MPAC 6 Communicating

Saving the best, or perhaps the most important, until last, MPAC 6 is the verbal part of the Rule of Four. Problems and real life situations are “translated” from ideas or words into the symbols, equations, graphs, and tables where they are examined and manipulated to find solutions. Once the solutions are found, they must…

The Math Book

Ants can count. I did not know that. I found this interesting fact in a book I bought recently called The Math Book by Clifford A. Pickover. The book is similar to a coffee table book in that it is nicely made with high quality paper and illustrations, although its size is about the same as…

The Opposite of Negative

Next year, for the first time in 15 years, I am going to be teaching high school full-time. While I have enjoyed writing and working primarily with teachers for the last 15 years, I’m looking forward to “going back to the classroom” as they say. It looks like I’ll be teaching BC calculus and Algebra…

Definitions

In helping students read and understand mathematics knowing about definitions,axioms (aka assumptions, postulates) and theorems. By this I mean knowing the parts of a definition or theorem and how they relate to each other should increase the students’ understanding. Today I’ll discuss definitions; theorems and assumptions will be discussed in a future post. A definition…