The title says it all! Come and see some challenging problems.
Tony Barcellos (ARC)
Understanding Student Mistakes
All math teachers know that our students have creative ideas about mathematics
that go contrary to
reality. Many of their misconceptions are methodical and are based on specific
notions that math
teachers need to understand if we are to deal with them successfully.
Walt Deckert (ARC)
Mathematics: CI (Criminal Intent)
Recent popularity of fictional crime scene investigations has captured the
attention of the American
viewing audience. Is it possible to match that viewing enthusiasm with the
of real criminal and search/rescue investigations? In this session we will
discuss the mathematical
underpinnings of blood splatter, body and evidence recovery, etc. The goal will
be to provide an
example of the mathematics of crime scene investigations from the developmental
to more advance
Ken Johnson (Sierra)
Cure Students’ Fear of Math: Teach a Problem Solving Course
Turn students’ math apprehension into confidence and success with an elective
course that will quickly become your favorite class to teach. Come hear about
this exciting course
and its benefits, work in groups to solve some problems, and see samples of
Thomas Mattman (CSU Chico)
The Ministry of Silly Walks
The pattern your footprints leave when you walk along the beach is an example of
a Frieze pattern.
Using this idea, Conway has given the Frieze patterns names such as “jump” and
hop.” If you've every tried performing "spinning sidle" for friends or students,
you'll know that
some of these walks are pretty silly. But are they REALLY silly? For this we
turn to the masters of
silliness, the British comedy troupe, Monty Python’s Flying Circus. We will
analyze the “Ministry
of Silly Walks” skit to understand which of Conway's walks are truly silly.
Joel Siegel (Sierra)
Numbers that are More Than Perfect (or What’s So Perfect about 120?)
Perfect numbers ( like 6) are equal to the one nts/partial-sum-third-grademath.html">sum of their proper divisors. However,
there are other
numbers which are multiply perfect ; i.e., they are equal to a multiple of their
divisors. For example,
the sum of the proper divisors of 120 is 240. In this talk, we take a look at
this phenomenon and
discuss some of the characteristics of these numbers. No new numbers are
presented; rather we
take a fun stroll down memory lane from a fresh point of view.
SVCCM Roundtable: Problems, Issues, and Resources in Our Classrooms, Colleges,
and State. Moderated by Mark Harbison (SCC).
A chance for us to share our experiences in our classrooms, our colleges, and
the state. What have
we encountered? What have we learnt? What have we done?
MyMathLab (Addison Wesley)
Jason Crossett will demonstrate MyMathLab.
Eduspace - Enhancing Your Math Class with Online Homework (Houghton Mifflin)
Mike Hamm, a community college math instructor for 25 years, will discuss how
you electronic tools to enhance your classroom ability to as sign practice
exercises/tests and provide real-time tutoring.
MyMathLab (Prentice Hall)
Mark Webster (SCC) will present the MyMathLab software and explain how he is
using it in his
math courses. The focus will be on student success and how Mark has incorporated
the techno logy
into his teaching.
The iLrn platform represents a single fully integrated student learning system
which ties together 5
fundamental learning activities: (1) diagnostic, (2) personalized learning plans
and tutorials, (3)
homework, (4) quizzing and (5) assessment. For instructors, iLrn provides the
course management tools and gradebook available in the industry along with
training, support, and service program.