Friday, June 15, 2018

MAT225 Multivariable Calculus Getting Everything Organized! (SSII 2018 - WEEK00)

MAT225 Multivariable Calculus
Getting Everything Organized!
(SSII 2018 - WEEK00)

What About Elementary Calculus?

Welcome to my Summer Session II (July) MAT225 Multivariable Calculus aka Calc III class at Nassau Community College! I'm devoting the month of June to getting organized to teach this class. This is a bear of a course to teach in 5 weeks, so we have to get ready!

To that end, I just wrote my syllabus and set up my Edmodo page for this course and sent a mass email to all my students with the Edmodo class code. 

What about Elementary Calculus? Well, I find that students taking this course tend to be a little rusty on concepts from Calculus I & Calculus II especially if they took those courses a while ago. Since Calculus III extends many concepts from Elementary Calculus (MAT122+MAT123 or AP Calclus AB+BC) to higher dimensions, I suppose that a little review is in order. So, at least for the first week or two, we will start each class with a short review of an important topic from Elementary Calculus (Limits & The Difference Quotient, Product Rule and Quotient Rule, Chain Rule, etc).

We will meet for 3 hours per night, 4 nights per week for 5 weeks straight from Monday 7/2/2018 to Thursday 8/2/2018. The first week is different in that we are off Wednesday for The 4th Of July. So, that week will have a Friday class meeting instead. The first 3 days of each week will be devoted to new material. The fourth day will be reserved for review and testing.

What follows is a summary of the first few posts I sent to my students on Edmodo:


FIRST CLASS MEETING
2018.0702 Dot & Cross Product
SECTION: 13.1-13.4 Vectors
HWK: Watch our SCREENCAST 101 
HWK: Read Each Section Listed Above
HWK: Do Exercises For Each Section - m10



FYI #1) Please make sure to download, print and fill out the attached form before class so you can hand it in first thing during class on 7/2!

FYI #2) TI83/84 are fine for Elementary Calculus but we need more powerful tech: 3D Grapher and Computer Algebra System. I've used graphing calculators such as the TI89/92 line as well as the TI nSpire CX CAS but even these devices are limited. So, we will primarily be using SageCell in class.
(Ti84C)

FYI #3) Since we will be using SageCell in class, I encourage you to bring a WiFi enabled Laptop or Tablet to follow along. Make sure you know how to login to Student WiFi at NCC.
(SAGE Banner)

FYI #4) You may use the graphing calculator of your choice for basic calculations (algebra, trigonometry, preCalculus, Elementary Calculus) but you will want to use SageCell for Multivariable Calculus. SageCell is based on FLOSS. So I use FLOSS every day, do you? FLOSS stands for Free Linux Open Source Software. Paramount among these software packages is Python. We will be learning Math Pythonically! SageCell is free to use online so you can access it in class and at home. There's a commercial version of SAGE called CoCalc if you prefer, but it costs $5 per month per user....
(Sample SageCell)

FYI #5) I will record ScreenCasts in class using MP4 format whenever I cover a new topic. I will also be saving notes from class in PDF format. Please check here after each class so I can share these materials with you. I use Edmodo, YouTube and BlogSpot to share stuff from class.
(Screencast-O-Matic)

FYI #6) Our room, B218, is a large lecture hall that spans 2 stories of the B Cluster. The A/C is pumped in from the roof of the building and is very strong. Cool air tends to pool in the lower level of the room, please dress warmly.
(Kindle Fire HDX Tablet)

FYI #7) So, if I'm not using the MarkerBoards/WhiteBoards in B218, we'll need an IWB (Interactive WhiteBoard aka SmartBoard), right? Nope, we don't have a SmartBoard, but I will mirror (with TeamViewer or SplashTop app) my PC Desktop to my NotePro 12.2 and write on my Tablet as if it were a SmartBoard! 
(My Desktop - B218 Front)

FYI #8) B218 also has a PC Media Center/Podium with multiple PC Projectors and HDTVs so you can see everything I do on my PC. I will be doing everything on my PC so you won't miss a thing if you sit in the upper level or if you miss class (aka on the ScreenCast).
(Your View - B218 Rear)

I got you covered!
Hope that was helpful!
See You in July!

