Dr. Sarah's Math 1010 Class Highlights
Dr. Sarah's Math 1010 Class Highlights Fall 2002 Page
The following is NOT HOMEWORK unless you miss part or all of the class.
See the Main Class Web Page
for ALL homework and due dates.
Mon Dec 9
Tues Dec 10
Geometry of the Earth and Universe
Mon Dec 2
Shape of Our Universe lab,
Shape of the Universe Worksheet.
Stock Market update #3, WebCT quizzes.
Tues Dec 3
Life by the Numbers
Shape of the World video
Hundreds of years before Columbus set sail, the Greeks used mathematics to determine the size
and shape of the planet. Viewers see how mathematics has become a tool to explore the earth
and the heavens as the world and the cosmos is charted.
(45 minutes - stop at Jeff Weeks segment since we watched this part in lab.)
Selections cut from
PBS Life by the Numbers
Seeing is Believing Video (20 minutes)
The first special effects ever created in
Renaissance paintings also owe their existence to mathematics and
spurred on the industrial revolution.
Modern artists and mathematicians are trying to grapple with
the 4th physical dimension.
Mathematics helps define space and
helps present visions of our world to us.
Thur Dec 5
Review the shape of the universe material.
Euclidean, hyperbolic and spherical geometries,
the 4th physical dimension and its applications,
the hypercube and the hypersphere
Davide Cervone's Selected Course Notes
why the universe is not thought to be a hypercube,
and some of the shapes
that might be the shape of the universe
(10 Euclidean possibilities, a number of
the infinite but known spherical possibilities
via excerpts from Week's paper on Topological Lensing in Spherical Spaces
page 12, and
current mathematical attempts to classify the
hyperbolic possibilities, including the
, which is the smallest known hyperbolic space),
current attempts to determine the shape of the universe.
Brief intro to my own
research and how it fits into these ideas, and my
Mon Nov 25
Collect geometry reports, go over
problems 1 - 7.
Briefly go over problems 8-11.
Introduction to hyperbolic geometry
Work on homework from main web page
(review problems 0-7, WebCT quizzes, heart of math reading on WebCT)
Tues Nov 26 2D Universes continued...
Oral quiz on questions 0-7 to finish geometry of the earth.
Intro to hyperbolic geometry continued via sketchpad -
Sketchpad Sum of Angles
Sum of Angles Image
Sketchpad Pythagorean Theorem
(and relate to Introduction to hyperbolic
geometry from lab.)
Sketchpad Euclid's 5th
Euclid's 5th Postulate
Worksheet on Escher.
(solution to number 2)
Euclidean, hyperbolic and spherical geometry.
Polygonal tiling models of the sphere, the plane and hyperbolic space.
Crochet model of hyperbolic space.
What is a Mathematician?
Mon Nov 18
Review the Homer questions, IDS Viewpoint
If you are finished early, then work on homework for Tues or Thursday.
Tues Nov 19
Rudin, Morgan and Daubechies presentations and worksheets.
Thur Nov 21
Review What is a Mathematician? segment via the segment themes as they
relate to the entire group of mathematicians.
Mon Nov 11
Readings and Activities on Perspective
Drawing and Projective Geometry,
Complete the web readings for this week.
If you are finished early, then work on
WebCT quiz 6 retakes or projects (mathematician or geometry).
Tues Nov 12 Presentations and Worksheets on
Georg Cantor and Srinivasa Ramanujan
Thur Nov 14
Presentations and Worksheets on Paul Erdos and David Blackwell
Mon Nov 4
Work on a
MathSciNet search for authors (only works from school)
for modern mathematicians (Erdos up until recent
times) and other searches for papers by your mathematician
after Dr. Sarah models this by searching for herself.
geometry of the earth and universe segment.
Do a stock market update.
If time remains then WebCT quiz 6. Otherwise take this outside of lab.
Work on hw.
Tues Nov 5
Presentations and Worksheets on Thomas Fuller and Maria Agnesi
Thur Nov 7
Presentations and Worksheets on Sophie Germain and Carl Friedrich Gauss
RSA Coding Continued
Mon Oct 28
Go over the
logistics for the What is a
Mathematician? segment, and discuss
Microsoft PowerPoint features for
Each person practices putting a picture into powerpoint.
