Spring 2018 Spring Conference

Keynote Presentation

Speaker: Pat McKeague

Title: A Spiritual Side to Mathematics?

Abstract: Can the patterns and connections in mathematics strengthen our spiritual perspective? You will judge for yourself. We start with a simple sequence of numbers and end with fractals and chaos. Along the way we meet philosophers and mathematicians from Pythagoras and Fibonacci, to Pascal and Stephen Hawking.

Speaker Profile: Pat McKeague earned his BA in Mathematics from California State University, Northridge and his MS in Mathematics from Brigham Young University. He has been involved with community college mathematics for over 40 years. He has written over 20 textbooks in mathematics. Pat is very active in the mathematics community giving presentations at mathematics conference around the country. He was on the writing team for the AMATYC Beyond Crossroads project. He is the recipient of the AMATYC Presidential Award, and the AMATYC Herb Gross Lifetime Achievement Award for his service to the two-year college mathematics community. Seven years ago he started his own publishing company, XYZ Textbooks, with the goal of lowering the cost of mathematics textbooks for community college students.

Breakout Session Presentations

Creating interactive Math apps with GeoGebra
Speaker: Tuyetdong Phan-Yamada, CSU Los Angeles
Abstract: Audience will learn step-by-step to create interactive apps to use in Math class. Attendees will be given GeoGebra apps for topics from Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, Statistics and Calculus. Bring your laptop to the workshop.

Khan Academy Missions and Community College Math
Speaker: Shandy Hauk, WestEd
Abstract: Over the last two years, dozens of instructors and hundreds of their students participated in a study of the use of Khan Academy in California community college algebra classes. The presentation provides findings about what works, for whom, under what conditions through three different examples of implementation and results.

Algebraic Stacks and the Dynamics of Curves on Moduli Spaces, Maryam Mirzakhani
Speaker: Coleman Dobson, CSU Los Angeles
Abstract: We discuss the incredible work of Fields Medalist Maryam Mirzakhani, specifically her results on orbit closures on moduli spaces of curves and ergodic dynamical systems of invariant measure.

Digging for Gold: Discovering the Golden Ratio
Speaker: John Martin, Santa Rosa Junior College
Abstract: Over the years many people have ascribed mystical properties to the number known as the golden ratio. In this session, we will explore some of the legend and lore surrounding this number as well as the mathematics behind it. Careful sifting will reveal some nuggets faculty can use to enliven their own presentations in algebra and liberal arts classes.

Restructuring the Math Pipeline for Success
Speaker: Tammi Marshall, Cuyamaca College
Abstract: Cuyamaca College’s Math Department went “all in,” replacing traditional remediation with concurrent support at the transfer-level. The outcome? 67% of under-prepared students complete transfer-level math in a year, compared to 10% the previous year, with substantial improvements across demographic groups. Come hear more about the Cuyamaca Math Pathways Program.

Becoming AB705 Compliant
Speakers: Tammi Marshall, Cuyamaca College and Kathy Kubo, College of the Canyons
Abstract: What does AB705 require of us? In this session we will review AB705, discuss guidelines from the state Chancellor’s Office, examine MMAP research into AB705-compliant placement rules, and share corequisite models that support students to succeed in an AB705 world.

CCC TechConnect and Student Success
Speakers: Tiffiny Hickey, Palomar College/CCC TechConnect
Abstract: CCC TechConnect will give a presentation on the 3C Media Solutions’ LTI and how it integrates media services within Canvas. Discover how to enable and access web conferencing in individual courses or enterprise via ConferZoom’s LTI. Discussion on how both LTIs were developed will be covered as well as a demonstration of some of the features and benefits the integrations offer, how some system-wide campuses are using and reacting to the LTIs, and how they are contributing to support student success.

Photomath: Friend or Foe?
Speakers: Gale Bach, Santa Rosa Junior College and John Martin, Santa Rosa Junior College
Abstract: The free app Photomath can solve many textbook problems and its latest version can also recognize handwriting. The app not only gives an answer, but it also shows the steps in the solution process. Your students know about Photomath, do you? Join us for a lively discussion on the pros and cons.

