What kind of course work is appropriate for a general education mathematics requirement? In most instances, students see a presentation of one or more mathematical topics followed by some applications. Sometimes these applications are characterized as ‘real world’ even though no person would ever be paid to work the problems that students are given. We will describe an approach to this issue that requires students to replicate mathematical work that is done by people who want to keep their jobs. Only a small minority can make money doing mathematics for entertainment. Hence, we omit for this category everyone employed in a mathematics department. On this account, our approach is, by necessity, an interdisciplinary one.
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"On the Job Mathematics,"
Journal of Mathematics and Science: Collaborative Explorations: Vol. 2
, Article 23.
Available at: https://scholarscompass.vcu.edu/jmsce_vamsc/vol2/iss2/23