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JSM 2012 MAA Ancillary Workshop

January 3, 2012

Location: Gardner Room in the Sheraton Boston, 39 Dalton Street, Boston, MA map

Time: 9am to 4:30. Complementary Lunch at 12:00-1:00 from this menu

Post Workshop Survey: Please fill out our survey [here].

Funding: Support for the workshop comes from the National Science Foundation grant to Project MOSAIC (DUE-0920350) and to CAUSE

Teaching Modeling-Based Calculus


Time Topic Presenter Notes
9:00 am Welcome Danny Kaplan handout&slides
An Introductory App Danny Kaplan slides
Group Activity: Setting Goals Eric Marland
Participant Introductions Eric Marland Update registration info.
Modeling and Calculus Danny Kaplan slides
Using a Model Randall Pruim
10:40 am Break
11:00 am Infrastructure for Modeling-Based Calculus Dan Flath slides
Computation in Calculus: What's Needed? Danny Kaplan
R Calculus Operators Danny Kaplan Pocket Guide & Exercises & StartR Exercises
12:00 Lunch at the Cheesecake Factory
1:00 pm Computation in Calculus: Sage Karl-Dieter Crisman
Introduction to the Island Michael Bulmer
From Data to Calculus Eric Marland A Model of Drug Dosing
Connections to Statistics Danny Kaplan
Group Activity: Building Your Own Model Eric Marland
2:45 Break
3:00 Group Activity (continued) Eric Marland
In-Class Showcase (in parallel with group activity) Dan Flath & Danny Kaplan
Wrap-Up Discussion Randall Pruim
4:30 Adieu

Before the Workshop

We will be providing many materials via the Internet. In order to minimize disruption at the start of the workshop, it will help if you check out the following resources when you have a reliable Internet connection, e.g., at your home or office before the workshop.

  1. Login to the Wiki. You will need to be able to login to follow links to resources out of this page. Your account ID is the first part of your email address (before the @ sign). Your wiki password has been sent to you via email.
  2. Login to Sage or RStudio at Your account name (jmm##) and password have been sent to you by email. Keep these handy so that you can login again at the workshop.
  3. If you want, you can install R and RStudio on your laptop. This is a good back-up plan in case we have network trouble at the workshop.
    • has links where you can download the correct version of R for your operating system.
      • You will also want to install the mosaic and mosaicManip packages. To do this, copy and paste the following into your RStudio session:
        We will put commands in this file to get you up and running with packages.
    • has links for downloading RStudio.
      • Choose the desktop version. (The server version is for setting up a server that is accessed via a browser. This is how we have set up your RStudio account at