
Example:
Firstyear Students at the University of Alabama Link Mathematics and Physics
Physics and mathematics faculty at the University of Alabama restructured the
sequence of topics in their firstyear physics and calculus courses. They viewed
their system as containing both the mathematics and physics courses and reorganized
material to reinforce connections such as the ones described below. For example,
"Early in the first semester, the mathematics faculty introduced the symbolic
algebra program Maple as an aid in plotting and understanding of functions—trigonometric,
exponential, logarithmic, normal distribution, etc. This allowed the rapid introduction
of the concept of the derivative and slope of curves in the mathematics course.
The physics course created an immediate application for this material by introducing
the onedimensional kinematics of particles and rigid bodies." Back

References
for further information  Frair, K., "An Integrated
First Year Curriculum at the University of Alabama, Proceedings, 1994 Frontiers
in Education Conference, ASEE/ IEEE, 1994.
 Frair, K.,
"An Integrated First Year Curriculum at the University of Alabama Problems
and Solutions," Proceedings, 1995 Frontiers in Education Conference,
ASEE/IEEE, 1995.
 Izatt, J., D. Cordes, A. Hopenwasser,
C. Laurie, and J. Parker, "An Integrated Freshman Year Engineering Course,"
1995 American Association of Physics Teachers Meeting, Gonzaga University, Spokane,
Washington, August 7–12, 1995.
 Parker, J., D. Cordes,
C. Laurie, A. Hopenwasser, J. Izatt, and D. Nikles, "Curriculum Integration
in the Freshman Year at the University of Alabama: the Foundation Coalition Program,"
Proceedings, 1995 Frontiers in Education Conference, ASEE/IEEE, 1995.
 Parker,
J., D. Cordes, and J. Richardson, "Engineering Design in the Freshman Year
at the University of Alabama," Proceedings, 1995 Frontiers in Education Conference,
ASEE/IEEE, 1995.
 Harrell, J.W., and Jerald R. Izatt,
"Freshman Engineering Physics in the Foundation Coalition at The University
of Alabama," Proceedings, International Conference on Undergraduate
Physics Education, 1996.
 Harrell, J., and J. Izatt, "Freshman
Physics in the NSF Foundation Coalition," Newsletter of the Forum on Physics
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