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 a course like college math.
The faculty at Yavapai College are in the process of developing a new course that will help students move from Prealgebra to College Mathematics as quickly as possible. Since College Mathematics enrollments are on the rise, this will help more and more students complete their mathematics requirements quickly.
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 use Excel on their own computers, Excel was an expensive purchase.
Other students wanted to save money and used ancient versions of Excel that were difficult to use. This was particularly aggravating to me since I had to help them find their models in Excel 2003, 2010, and 2013. The process was different in each platform.
This encouraged me to look at other ways of making pretty graphs with models. Google Sheets was particularly attractive because of its cost…free. Last summer Google added a simple way of adding a regression model to a scatter plot in Sheets. Now you can do just about everything you might want to do in College Algebra or Finite Mathematics in Google Sheets. And you get the added benefit of a single, free, platform in the Google ecosystem.
In December of 2014, Sony released the movie The Interview online after threats to theaters cancelled the debut in theaters. As originally reported in Wall Street Journal, the sales figures reported in January contained an interesting math problem appropriate for algebra students.
The following January, Sony reported sales of $31 million from the sales and rentals of The Interview. They sold the movies online for $15 and rented through various sites for $6. If there were 4.3 million transactions, how many of the transaction were sales of the movie and how many of the transactions were rentals?
The Spring 2015 ArizMATYC Conference is a little over a month away! Join your colleagues from around the state at Cochise College in Sierra Vista on February 20. You can register online now through the link below.
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Please register by February 6 to ensure lunch availability.
There is still time to submit a conference proposal.
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The deadline for proposals is January 16.
ArizMATYC commmunicates with its members via this website as well as a Google Group. You can access this group through a Google account and post to the group. However, if you are not subscribed to the group all you can do is to view the postings. In the menu above is a link to the ArizMATYC Google Group.
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 real time. It makes math easy and simple by educating users how to solve math problems.
Wow! What an enlightened view of how this app might be used.
By Kathryn Kozak, VP of the SW Region of AMATYC
Being a member of AMATYC has some benefits that I would like to outline. Mostly, a member receives a discount to the annual conference that actually saves the member more than the cost of membership. So if you are attending a conference, it makes more sense to be a member.
By Ana Jimenez, Pima College
The Fall 2014 ArizMATYC Conference and Articulation Task Force (ATF) Meeting took place at Pima Community College’s Northwest Campus on Friday, October 10, 2014. The Conference began early Friday morning with a breakfast and welcome addresses from Pima Community College Northwest Campus President David Doré and AMATYC Southwest Regional Vice-President Kate Kozak. Sessions included topics ranging from learning communities to differentiation tricks.
ArizMATYC Conference: Directions in Mathematics
Friday, October 10 in Tucson, Arizona
- “An Introduction to Calcplot3D”
- “I Flipped Out in My Flipped Classroom”
- “Kinesthetic body awareness in the College Algebra classroom”
Check out the Complete ArizMATYC Conference Session List (with Descriptions)
AZ DevEd Summit: Directions in Developmental Education
Saturday, October 11 in Tucson, Arizona
- “Learning Communities to Support Developmental Education Students”
- “Fear of Language: How Language Anxiety Perpetuates Life-Long Writing Challenges”
- “Impact of the Student Success Coach”
Check out the Complete AZ DevEd Summt Session List (with Descriptions)
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 used to be an anomaly. I talked all of the hour and fifteen minutes and they sat. None of the subsequent classes would be like this. Yet this first day often turns students off and gives them the impression that my class is a one way communication channel. Many students may drop the class purely on the basis of that first day.
Instead of spending the entire class on the syllabus, I do fifteen minutes on how their grade is determined and then move on to an activity. For my college algebra class this semester, this activity had a secret motive. I decided to add to the group activities I do in class and make the projects in the class a collaborative effort. To make these groups effective, I need to get a feel for the students and how they work together. I wanted the activity to give me a feel for their personality…leader or follower.