The challenges of basing a full mathematics course entirely on realistic examples

Per Skafte Hansen*, Iver Mølgaard Ottosen*

*Corresponding author for this work

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The authors, with the first author as primus motor, undertook to create and teach a 15 ECTS points mathematics course (calculus, differential equations and basic statistics) almost entirely based on realistic examples, i.e., problems extracted from engineering practice, supplemented where necessary with equations from the natural and social sciences, as well as economics and various crafts. This endeavour generated a 6-volume set of highly structured notes and exercises, organized in learning objects and prepared for the further development of e.g., e-learning modules comprising the whole course or cherry-picking relevant parts. To the best of our knowledge, the course is unique in its kind, so we try to identify the challenges posed by such an undertaking and to explain how me met them.
Original languageEnglish
Publication date2022
Number of pages13
Publication statusPublished - 2022
EventØresundsdagen 3: Conference on introductory courses in university mathematics - Lund, Sweden
Duration: 2 Nov 20222 Nov 2022


ConferenceØresundsdagen 3


  • Course development
  • Realistic examples
  • Learning objects
  • Novel examination types


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