Fall 2016 - Professor Kate Poirier

Author: abdelmajid

[Abdelmajid Ihda][Maple Project]

For this project the audience would be college level calculus 1, students should have taking pr-calculus as a prerequisite, in addition students should have a pr-knowledge that consists of the table of differentials, be familiar with some deferential properties such us, the power rule, product rule, and the qotiont rule.

About the presentation, it is a lesson on how to use maple to differentiate some functions or in another word finding the first, second or third derivative of a functions that involves, fractions, square roots, trigonometry identities, exponential and natural logarithm. I think this a very important topic in calculus, students usually don’t remember the table of differentials and some of the properties of derivatives and maple is a good tool that can handle that. Finding derivatives involves a lot of formulas and a hard computations, and Maple is a great tool for that job. Maple is known for its capabilities of computing complex and sophisticated formulas which other math software fail to do like Geogebra and Desmos. Students also can use Maple to  check if a derivative of a function is correct after computing it by hand.

I don’t have any files to upload because I did everything in maple,  but I do have a hand out to hand in class.

[Abdelmajid Ihda][ Respond to Article and TED talk video ]

Firstly, let me say that both the article  and the TED TALK about substituting teachers by a computer or robots are both depressing to read and watch, they both want to end a job that got our humanity to this level of knowledge, a job that provided knowledge, ideas instructions to so many of us in so many areas in life. There is no doubt that schools and teachers have played an essential role in childhood development and learning, and I’m surprised how some people who have this vision denied that fact and undermined the role of a teacher. It is true that we have everything in one hand click, even though half of it may not be true, as we all know not everything in the internet is accurate. It is also true that the role of a teacher have changed a bet but I will not call it “facilitate”, I will rather call it effective, Because if we combine the teacher and the technology our education system will get its desired outcomes. As a result, i believe that we invented all this technology for education to be teachers friends not enemies. We invented this technology to help teachers to do their job effectively and enhance students learning, we did not invented it to destroy the ability of communication and interaction of our children and society. the vision of both the article and the video just assumed that all children will some how interested and stick with learning everything like they do in schools, from history to science. They forget that the majority of children including adults are only drawn to  social media like Facebook and YouTube and anything that is a form of texting. The speaker even mentioned it in the video, he said they found that kids mostly chatting  or downloading music.

we have to be smart and think about equipping teachers with all the technology invention rather then excluding teachers from the education system. the combination of teachers with technology will have a better outcome for the educations system but thinking about killing the human connection and interaction it is not the solution . teachers and schools are not against technology like the speaker think, instead they implement anything that technology has to offer, they even downloaded  tons of lesson plan and videos to the the internet so they can help students around the world learn and grow. and by the way, that is mentioned in the article. Teachers used  technology from enhancing the learning to proving theorems, a good example is Geogebra software, where we have a visual component to some of the theorems that proven to be true. we have used the drag test to actually show that those theorems are true. In this process the teachers showed the theory side witch is the proof in the theorem and the technology showed a visual and accurate calculation to it. this is a good example of a perfect education that consist of both teacher and the technology should be. and this is what our education needs, not a robot. I’m not just saying this because I’m going to be a teacher, I’m saying this because we don’t want to put the future of the next generations in the hand of a machine.

My opinion about being a teacher will not change, I will get my degree and go into teaching and at the same time go for my master degree then my PHD. Yes the future is unpredictable, this whole idea may be true but I will not lose interest on something that I enjoy. Over all our education needs teachers and technology like geogebra and desmos,  but not a robot.



[Abdelmajid.Ihda][Ptolemy Theorem]2

” In Euclidean Geometry, Ptolemy theorem is a relationship between the four sides and the two diagonals of a cyclic quadrilateral who’s vertices lie on a common circle”

“if the quadrilateral is given with its four vertices as follows B,C,D,E then the product of the measure of its diagonals is equal to the sum of the product of the opposite pair sides”



[Abdelmajid.Ihda][Ptolemy theorem]2

” In Euclidean geometry, Ptolemy theorem is a relationship between the four sides and the two diagonals of a cyclic quadrilateral who’s vertices lie on a common circle”

” If the quadrilateral is given with its four sides as follows B,C,D,E then the product of the measure of its diagonals equal to the sum of the product of the opposite sides pairs”




[HW#3/ Note Taking as Stenography]

This article by Jay Sterling Silver (Law professor at St Thomas University School of Law) “Note taking as stenography” from Inside Highered is about why laptops are prohibited in classrooms. The author focuses on notes taking in class by students using laptops and how that affect their learning process. The author talked about the MIT research that went against using laptops in classrooms, He said “The institute of technology finding that students-unable to resists the sirens of the internet during class performed better when laptops were not permitted in the classrooms” At first, professor Jay supports using laptops in classrooms witch is against the MIT research, he thought that laptops will accelerate the notes taking and the learning process of students. But then by experience, he found out that students don’t remember their notes, instead they just write them in their laptops.

