MT455 Mathematical Problem Solving for Secondary Teachers

Spring 2014   MWF12   Fulton 235

 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 these procedures.

Office Hours: (365 Carney, 2-3769) Mondays 12-1, Wednesday 2-3, Fridays 11-12, 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.

Topics, class notes, and homework assignments:

1: Dating Games  Class Notes   HW1  (due Monday, January 27) solns

2: Reflecting on One's Problems  Class Notes  HW2  (due Wednesday, February 5) solns

3: Stand Up Conics  Class Notes  HW3  (due Monday, February 17) solns

4: A Thousand Points of Light  Class Notes  HW4  (due Monday, February 24) solns

5: Tri, Tri Again   Class notes  HW5 (due Monday, March 17) solns

6: Thinking Globally  Class Notes  Midterm (due Monday, March 24) solns

7: The Middle Class  Class Notes  HW7 (due Monday, March 31) solns

8: Snoitcnuf  Class Notes  Class Notes  HW8 (due Wednesday, April 9) solns

9: You Say You Want a Revolution  Class Notes  HW9 (due April 16) solns

10: Worth the Weight  Class Notes  HW10  (not collected) solns  Figure 3

11: Evens, Odds and Ends  Class Notes  Final exam