Category Archives: Rants

Elementary Statistics – Somebody Do Something, Please

The traditional college-level elementary statistics for non-majors course needs a big change.  p-value reasoning should be replaced with Bayesian models.  The class, call it Stat 101, is the only contact with data analysis methods that most college students will ever … Continue reading

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My Worries

I worry that I sometimes waste my students’ time.  I know the standard lower levels of our math curriculum have antiquated parts. I need to  devise ways of delivering this required material in a modern context. I worry that my … Continue reading

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Bang for the Faculty Buck

As part of strategic planning, we are having discussions on campus about what our (college faculty’s) work will look in twenty years. One exercise was to list the percentage of time spent among various tasks. For many of us the … Continue reading

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Non-conscious Deep Work

I enjoy visiting the Study Hacks blog.  Its author, Cal Newport, writes about organizing one’s tasks with emphasis on doing the deep work required of a college professor, in his case, proving theorems and writing papers.  His latest book is, … Continue reading

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Dusting the Book Shelves

A summer chore was to dust the book shelves in my home.  As you can see, the shelves (There are two more bays of shelves to the right.)  have an open design thus collecting their share of dust and incidentally … Continue reading

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FOIL is Verboten

My students and I have a habit of referring to the act of multiplying two binomial forms as FOILing, recalling the acronym FOIL (First, Outer, Inner, Last) for remembering the process.  My excuse for using the term  is that they use … Continue reading

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Here’s What You Don’t Get to Do

I started last Monday’s Precalculus II class with this little speech(edited). “Here’s what you don’t get to do.  When you have children, you don’t get to say, “I was bad at math.”  Because you are good at math.  You could … Continue reading

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