
1997Massasoit Community College


NEMATYC'97 was held at Massasoit Community College, Brockton, Massachusetts, on Friday and Saturday, April 11,12, 1997. The theme was Surfing Towards 2000. Vice president and program chair was Kath Soderbom.
Past President 
Joan Bookbinder, Johnson & Wales University 
President 
Elaine A. Previte, Dean College 
Vice President 
Kath Soderbom, Massasoit Community College 
Treasurer 
Gail St. Jacques, Johnson & Wales University 
Newsletter Editor 
Judy Carter, North Shore CC 
Secretary 
John Jacobs, Massachusetts Bay CC 
Membership Coordinator 
Roberta Kieronski, UNHManchester 
AtLarge Member 
Jack Keating, Massasoit Community College 
AtLarge Member 
Dawn Kindel, Newbury College 


Dr. Robert Rose, President, Massasoit Community College
Teaching, Learning, and Problem Solving
Paula Wolf, Suffolk University
This hands on workshop will introduce the participants to "process education" with new learning/teaching styles. It will include critical thinking, problem solving, and assessment strategies. The approach is also very effective with block scheduling in the secondary schools. It is especially helpful in preparing students with reallife transferable skills for the work place.Collaborative Discovery Lessons for PreAlgebra
Jim Sullivan, Massachusetts Bay Community College
This session will present an alternative to the traditional Prealgebra material that dominates the market. Rather than focus on drill and practice problems that follow a prescribed recipe, this material provides a discovery approach to learning concepts using interesting and real life problems from the world around us.Incorporating Meaningful Problem Solving in an Introductory College Course
Fides P. Ushe, Springfield College
Findings from a study I conducted on students' beliefs about the nature of mathematics and about mathematical problem solving indicated that students enrolled in introductory mathematics courses at the college level hold beliefs that are very much the opposite of the recommendations of the Standards for Introductory College Mathematics before Calculus. As a result, I have incorporated meaningful problem solving activities into courses at this level. For the presentation, I would like to share with the participants how technology (graphing calculators, computer spreadsheets), cooperative learning, and problem solving can be brought together in an introductory college mathematics course.Mathematics Laboratories for Engineering Technology
Gary Simundza, Charlene Solomon, Wentworth Institute of Technology
Laboratory investigations integrating graphing calculator/computer technology with engineering and design applications will be demonstrated. Taught by an interdisciplinary team of faculty at Wentworth Institute of Technology, these exercises introduce mathematics topics through handson technical problems, ranging from a building site excavation for three dimensional modeling to an electronic signalconditioning circuit as an example of a composite function. The laboratories are appropriate for the algebratrigonometry/precalculus level.
Luncheon Speaker
Philip Mahler, Regional VicePresident of AMATYC
Three TopicsA Quick Tour of the TI83
Thomas Pandolfini, Joyce Oster, Johnson & Wales University
This presentation will describe some of the features of Texas Instruments' latest graphing calculator, the TI83, that make it an enhanced version of the TI82. Applications of inferential statistics and the mathematics of finance will also be demonstrated. Calculators will be available for participant use.Using Technology to Surf the Waves of Calculus Reform
Robert Kowalczyk, Adam Hausknecht, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
Technology is the window through which the key concepts of calculus can be visualized. Examples will be presented for using technological tools in your everyday teaching to help your students learn to think mathematically and to develop a true understanding of calculus. A glimpse of calculus reform in technological action!Statistics: Meaning Vs Mechanics
Gary Tataronis, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Sciences
Often in basic statistics courses, interpreting and understanding take a back seat to plugging and chugging. I will discuss my style of teaching a three semester hour statistics course (without a computer laboratory component) designed to focus student attention on meaning while simultaneously deemphasizing formula mechanics.How Graphing Calculators Change the Teaching and Learning of Trigonometry
Dr. William Boelke, Central Connecticut State University
The relationship between trigonometry and circular functions a la the NCTM standards will be demonstrated on a graphing calculator. Utilizing a cycle to create tables and graph sinusoidal functions will be demonstrated on a Casio graphing calculator.Alternative Delivery Systems for Introductory Algebra