RECOMMENDED AP CALCULUS REVIEW:
CRIB SHEET (not given during exam) 
REVIEW BARRONS BOOK 
REVIEW BARRONS ONLINE 
REVIEW DELTAMATH AB CALC FLASH CARDS
REVIEW APCENTRAL (lastest BC FRQs)
REVIEW APCENTRAL (older AB FRQs)
REVIEW APCENTRAL (older BC FRQs)
REVIEW EDX MOOC01 
REVIEW EDX MOOC02 
REVIEW COURSERA MOOC03


XTRA CREDIT FILKS RUBRIC:
1) Use a recognizable tune.
2) Karaoke the whole song, 
2) changing up the words (STEM).
3) You are in the whole video,
3) Singing, Dancing or Playing an instrument.
4) You upload your video to YouTube,
4) providing me with the url.
5) YouTube Description includes the lyrics.

XTRA CREDIT UP T0 5 ARTICLES RUBRIC:
1) Cover Sheet is a Summary of the article.
2) Full Page, 12 pt Font, 
2) Double Spaced, 1" Margins.
3) Article has to be STEM related
4) Article has to be a current event.
5) Copy of entire article is attached.

Well, that's all folks!
Teaching with Technology, 

Monday, June 11, 2018

Calculus 2017-2018: AP Final Projects! (June)

Calculus 2017-2018:
AP Final Projects!
(June)

BYE, BYE AP Calc BC Period07

I HOPE YOU HAD A GREAT YEAR IN MY CLASS, 
I HOPE YOU LEARNED A LOT THIS YEAR WITH ME, 
I HOPE YOU HAVE A GREAT YEAR NEXT YEAR, AND 
I HOPE YOU HAVE A GREAT SUMMER!

Review All Of Calculus AB In 20 Minutes?


Every Monday we have a MCQ Monday Mock exam and review it during the week. Every Friday we have a FRQ Friday Mock exam and go over it the following week. We've been doing this forever and we're going a little cuckoo! Don't worry, the AP exam will be here before you know it!


1st YouTube Wednesday: Symphony?


March YouTube Wednesdays

RECOMMENDED AP CALCULUS BC REVIEW:
CRIB SHEET (not given during exam) 
REVIEW BARRONS BOOK 
REVIEW BARRONS ONLINE 

REVIEW DELTAMATH AB CALC FLASH CARDS
REVIEW APCENTRAL (lastest BC FRQs)

REVIEW APCENTRAL (older AB FRQs)
REVIEW APCENTRAL (older BC FRQs)
REVIEW EDX MOOC01 
REVIEW EDX MOOC02 
REVIEW COURSERA MOOC03 

XTRA CREDIT FILKS RUBRIC:
1) Use a recognizable tune.
2) Karaoke the whole song, 
2) changing up the words (STEM).
3) You are in the whole video,
3) Singing, Dancing or Playing an instrument.
4) You upload your video to YouTube,
4) providing me with the url.
5) YouTube Description includes the lyrics.

XTRA CREDIT ARTICLES RUBRIC:
1) Cover Sheet is a Summary of the article.
2) Full Page, 12 pt Font, 
2) Double Spaced, 1" Margins.
3) Article has to be STEM related
4) Article has to be a current event.
5) Copy of entire article is attached.

Well, that's all folks!
Teaching with Technology, 

Computer Science 2017-2018: Final Project! (June)

Computer Science 2017-2018:
Final Project!
(June)

BYE, BYE AP CompSci Period06!

