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Symbolic Manipulations in the Classroom: Using Student Research Topics in Oceanography and Meteorology to Enhance Teaching/Learning of Advanced Mathematics

Reza Malek-Madani
Organization: U.S. Naval Academy
Department: Department of Mathematics
David R. Smith
C. Gunderson
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United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD

The curriculum at the United States Naval Academy traditionally has had a strong science and engineering emphasis. For example, all students regardless of their major take chemistry, physics, differential and integral calculus through differential equations, and a variety of engineering courses. The purpose of such a rigorous program in science, mathematics, and engineering is to provide all graduates with an adequate background to pursue any of the advanced technical programs in the Navy or Marine Corps. One of the majors available at the Naval Academy is Oceanography, which focuses on physical oceanography, meteorology and air-sea interaction--areas clearly important for the operational environment that future naval and marine officers will encounter (Smith and Gunderson, 1994). For the past several years the Oceanography and the Mathematics Departments at the U.S. Naval Academy have collaborated and redesigned the sophomore/junior level mathematics core courses. During this process a new mathematics curriculum has been developed that shows a better balance between science and applied mathematics that serves the needs of the students majoring in oceanography more effectively in their preparation for advanced courses, and in their future endeavors as naval officers.

*Science > Atmospheric Science
*Science > Geology and Geophysics