MATH 4455 Mathematical Problem Solving
for Secondary Teachers
Prof. Dan Chambers
The primary goal of the course is to give you a deeper understanding
of various topics in secondary mathematics, using problem solving
and generalization as the tools. These topics include algebra,
trigonometry, analytic geometry, probability, enumeration,
functions, and one-variable calculus. The focus is on acquiring
depth of knowledge by working through challenging (but fun) problems
which, in almost every case, do not require mathematical ideas
beyond the topics listed above.
Academic integrity is taken seriously and University procedures will
be followed for any cases of cheating. See here for a description of
Office Hours: (543 Maloney, 2-3769) Mondays 10-11, Wednesday 2-3,
Fridays 12-1, or by appointment.
There is no textbook for this course. Notes should be taken in class
and class notes will be distributed through this website.
Here's a copy of the syllabus.
Graph Paper in case you need it.
notes, and homework assignments:
1: Dating Games Class Notes HW1 (due Wednesday,
February 1) solns
2: Reflecting on One's Problems Class Notes HW2
(due Wednesday, February 8) solns
3: Stand Up Conics Class Notes HW3 (due Monday, February
4: A Thousand Points of Light Class Notes HW4 (due
Wednesday, March 1) solns
5: Tri, Tri Again Class notes HW5 (due Wednesday,
March 15) solns
6: Thinking Globally Class Notes HW6 (due Wednesday,
March 22) solns
7: The Middle Class Class Notes HW7 (due Monday, April
3) solns midterm solutions
8: Snoitcnuf Class Notes HW8 (due Wednesday, April 12)
9: You Say You Want a Revolution Class Notes HW9 (due
Monday, May 1) solns
10: Worth the Weight Class Notes
11: Evens, Odds and Ends Class Notes