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Hello,

My name is Richard Hoshino and I teach at Quest University in Squamish, BC.

Our university is quite unique in that every student must take a first-year Mathematics course and that this Mathematics course is not Calculus I. Instead, we offer numerous “Foundation” math courses, including Spherical Trigonometry and Mathematical Problem-Solving, whose purpose is to introduce students to the ways in which a mathematician asks and answers questions about the
world.

Instead of providing an overview of current knowledge in mathematics, the goal of our first-year math course is to introduce the approaches used by the discipline, and to expose students to significant mathematical ideas and moments – which they create and discover, based on their
questions, on the issues that matter to them. For more on our First-Year Math approach, please check out

https://cms.math.ca/Events/CMEF2014/vignettes/27V%20-%20Richard%20Hoshino.pdf

I use an inquiry-driven approach to teach Mathematical Problem-Solving, my Foundation math course for first-year students. In the link below I’ve provided my course syllabus as well as all of the assessments I use.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B0D5wGSEc7rDR25vb2RHeEtyUUk/view?usp=sharing

You are welcome to use any of these materials in your own teaching. If you’d like model solutions to any of the problems, please e-mail me at richard.hoshino@gmail.com

I would much rather receive e-mails than view replies to this post, as I check my e-mail every day but will check this forum only on a sporadic basis. Thanks so much for your understanding!

Richard