Critical Thinking

people-316506_640Well here I am, still waiting for my computer lab pieces to come in. I’ve been having meetings with a lot of different people who are all giving me really great ideas on how to create¬†this custom class exactly the way I want, but alas, here I am still teaching pencil to paper.

Perhaps it’s my own impatience, but my students’ questions have started to become my own, and I’m beginning to ask myself “what is the point of this.” Continue reading


Trig — Why is this cool?

If you’re reading this and you’re a mathematician you may not think this is very profound. This is just a little idea I had as I was thinking about the application of the unit circle before moving on with my students to graphing sine waves and other trig functions.

ferriswheel

Say you’re on a Ferris Wheel at the county fair, and let’s superimpose the Ferris Wheel onto the unit circle. It’s easy to know when you’re all the way at the top of the Ferris Wheel (90^\circ) and when you’re all the way at the bottom (270^\circ). Halfway is also pretty easy because it’s when you’re all the way to the sides(0^\circ and 180^\circ).

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