My Philosophy: Math is like baseball - if you master the fundamentals, you can do almost anything. Mastering the fundamentals is not about memorizing rules, but understanding the underlying logic involved. My own memory is terrible and I did very poorly in subjects requiring a good memory - basically all subjects that did not involve math. I did well in math because I was able to remember a core set of postulates, which (thankfully) never changed, and work from there. As a result, in tests I was able to reason out the answers in real time to solve the problems. That skill served me well in 35 years as an electrical engineer in the aerospace industry, because the core skill I needed was not to memorize rules that someone invented to solve textbook problems, but to be able to solve the new problems we encountered in the course of our business. To do that, I had to move beyond the rules of math to the understanding of math. This is what I would endeavor to convey to the students.
My Background: BSEE/MSEE from UCLA with major in electromagnetic theory and minor in numerical analysis. I've spent the past 36 years writing scientific software to calculate antenna radiation patterns, radar scattering patterns and radar images. I've written 4 books on optics and 2 IEEE papers on photonic bandgap structures. I have also passed the CBEST (73 in math), all 3 CSET math tests, and have a current TS/SSBI from DISCO.
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