The 2014 UTeach conference at the University of Texas Ausin brought together faculty, students and staff from 40 universities with UTeach programs and five universities aspiring to build a UTeach program. The UMass Lowell UTeach team included two UML math majors, Erinn McLaughlin and John Romano.
Erinn McLaughlin, together with Michelle Scribner-MacLean (Graduate College of Education) and William Morton (Lowell National Historical Park), described how she and her classmates teamed with the National Park to create science and math projects for high school students. The work was part of the required UTeach course, Project Based Instruction.
At a poster session that included dozens of student submissions, John Romano won the best student poster for a research project for the work he did as an intern with M2D2 and Lowell High School. Erinn also displayed a poster on the mathematics of water wheels.
- The CUPM Curriculum Guide is produced by the MAA Committee on the Undergraduate Program in Mathematics to guide mathematics departments in designing curricula for their undergraduate students. The 2004 version was the last to come out. The new version will be out in 2015. We were told that a draft will appear at maa.org/cupm in the near future.
- In 2012, the Conference Board of the Mathematical Sciences issued the latest recommendations for teacher preparation in mathematics: The Mathematical Education of Teachers II (MET2). A few highlights of the new recommendations:
- Elementary teachers should take four mathematics courses on elementary school mathematics. This doesn't mean that the mathematics they are taught are elementary. The objective is to give teachers a deeper understanding of the mathematics that is taught in elementary grades. For example, while an elementary school teacher may teach division, coursework might include continued fractions or a study of the periodic nature of decimal fractions.
- Recommendations for middle school teachers include at least 24 credits of mathematics, including at least 15 credits designed specifically for future middle grades teachers that address essential ideas in the middle school curriculum.
- It is still recommended that prospective High school teachers complete coursework equivalent to that of a mathematics major. One change is that at least nine credits involve advanced study of secondary mathematics.
- The last time I was chair we were housed in Olsen, now weíre in Olney. With new buildings starting to pop up on campus, several departments, including us, could be moving again in the coming years.
- Since my first ďretirementĒ as chair, weíve seen the retirements of Professors Yin, Makovoz, Weinberg, Spiegel, Mueller, Winslow, Berkovits, Ruskai, and Samarov. We currently have seven tenured faculty and seven Instructors who have joined us since then.
- When I left the chairís position in the 20th century, we offered a two semester version of Calculus I, Calculus IA and Calculus IB. After trying ďPreparation for CalculusĒ for a few years, we now we have a new two semester version of Calculus I. Same name, but different catalog numbers. Everything is cyclic.
- Scholarships: Toward the end of my first run as chair, Russ and Mary Bedellís generosity had just brought us our first endowed scholarship. As you can see below, weíve been fortunate to have two more endowed scholarships started since then and hope to be able to announce more in the future.
- Finally, Tangents didnít exist in 1999 - the first issue was in 2002. So now I will move to the present.
- Outstanding Graduate Student: Nour Almansour
- Shapiro Scholarship: Chris Leger
- Bedell Scholarship: Tyler Gilzinger
- Zamanakos Scholarships: David Campbell, Mary Mersereau and Kevin Southwick
- Hall Prize: Kevin Cerritelli.
RAW is described as "The missing link between spreadsheets and vector graphics. It's a really easy way to generate interesting data visualizations from spreadsheet data. For more information: http://raw.densitydesign.org
Here is a visualization of the Fall 2013 Math Schedule showing the times at which each course is offered.
One of the neat things about Sage, the open-source computer algebra system is that you can easily embed it into any web page. Here is an example of some code that can be evaluated to plot a function and it's derivative. For more information about Sage: http://sagemath.org. To learn how to embed Sage into your web page: http://aleph.sagemath.org/static/about.html.
Embedded Sage Cell
- The book is now listed as part of the American Math Institute's Open Textbook Initiative.
- It has its first outside adoptions: classes at the University of the Puget Sound, Grinnell College, Casper College and Luzurne Community College are all using the book in the spring of 2013.
Applied Discrete Structures by Alan Doerr & Kenneth Levasseur is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 United States License.
The department now has an iBook available for download and viewing on an iPad. Resources for Mathematics Students contains information about the department, its faculty programs and courses. In addition, it has a chapter on technology in mathematics.
In this second example, the number of faces on a die varies, and the generating function to the third power is expanded: