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California Mathematics Council Community Colleges

California Mathematics Council Community Colleges

California Mathematics Council Community Colleges

Fall 2017 Conference in Monterey, Dec 8-9, 2017

The 45th Annual Fall Conference was held in Monterey on Dec 8-9, 2017 at Hyatt Regency Inn.

Friday 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 Photo

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.

Saturday Keynote Speaker: Brandy Wiegers
Math Saves the Day

How we use math to help with preventing, understanding, and assisting with disasters? In this presentation we will examine the BP Oil Spill, Oroville Dam Failure, and Hurricane Harvey using a mathematical lens. Several quantitative tools will be introduced to examine these national events and help our students better contextualize these events. The material presented can be modified to be used in classroom activities for all levels of students and will include problem solving and interactive exploration.

Brandy Wiegers Photo

Prior to her current position Dr. Wiegers spent twelve years in California including five years working at San Francisco State University as a Program Director of Outreach and Student Success. In this position Wiegers was the Director of the San Francisco Math Circle, the Co-Director of the SFSU (CM)^2 NSF GK12 program, and the Director of the Bay Area Circle for Teachers. In addition she had the opportunity to be involved with Math Circles, Bridge to Engineering Pathways (B2E), Adventures in Precalculus! and various professional development efforts. She has continued this work in various forms in Washington, having founded the Kittitas Valley Math Circle, served as Director of the CWU Math Honors program, and more. Dr. Wiegers’s presentation will bring these experiences together to provide an introduction to mathematical problem solving, outreach, and more. Learn more about Dr. Brandy at her website Dr. Brandy Wiegers or @drbrandymath.

Schedule of the Saturday Concurrent Sessions

Presentations provided can be found below.

Room/Session Session 1
9:00 am - 10:00 am
Session 2
10:30 am - 11:30 am
Session 3
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Session 4
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Regency I
General Interest
Classroom Management Practices that Don’t Hurt Our Students
Vanson Nguyen
College of Alameda
All the Things You Aren’t
Daryl Allen
Solano Community College
Flipping Your Classroom
George Woodbury
College of the Sequoias
Ellipse into a Parabola?
Joel Siegel
Sierra College
Regency II
Issues and Panels
Quantitative Reasoning - Global Numeracy, Global Change
John Thoo
Yuba College
Math is Fun
Vic Hovsepian
Rio Hondo College
Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wold
David Schroerlucke
City College of San Francisco
Jennifer Carlin-Goldberg, Organizer
Santa Rosa Junior College
Regency III
Developmental Math
English Learners in the Math Classroom
Felicia Darling
Santa Rosa Junior College
Teaching a Prestatisitcs Course: Propelling Non-STEM Students Forward
Jay Lehmann
College of San Mateo
OEI and OER for Math
Larry Green
Lake Tahoe Community College
Powerpoint First MyOpenMath Canvas Video Second MyOpenMath Canvas Video
Best Practices in Learning and Teaching Mathematics: Reading to Learn, Writing to Think
Wade Ellis
West Valley College
Regency IV
Precalculus and Above
Roads? Where We’re Going We Don’t Need Roads
Trey Cox
Chandler Gilbert Community College
Academic Math Camps Lead to Student Success
Ken Rand
Hartnell College
Make the Eigenvalue Problem Resonate With Our Students
Jeff Anderson
Foothill College
Into the Fifth Dimension: Einstein, Laluza-Klein, and Doctor Who
Roderick Thompson
City College of San Francisco
Regency V
Re-thinking Statistical Independence in the Introductory Statistics Course
Lori Maloney
Sacramento City College
Three Challenges From Probability, and I Thought It Was So Obvious
Karl K Ting
Hartnell College
Dogged by Bad Luck? Me Too
Charles S Barnett

No session

Regency VI
Get Your Math Classes Into the Hands of Your Students
Heather Schmidt
3C Media Solutions Palomar College
Advance Math Instruction with Professional Learning Network
Michelle Du Breuil
Professional Learning Network
Technology Is My Frienemy
Kendra Lockman
City College of San Francisco
No session

Other Events

MC3 Monterey Pre-Conference AB 705 Discussion, December 8, 5:00 to 6:30 pm in Regency IV-V

Led by Larry Green from Lake Tahoe Community College and Ginni May from Sacramento City College

AB 705 which was recently signed into law states, "This bill requires a community college district or college to maximize the probability that the student will enter and complete transfer-level coursework in English and mathematics within a one-year timeframe, and use, in the placement of students into English and mathematics courses in order to achieve this goal, one or more of the following: high school coursework, high school grades, and high school grade point average."

Our discussion will provide the latest information about what is required, what we know, and what we don’t know. In addition, we will share how various California Community College’s mathematics departments have implemented policies and curriculum that address this law. We welcome all CMC3 members to join us for this discussion to listen and/or to share what your college is doing.

Powerpoint Notes From Discussion AB 705 CSU Statement

Future CMC3 Conferences

Information about future conferences is available.