California Mathematics Council Community Colleges    
Fall Conference

40th Annual Fall Conference

Keynote Speaker PowerPoints

Van Henson, Lawrence Livermore Labs
A Child's Garden of Graphs

Keith Devlin, Stanford University
The Symbol Barrier:  Using Video Games to Overcome the Greatest Obstacle to Good Mathematics Learning



Session Speaker PowerPoints and Handouts:

Kathleen Almy and Heather Foes, Rock Valley College
MLCS:  Redesigning a New Pathway for Non-STEM Majors

MaryAnne Anthony + Lynn Maracek, Santa Ana College    

Teaching Conceptual Understanding through Maanipulatives


Kenneth Brown, College of San Mateo    
Data-Analysis-rich Interactive Statistics Learning Materials


Students Can Understand Mathematics Using Mathematical Software

Mark Clark, Palomar College
Encouraging Critical Thinking and Communication in Developmental Math
PowerPoint   Handout  Exponent Game Cards  Exponent Game Cards Word

Joe Conrad, Solano College
Oresme to Euler to $1,000,000

Robert Feldman, Sherri Messersmith, and Larry Perez
Fully Integrate Study Skills into Your Classroom Using P.O.W.E.R.

Hal Huntsman + Myra Snell + Tue Rust
Opening the Algebra Gate: A pre-Statistics Path to Transfer-Level Math

Jay Lehmann, College of San Mateo
the Function of Functions in PreCalculus


John Martin, Santa Rosa Junior College
Some Irrationals I Have Known

Zwi Reznik, Fresno City College
Perverse Polynomials

Ian Walton, Mission College
What’s New with State and National Projects that Impact Our Classrooms?
PowerPoint   Survey Results

John Wilkins, CSU Dominguez Hills
Developmental Mathematics Program:  Systemic Progress at a Four-Year University


George and Dylan Woodbury, College of the Sequoias   
Video Games and Education:  What Homework's Biggest Enemy Has to Teach Us About Teaching


Anthony Barcellos, American River College
Famous Mathematicians I have Interviewed


Join us for the CMC3 40th annual fall conference!

Portola Hotel and Spa
Friday December 7 – Saturday December 8, 2012
To make your hotel reservations click here.

Registration Now Open:  Click here for the registration form in Word. 
                                                            Click here for the registration form in pdf.

Conference Program:  Click here for the full conference program

Mini-Program Click here for the Monterey Conference Mini-Program

Student Poster Session:  There will be a student poster session on Saturday during the lunch break.  Please stop by and admire what our students have done.

Call For Poster Judges:  If you are interested in helping judge the student poster session contact Rebecca Fouquette.

Call For Proposals:  The speakers for this fall's conference have all been confirmed, but if you are interested in being a back up speaker or a speaker for 2013, please fill out the Monterey 2012 call for proposals form by clicking here and indicating whether you want to be a back up speaker or are interested in speaking in 2013.    Any speakers who are interested in giving a talk in the 2013 Recreational Math Conference in Tahoe can fill out the Tahoe 2013 call for proposals form by clicking here.

Vendors:  Any vendor interested in having a booth or an ad for the conference please follow this link for information.

This Year's Keynote Speakers

Keith Devlin, Stanford University:
THE SYMBOL BARRIER - Using video games to overcome the greatest obstacle to good mathematics learning.

Most current mathematics education video games are essentially new delivery mechanisms for traditional instruction.  In the coming decade we should see classroom pedagogy start to change in significant ways, as we learn how to take full advantage of what the medium offers.Based in part on Devlin’s book Mathematics Education for a New Era: Video Games as a Medium for Learning, published in March 2011 by AK Peters.

Van Emdon Henson, Lawrence Livermore

A Child’s Garden of Graphs - How a pinch of linear algebra, a smattering of graph theory, and a spoonful of computer science is dominating your life

How do Netflix (or Amazon) recommend the movies (or products) you may like? How do Google, Alta Vista, or Bing assemble their lists of results? How does Mapquest figure out the best route from here to there? How does Expedia find an airline itinerary? How do Facebook or LinkedIn find people you may know? How do dating sites propose possible matches? How do banks catch potentially fraudulent activities? These, and many, many more are examples of graphs in action. While some of the graph algorithms are subtle and complex, a surprising number are remarkably simple. Many can best be understood and implemented with the tools of linear algebra, relying heavily on the matrix-vector product, matrix factorizations, and spectral analysis.

But the modern world is also the world of exponential growth of information, and many of the graphs behind these applications are rapidly growing to extraordinary size. How do we deal with graphs having tens or hundreds of billions of vertices? Will it be necessary to work with trillion- or even quadrillion-vertex graphs? How can we deal with information at enormous scales?

Where the mathematician and the applications scientist devise algorithms to organize, mine, or employ the information, it falls to the computer scientist to create the architectures, hardware, software environments, and the implementations making the computations possible. Just as the information is evolving, so are the approaches to computing and the architectures of the machines.

In this talk, Van Emden Henson will describe some of the graph-based problems that have become ubiquitous in today’s world, and the mathematical tools used to address them, and then will describe some of the challenges and approaches to realizing these methods on the most modern computational engines.

Friday Afternoon Workshop

Developmental Math - An Open Program: Personalizing Teaching and Learning

2:30 - 4:30 PM Tentatively in Redwood I

Attendees: Everyone interested in developmental math curriculum, resources and approaches is welcome.

Workshop description:
This workshop will provide an overview of the newly released set of developmental math resources from the NROC Project. With support from the Hewlett and Gates Foundations and contributing NROC Network members, the NROC development team engaged administrators, instructors and students in the design, development and pilot testing of these rich-media, adaptable, affordable resources.

The program contains modules in arithmetic, beginning algebra, intermediate algebra, geometry, statistics and trigonometry that are available to import into any learning management system for integrating into classroom, online, blended, or flipped instruction. The workshop will explore the resources and describe some of the unique pilot use cases. The second part of the workshop will be a discussion among participants about what professional development and institutional support are essential for the effective use of these types of flexible resources to engage students and enhance instructional options. Visit  to view some of the developmental math media available for free use, or sign up for access to a demo site at  Presented by Ruth Rominger, Director of Research, The NROC Project.

Future CMC3 Conferneces

call (831) 649-4511 or email: to inquire about rooms

For conference information, contact
Mark Harbison at

For registration information, contact
Joe Conrad at Solano Community College at (707)864-7000 x4372

Joe Conrad
Mathematics Department
4000 Suisun Valley Road
Fairfield, CA 94534

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