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Alternative Pathways to College Level Math

Over the past few years, several alternative pathways to college level math have been explored across the country. These pathways differ from the usual pre/beginning/intermediate pathways that traditionally prepare students for college algebra. Instead, they aim to prepare students for … Continue reading

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Regression Using Google Sheets

Not long ago, Microsoft Excel was the go to tool for making scatter plots and modeling data with regression functions. For the last ten years my students have used Excel to model data in projects. For many students wishing to … Continue reading

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PhotoMath: The New Killer App for Students?

Over the past few hours, many news sources like CNN and Engadget have reported on the app PhotoMath. According to their website, this app claims PhotoMath reads and solves mathematical expressions by using the camera of your mobile device in … Continue reading

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First Day Activities

I guess all of you are also finishing off your first week or two of classes. Over the years I have spent less and less time going over the course policies on the first day. For me, the first day … Continue reading

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Learn Math With Electroshocks

Everyone of us have had a student who is willing to do anything to get a better grade in math class. Thanks to Oxford University, there is a perfect solution for those students. Just FLIP THE SWITCH! Want to be … Continue reading

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Math Majors Make Big Mistake!

Evidently they did not check their calculations adequately. CBS News Story – Calculation error? Math majors send massive snowball rolling into dorm

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And The Gold Goes To…Rounding!

Can rounding have an impact on the real world? In the case of the Olympics it certainly can. In the Women’s Downhill event this week, two women were awarded the Gold medal in a tie. However, they did not record … Continue reading

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AMATYC Has Much To Offer

by Kathryn Kozak, VP of the SW Region of AMATYC The American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges (AMATYC) is the main professional development organization for mathematics teachers at two-year colleges.  Part of its mission is to “offer multiple opportunities for … Continue reading

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Topics Affecting Mathematics Education Today

by Kathryn Kozak, VP of the Southwest Region of AMATYC I was hoping to write an informative article about a topic that is currently important in mathematics education, such as common core standards changes, developmental education redesign, or availability of open … Continue reading

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Is Hacker a Hack?

Many of you are probably familiar with the recent op ed piece in the New York Times, Is Algebra Necessary? In this piece Dr. Andrew Hacker, emeritus professor of political science at Queens College, CUNY, argues that all students do not … Continue reading

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