I HOPE YOU HAD A GREAT YEAR IN MY CLASS, 
I HOPE YOU LEARNED A LOT THIS YEAR WITH ME, 
I HOPE YOU HAVE A GREAT YEAR NEXT YEAR, AND 
I HOPE YOU HAVE A GREAT SUMMER!

Review All Of APCS In 60 Minutes!


Every Monday we have a MCQ Monday Mock exam and review it during the week. Every Friday we have a FRQ Friday Mock exam and go over it the following week. We've been doing this forever and we're going a little cuckoo! Don't worry, the AP exam will be here before you know it!


1st YouTube Wednesday: Symphony?


March YouTube Wednesdays

RECOMMENDED AP COMPSCI REVIEW:

CRIB SHEET (given during exam)
REVIEW BARRONS BOOK 
REVIEW BARRONS ONLINE 
REVIEW APCENTRAL (past FRQs)
REVIEW EDX REVIEW MOOC01 
REVIEW UDEMY REVIEW MOOC02 
REVIEW CODING_BAT 
REVIEW PRACTICE_IT 
REVIEW DELTAMATH 

XTRA CREDIT FILKS RUBRIC:
1) Use a recognizable tune.
2) Karaoke the entire song changing up the words (STEM).
3) You are Singing, Dancing or Playing an instrument.
4) You upload your video to YouTube and provide me with the url.
5) YouTube Description includes the lyrics.

XTRA CREDIT ARTICLES RUBRIC:
1) Cover Sheet is a Summary of the article.
2) Full Page, 12 pt Font, Double Spaced, 1" Margins.
3) Article has to be STEM related
4) Article has to be a current event.
5) Copy of entire article is attached.

Well, that's all folks!
Teaching with Technology, 

preCalculus 2017-2018: Final Review & Finals! (June)

preCalculus 2017-2018:
Final Review & Finals! 
(June)

BYE, BYE PRECALC PERIOD01!
BYE, BYE PRECALC PERIOD03!
BYE, BYE PRECALC PERIOD09!


I HOPE YOU HAD A GREAT YEAR IN MY CLASS, 
I HOPE YOU LEARNED A LOT THIS YEAR WITH ME, 
I HOPE YOU HAVE A GREAT YEAR NEXT YEAR, AND 
I HOPE YOU HAVE A GREAT SUMMER!


Intro Calculus Units 2-3-5 ScreenCasts





1st YouTube Wednesday: Symphony?



March YouTube Wednesdays


XTRA CREDIT FILKS RUBRIC:
1) Use a recognizable tune.
2) Karaoke the entire song changing up the words (STEM).
3) You are Singing, Dancing or Playing an instrument.
4) You upload your video to YouTube and provide the url.
5) YouTube Description includes the lyrics.

XTRA CREDIT ARTICLES RUBRIC:
1) Cover Sheet is a Summary of the article.
2) Full Page, 12 pt Font, Double Spaced, 1" Margins.
3) Article has to be STEM related
4) Article has to be a current event.
5) Copy of entire article is attached.

Well, that's all folks!
Teaching with Technology, 

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

CIS(theta), 2017-2018 June Meeting: Maker Space?

CIS(theta), 2017-2018 
June MeetingMaker Space?
June Update
We're still is a bit of a holding pattern, I'm afraid. We did everything we can do without any new hardware (see below). So, let's see if next month we finally get a delivery from BOCES? If not, our last meeting will be just for handing out binary graduation cords to my Seniors for the National Computer Science Honor Society! 


March Post
Before we can continue with our openMPI project, we need a Linux Cluster! We used to have a classroom full of quad-core Linux boxes where we could setup a 100-core 50 GFLOP/s cluster for free! Now we only have Windows boxes, what to do? So, instead of going with Big Iron, maybe we should switch gears and try building our very own Little Fe Linux Cluster out of Raspberry PI 3.0 single board computers? As I type, we are looking into funding for a project similar to the one you see in the YouTube clip above. Maker Space, here we come!

