MATC Mathematics Club
Lecture #78

Madison Area Technical College
Madison, Wisconsin


Spring 2008 Presentation #78 (Frisday, November 7, 2008)
by Professor John Coburn, Mathematics Department, St. Louis Community College

"Mining the Cubic Equation for Mathematical Gems"

Abstract: Lost in the fascinating history of the cubic equation (and the contentious debate surrounding its solution), is a treasury of mathematical gems having direct ties to the current curriculum. These connections will be explored here.Help attendees appreciate the historic events of the Renaissance period that shaped the mathematic we study today.

Biography: John Coburn is currently a professor at St. Louis Community College - Florissant Valley (20 yr). His previous teaching experience includes one year at Lyon College (Batesville, Arkansas) and two years at the University of Oklahoma as a Teaching Assistant, where he earned his M.S. degree in mathematics. Prior to that he taught three years of high school mathematics in Oklahoma City, OK. John has received numerous nominations as an Outstanding Instructor by the local Chapter of Mu Alpha Theta, and in 2004 he was voted Post-Secondary Teacher of the Year by the Mathematical Educators of Greater St. Louis (MEGSL). He is also a textbook writer, with titles in College Algebra, Precalculus, Algebra and Trig, and Trigonometry, all currently published by McGraw-Hill


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