First Day of School!

interestingly, I wore almost the identical outfit as this guy for our first day of school :-)

I just wanted to let everyone know that I’m back, and excited for the new school year.  I took a little summer break from blogging, just like I did from teaching :-).

Today was our first day of school at Richard Montgomery High School, where I teach. (And we actually did have school today, even though we had both a 5.8 earthquake and an ‘historic’ hurricane in the last week.) So welcome back to all my current and former students!

Obligatory π Day Post

Happy π-day.

 

We had lots and lots of pie, cookies, chips, cheese balls, and other ’round’ snacks today. A fun excuse for a party :-). I showed them a powerpoint with some interesting facts about π. One of my classes even got to whoop and holler at 1:59:26.

I showed some of my classes this:

[youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nmXkDbGdD4Q&feature=player_embedded&rel=0%5D

 

And I showed one of my classes this, which was put up just today by Vi Hart (bonus: see if you can find the small error in this video):

[youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jG7vhMMXagQ&feature=player_embedded&rel=0%5D

 

I’m not sure where I stand on the whole Tau thing. I do think it helps with learning the unit circle and trig values. But I’m not convinced it makes most formulas simpler. And history is a force to be reckoned with. There is lots of mathematical notation that could use some revision, I suppose.

 

Congratulations, Ray!

In follow up to my post from Tuesday,

Congratulations to Raynell Cooper who won big last night in the final match of the Jeopardy Teen Tournament!!

From Jeopardy.com

Here’s an excerpt from the press release on the Jeopardy website, at which you can also watch a video interview with Ray:

CULVER CITY, CALIF. (March 2, 2011) — Raynell Cooper, a senior at Richard Montgomery High School from Rockville, Md., has won the “Jeopardy!” Teen Tournament, earning the $75,000 grand prize.

Regarding his win, Cooper said, “It was unreal. I honestly didn’t think I’d make it that far.” He added, “I’m so happy that all my hard work paid off.”

One of the major highlights for Cooper was seeing Alex Trebek in person. He said, “I don’t get the chance to see celebrities often, so it was pretty amazing.” He also enjoyed meeting his fellow contestants. “We all got along wonderfully. They were excellent players and incredible people.”

Cooper, 16, hopes to attend George Washington University and will use his earnings towards tuition. He also plans to buy a car and donate to charity to help underprivileged youth in his community.

In his spare time, Cooper enjoys participating in his school’s drama club. He is also captain of the academic team and student government vice president.

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Glen Whitney @ RM!

As I advertised over a month ago, Glen Whitney will be joining us on Friday, October 22 for a walking math tour of Rockville. I’m excited to hear what he has to say (and to steal all his good ideas!). If you’re a Calculus student, or if you’ve taken it, and you’re not yet signed up for the field trip, stop by my room and we’ll talk. There are currently four slots left.

Reposting some of the info:

Richard Montgomery High School will be hosting mathematician Glen Whitney on Friday, October 22. He will be doing a walking ‘math tour’ of downtown Rockville.

Glen is the executive director of the Mathematics Museum on Long Island NY. For more information about Glen, or about the math museum, here’s an article about him. Or, visit the math museum’s website.

And here’s the article that’s on the RM website.

 

Glen Whitney Speaking at RM

Richard Montgomery High School will be hosting mathematician Glen Whitney on Friday, October 22. I’ll say more about it as the date approaches, but I thought I’d advertise early. He will be doing a walking ‘math tour’ of downtown Rockville. Some of our higher-level math students will be invited (students in Calculus or those who have taken it). I’m really looking forward to his talk!

Glen is the executive director of the Mathematics Museum on Long Island NY. For more information about Glen, or about the math museum, here’s an article about him. Or, visit the math museum’s website.

Here’s the article that’s on the RM website:

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