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Why do I need to know this? Optics/photonics problem-based learning in the math classroom
Author(s): Matthew J. Donnelly; Judith F. Donnelly; Stephanie Donnelly

Paper Abstract

A common complaint of engineering managers is that new employees at all levels, technician through engineer, tend to have rote calculation ability but are unable to think critically and use structured problem solving techniques to apply mathematical concepts. Further, they often have poor written and oral communication skills and difficulty working in teams. Ironically, a common question of high school mathematics students is “Why do I need to know this?” In this paper we describe a project using optics/photonics and Problem Based Learning (PBL) to address these issues in a high school calculus classroom.

Paper Details

Date Published: 16 August 2017
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 10452, 14th Conference on Education and Training in Optics and Photonics: ETOP 2017, 1045209 (16 August 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2263661
Show Author Affiliations
Matthew J. Donnelly, St. Bernard School (United States)
Judith F. Donnelly, Three Rivers Community College (United States)
Stephanie Donnelly, Emerson College (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10452:
14th Conference on Education and Training in Optics and Photonics: ETOP 2017
Xu Liu; Xi-Cheng Zhang, Editor(s)

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