Category: Math Above Calculus

Max-Plus Algebras

Someone asked for a copy of my Master’s Thesis Max-Plus Algebra: Properties and Applications (written in 2002 when I was finishing my Masters in Mathematics at the University of Wyoming). I thought I would just make it generally available in case anyone else is interested. The thesis explains what max-plus algebras are, relevant theorems and definitions, and illustrates examples of how max-plus algebras could be used.  For example, you could use Max-Plus algebras to calculate the quickest traffic route or finding the bottlenecks in a production line. For the record, not one character of LaTeX was typed to write this thesis.  I typset the whole thesis using MathType and Word. Possibly Related Posts: Elaborations for Creative Thinking in STEM Learning Math is Not a Spectator Sport Recorded Webinar: Teaching Math in 2020 AMATYC Keynote Notes: Challenge and Curiosity AMATYC Keynote Notes: Interaction and...

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Mathematical Algorithms and the AlloSphere

What is “The AlloSphere” ? Watch the 7-minute TED video to see.  What you all might be interested in is what they do with the Allosphere. Ann Kuchera-Morin: We map complex mathematical algorithms that unfold in time and space visually and sonically. Our scientist colleagues are finding new patterns in the information and our engineering colleagues are making one of the largest dynamically varying computers in the world for this kind of data exploration. This reminded me of the city of Auroville , which I visited in India.  Both involve large spheres.  Both involve a strange collection of collaborators.  Only the AlloSphere is lot more high tech and focused on science instead of the human spirit. Possibly Related Posts: Financial Aid, WGU, and OIG 100 Technology Skills for Today’s Workforce Learning at Scale Slides from ICTCM Clickety Click Click: Awful Measures for Learning Why high contextual...

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Claymation Topology

These claymation videos (posted over on Division by Zero) by Dave Richeson are absolutely fantastic! First, Tying the Knot. Second, Through one hole or two? Whether you teach topology or not, you (and your students) should be able to appreciate these demonstrations. I hope there will be more coming! Possibly Related Posts: Elaborations for Creative Thinking in STEM Learning Math is Not a Spectator Sport Recorded Webinar: Teaching Math in 2020 AMATYC Keynote Notes: Challenge and Curiosity AMATYC Keynote Notes: Interaction and...

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Math of the Brown Sharpie

Before the world-wide-web, I doubt that math cartoons could seriously have been a popular or widely read endeavor.  Today, geeky cartoons have their own fan followings curtesy of the long tail.  Probably you’ve heard of xkcd and Indexed.  If you haven’t seen Brown Sharpie, you should check it out.  Here’s a couple of my favorites (since many of you are on Spring Break). Euler’s Formula on Spring Break Possibly Related Posts: Elaborations for Creative Thinking in STEM Learning Math is Not a Spectator Sport Recorded Webinar: Teaching Math in 2020 AMATYC Keynote Notes: Challenge and Curiosity AMATYC Keynote Notes: Interaction and...

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