The role of modern day instructors has changed to the point that many feel they have to act like circus performers to keep the attention of freshman students. In what can often be a hostile environment for teaching, instructors look to invent new approaches to educate students without reducing the content to a superficial level.
Modeled after a successful project in Physics (known as Physics in Films) undertaken by one of us (C. Efthimiou), we have introduced a counterpart in Mathematics-Math in Films-for non-STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) majors. Using popular Hollywood movies as a vehicle of education, we have attempted to increase the awareness among students of the utility of mathematics, and to demonstrate to non-STEM students that an understanding of mathematical ideas is crucial to being an educated member of society.
This paper will review the way that topics were covered in a fall 2010 pilot project and the lessons learned.
|Keywords:||Hollywood, Quantitative Fluency, Science Literacy, Mathematical Modeling|
Associate Professor, Department of Physics, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL, USA
Director of the Mathematics Lab, Department of Mathematics, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL, USA
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, FL, USA