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California Mathematics Council Community Colleges

2010 Fall Conference at Monterey Dec 10-11

The 38th Annual Fall Conference was held in Monterey on Dec 10-11, 2010 at the Portola Hotel and Spa.

Friday Keynote Speaker: John Martin, Santa Rosa Junior College
A Piece of Pi

Through the ages, the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter, which we call π, has fascinated mathematicians and nonmathematicians alike. In this presentation we will explore the history, the mysteries, and the controversies surrounding this famous number. You’ll also have the opportunity to win some fabulous prizes!

Saturday Keynote Speaker: William Dunham, Muhlenberg College
Two Morsels from Euler

Over his illustrious career, Leonhard Euler (1707 – 1783) proved the Euler Identity, established the Euler Polyhedral Formula, and solved the Basel Problem – results that can be seen as the "main courses" of his mathematical banquet. But he also cooked up some "side dishes” – i.e., discoveries of lesser significance which nonetheless illustrate his brilliance as well as anything. In this talk, we consider a pair of these morsels. One is from the realm of simple algebra, where Euler managed to factor a seemingly irreducible 4th-degree polynomial that had stumped Nicholas Bernoulli. The other is from the realm of number theory, where Euler sought four different whole numbers, the sum of any pair of which is a perfect square. The numbers he found – namely 18530, 38114, 45986, and 65570 – suggest how keen his mathematical ability was. By following Euler’s reasoning in these two examples, I hope to demonstrate that seeing genius in action is the best way to appreciate it.

Schedule of the Saturday Concurrent Sessions

Presentations provided can be found below.

  Session 1
9:00 am - 10:00 am
Session 2
10:30 am - 11:30 am
Session 3
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Session 4
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Bonsai I
General Interest
Serving Students with Disabilities: Strategies for the\Classroom
Sherri Messersmith
College of DuPage
Are We Speaking the Same Language?
Bob Prio
Riverside Community College, NorCo
Of Elephants, Fuzzy Digs, and Teaching Backwards: A Story About Making Your Course Engaging
Davis Sobecki
Miami University, Hamilton
The Mystery of Mohammed ibn Musa al-Khwarizmi
Dean Gooch
Santa Rosa Junior Colege
Bonsai II
Potpourri
Is 0 = Pi = Infinity? A Tall Tale
Glenn Pico
American River College
What Helps Precalculus Students
Greg Perkins
Hartnell College
Teaching in Developmental Mathematics: A Faculty Collaborative Approach
Terrie Teegarden
San Diego Mesa College
Examples from Cardano’s Ars Magna
John Thoo
Yuba College
Bonsai 
Potpourri
Statewide Projects to Share with Your Colleagues and Your Students
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Mission College
Thirty "Boredom Busters"
David Ellenbogen
Community College of Vermont
AMATYC Project Access
Corrine Kirkbride
Solano Community College
Adjunct Sessions
Tracey Jackson and Panel

Cottonwood
Basic Skills
Creating a Community of Learners to Improve Student Success
George Woodbury
College of Sequioas
Teaching Developmental Mathematics: It’s Not Just About the Content
Lynn Marecek & MaryAnn Anthony
Santa Ana College
Mod, MAP, and ASAP: Course Redesign and Pierce College
Katherine Yoshiwara
Los Angeles Pierce College
Teaching Developmental Algebra to Underprepared Students
Ravin Pan
CSU Sacramento
Redwood I
Calculus and Above
That About Sums It Up and Then Sum
Joel Siegel
Sierra College
What’s So "Valuable" About Calculus, Anyway? (Why Finance ends in an "e")
Nicholas Gunther
Investment Banking
Geodesics on Regular Polyhedra
Dmitry Fuchs
UC Davis
Nuts and Bolts of Teacing Integral Calculus
Vladimir Logvinenko & Iaroslav Kryliouk
Redwood II
Technology
College Algebra in the Age of Wolfram Alpha
Sheldon Axler
San Francisco State Univerity
I Know It’s Out There Somewhere: Free Online Math Resouces
Larry Green
Lake Tahoe Community College
Mathematical Software: Computational Crutch or Springboard to Greater Understanding
Wade Ellis
West Valley College
No Session
Ironwood
Statistics
Teaching Students to Understand the Role of Data Collection in Statistical Inference
Robert Gould
Robert Gould UCLA
The Sequencing of Topics in Introductory Statistics
Kenneth Brown
College of San Mateo
Statistics Using SPSS
Steven Davis & Evelyn Davis
CSU Los Angeles and Orange Co, Probation
No Session

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