California Mathematics Council Community Colleges    
2018 Fall Conference in Monterey:  Dec 7-8

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Friday Keynote Speaker:  Cornelia Van Cott, University of San Francisco

Sometimes Pi Equals 4

Most of your mathematical life, you have known that pi is an irrational number somewhere between 3.1 and 3.2. But if we exchange the usual Euclidean norm for another norm, the geometry of the plane changes, including a change in the shape of circles and the associated value of pi. From this new vantage point, pi can be any of an infinite number of different values. What are these values? What does a pi-value indicate about its associated norm and vice versa? We will observe several surprising twists and turns and find interesting questions that are yet unanswered.

Cornilia Van Cott

Cornelia Van Cott is an associate professor and chair of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of San Francisco, where she has been for ten years. She received her B.S. in mathematics at Wheaton College (Wheaton, Illinois) and her Ph.D. at Indiana University. Outside of teaching math courses, she enjoys thinking about topology and working with children at math circles and summer math camps. Cornelia also serves on the leadership team for the San Francisco Math Teachers' Circle

Saturday Keynote Speaker:  Dr. Adam Glesser, CSU Fullerton

How to Read a Math Book: Reshaping Math Education Through Primary Historical Sources

Students in math classes frequently work under the assumption that reading is unnecessary since the instructor will explain everything in class. Meanwhile, instructors work under the assumption that their students won't (or can't) read and hence feel duty bound to explain everything in class. As long as everybody understands their role in this game of passive education, the students remain generally happy pretending to learn, and the teachers cringingly continue moving through content that they correctly conclude their students do not comprehend. In this talk, we explore what happened when several instructors decided to change the rules of the game, teaching the students how to read mathematical texts, and then requiring students to actually do it! In addition to summarizing the method, there will be lots of examples of successes and failures, links to an abundance of resources, and a case made that mathematics, as a student discipline, needs to recapture its role as a liberal art rather than a mechanical one.  
Dr. Adam Glesser

Adam Glesser received his Ph.D. in Mathematics from UC Santa Cruz and has taught at the University of Aberdeen (Scotland), Suffolk University (Boston), and, for the last seven years, California State University, Fullerton. His primary research area is in the representation theory of finite groups, though in recent years he has branched out to do research in complex numbers, curvature, differential equations, affine geometry, math education, and even wrote a book for his department's Business Calculus course. In his free time, Adam enjoys coaching baseball and playing board games. In fact, his love of board games is so strong, he designed a freshmen level course that teaches problem solving through board games just so that he had an excuse to play games as school!

Call For Student Posters:  CMC3 welcomes community college mathematics students to participate in the student poster session for our conference.  A $150 scholarship will be awarded for each Student Poster entry presented at the Monterey Conference. ($150 to a single student presenter or $75 to each student of a pair of presenters).  Additional scholarships will be awarded to the winning poster(s).  To see the past poster session winners click here.  To access the poster session proposal form, click here

Invitation to Exhibitors:
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Friday 2017 Keynote Speaker, Konstantin Batygin, Caltech

Planet 9 from Outer Space

At the outskirts of the solar system, beyond the orbit of Neptune, lies an expansive field of icy debris known as the Kuiper belt. The orbits of the individual asteroid-like bodies within the Kuiper belt trace out highly elongated elliptical paths, and require hundreds to thousands of years to complete a single revolution around the Sun. Although the majority of the Kuiper belt’s dynamical structure can be understood within the framework of the known eight-planet solar system, bodies with orbital periods longer than about 4,000 years exhibit a peculiar orbital alignment that eludes explanation. What sculpts this alignment and how is it preserved? In this talk, I will argue that the observed clustering of Kuiper belt orbits can be maintained by a distant, eccentric, Neptune-like planet, whose orbit lies in approximately the same plane as those of the distant Kuiper belt objects, but is anti-aligned with respect to those of the small bodies. In addition to accounting for the observed grouping of orbits, the existence of such a planet naturally explains other, seemingly unrelated dynamical features of the solar system.
Konstantin Batygin Picture

Konstantin Batygin is an Assistant Professor of Planetary Sciences and the Van Nuys Page Scholar at Caltech. He has been recognized by the 2015 Forbes list of 30 scientists under 30 who are changing the world, and has been named one of the “Brilliant 10" people of 2016 by Popular Science magazine.

