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Why I Needed Maple to Make Cream
The dream of every math teacher is to hear their students say, "Wow, that's neat!" Maple is a delightful tool that can help you live this dream more often, even with kids who are not naturally good at math. In this presentation, you'll learn how to use Maple's amazing graphics and equation solvers to teach kids the beautiful visual connections between the topics they've already learned, to help them learn new concepts at all levels, and to give kids an appetizer for the math they will see in college.
We'll focus on applications that make learning mathematics fun. Examples include
• “Can a Square Roll?”
• “The Mathematics of Procrastination”
• "How To Avoid Being Asked To Move The Couch",
• "What If The Pythagorean Theorem Were Cubed?"
• "What Do Waves Have To Do With Triangles?"
• and, as promised in the title, “Why I Needed Maple To Make Cream Cheese Frosting”.
Attendees will receive copies of all Maple worksheets used in the presentation.
About the presenter: Dr. Jason Schattman got his Ph.D. in operations research from Rutgers University and worked at Maplesoft for four years before switching to the exciting and challenging world of high school teaching. He teaches math, computer science, and dance at Sir John A. Macdonald Secondary School in Waterloo, Canada, where he lives with his wife, three daughters, and their dog, Pythagoras.