In my class evaluations, students were asked "What class assignment or activity did you find to be the most useful?" One student answered, "Believe it or not, the M&M activity on the first day of class really stood out to me. It helped show the real world applications of Differential Equations and I thought it was amazing that we could build an equation using real world data." The fact a student remembered this fairly short activity done the very first day of class all the way to the end of the semester made a big impact for me and planning for future semesters!
Dina Yagodich Department of Mathematics, Frederick Community College, Frederick, MD 21702 USA