Jack Keating, Lois Martin, Kath Soderbom Massasoit Community College
Three models of nontraditional formats for teaching Introductory Algebra: selfpaced with competencies, increased contact hours, and a modular system, will be offered. All three, as well as the conventional 3hour lecture course, are used at Massasoit Community College. Course structure and personal experience with these formats will be presented.Students' Attitudes towards Vocabulary within Mathematics
Cornelius Nelan, Quinnipiac College
The speaker has conducted experiments with his students that indicate that they do not see any point in understanding the basic vocabulary of mathematics. Students want to use words as cues as to which method to use to solve a particular problem, without necessarily knowing what the words mean in the first place.Writing in Mathematics Helps Answer the Eternal Question  "What Do I Need Mathematics For?"
Ted Panitz, Cape Cod Community College
Writing as part of a mathematics curriculum can be used to accomplish several very different objectives including: student reflection on students' real life uses of mathematics; assessment of their performance in class or on tests; review concepts covered in class and questions which remain in students' minds; reflect on what transpired during class; encourage collaborative learning; assess class methods. This workshop will be facilitated using collaborative techniques. Participants will be encouraged to share their experiences using writing in mathematics classes.Algebra through Image Processing with MathSoft's StudyWorks
Frank Purcell, MathSoft, Inc.
This presentation will illustrate some ways of using simple image processing to motivate basic ideas and techniques of algebra and analysis. This approach is being actively investigated in several projects including Algebra through Image Processing at the University of Washington and Image Processing for Teachers at the University of Arizona (modules based on imageprocessing software from NIH). These projects typically use a menuandmouse driven front end to a core of image processing routines. The beauty of the StudyWorks environment is that all the mathematics is completely visible. In this world the language of mathematics gives students control of interesting results, and an understanding of functions and matrices pays off in interesting and sometimes spectacular effects.The Election Project: Providing Statistics to Political Scientists
Joan Weinstein, Pine Manor College
This presentation reports on the results of a joint project linking statistics students with political science students. Periodically during the semester, the statistics students, individually or in groups, analyzed results of surveys of student voting intentions, including written summaries of their findings, with the aim of explaining statistical results to political science students who knew no statistics, but who needed to understand the statistical results in order to analyze them in terms of political trends and influences.Factor x^{8}  3x^{5}  4x^{4}  5x^{3} + x^{2} + 2x + 2  An Introduction to Computer Algebra
Philip Mahler, Middlesex Community College
Computer Algebra Systems, like that on the TI92, have tremendous power for factoring, among other things. Mathematics educators should become aware of the mathematical knowledge base with which a CAS factors. This includes modular arithmetic, polynomial long division, and linear algebra. For anyone using CASsMinitab
Barry Woods, Unity College
Minitab, an easy to use statistics package for many computer platforms including IBMPC and Macintosh will be demonstrated. Handouts from the PC version of the Student Edition of Minitab will illustrate to presentation participants both descriptive and inferential statistics data entry, sorting, graphing, and printing all done using Minitab.
This presentation is for anyone considering the integration of computer technology into a statistics course of any level, introductory, intermediate, or advanced.On the Calculation of Finite Sums by Integration
David Mello, Johnson & Wales University
In the solution of many mathematical problems, one is often required to calculate a finite sum such as: , where is some function whose domain is the set of natural numbers. Thus far, in the literature, the calculation of such sums is usually accomplished by finite difference methods, or the utilization of various "mathematical tricks" which exploit the given form that may take in a specific application. A very simple alternative to the above is to use definite integration coupled with the concept of an excess. In this session, the author demonstrates how this method may be used to calculate some typical sums encountered by most students in their mathematical studies."You'll Like It, You'll Really Like It": Statistics and the Academy Awards