I have picked this article because now days laptops and tablets are this current generation most used devices, and of course educators are debating weather to use them or not. Education have gone digital. Now colleges and universities are offering online courses, in addition most of the schools expect all the students to have some sort of a similar device. But the issue is it this technology is beneficial or not in the learning process and this article have a good point about that matter.

I agree with the author and the MIT research about prohibiting laptops in the classrooms, because laptops can be distraction to students. Everyone admit that laptops are effective when it comes to taking notes, they are easy to save access and reviewed, students can type almost everything the teacher say. But the problem is laptops most of the time prevent students from paying attention due to increasingly of social media. In addition, Students don’t usually think about what they type, according to the Author “My best Guess is that today students keyboard skills are sufficient to allow them to mindlessly record what’s said in the class, like a secretary too hurried taking dictation to think about what’s actually been said.”  When I first started college, I debated whether I buy a laptop so I can bring it to class and take notes. But After I asked many of my classmates, I came up to a conclusion that laptop can be a distraction in class. I know that I am on the social media most of the time like everyone else. In addition, a lot of the time when I try to type something in the computer (psychology lab in a psychology class last semester as an example) I always miss what professor says next because my mind is too busy looking and typing in the keyboard”.

So in my opinion I think that laptops can be useful in classroom only if students will work on a software like Maple Geoggebra or programing like in computer science. And right now most of the classrooms that requires that software’s have computers so I don’t think students should bring laptops to classrooms.

“project#1-[ graphs of linear functions: changing slope and y-intercepts]

Hi everyone, my topic as you can say is ” graphs of Linear functions : changing slopes and y intercepts”. I have used power point slides for presentation, Microsoft word for writing the lesson plan and Desmos (feature: lines slope intercepts) as a motivating example.

Here is the desmos link: https://www.desmos.com/calculator/qslejqmg1e

My presentation will take you in a journey starting from plotting a point, graphing a line then changing the slope and the y-intercepts in the desmos example. I will remind you about the definition of a linear function, equation of a line as a slope intercept form and then cover the steps of graphing a linear function. at the end I’m going to list the four different type of graphs of linear functions.



Hi everyone, I’m Abdelmajid, I grew up in Morocco, I came to the USA 7 years ago and since then I have always lived in NYC  .I have visited some other beautiful states but NYC is the best; it is an amazing city. I speak 4 languages: Amazigh witch is my native language, Arabic, French( studied it for 10 years in school) and English.

Math was always my favorite subject in school. and since I remember I have always been in a position where I have to teach and explain a math problem to one of my classmates. I was the math teacher In my family  during my school years in morocco( note: very bad on other subjects. mostly history). sometimes I go to visit my relatives and their kids would meet me with math problems by the the door asking me for help, and it was a good feeling. It always feels exciting when I explain a math problem to someone and that’s how I became interested in math. topics that I I love in math,  I would say all of the topics. I think classifying topics in math is a bad idea  because once a student says I hate that topic…. he will not learn it. and that is bad for us as a future graduates. I believe  that  Once you love something you love every thing about it.

About mathematics software’s I have used Maple and Matlab but not good at them. I also used a Geogebra once in a research paper last semester and I liked it, I think it is more useful. I’m hopping to learn more about theses software s and become good at them.

My plans is to get a bachelor degree, teach high school for a couple years and then go for my Master and PHD degree. Teaching college is where I want to land and hopefully do some good research.

I’m a yellow cab driver it is  a job and a hobbies in the same time because I like driving in general.   I’m very interested in movies especially action and because of that I started writing movie scripts, that allows me to practice my English writing. As you can say I’m still struggling with my English writing.  Another thing I like to do is play soccer, I loved the game since I was a kid.

One last thing, my first name is long so  you guys can called me Magid and am very excited to be with you in this class.