California Mathematics Council Community Colleges    
2017 Fall Conference

We are in the beginning of the planning stages for this year's conference, but you can get an idea of what it will be like by reading last year's Monterey conference information.

 Invitation to Exhibitors:  CMC3 welcomes all vendors who want to set up a booth to fill out the conference exhibitor form:  Invitation to Exhibit (PDF version) (Word version).  Please direct questions to Joe Conrad, our acting Vendor Rep. at


Call for Speakers:  If you are interested in speaking at the Monterey 2017 conference click here.  If you want to speak at the Spring 2017 Tahoe Recreational Math Conference click here.


Friday 2017 Keynote Speaker, Konstantin Batygin, Caltech

Planet 9 from Outer Space

At the outskirts of the solar system, beyond the orbit of Neptune, lies an expansive field of icy debris known as the Kuiper belt. The orbits of the individual asteroid-like bodies within the Kuiper belt trace out highly elongated elliptical paths, and require hundreds to thousands of years to complete a single revolution around the Sun. Although the majority of the Kuiper belt’s dynamical structure can be understood within the framework of the known eight-planet solar system, bodies with orbital periods longer than about 4,000 years exhibit a peculiar orbital alignment that eludes explanation. What sculpts this alignment and how is it preserved? In this talk, I will argue that the observed clustering of Kuiper belt orbits can be maintained by a distant, eccentric, Neptune-like planet, whose orbit lies in approximately the same plane as those of the distant Kuiper belt objects, but is anti-aligned with respect to those of the small bodies. In addition to accounting for the observed grouping of orbits, the existence of such a planet naturally explains other, seemingly unrelated dynamical features of the solar system.
Konstantin Batygin Picture

Konstantin Batygin is an Assistant Professor of Planetary Sciences and the Van Nuys Page Scholar at Caltech. He has been recognized by the 2015 Forbes list of 30 scientists under 30 who are changing the world, and has been named one of the “Brilliant 10" people of 2016 by Popular Science magazine.


We are in the beginning of the planning stages for this year's conference, but you can get an idea of what it will be like by reading last year's Monterey conference information.

The 44th Annual Fall Conference will take place on December 9-10, 2016 at the Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel and Spa.

PowerPoints and Other Materials from the Talks:

Barbara Illowsky,  Teaching or want to teach online? Mathematics support group for all!

Wade Ellis, Learning How to Learn Mathematics
     Handout 1
     Handout 2
     References and Links

Marc Frodyma, Understanding Black Holes with Calculus 1
     Handout on Coordinate Singularities
     Handout on Gravity Problems
     Handout on Derivation of Energy Equation

Andres Marti, The Impact of the Common Core Standards on Mathematics in Community Colleges

Charles Barnett, #1 Really is Number One

Jenny Freidenreich, Acceleration and STEM Pathways



Register for the Conference:  The pre-registration deadline has passed.  Please register at the conference.  Registration opens at 4:30 pm on Friday, December 9 in the lobby of the Hyatt conference center.  Note that there is a $35 late fee.


Friday Keynote Talk 2016:

Spiros Michalakis, CaltechSpiros Headshot

Mathematics 2.0

Is space and time fundamental, or are both concepts derived from powerful, yet abundant, quantum correlations underlying the very fabric of reality? We will touch upon a few examples of "mechanisms of emergence", those hidden-in-plain-sight mathematical assumptions that have the power to transform abstract mathematical spaces into highly structured
"physical" spaces, where laws of physics emerge from randomness and spacetime manifests from a shapeless, timeless and completely random vector living in a large Hilbert space. To build intuition about these quantum correlations, we will discuss the development and gameplay of Quantum Chess and see why the "quantum realm" is the best place to look for superpowers.

