I Cleaned Out My Office!

I Cleaned Out My Office!

I’ve been cleaning out my office the past couple of months, and this week I came across these resources that may be of use to someone out there - especially teaching statistics, pre-calculus, or calculus! Article - “Why You Should Read That Whole Text Book Right Now” "Don't put it off. You should read that textbook now—or you're not getting your money's worth out of your education." StatisticsArticle - “Overconfident Students, Dubious Employers”Link to Article | Probability Activity“A new study identifies the gaps between graduates' views of their skills and the views of those who hire them.”Article - “Investing In…
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A Real Life Optimization Problem

A Real Life Optimization Problem

I am part of a team at my college working on getting new storage closets installed for my department. The options are for closets that are 30", 36", or 42" wide. The closets are 18 ¾" deep, and 63 ½" in height. In one room, the space in which the closets are to be installed is 54 ¾" x 97 ½" x 96". In another room, the space is 54 ¾" x 114" x 96". However, in the second room, there is a whiteboard rail that is 3 ¼" wide that protrudes into the space. There are also plans to…
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Inquiry-Based Learning (IBL) Workshops – Torrance, CA

Inquiry-Based Learning (IBL) Workshops – Torrance, CA

I am glad that I attended this workshop by the Academy of Inquiry-Based Learning because it gave me lots of new ideas for my College Algebra course. It also helped to excite and re-energize, as well as renew my love for teaching. It was helpful to be around like-minded people and know that I am on the right track in doing what is best for my students. Here are some ideas from the workshop that I either have already implemented or plan to implement: Write four problems on the Board and then have students sign-up to present solutions. The student…
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Museum of Illusions – Toronto, CA

Museum of Illusions – Toronto, CA

This post is the first of many about the mathematics I discovered while visiting museums and exhibits during my Fall 2019 sabbatical. The first one up is the Museum of Illusions - Toronto, Canada. This museum wasn’t originally part of my sabbatical plan as it just opened in October 2018. Although my favorite illusion was the rotated room, where it appears you are walking up the walls since the furniture is on the ceiling. I can see many applications of this exhibits in this museum in my own classes: Many exhibits with angles and perspective that could be integrated into…
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Decade in Review

As we enter the new decade of the 2020s, I thought it might be nice to highlight some of my accomplishments and some of the ups and downs I went through during the last ten years: 2010 January At the beginning of the year, I was still working toward my Ph.D. Started at Henry Ford Community College as an adjunct instructor. November Gave a seminar on using the TI-83/84 Calculator at Oakland University. 2011 January Started at Ohio Christian University and the University of Phoenix as an adjunct instructor.  May Approved on May 17 as a Full-Time Instructor of Mathematics…
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Real Life Pythagorean Theorem

So, I’d like to believe that most people know the Pythagorean Theorem. The famous a2 + b2 = c2 theorem that relates the lengths of the sides of a right triangle. Earlier this month, I was helping my mom move. The moving company requested to know the size of my mom’s televisions. Since my mom has a 1990s console-style Cathode-ray tube (CRT) television, I was going to measure the length, width, depth, and screen size so that the company would have an accurate idea of the size of the television as possible. If you didn’t know, the screen size of…
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Adoption is not Adorable

A recent story titled, “Boy invites entire kindergarten class to his adoption hearing — and it’s adorable,’ started making its way around Facebook. I saw some of my friends share it with comments of “Aww” and “Yep, I cried…” I have nothing against my friends, but quite frankly, I found this article and sharing it in such a way to be very offensive. It’s the holiday season. Last year my dad died, and due to being in a long-distance relationship, for the time being, I am going to spend most of this holiday season alone. Tonight I was driving home…
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Thoughts on Today’s Educational System

The other day I was talking with a friend who isn’t a teacher and our conversation led me to have the following thoughts: What we do in what has become today’s traditional educational system where students are expected to sit in rows and attend classes all day and then go home to do homework doesn’t work for most students. It is unnatural for someone to sit for that long at a time, let alone a younger person. In general, people do tend to learn better by being actively involved in their learning. I reminded my friend that the educational system…
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My Holiday Plea

Earlier this week, I had lunch at a business I know is not Christian-owned, but they have some of the best Christmas decorations of any restaurant I've been to yet this season. They do it because they want to support their Christian brothers and sisters who do celebrate Christmas. They could easily instead say things like, 'This is not a Christian-owned business. We will deny service to those wearing Christmas-themed clothes as it goes against our beliefs.' But, instead, they choose to support one another and their community regardless of their beliefs. I am reminded of how many businesses I've…
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Distribution of my Facebook Friends’ Names

The other day I was talking with my friend Matt, and he said to me that he thought I knew a lot of people with names starting with “J.” I thought that was a bit strange, but started looking through my Facebook Friends list out of curiosity, and sure enough, Matt was right. The distribution of my Facebook Friends’ Names is below: Then he claimed that he felt that most of my friend’s names began with a “J.” As you can see, the highest is “J” with 43, followed by “S – 35,” “M – 32,” “D – 31,” and…
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