Spring 2019 Spring Conference

Friday, March 1

6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.: Social, reception, nacho bar

Saturday, March 2

7:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.: Breakfast
8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.: Registration
9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.: Breakout session
10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.: Breakout session
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.: Lunch
12:45 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.: Business Meeting
1:15 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.: Keynote Speaker: Dr. Daphne Liu
2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.: Breakout session

Keynote Presentation

Speaker: Dr. Daphne Liu

Title: How to get students excited about Mathematics

Abstract: In this talk, Dr. Liu will share how to make abstract Mathematics relatable through storytelling and showcasing the beauty of Mathematics. Also, she will introduce applications of graph theory to our daily life as well as some fun coloring games.

Speaker Profile: Dr. Liu is a graph theorist with a passion for both teaching and research. Her research interests include several types of graph coloring problems and their applications. She is the 2018 Cal State LA President’s Distinguished Professor, and the recipient of the 2015 MAA (Mathematical Association of America) Distinguished Teaching Award of the SoCal-Nevada Section. Currently, she is the principal investigator (PI) of a National Science Foundation research grant and a Co-PI of the NASA Direct STEM program at Cal State LA.
Photo by Cal State LA

Breakout Session Presentations

Statistics: Insights for Teaching
Speaker: Barry Monk
Abstract: This presentation focuses on effective strategies for teaching Statistics. Topics include dealing with underprepared students, pre- and co-requisites, course materials, active learning ideas, and important take-away’s for students.

Pascal's Triangle - Blaise-ing a Trail of Mathematics
Speaker: Eddie Tchertchian
Abstract: Everyone can name their favorite math pattern (or two) found inside Pascal's Triangle. While many of these can be examined (and will be during the talk), the history and beauty of Blaise Pascal's creation is the missing link to many more math results which we will explore.

Infinity Categories and Mirror Symmetry
Speaker: Coleman Dobson
Abstract: We upgrade Grothendieck's classical language of derived categories by including higher morphisms between morphisms and investigate invertible higher morphisms in Lurie's (infinity, 1) categories. We functorize singular homology, build a groupoid which forgets all higher homotopy groups, and use sheaf theory in the 'derived' sense. We then study the exciting applications ranging from geometric representation theory, factorization homology, and mirror symmetry.

AB 705 Panel
Panelists: David Beydler (Mt. SAC, moderator), Michael Davis (Glendale College), Mark Greenhalgh (Fullerton College), Sab Matsumoto (College of the Canyons), Bob Prior (Norco College)
Abstract: Results from a CMC^3-South AB 705 survey will be presented. Panelists will describe how their colleges are responding to AB 705.

Algebraic Optimization
Speaker: Albert Natian
Abstract: How can we solve certain non-trivial optimization problems without the use of calculus? Will present a handful of tough but interesting and informative (i.e., teachable) maximization/minimization problems and solve them by the sheer force of algebra!

How to Solve Cubic and Quartic Equations and Why We Don’t Teach It Our Students
Speaker: Ashot Djrbashian
Abstract: In thin presentation we give a detailed description of the process of solving algebraic equations of third and fourth degree and derive the formulas. After demonstrating the use of these formulas for solutions of specific equations we explain why this method is not effective and why we don’t teach it

Desmos: Activities to Promote Mathematics Engagement
Speaker: Catherine Walker
Abstract: Learn how to use Desmos for powerful classroom demonstrations, create interactive student investigations, and even make games that encourage students to discuss math concepts. Participants will benefit from hands-on experience so please bring a computer or tablet so that you can play along!

Are Bad Habits Hindering Your Classroom Presentations?
Speaker: Alan Tussy
Abstract: We all want to be outstanding instructors. But sometimes, bad habits get in the way. Come and see some common classroom blunders that teachers unknowingly make and ask yourself "Do I do that?" If so, not to worry; instructional remedies will be presented.

AB 705 Discussion
Moderator: David Beydler
Abstract: This breakout session will be an open-forum discussion of issues related to AB 705.

Intuition Busters!
Speaker: Albert Natian
Abstract: Will present a few probability problems that trump our intuitions. For example, it's possible to have three uncommon dice A, B, C such that probabilistically A beats B, B beats C and C beats A, countering our commonsense expectation of transitivity in most other similar experiences. Also will present probability-based strategy problems that defy our naive intuitions.

Obstacles to Opportunities
Speaker: John Simanyi
Abstract: Many students struggle transitioning to calculus. We can improve their learning arc by utilizing some discovery-based learning. In particular, we can use De Moivre’s Theorem as a gateway to Taylor series, and consider locality when graphing rational functions to understand their shape prior to reaching for calculus tools.

AB 705: Designing an Effective Corequisite Program
Speaker: Jay Lehmann
Abstract: College of San Mateo offers corequisite intermediate algebra, prestatistics, and statistics. It will add corequisite trignonometry, precalculus, and applied calculus Fall 2019. Come hear about this program, which includes embedded counselors, embedded tutors, faculty training, affective-domain activities, and math activities that challenge and engage students, no matter what their ability.

Searching for the Goldilocks Zone: How much structure is “just right” for major projects?
Speaker: Eric Matsuoka
Abstract: Completely open-ended projects provide opportunities for student learning but can be intimidating, especially to new students. Imposing some structure can help such students get started but as we at Leeward CC found in our Intro. Stats and Survey of Mathematics courses, dictating too much structure can be counterproductive overall.

Mathematical Induction for Discrete Mathematics
Speaker: Stephen Rostoker
Abstract: Mathematical Induction may be one of the first types of proofs a student is taught in a Discrete Mathematics course. My presentation would demonstrate Mathematical Induction in a variety of situations. Examples would be shown for summation formulas, Inequalities, divisibility propositions, trigonometric identity and the Binet formula for Fibonacci Numbers.

An Elementary Mathematics of Naive Black Holes
Speaker: Albert Natian
Abstract: Using basic concepts of Classical Mechanics it's possible to derive a naive characterization of black holes that 'agree' in part with the results obtained in the relativistic treatment of black holes.

Sharpen Your Teaching by Sharing Ideas: How to Start a Community of Practice
Speaker: Paula Young and Lisa Morales
Abstract: The math faculty at Mt. San Antonio College reflected on our teaching, shared our ideas, and picked up new strategies to use in our classroom at our Winter 2019 Community of Practice. We will share take aways and provide how and why you should start one at your school.

From Polar to Spherical Coordinates
Speaker: Tuyetdong Phan-Yamada
Abstract: This talk will explore some pretty polar curves. From there, we will discover several interesting cases of 3D objects in spherical coordinates. Attendees will be given some animated apps to take home.

Reading to Learn, Writing to Think
Speaker: Wade Ellis
Abstract: The content of mathematics courses, especially developmental mathematics courses, at the community college level can be mastered by most students if we believe they can succeed, set high expectations, and provide them with learning skills. Reading and writing are key learning skills math students can master.

Take a Break from AB 705: Let's Do World Cup Mathematics!
Speaker: Saburo Matsumoto
Abstract: Tired of AB 705? Great. Let’s have some fun. Let’s talk soccer. In the Group Phase of the World Cup, each team plays three other teams to earn points. How many wins or points are necessary to advance? This question leads to some exciting explorations in finite mathematics.

Last updated March 29, 2019