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A Googol of Atoms?

What is a googol?  Invented by Edward Kasner, an American mathematician who popularized the number in his 1940 book, Mathematics and the I ...

A Recipe for Invention

In this case study, designed to help break down stereotypes about scientists and engineers, students research the personal and professional lives o ...

CAMEL Question: Can Applied Math Extend Life?

This directed case study examines differences between the exponential and logistic growth models in biology and how they are applied to solve real ...

Campus Outbreak!

This PowerPoint-driven case study follows the progress of three undergraduate students as they attempt to model the rapid spread of an influenza ou ...

Chuck A. Luck Wagers a Buck

This directed case study, based on a question asked in a newspaper column about a popular carnival game of chance, was developed for an undergradua ...

Markov vs. Markov

In this directed case study, students build a Markov chain probability model of marriage and divorce using statistics - the chance of divorcing in ...

Mathematically Modeling Aircraft Fuel Consumption

The problem studied in this case deals with the identification of potential ways to lower fuel consumption in a 737 aircraft. Students are presente ...

Mathematics in Conservation

This interrupted case study teaches probability theory and transmission genetics through their application to the conservation of the endangered Fl ...

Rated MPG for Confusion

This case study follows a family’s dilemma about how to save money on gasoline. Should they keep their SUV and trade in their Corolla for a h ...

The Case of the Two-Faced Data

This case study on Simpson's paradox is a fictionalized account of a famous case of alleged gender discrimination at University of California at Be ...

The Concept of Slope

This directed case study is designed for an intermediate algebra course, appropriate for high school mathematics and lower division college mathema ...

The Evolving Genetics of Disease Resistance

This interrupted case study for the flipped classroom applies evolutionary genetics research to human health. Students learn about a naturally occu ...

Which Came First, the Mutation or the Antibiotic?

This case study presents the story of Phil, an undergraduate majoring in biology, whose Russian cousin Dimitri has contracted tuberculosis (TB) fro ...

Zombie Attack!

Students assume the roles of CDC researchers who must determine how to most effectively stop an impending Zombie apocalypse. The story line leads s ...