Thomas Pandolfini, Joseph Alfano Johnson & Wales University
Each year considerable interest is generated by the announcement of Academy Award nominations and the resultant buzz over who will win the Oscar. This presentation will demonstrate how standard topics in descriptive statistics and probability can be enhanced through the use of interesting applications involving Academy Awards' data. Databases in Excel format will be distributed to attendees.The Project Enhanced Classroom
Peter Rosnick, Lindy Gougeon, Peter Letson, Sue MacLeod Greenfield Community College
This presentation will be a panel discussion describing projects done across the mathematics curriculum. We discuss the underlying pedagogy of projectenhanced curricula and the logistics of bringing such learning to the classroom. We will take questions from and brainstorm with faculty at the presentation to discuss ways of bringing projects into their courses.Effects of a ConceptOriented Introductory Statistics Course on Attitudes towards Mathematics and Statistics
Dr. Philip Amato, Dr. Eike Satake Emerson College
This presentation will focus on the effects of a conceptoriented introductory statistics course on attitudes towards statistics and mathematics anxiety among nonmathematics majors at the college level, specifically students majoring in communication studies and performing arts. The results of two selfreporting survey instruments, administered on a prepost test basis, will be subjected to univariate and multivariate analyses.A Hot One in Seville
Steve Krevisky, Middlesex Community  Technical College
The eighth International Congress on Mathematics Education (ICME  8) took place in Seville, Spain, in July, 1996. In this presentation, I wish to share, with NEMATYC members, some of the interesting things which took place there. Meeting people from all over the world was a special highlight of the conference.Using the Internet/Intranet in a Finite Mathematics Class
Mark Duston, Johnson & Wales University
The use of the net and browsers opens up an additional channel for communications with students. It also makes an effective tool for research. For the past year and a half, I have been using it in all my mathematics classes. The approach has both benefits and pitfalls. A compendium of research projects and net sources will be presented.
Minutes of the Business Meeting
Saturday, April 12, 1997
Call to Order
The meeting was called to order by the NEMATYC President, Elaine Previte.
Minutes of the last meeting
No minutes of the last meeting were submitted.
Reports
Two reports were received concerning finances.From Elaine Previte, President
Dean College/NEMATYC EventsGraphing Calculator Workshop
Item
Expenses
Income
Registration Fees
$380.00
Supplies
$75.60
Food
$344.40
$420.00
Net
($40.00)
Treasurer's Report, from Gail Gail St. Jacques
Month
Opening Bal.
Chk #
Description
Withdrwl
Dpst
Balance
3/21/96
$2,193.55
Mainten. fee
$8.00
$2,185.55
145
Blane Cory (flutist)
$50.00
$2,135.55
146
S. Gonsalves (mouse pads)
$360.00
$1,775.55
147
E. Previte (supplies)
$126.66
$1,648.89
Mainten. fee
$8.00
$1,640.89
5/31/96
$1,640.89
Mainten. fee
$8.00
$1,632.89
68/31/96
$1,632.89
missing 3 month's statemnts
$24.00
$1,608 .89
9/30/96
$1,608.89
Mainten. fee
$8.00
$1,600.89
10/31/96
$1,600.89
276
Mary Margaret Shoaf
$100.00
$1,500.89
Mainten. fee
$8.00
$1,492.89
11/30/96
$1,492.89
Mainten. fee
$8.00
$1,484.89
12/31/96
$1,484.89
Mainten. fee
$8.00
$1,476.89
1/31/97
$1,476.89
Mainten. fee
$8.00
$1,468.89
2/28/97
$1,468.89
Mainten. fee
$8.00
$1,460.89
3/31/97
$1,460.89
Mainten. fee
$8.00
$1,452.89
Old Business
Steve Krevisky addressed some concerns he had about the perceptions of some concerning MATYCONN. He noted that MATYCONN deals with many issues particular to Connecticut.
New Business
 Northeast Region AMATYC Vice President Philip Mahler
Some of Phil's experiences with the AMATYC board (positive) were shared, as well as some of the highlights of the Spring Board Meeting. Discussion of Dues v. conference costs. President Previte talked about possible changes in the fee structure. Issues included
 a food fee
 1 registration fee in the case of multiple presenters
 50% fee rate for presenters
 Our membership fee is currently $5.00
 Election of Officers
The following officers were elected.
Vice President
Ted Panitz
Cape Cod Community College
Secretary
Tom Pandolfini
Johnson & Wales University
AtLarge Member
Alec Ingraham
New Hampshire College
AtLarge Member
Maureen Woolhouse
Middlesex Community College
Adjournment
Joseph Alfano 
Johnson & Wales Univ. 

