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Mathematics is often described as a non-verbal discipline, one in which thinking and the communication of thinking is done purely in numerical systems. However, most mathematics instructors design and use word problems to help students learn and apply mathematical concepts. Common also are assignments in which students are asked to provide verbal explanations of mathematical concepts and methods they used in finding solutions. According to Annalisa Crannell, mathematics scholar, professor and author of *Guide to Writing in Mathematics*, "professional mathematicians spend most of their time writing: communicating with colleagues, applying for grants, publishing papers, writing memos and syllabi. Writing well is extremely important to mathematicians, since poor writers have a hard time getting published, getting attention from … deans, and obtaining funding. It is ironic but true that most mathematicians spend more time writing than they spend doing mathematics."

mathematics 189| Experiencing Mathematics Through Writing

formal and informal writing assignments (Cornell University)

mathematics 4428| Mathematical Modeling

two presentations (with written proposals) based on modeling a problem, determining a solution, and communicating the results

mathematics 300-level |Introduction to Euclidean Geometry

translating proofs and theorems into English and writing new proofs using a combination of prose and mathematical language (University of Hawaii, Mānoa)

mathematics 400-level| Advanced Algebra

five written proofs written in English and transposed into mathematical language (University of Hawaii, Mānoa)

mathematics 189| Formal Paper #1

2-3 page compare and contrast essay (Cornell University)

mathematics 189| Final Formal Writing Assignment

5-7 page paper on a student-selected topic (Cornell University)

mathematics 3283W| Guidelines

overview of considerations for writing in mathematics

mathematics 3283W| Assignment 1

student writes for a calculus textbook assignment

mathematics 3283W| Assignment 8

explanation of ways in which the Alternating-Series Test estimates the value of an infinite series

mathematics 4428| Midterm Presentation

handout focusing on the basics of mathematical modeling

mathematics 4428| Final Presentation

handout outlining format and requirements for the presentations

general mathematics| Portfolio Project in Mathematics

portfolio for future math instructors includes a cover letter, reflections, and a short paper (University of Wisconsin - Madison)

general mathematics| Writing a Math Autobiography

short diagnostic (Colorado State)

Specific Advice on Lab Reportsmathematics 2374 |

suggestions to help students improve their writing process

general mathematics| Problem-Report Grading and Checklist

for mathematics essays (University of Wisconsin - Madison)

Mathematics on the Web (AMS)

Library Support for Instructors

The Language of Mathematics (Montana State University)

College, University, and Community College Mathematics and Math Related Departments (Math Archives)

Mathematics Resources and Organizations (Franklin & Marshall College)

Writing for a Math Class, For the Instructor (Platonic Realms Minitext)

The MacTutor History of Mathematics Archive (University of St. Andrews, Scotland)

Writing Mathematics (London Mathematical Society)

Writing for a Math Class, For the Student (Platonic Realms Minitext)

Math and Related Resources (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee)

Crannell, Annalisa. *A Guide to Writing in Mathematics Classes*. Franklin & Marshall College. 1994. 31 Jan. 2003. <http://www.fandm.edu/Departments/

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