One of the standard arguments for the importance of math (which you have no doubt heard) is that mathematics “is used to describe the world around us.” However, our current model of mathematics education doesn’t often lend support to this argument. When you’re sitting at home with your book, struggling with a set of abstract, repetitive exercises, it’s hard to see how this stuff is relevant to anything outside of math class itself.
Assignment (Due Wednesday, June 13th, midnight). Choose ONE of the videos below. View it carefully at least twice, then write a response as follows:
- At the top of your response, state your name and the name of the video you chose.
- Write a paragraph in which you complete each of the following sentences, explaining in your own words.
- “The main idea is…”
- “One thing that I liked is…”
- “One thing that I didn’t like is…”
- What does this video have to do with this class (if anything)? Why in the world would it appear here? Explain.
- Vi Hart, blogger and self-proclaimed mathemusician, on “Doodling in Math Class: Spirals, Fibonacci, and Being a Plant.” (alternate link)
- Hans Rosling, pioneer of data visualization, speaking on “200 Countries, 200 Years, 4 Minutes.” (alternate link)
Extra credit. Comment on someone else’s post – do you agree? Disagree? Why? Anything to add?