MATC Mathematics Club
WISMATYC Fall 2003 Meeting Page

Madison Area Technical College
Madison, Wisconsin

 

Tenth Annual WISMATYC Conference Summary

WisMATYC (the Wisconsin affiliate of AMATYC, the national American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges) is an association of math faculty and interested students from campuses of the University of Wisconsin, Wisconsin Technical Colleges, and private colleges in Wisconsin. Madison Area Technical College, hosted the Fall 2003 conference on Saturday, September 27, 2003.

A pictorial summary of the day is presented below:

8:30 9:00 Registration

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9:00 9:15 Welcoming Comments
Judy Jones, Host,
Madison Area Technical College Mathematics Department,
WisMATYC President

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9:15 10:00 A Modeling Approach Towards College Algebra
Ken Jewell, Associate Professor of Mathematics, Edgewood College; Madison, WI
Abstract: After successfully piloting a modeling real world phenomena approach to teaching college algebra, we now use this approach regularly used at Edgewood.

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10:00 10:30 Diagnosing and Handling Math Anxiety with Adults
Don Haussler, Director of Academic Success Center, UW-Sheboygan
Abstract: I will share my experiences with adults with math anxiety and how to work with them to conquer it. Specific cases will be presented.

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10:30 10:45 Break

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10:45 11:15 A Few Good Moves!
Farzan Riazati, Assistant Professor of Mathematics, UW-Fond du Lac
Abstract: Mathematics as the strongest modeling machinery does not start with numbers and does not end with calculus. We will discuss new courses with ideas from high finance, biology, and computing technology. The need is obvious, the initial steps are not so clear.

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11:15 - 12:00 If Data Could Talk: Authentic Applications Through Storytelling
Jay Lehmann, Professor of Mathematics, College of San Mateo, CA
Abstract: Hear stories of newspaper rivalries, military deception, Michael Jordan's shoes, 9/11's impact on our airlines and other events that can be told by instructors and students in the language of mathematics.

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12:00 - 1:00 Lunch

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1:00 - 1:45 The Average Distance From the Earth to the Sun: An Exact Result for the Kepler Two-Body Problem
Al Lehnen, Instructor, Madison Area Technical College
Abstract: Using Kepler's second law, the chain rule, the Weierstrass u = tan(t/2) transformation, and induction, simple polynomial results are obtained for the time averaged moments of the distance from the sun to the earth.

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1:45 - 2:15 An Alternative Way of Introducing the Solution of Exponential Equations
Andrew Gradzelewski, Ph.D. student in Math Ed; Univ of WA

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2:15 - 2:30 MATH CLUB - A Success Story
J. Sriskandarajah, Al Lehnen, and Kevin Mirus, Instructors, Madison Area Technical College

 

2:30 - 3:00 WisMATYC Business Meeting

 

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If you are interested, email Jeganathan "Sri" Sriskandarajah ( jsriskandara@madisoncollege.edu ) or contact him in room 211G.    Watch this page and the student bulletin for further announcements.


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