Spiros holds a B.Sc. in Mathematics with Computer Science from MIT, and a PhD in Applied Mathematics from UC Davis. Currently at Caltech, he splits his time between research on quantum many-body physics and outreach to the public. He has worked with Google to design qCraft, a mod introducing quantum mechanics into the popular video game, Minecraft. His collaboration with Jorge Cham, creator of PHD Comics, has produced popular animations on different aspects of quantum science, such as Quantum Information and Topological Quantum Computing. Spiros is also a science consultant for Hollywood, introducing the "quantum realm" in the superhero movie, Ant-Man. He recently convinced Stephen Hawking to play Quantum Chess against Paul Rudd in a viral video narrated by Keanu Reeves.

Saturday 2016 Keynote Talk:

Dan Meyer, Chief Academic Officer at DesmosDan Meyer

A Tale of Two Internets

There are two internets. There is the internet students use in their home lives and the internet they use in their school lives. The school internet is often dreary and the home internet is often engrossing. Students often learn more on the personal internet also. So why is the math education internet so dull and so uneducational so often? What lessons can we draw from the home internet and how can we apply them to all of our classes, and particular to developmental math?

Dan Meyer taught high school math to students who didn't like high school math. He has advocated for better math instruction on CNN, Good Morning America, Everyday With Rachel Ray, and He earned his doctorate from Stanford University in math education and is the Chief Academic Officer at Desmos where he explores the future of math, technology, and learning. He speaks internationally and was named one of Tech & Learning's 30 Leaders of the Future. He lives in Mountain View, CA.

Schedule of the Saturday 2016 Concurrent Sessions
9:00 - 10:00 am 10:30 - 11:30 am 2:30 - 3:30 pm 4:00 - 5:00 pm
Common Assessment Initiative - Status Update and Competency Mapping
Amy Beadle
Common Assessment Initiative
Open Educational Resources in California Community Colleges
Dolores Davison
Academic Senate for CCC
Assessment for a Growth Mindset: Experiences With Concept-Based Grading
Phil Smith, Gary Kersting
Teaching or want to teach online? Mathematics support group for all!
Barbara Illowsky
CCC Online Ed Initiative
Pre-Statistics: A Student Panel
Hal Huntsman
City College of San Francisco
Mathematical Reasoning and Proofs in Two Year STEM
Dean Gooch
Santa Rosa Junior College
The Impact of the Common Core Standards on Mathematics in Community Colleges
Andres Marti
Jennifer Carlin-Goldberg, Organizer
Epistemology as Learning Tool: When Do You Know Something?
Brian Palmer
Hartnell College
New Approach to Developmental Math: Success in One Semester
William Newhall
Truckee Meadows CC
Acceleration and STEM Pathways
Jenny Freidenreich
Diablo Valley College
Learning how to Learn Mathematics
Wade Ellis
West Valley College
Understanding Black Holes With Calculus I
Marc Frodyma
San Jose City College
The Higher the Hat, the Higher the Standing
Shawn Wiggins
City College of San Francisco
Deriving Kepler's Laws from Newton's Equations
Joel Siegel
Sierra College
An Investigation of Elliptic Curves
Coleman Dobson
Get Your Math Classes Into the Hands of Your Students
Michelle Musacchia
CCC Confer &3C Media Solutions
Technology is my Frienemy
Kendra Lockman
City College of San Francisco
Lights! Camera! Action!
Chris Brown
3C Media Solutions, Palomar College
Statistics: A Window to Diversity
Mahtash Esfandiari
#1 Really is Number One
Charles Barnett
Las Positas College
Derivation of Normal Distribution and Other Interesting Facts
Ronald Fischer
Evergreen Valley College

2016 Pre-Conference Workshop:  Enriching Mathematical Learning and Improving Student Success:  An Introduction to Carnegie Math Pathways,  Statway and Quantway  5:00 to 7:00 pm in the Big Sur Room- Click here for more details.

2016 Conference MiniProgram:  PDF versionWord Version


Call For Student Posters:  CMC3 welcomes community college mathematics students to participate in the student poster session for our conference.  CMC3 will give out four prizes:

* First place for general math:   $100
* Second place for general math:   $50
* First place for math history   $100
* Second place for math history:   $50

To see the past poster session winners click here.  To access the poster session proposal form, click here


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For registration information, contact Kevin Brewer: at Solano College.

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