on quadratic behavior covers the theory of finite differences and distancetime and positiontime exercises using a motion detector. Available from iseesystems. 

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Lessons in Mathematics Section 1: Linear Behavior 

Author(s):
Diana M. Fisher 
Subject:
Math 

This book provides a set of tools that enables educators to teach mathematics using the framework of System Dynamics. Section 1 on linear motion covers the theory of finite differences and distancetime and positiontime exercises using a motion detector. Available from iseesystems. 

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