Andrew Wiles lab
Tues Oct 29
Discuss the fact that in "The Proof" video, we saw very few women, and only
heard about one woman working on the problem, and we saw no
African Americans. Statistics on women and underrepresented minorities
Thur Oct 31
Discuss Carolyn Gordon and Can you Hear the Shape of a Drum?
Carolyn Gordon Worksheet.
Begin Dodge Ball via the first
Class time to work on What is a Mathematician Segment.
Mon Oct 21 Collect homework.
Choose groups and presentation dates for
What is a Mathematician? project (additional info will be given out by
Thursday). Work on Statistics
Detective Lab which is due at the end of lab.
If time remains, take WebCT quiz retakes or review for Thur test.
Tues Oct 22
Collect hw, discuss how tv guide misrepresented stats for their
review literary digest poll on Roosevelt/Landon election from 1937.
Discuss linear regressions of Buchanon votes in Palm Beach and the
Review boxplot problems from the WebCT quizzes.
Discuss HIV testing issues and unintended consequences
of medical and educational testing and policy descisions such as
raising airline prices via heart of math reading and stereotype
Thur Oct 24
Test 2 on Statistics.
Hand out Mathematician guidelines, references
Carolyn Gordon Worksheet
as a model.
Mon Oct 14
Collect hw (HDYK and worksheet),
go over linear regression on excel via How Do You Know
p. 209 number 11,
how to use the equation of the line to make predictions, and
highlight situations where the prediction makes sense versus those that
don't (height as a predictor of armspan, p. 209 number 11 prediction for
15 hours and 100 hours, and stocks),
and Does Smoking Predict
Breath Held? graph.
Linear Regression Lab,
Egg Bungee Jump Regression
Tues Oct 15
Do linear regression by hand via p. 208 number 11 and compare to Excel work.
Discuss actual predictor value,
estimated predictor values from a graph or via a line fit by eye,
and related issues.
Discuss Volume/High WORTH MORE from lab via WebCT question.
Talk about Does SAT score predict college GPA?
Discuss the fact that more than a dozen studies of large student
groups and specific institutions
such as MIT, Rutgers and Princeton conclude that young women
typically earn the same or
higher grades as their
male counterparts in math
and other college courses despite having SAT-Math
scores 30-50 points lower, on average.
Discuss gender and multicultural issues
on test taking, and discuss stereotype vulnerability via students reading
Stereotypes Lower Test Scores, and
Claude Steele has Scores to Settle.
In groups of 2 or 3:
Discuss situations where text anxiety or performance anxiety have
hindered you. Discuss whether your have ever
experienced something similar to stereotype vulnerability
as part of some kind of group (for example, gender, race, math phobic,
"good" or "bad" student...)
where external expectations
from someone else (teacher, society, parents, friends... )
affected your performance.
Groups share their experiences with the class.
Relate to MRT test. Discuss things we would like to see
to back up the articles.
Look at decreasing pipeline for women in the sciences graph and
discuss what it missing.
Mon Oct 7
Excel credit card checker,
Mean, Median and Mode lab (stock update and graphs).
Tues Oct 8
Continue to use the class data to discuss bar charts
(distance from home and height)
, and how you can tell whether the mean will be above or
below the mean, standard deviation (distance from home, height, untimed MRT)
, review the timed and untimed MRT and stats from lab,
histograms (distance from home with a class size of 50 and then 100)
, pie charts (class year), "bad" graphs.
Intro to Boxplots via a boxplot of height separated by gender,
and the meaning of boxplots.
Thur Feb 28 Collect and then go over hw,
boxplot of distance from home
and of height separated by gender that includes outliers (ie how the
boxplot changes when the outlier is removed).
Music choices and compatibility issues (measuring "difference" in
music tastes via looking at vertical distance between points)
Begin linear regression via does armspan predict height, and
the worksheet on interpreting the results of regression.
Mon Sep 30
(class data collection and pinecones)
Tues Oct 1
Collect real life rates. Go over credit card statement, payday
lending offer, credit card offers, real-life rates. Discuss biases
related to the census of class data. Begin sampling and
table of random digits.
