# ACM SIGCSE 2014 Special Session:

Engaging Mathematical Reasoning Exercises

### Time: Thursday, March 6, 1:45P to 3:00P

Place: Regency V

# Goals for the Session

SIGCSE attendees interested in math thinking have routinely
wished for a place where engaging math reasoning examples
and assignments that help connect mathematics and software
development can be shared and discussed. Providing such
a forum is the purpose of this session. The exercises and
assignments will help faculty find ways to incorporate
mathematical reasoning in CS1, CS2, data structures and
algorithms, discrete math, and software engineering courses.

# SIGCSE 2014 Presentations

# Presentations from SIGCSE 2013

# Background

There is near universal agreement in the community that
computing students should learn analytical reasoning
principles and understand the connections between mathematics
and software construction. In the process they realize
the importance of the mathematics they learn for software
development. Educators need compelling examples and assignments
to make such connections, and often they are difficult to
come up with, because the background of
students at different institutions vary widely. This
session aims to provide a forum at SIGCSE where educators
can share joys of teaching mathematical reasoning principles
throughout the computing curriculum.

The proposed special session will borrow much from the
organization of the highly successful, annual
"Nifty Assignments" session at SIGCSE. Unlike that session
which focuses on programming assignments, the focus of
the present session will be on exercises that are engaging
essentially because of the mathematical reasoning involved.
Also, unlike that session, this session will feature
innovative classroom exercises and activities that help
highlight the connections between mathematics and software
development, not necessarily just major, take-home projects.
Ideally, the exercises can be done within one or two class
periods and will have corresponding reasoning projects
that can be assigned offline to reinforce the concepts considered.

# Submission Information

An ideal submission
will be a page or less and will include the items listed below.
However this is just a guideline.
Please feel free to adapt the outline to your specific needs.

- Title and Authors
- Objectives
- Why Is It Engaging
- The Exercise
- Reasoning Topics Covered
- Audience
- Discussion (Difficulty, Strengths, Weaknesses, Dependencies, Variants)
- Links\Attachments

**Submission Due Date:**December 6, 2013

**Notification Date:**December 16, 2013

**Submissions and Questions:** Joe Hollingsworth (jholly@ius.edu) or Murali Sitaraman (murali@clemson.edu)

# Session Organization

- Introduction and motivation for the special session (~ 5 mins.)

- Presentation of 4-5 featured engaging exercises (~ 55 mins.)

- Discussion and plans for future sessions (~ 15 mins.)

# Session Organizers

- Joe Hollingsworth - Indiana University Southeast

- Murali Sitaraman - Clemson University

# Previous Sessions