As instructors of an intermediate-algebra course at a large urban community college, we decided to use a service-learning project to help students understand and appreciate the mathematics that they were studying. This outcome transcended the classroom and best motivated mathematics students by helping them realize how important the subject is to their futures (Jenrette 1994).
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