Shirley Alfano 
Providence College 

Philip Amato 
Emerson College 

Allen Angel 

Danielle Bailey 
Massasoit CC 

Sally Barney 
Massasoit CC 

Frank Battles 
Mass. Maritime 
fbattles@mma.mass.edu 
Susan Blain 
Mt. Wachusett CC 
s_blain@mwcc.mass.edu 
William Boelke 
Central CT State Univ 

Martha Boles 
Bradford College 
mboles@bnet.bradford.edu 
Bernice Bowdoin 
Bristol CC 
bbowdoin@bristol.mass.edu 
Rick Butterworth 
Massasoit CC 
terwo@tiac.net 
Jean Caputo 
Massasoit CC 

Judy Carter 
North Shore CC 
jcarter@mecn.mass.edu 
Phyllis Chase 
Hesser College 

Judeth Cobb 
Bradford College 
jcobb@bnet.bradford.edu 
Sheila O'heir Coelho 
Massasoit CC 

Eleanor Collins 
Northeastern Univ 
elecollin@neu.edu 
Lora Connelly 
North Shore CC 

Ann Corbeil 
Massasoit CC 
acorbeil@mecn.mass.edu 
Cory Coulsey 
Massasoit CC 

Sean Culpepper 
Massasoit CC 

Geri Curley 
Bunker HIll CC 

Miriam Currier 
Quinnipiac College 
currier@quinnipiac.edu 
Joyce Cutler 
Framingham State College 
jcutler@frc.mass.edu 
Donna Desimone 
Bunker Hill CC 

Claire Driscoll 
Northeastern Univ. 

Mark Duston 
Johnson & Wales Univ. 
mduston@jwu.edu 
Elaine Falcone 
Mt. Wachusett CC 
e_falcone@mwcc.mass.edu 
Susan Faulkenberry 
Bristol CC 
sfaulken@rocky.bristol.mass.edu 
Beth Fraser 
Middlesex CC 
fraserb@middlesex.cc.ma.us 
Gary Garcia 
Massasoit CC 

Evelyn Giusti 
Johnson & Wales Univ. 

Mary Lee Goguen 
Middlesex CC 

Regina Ernst Goodwin 
Middlesex CC 
goodwinr@admin.mcc.mass.edu 
Melinda Gougeon 
Greenfield CC 
gougeon@cms1.gcc.mass.edu 
Edward Guiliani 
CCCC 

Phyllis Hanlon 
Northeastern Univ 

Adam Hausknecht 
UMass Dartmouth 
ahausknecht@umassd.edu 
Carol Hay 
Middlesex CC 
hayc@ middlesex.cc.ma.us 
Joyce Hayes 
Massasoit CC 

Susan Hoy 
Bristol CC 

Alec Ingraham 
New Hampshire College 
ingrahal@nhc.edu 
John Jacobs 
Mass Bay CC 
jacobsjo@mbcc.mass.edu 
David Julin 
Holyoke CC 
djulin@mecn.mass.edu 
Jack Keating 
Massasoit CC 
jkeeting@mecn.mass.edu 
Paula Keefe 
Massasoit CC 

Laura Kelliher 
Mass. Maritime 
lkelleher@mma.mass.edu 
Linda Amaral Kelly 
Massasoit CC 

Roberta Kieronski 
UNH at Manchester 
robertak@christa.unh.edu 
Jillian Knowles 
Bradford College 

Robert Kowalczyk 
UMass Dartmouth 
rkowalczyk@umassd.edu 
Stephen Krevisky 
Middlesex CommTech 

Robert Lapierre 
Johnson & Wales Univ. 

