Massasoit Community College
Brockton, MA


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.

Executive Committee - 1996-1997

Past President

Joan Bookbinder, Johnson & Wales University


Elaine A. Previte, Dean College

Vice President

Kath Soderbom, Massasoit Community College


Gail St. Jacques, Johnson & Wales University

Newsletter Editor

Judy Carter, North Shore CC


John Jacobs, Massachusetts Bay CC

Membership Coordinator

Roberta Kieronski, UNH-Manchester

At-Large Member

Jack Keating, Massasoit Community College

At-Large Member

Dawn Kindel, Newbury College

Program Committee 1997

  • Kath Soderbom, Chairperson
  • Sally Barney
  • Rick Butterworth
  • Jean Caputo
  • Ann Corbeil
  • Jack Keating
  • Lois Martin, Treasurer
  • Sheila O'Heir-Coelho
  • Peg Stevenson



Banquet Speaker

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 real-life 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 hands-on technical problems, ranging from a building site excavation for three dimensional modeling to an electronic signal-conditioning circuit as an example of a composite function. The laboratories are appropriate for the algebra-trigonometry/precalculus level.



Luncheon Speaker
Philip Mahler, Regional Vice-President of AMATYC
Three Topics

A Quick Tour of the TI-83
Thomas Pandolfini, Joyce Oster, Johnson & Wales University
This presentation will describe some of the features of Texas Instruments' latest graphing calculator, the TI-83, that make it an enhanced version of the TI-82. 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 de-emphasizing 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 non-traditional formats for teaching Introductory Algebra: self-paced with competencies, increased contact hours, and a modular system, will be offered. All three, as well as the conventional 3-hour 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 image-processing software from NIH). These projects typically use a menu-and-mouse 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 x8 - 3x5 - 4x4 - 5x3 + x2 + 2x + 2 - An Introduction to Computer Algebra
Philip Mahler, Middlesex Community College

Computer Algebra Systems, like that on the TI-92, 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 CASs

Barry Woods, Unity College

Minitab, an easy to use statistics package for many computer platforms including IBM-PC and Macintosh will be demonstrated. Hand-outs 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 project-enhanced 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 Concept-Oriented 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 concept-oriented introductory statistics course on attitudes towards statistics and mathematics anxiety among non-mathematics majors at the college level, specifically students majoring in communication studies and performing arts. The results of two self-reporting survey instruments, administered on a pre-post 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.

Participating Publishers


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.


Two reports were received concerning finances.

From Elaine Previte, President

Dean College/NEMATYC Events

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Treasurer's Report, from Gail Gail St. Jacques

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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

  1. 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.
  2. Discussion of Dues v. conference costs. President Previte talked about possible changes in the fee structure. Issues included
    1. a food fee
    2. 1 registration fee in the case of multiple presenters
    3. 50% fee rate for presenters
    4. Our membership fee is currently $5.00
  3. Election of Officers

The following officers were elected.

Vice President

Ted Panitz

Cape Cod Community College


Tom Pandolfini

Johnson & Wales University

At-Large Member

Alec Ingraham

New Hampshire College

At-Large Member

Maureen Woolhouse

Middlesex Community College



Registration List

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


Susan Blain

Mt. Wachusett CC


William Boelke

Central CT State Univ

Martha Boles

Bradford College


Bernice Bowdoin

Bristol CC


Rick Butterworth

Massasoit CC


Jean Caputo

Massasoit CC

Judy Carter

North Shore CC


Phyllis Chase

Hesser College

Judeth Cobb

Bradford College


Sheila O'heir Coelho

Massasoit CC

Eleanor Collins

Northeastern Univ


Lora Connelly

North Shore CC

Ann Corbeil

Massasoit CC


Cory Coulsey

Massasoit CC

Sean Culpepper

Massasoit CC

Geri Curley

Bunker HIll CC

Miriam Currier

Quinnipiac College


Joyce Cutler

Framingham State College


Donna Desimone

Bunker Hill CC

Claire Driscoll

Northeastern Univ.

Mark Duston

Johnson & Wales Univ.


