The Mathematics of Weight Loss

The picture below was taken in college when I was around my heaviest weight ever of 314 lbs.  I've always been a big person and I there is a lot that goes into why this is the case as well.  Was it the way I was raised?  Was it genetics?  Was it just me eating myself into a hole?  Well, this is not the place where I'm going to talk about that. What I will say, though, is that this is the most recent picture of me a little over 70 lbs lighter than I was at my highest weight.  This is a blog post about math, so I'll let you figure out my approximate current weight on your own. With all of that out of the way, I'll tell you what this blog post is really about.  I don't really like talking about myself because I'm generally a very self-conscious person.  But this weekend I was thinking about what I might...
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Mind Maps for Calculus, Algebra, and Statistics

This semester I decided that I wanted to organize all of the resources that I've found on the Internet onto Mind Maps for my Calculus, Algebra, and Statistics classes.  There was just too much that I wanted to tell my students about every semester that it started to become too overwhelming to repost the links on my LMS every semester (my courses don't ever seem to copy very well from semester to semester).  The results are below.  Feel free to share with everyone. For the calculus map, bit.ly/calcmap For the algebra map, bit.ly/algebramap For the statistics map, bit.ly/statmap     ...
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‘Derive This Way’ Calculus Videos

These are both videos based on a parody of 'Born This Way' by Lady Gaga.  Personally, I don't like her music, but that's because I don't listen enough to the radio to know any of her songs.  However, I did find both of these videos very amusing in their own ways.  They were uploaded to YouTube only 1 day apart and of course, they are having their own little debate over whose idea came first.  Who cares!  Just enjoy the videos. And by the way, I really am doing more than just spending my summer finding random YouTube videos about Calculus.  =D ...
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This Calculus Game Needs a Sweet Name… Any Suggestions?

I just finished this new Calculus game in anticipation of teaching a lesson on The First Fundamental Theorem of Calculus.  I'm looking to give it a good name.  Any suggestions? Calculus Game.pdf Download this file Jing Video and notes to accompany my lesson: View on screencast.com » Intergal_Video.pdf Download this file Jing Video and notes for the Second Fundamental Theorem of Calculus: View on screencast.com » The_Second_Fundamental_Theorem_of_Calculus.pdf Download this file Group_Work_Problems.pdf Download this file ...
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GeoGebra and Applets for Calculus

Somethings I have learned just by being a little more observant.  One day last week I was sitting at a different table than usual at school, and it happened to be next to the bulletin board.  At the very top of the bulletin board was a flier that I had never seen before that had a list of two websites, one of them being Math Applets for Calculus at St. Louis University.  Personally, I have never been too big of a fan of applets, but most of these are really great.  There are four types of applets there: JCM Applets, Banchoff Applets, Geometer's Sketchpad Applets, GeoGebra Applets. However, I was actually more interested in GeoGebra than the actual applets, since I had never heard of it before.  It turns out that GeoGebra is a free tool to create learning and teaching materials.  I played a little bit with the web-based version since I didn't really want...
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Helpful Links for Teaching Calculus

Here is a list of helpful links that I compiled while teaching from "Calculus: Early Transcendental Functions," 5th Ed. by Larson, Hostetler, and Edwards last summer.  These aren't necessarily textbook specific, either.  Honestly, although it was just last summer, I was sort of still back in the dark ages and hadn't yet made the jump into technology that I needed to.  But I can't say that having these resources upfront wouldn't help students.  Enjoy them, as I don't post too much calculus stuff on here! Link to publisher's website, click on "General Resources". Link to Calculus Math Articles (I had students do article reviews for extra credit). Link to ODD NUMBERED SOLUTIONS. Helpful Calculus Website (calculus.org). MacTutor History of Mathematics Archive, everything you would want to know about almost any mathematician. Quick-and-Dirty Guide to the TI-83, TI-83+, TI-84, and TI-84+. FREE Calculus Videos, I approve these videos.  I think this guy is high quality. More FREE Calculus Videos, I also approve these videos. Link to website...
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