March CIS(theta) Update: 
We are still waiting for funding from BOCES for our RPI project. So, this month we just burned 25 Fedora Game Spin 27 DVDs and had a BZFlag Game Day right before Easter Break!

Donorschoose Update: 
We got 4 codrones funded in just 27 days! Thanx to all my generous donors! Our latest Donorschoose campaign raised money for 2 codrones in just 7 days! Our first Donorschoose campaign took 20 days. These codrones will be used in our final project in AP CompSci after AP Exams. 

March Homework!
In the meantime, you can download the BCCD ISO file and burn your own bootable CD. BCCD stands for Bootable Cluster CD. Don't worry if your first burn doesn't boot. You can use that CD as a "Linux Coaster" for your favorite beverage the next time you play on SteamOS. If you can make this work at home, try to run GalaxSee HPC Module from the BCCD documentation page.


Also, here's our fourth reading assignment. BTW, I was an editor on this book. That's why I recommend it. It's all about setting up and programming a Linux Cluster aka Super Computer with COWS (Commodity Off-the-shelf Work Stations = ordinary PCs). What's unique about this book is that it uses Java for all its coding samples making it an easy read for anyone who has taken AP CompSci!

NEW DECOR (Display Case):
Featuring ChromeCast & Processing!


NEW DECOR (Room 429):
Featuring Tapestry from RedBubble!

So, what's all this good for aside from making Fractal Zoom or Shrek Movies?
SETI Search
Econometrics
Bioinformatics
Protein Folding
Beal Conjecture
Scientific Computing
Computational Physics
Mersenne Prime Search
Computational Chemistry
Computational Astronomy
Computer Aided Design (CAD)
Computer Algebra Systems (CAS)

These are but a few examples of using Computer Science to solve problems in Mathematics and the Sciences (STEAM). In fact, many of these applications fall under the heading of Cluster Programming or Super Computing. These problems typically take too long to process on a single PC, so we need a lot more horse power. Next time, maybe we'll just use Titan!

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Membership (alphabetic by first name):
CIS(theta) 2017-2018:
BrandonB(12), JoehanA(12)

CIS(theta) 2016-2017: 
DanielD(12), JevanyI(12), JuliaL(12), MichaelS(12), YaminiN(12)

CIS(theta) 2015-2016: 
BenR(11), BrandonL(12), DavidZ(12), GabeT(12), HarrisonD(11), HunterS(12), JacksonC(11), SafirT(12), TimL(12)

CIS(theta) 2014-2015: 
BryceB(12), CheyenneC(12), CliffordD(12), DanielP(12), DavidZ(12), GabeT(11), KeyhanV(11), NoelS(12), SafirT(11)

CIS(theta) 2013-2014: 
BryanS(12), CheyenneC(11), DanielG(12), HarineeN(12), RichardH(12), RyanW(12), TatianaR(12), TylerK(12)

CIS(theta) 2012-2013: 
Kyle Seipp(12)

CIS(theta) 2011-2012: 
Graham Smith(12), George Abreu(12), Kenny Krug(12), LucasEager-Leavitt(12)

CIS(theta) 2010-2011: 
David Gonzalez(12), Herbert Kwok(12), Jay Wong(12), Josh Granoff(12), Ryan Hothan(12)

CIS(theta) 2009-2010: 
Arthur Dysart(12), Devin Bramble(12), Jeremy Agostino(12), Steve Beller(12)

CIS(theta) 2008-2009: 
Marc Aldorasi(12), Mitchel Wong(12)

CIS(theta) 2007-2008: 
Chris Rai(12), Frank Kotarski(12), Nathaniel Roman(12)

CIS(theta) 1988-2007: 
A. Jorge Garcia, Gabriel Garcia, James McLurkin, Joe Bernstein, ... too many to mention here!
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Well, that's all folks!
Happy Linux Clustering, 
AJG