Pascal's Matrix in Zn
Speaker: Tuyetdong Phan-Yamada, CSU Los Angeles
Abstract: This talk presents a paper scheduled to be published by AMATYC. We will explore several patterns in matrices in Zn populated using the rule of Pascal’s triangle. We will discuss the patterns in Zp, Zp^2 and Zpq for some prime numbers p and q. Color coding these matrices generates some interesting patterns.

Comparison of K-12 Math in U. S. and Other Regions with Potential Impact
Speakers: Shane Tang, Salt Lake Community College with Chris L. Yuen, University at Buffalo, Myrta Groeneveld, Manchester Community College and Oiyin Pauline Chow, Central Pennsylvania’s Community College
Abstract: Presenters will share research on U. S. K-12 math curriculum and assessment versus other regions: Hong Kong, Singapore, Puerto Rico, Canada, Finland, and Australia. They will showcase potential pedagogical advantages, highlight cultural differences, and raise awareness about teaching practices. Participants will be engaged in solving sample problems, discussion, and making recommendations.

Active Learning: Success, Retention and Engagement Onsite and Online
Speaker: Fred Feldon, Coastline Community College
Abstract: The lecture environment and online homework systems fail to capture the reasoning and higher-level thinking skills students can bring to quantitative problems. Regular and substantive interaction, collaboration, productive struggle, and non-routine questions that stimulate discussion lead to deeper understanding of concepts, applicability, and support of students’ affective needs.

Pre-Stats: What Does It Mean To You?
Speaker: Dave Sobecki, Miami University Hamilton
Abstract: What constitutes a pre-stats course? Should we be focusing strictly on background skills? Or should we cover many statistical topics at a basic level, preparing students for higher-level analysis of data? I’d like to carry on an active discussion with attendees about what a good pre-stats course should look like.

Flip + Tutoring + Facebook = Success
Speakers: Eddie Tchertchian and Bob Martinez, LA Pierce College
Abstract: Presenters have used active learning strategies - doing a 100% class flip/partial class flip, recording videos for courses, using Facebook, and working directly with the tutoring center. Outcomes would be to get participants interested in trying out these active learning techniques after seeing their success and ease of use.

Mathematics & Musical Tuning
Speaker: Michael Behrens, California State University, Los Angeles
Abstract: An exploration of the mathematics behind various musical tuning systems, from the Pythagoreans to our modern system of Equal Temperament.

Ready to Go OER Template Courses for Everyone
Speakers: Roy Shahbazian, Santa Ana College and Jessica Kuang, Oxnard College
Abstract: Like the idea of OER courses, but don't know where to start or overwhelmed by the potential workload of creating an OER course from scratch? See what template courses are currently available and how to use them. Hear an update on the work of Math faculty from several California Colleges working on OER template courses for Elementary Algebra, Intermediate Algebra, College Algebra, Trigonometry, Calculus, Linear Algebra and Differential Equations with financial support from the State Chancellor's office.

The Derivative from Fermat to Caratheodory
Speaker: Heydar Zahedani, CSU San Marcos
Abstract: Historical development of the concept of the derivative from Fermat to Weierstrass and Caratheodory’s formulation of the derivative will be presented: the function f that is defined on an interval U is differentiable at a point a in U if there is a function Q that is continuous at x=a and f(x)-f(a)=Q(x)(x-a) for all x in U.

Developing Mathematical Mindsets - Mathematics for Elementary School Teachers
Speakers: Marty Romero and Jennifer Giddings-Aggleton, Santa Ana College
Abstract: This workshop provides specific classroom examples used to help future teachers develop productive mathematical dispositions, think flexibly with mathematics, and think deeply about what it means to do and teach mathematics. Projects, number talk activities, games, and extended problem solving tasks will be shared.

The Caliri Circles
Speaker: David Caliri, Los Angeles City College
Abstract: The unit circle can be redone and exalted to such an echelon that it is analogous to the central role that the periodic table plays in chemistry. This session presents the unit circle through many mathematical perspectives by a series of circles in generalized geometries subjected to various divisions.

Last updated February 26, 2018