Thur Oct 3
Look at summary of readings, review survey method guaranteeing complete
anonymity from Heart of Math, use this method on an embarrasing but
interesting survey question, and then we analyze the survey results. Perform
the same survey method on a non-embarrasing question. Review the
difference between a census and a survey. Then use the table of
random digits to pick people from the class. Students work on the
circle sampling problem from How Do You Know
and (if time remains)
the Modular Arithmetic and Check Digits
Mon Sep 23
Stock Market and Homer Tax Lab
Tues Sep 24
Students work on p. 90-92 9 and 14 and p. 101 number 8, go over the
answers, review parts of the condo lab, and common sense for
matching WebCT quiz 2 problem 3.
In remaining time, students review for Thursday's test, work on Homer lab,
Ben writing assignment, class data collection sheet,
and/or read the instructions for test 1.
Thur Sep 26
Test 1 on Finance
Mon Sep 16
Condo Lab continued.
Tue Sep 17
1) If I can afford to save $100 per month for a $50,000 car, in an account
compounding monthly at 8%, then how long will it take for me to save up?
Setup the formula for the problem but do not solve. If I told you that the
answer was approximately 18.38 years would that make sense? Show work to
2)What will my monthly payment be if I take out a car loan at 8%
compounded monthly for $50,000 for 18.38 years?
Use the Sept 2000 interest rate of 8.25% compounded monthly
for the 105265 condo
with a loan of 80%. What is the monthly payment? What is the 1st
months interest? What is the total interest over the life of the loan?
Compare to chart on condo lab.
Review clarity and depth of lab answers by highlighting some student answers
to the Ben lab.
Finish Dr. Sarah's condo part 2.
If finished before class ends, work on the finance review sheet.
Thur Sep 19
Analyze Dr. Sarah's student loan statements, analyze past student Mark's
student loan statement.
How do you know p.90-92 problems 19, 21, 22, 23, 24, and 25 -
students worked in groups (counted off and then formed groups via the
whole # remainder of their # divided by 6) and presented their solutions
to the class.
If waiting for to come back together as a class, then work on 24.
Mon Sep 9
Lab 2 Directions (Ben Franklin
lab and WebCT quiz 1).
Tues Sep 10
Collect homework and go over.
Hand out lump sum versus periodic payment sheet
and problems. Begin working on the problems.
Go over web pages - main, WebCT.
Go over Ben F.
Jane and Joan extra credit (excel sheet)
by using goal seek to discuss
what interest rate would result in equal savings for them both.
Do problems by hand and/or
Picture of Excel work,
Excel work file,
Picture of Excel solutions,
Excel solution file
Thur Sep 12 Begin condo lab.
Tues, Sept 3
Review lump sum formula and the philosophy we used to come up with it.
If $100 is deposited into an account and left alone for 25 years,
compounded monthly at 5%, how much will we end up with?
How much will be interest ($)?
Compare to $100 deposited every month into an account and left
alone for 25 years, compounded monthly at 5%.
Work towards the periodic payment formula and compare the philosophy
to the lump sum formula derivation philosophy.
Transparencies from class
$100 is deposited each month for 12 years into an account compounding
5% monthly. How much do we end up with?
We'll do an exercise to show that the number of digits we use does matter!
100 is deposited each month for 12 years
into an account compounding 5% monthly. What do we have at the end?
The interest rate is .05/12=.004166666... Each
group of 3
used a different number of digits and rounding versus truncation methods
(ie .004,.0041, .0042,.00416, .00417,.004166, .004167, .0041666, .0041667
). The group helped each other with their calculators and made sure that
they all came up with the same answer.
We compared the final answers to show that we should never round.
Tues Aug 27 Intro to the course. Begin financial mathematics
via How Do You Know? section 2.1.
index sheet. Work on
Wile E. Coyote.
As time allows, read the handouts and begin lump sum.
Thur Aug 29
Review course web pages. Web searches to find the history of
interest rates and related issues.
+history +"interest rates"
+"history of interest rates" 693 pages
+"history of interest rates" +loan +credit
FT Guide to the New Millenium
+"history of interest rates" +babylonian
Usury is Piracy
Begin lump sum
formula via compounding annually. Then compounding quarterly,
and then the general lum sum formula. Compounding monthly.
Real-life bank situation.
Past student was told that her c.d. will be
compounded monthly at 8% for 8 months, and is told that this 8% will
apply each and every month.
Let's say that she put in $1000. How much would her c.d. be worth
at the end of 8 months if
-the bank will compound 8% each and every month (ie 96% per year!)
-the bank means that 8% is the annual rate.
Which did the bank really mean?