Saturday 2017 Keynote Speaker, Brandy Wiegers, Central Washington University in Ellensburg, Washington

Math Saves the Day

How we use math to help with preventing, understanding, and assisting with disasters? In this presentation we will examine the BP Oil Spill, Oroville Dam Failure, and Hurricane Harvey using a mathematical lens.  Several quantitative tools will be introduced to examine these national events and help our students better contextualize these events. The material presented can be modified to be used in classroom activities for all levels of students and will include problem solving and interactive exploration.
Dr. Brandy

Dr. Brandy Wiegers is an assistant professor at Central Washington University in Ellensburg, Washington.  She received Biological Systems Engineering and Mathematics degrees from the University of Idaho (in Moscow, Idaho). From UI she went on to complete a Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from University of California, Davis with a research focus on computational mathematical biology and numerical analysis. Since receiving her PhD Dr. Wiegers has become a leader in mathematical outreach as founding director of the National Association of Math Circles and current Director of the Pacific Northwest Mathematical Outreach Web (Math POW!).  

Prior to her current position Dr. Wiegers spent twelve years in California including five years working at San Francisco State University as a Program Director of Outreach and Student Success. In this position Wiegers was the Director of the San Francisco Math Circle, the Co-Director of the SFSU (CM)^2 NSF GK12 program, and the Director of the Bay Area Circle for Teachers. In addition she had the opportunity to be involved with Math Circles, Bridge to Engineering Pathways (B2E), Adventures in Precalculus! and various professional development efforts.  She has continued this work in various forms in Washington, having founded the Kittitas Valley Math Circle, served as Director of the CWU Math Honors program, and more. Dr. Wiegers’s presentation will bring these experiences together to provide an introduction to mathematical problem solving, outreach, and more. 

Learn more about Dr. Brandy at her website  or @drbrandymath

CMC3 Monterey Pre-Conference AB 705 Discussion  December 8,  5:00 to 6:30 pm in Regency IV-V

Led by Larry Green from Lake Tahoe Community College and Ginni May from Sacramento City College

AB 705 which was recently signed into law states, "This bill requires a community college district or college to maximize the probability that the student will enter and complete transfer-level coursework in English and mathematics within a one-year timeframe, and use, in the placement of students into English and mathematics courses in order to achieve this goal, one or more of the following: high school coursework, high school grades, and high school grade point average."

Our discussion will provide the latest information about what is required, what we know, and what we don't know.  In addition, we will share how various California Community College's mathematics departments have implemented policies and curriculum that address this law.  We welcome all CMC3 members to join us for this discussion to listen and/or to share what your college is doing.

 Schedule of the Saturday Concurrent Sessions
9:00 - 10:00 am 10:30 - 11:30 am 2:30 - 3:30 pm 4:00 - 5:00 pm
Classroom Management Practices that Don't Hurt Our Students
Vanson Nguyen
College of Alameda
All the Things You Aren't
Daryl Allen
Solano Community College
Flipping Your Classroom
George Woodbury
College of the Sequoias
Ellipse into a Parabola?
Joel Siegel
Sierra College
Quantitative Reasoning - Global Numeracy, Global Change
John Thoo
Yuba College
Math is Fun
Vic Hovsepian
Rio Hondo College
Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wold
David Schroerlucke
City College of San Francisco
Jennifer Carlin-Goldberg, Organizer
English Learners in the Math Classroom
Felicia Darling
Santa Rosa Junior College
Teaching a Prestatisitcs Course:  Propelling Non-STEM Students Forward
Jay Lehmann
College of San Mateo
OEI and OER for Math
Larry Green
Lake Tahoe Community College
Best Practices in Learning and Teaching Mathematics:  Reading to Learn, Writing to Think
Wade Ellis
West Valley College
Roads?  Where We're Going We Don't Need Roads
Trey Cox
Chandler Gilbert Community College
Academic Math Camps Lead to Student Success
Ken Rand
Hartnell College
Make the Eigenvalue Problem Resonate With Our Students
Jeff Anderson
Foothill College
Into the Fifth Dimension:  Einstein, Laluza-Klein, and Doctor Who
Roderick Thompson
City College of San Francisco
Daryl Allen
Solano Community College
Get Your Math Classes Into the Hands of Your Students
Heather Schmidt
3C Media Solutions / Palomar College
Advance Math Instruction with Professional Learning Network
Michelle Du Breuil
Professional Learning Network
Technology Is My Frienemy
Kendra Lockman
City College of San Francisco
Re-thinking Statistical Independence in the Introductory Statistics Course
Lori Maloney
Sacramento City College
Three Challenges From Probability, and I Thought It Was So Obvious
Karl K Ting
Hartnell College
Dogged by Bad Luck?  Me Too
Charles S Barnett
Las Positas College

Call For Student Posters:  CMC3 welcomes community college mathematics students to participate in the student poster session for our conference.  A $150 scholarship will be awarded for each Student Poster entry presented at the Monterey Conference. ($150 to a single student presenter or $75 to each student of a pair of presenters).  Additional scholarships will be awarded to the winning poster(s).

To see the past poster session winners click here.  To access the poster session proposal form, click here

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