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Gordon College (Physics and Math)
UCLA (Graduate Coursework)
I have been teaching math (with a smattering of computers and physics) for almost 20 years and was TA for quite a few years before that. The great thing about teaching is that I am always learning new things. I also enjoy explaining cool mathematical concepts to my kids (whether they are my own kids, 8-12 grade now, or the ones I teach). One of the tools I have worked with (during pretty much those entire 25 years) to demonstrate these concepts is a program called Mathematica (the basis for the online WolframAlpha site). While this is not a necessary component of my teaching strategy, it is both helpful and fascinating. I have taught homeschool students, private school (Collegiate), public school (sort of - Maggie Walker), community college (Piedmont), state university (VCU), and private university (UR) and am still active at Maggie Walker and UR. The subjects have ranged from Algebra and Geometry (probably not my strongest suite), through Precalculus and Trigonometry, Calculus I (my main focus), II, and III, Discrete (or Finite) Math, Linear Algebra, and Statistics. I also have a fair amount of experience with Differential Equations from my TA days.
I have been teaching math (with a smattering of computers and physics) for almost 20 years and was TA for quite a few years before that. The great thing about teaching is that I am always learning new things. I also enjoy explaining cool
Leo has been very flexible and reliable. He is easy to work with on scheduling, and both my 17 year old boys like his teaching style and demeanor. Their quote: "He is pretty cool for a math geek."
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I am a PhD in applied mathematics and took linear algebra in both undergraduate and graduate school, along with several computational courses that depended heavily on linear algebra (numerical analysis, finite elements, parallel processing). Also I had to pass qualifying exams in linear algebra to get my degree. Additionally I taught an undergraduate linear algebra course at VCU.
I have been using Mathematica almost since it first came out (I think I started with v2.0 back in 1988 and they are now anticipating the release of v10.0), both as a research tool and as a teaching illustration. In my calculus classes I typically assign several projects involving Mathematica, however most individual students would be unable to purchase it due to the hefty price tag. I used to program in Fortran, Pascal, C++, and Java but now write programs almost exclusively in Mathematica. Most of the time I create interactive demos that can be exported in CDF format and used by anyone with the free CDF Player from Wolfram. There is a huge library of Demonstrations freely available on the Wolfram site covering almost any topic imaginable. Mathematica also has an impressive array of statistical functions that enable you to do even more than Excel and almost as much as SPSS (it takes a bit more work than SPSS but allows you more control).
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