Michael Lee 
ITP 

Peter Letson 
Greenfield CC 
letson@cms1.gcc.mass.edu 
David Levine 
Houghton Mifflin 

Zenobia Lojewska 
Springfield College 

James Luthy 
Central Maine Tech College 

Susan Macleod 
Greenfield CC 
macleod@cms1.gcc.mass.edu 
Gerald Magnan 
Bristol CC 
jmagnan@bristol.mass.edu 
Philip Mahler 
Middlesex CC 
mahlerp@ middlesex.cc.ma.us 
David Malone 
Massasoit CC 

Christopher Manson 
Massasoit CC 

Clifford Martin 
WhitmanHanson Reg H S 
martinc@meol.mass.edu 
Lois Martin 
Massasoit CC 
lmartin@mecn.mass.edu 
Catherine Maurer 
Massasoit CC 

Charles Mazmanian 
Johnson & Wales Univ. 

Cecilia Medeiros 
Bristol CC 
cmedeir@bristol.mass.edu 
David Mello 
Johnson & Wales Univ. 

Robert Melucci 
Community College of Rhode Island 
r_melucci@ids.net 
Katherine Morgan 
Addison Wesley 

April Murphy 
Massasoit CC 

Thomas Murphy 
Cape Cod CC 

Cornelius Nelan 
Quinnipiac College 
nelan@quinnipiac.edu 
Joyce Oster 
Johnson & Wales Univ. 
interact@aol.com 
Dora Ottariano 
Middlesex CC 

Thomas Pandolfini 
Johnson & Wales Univ. 
profdisco@aol.com 
Ted Panitz 
Cape Cod CC 
tpanitz@mecn.mass.edu 
James PorterHamann 
Prentice Hall 

Elaine Previte 
Dean College 

Frank Purcell 
MathSoft 

Ann Robertson 
Mitchell College 
aroberts@charger.newhaven.edu 
Marianne Rosato 
Massasoit CC 

Pres. Robert Rose 
Massasoit CC 

Judith Salmon 
Hesser College 
esalmon@jlc.net 
Eike Satake 
Emerson College 

Helene Savicki 
Dean College 
hsavicki@dean.edu 
Dolores Shea 
Massasoit CC 

Gary Simundza 
Wentworth Inst. 
simundza@wit.edu 
Premjit Singh 
Johnson & Wales Univ. 
psingh@jwu.edu 
Kerryn Snyder 
Massasoit CC 

Kath Soderbom 
Massasoit CC 
ksoderbom@mecn.mass.edu 
Charlene Solomon 
Wentworth Inst. 
solomonc@wit.edu 
Judie St Cyr 
Massasoit CC 

Gail St Jacques 
Johnson & Wales Univ. 
gstjacqu@jwu.edu 
Michael St. Vincent 
Merrimack College 
mstvincent@merrimack.edu 
Peg Stevenson 
Massasoit CC 

Dick Sturgeon 
Univ of Southern Maine 
sturgeon@usm.maine.edu 
Jim Sullivan 
Mass Bay CC 
sulliv18@mbcc.mass.edu 
Gary Tataronis 
Mass College of Pharmacy 
gtataronis@mcp.edu 
Fides Ushe 
Springfield College 
Fides_P_Ushe@scns.spfldcol.edu 
Carmine Vallese 
Johnson & Wales Univ. 

Sandy Weeks 
Johnson & Wales Univ. 

Joan Weinstein 
Pine Manor College 
weinstej@pmc.edu 
Paula Wolf 
Suffolk University 
pwolf@zeus.clas.suffolk.edu 
Barry Woods 
Unity College 

Maureen Woolhouse 
Middlesex CC 
woolhousem@middlesex.cc.ma.us 
Negash Yusuf 
Cape Cod CC 
Additional NEMATYC members
Hollace Bristol 
NW CT CommTech College 
nw_bristol@commnet.edu 
Christine Cunningham 
Mt. Allison University 
ccunningham@mta.ca 
Lucy Dechene 
Fitchburg State College 
ldechene@fsc.edu 
Edutron Corporation 

Sandra Ketcham 
Berkshire CC 
sketcham@cc.berkshire.org 
Michael Latina 
Community College of Rhode Island 
mlatina@ccri.cc.ri.us 
Roger Loiseau 
Naugatuck Valley 

James McDonald 
STCC 
mcdonald@mail.stcc.mass.edu 
Suellen Robinson 
North Shore CC 

Domenico Rosa 
Teikyo Post University 
rosa@mail.teikyopost.edu 
Texas Instruments 