Elaine Falcone

Mt. Wachusett CC


Susan Faulkenberry

Bristol CC


Beth Fraser

Middlesex CC


Gary Garcia

Massasoit CC

Evelyn Giusti

Johnson & Wales Univ.

Mary Lee Goguen

Middlesex CC

Regina Ernst Goodwin

Middlesex CC


Melinda Gougeon

Greenfield CC


Edward Guiliani


Phyllis Hanlon

Northeastern Univ

Adam Hausknecht

UMass Dartmouth


Carol Hay

Middlesex CC

hayc@ middlesex.cc.ma.us

Joyce Hayes

Massasoit CC

Susan Hoy

Bristol CC

Alec Ingraham

New Hampshire College


John Jacobs

Mass Bay CC


David Julin

Holyoke CC


Jack Keating

Massasoit CC


Paula Keefe

Massasoit CC

Laura Kelliher

Mass. Maritime


Linda Amaral Kelly

Massasoit CC

Roberta Kieronski

UNH at Manchester


Jillian Knowles

Bradford College

Robert Kowalczyk

UMass Dartmouth


Stephen Krevisky

Middlesex Comm-Tech

Robert Lapierre

Johnson & Wales Univ.

Michael Lee


Peter Letson

Greenfield CC


David Levine

Houghton Mifflin

Zenobia Lojewska

Springfield College

James Luthy

Central Maine Tech College

Susan Macleod

Greenfield CC


Gerald Magnan

Bristol CC


Philip Mahler

Middlesex CC

mahlerp@ middlesex.cc.ma.us

David Malone

Massasoit CC

Christopher Manson

Massasoit CC

Clifford Martin

Whitman-Hanson Reg H S


Lois Martin

Massasoit CC


Catherine Maurer

Massasoit CC

Charles Mazmanian

Johnson & Wales Univ.

Cecilia Medeiros

Bristol CC


David Mello

Johnson & Wales Univ.

Robert Melucci

Community College of Rhode Island


Katherine Morgan

Addison Wesley

April Murphy

Massasoit CC

Thomas Murphy

Cape Cod CC

Cornelius Nelan

Quinnipiac College


Joyce Oster

Johnson & Wales Univ.


Dora Ottariano

Middlesex CC

Thomas Pandolfini

Johnson & Wales Univ.


Ted Panitz

Cape Cod CC


James Porter-Hamann

Prentice Hall

Elaine Previte

Dean College

Frank Purcell


Ann Robertson

Mitchell College


Marianne Rosato

Massasoit CC

Pres. Robert Rose

Massasoit CC

Judith Salmon

Hesser College


Eike Satake

Emerson College

Helene Savicki

Dean College


Dolores Shea

Massasoit CC

Gary Simundza

Wentworth Inst.


Premjit Singh

Johnson & Wales Univ.


Kerryn Snyder

Massasoit CC

Kath Soderbom

Massasoit CC


Charlene Solomon

Wentworth Inst.


Judie St Cyr

Massasoit CC

Gail St Jacques

Johnson & Wales Univ.


Michael St. Vincent

Merrimack College


Peg Stevenson

Massasoit CC

Dick Sturgeon

Univ of Southern Maine


Jim Sullivan

Mass Bay CC


Gary Tataronis

Mass College of Pharmacy


Fides Ushe

Springfield College


Carmine Vallese

Johnson & Wales Univ.

Sandy Weeks

Johnson & Wales Univ.

Joan Weinstein

Pine Manor College


Paula Wolf

Suffolk University


Barry Woods

Unity College

Maureen Woolhouse

Middlesex CC


Negash Yusuf

Cape Cod CC


Additional NEMATYC members

Hollace Bristol

NW CT Comm-Tech College


Christine Cunningham

Mt. Allison University


Lucy Dechene

Fitchburg State College


Edutron Corporation

Sandra Ketcham

Berkshire CC


Michael Latina

Community College of Rhode Island


Roger Loiseau

Naugatuck Valley

James McDonald



Suellen Robinson

North Shore CC

Domenico Rosa

Teikyo Post University


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