Hacking Math Class with Python

Jul 21, 2016 · Mountain View, United States of America

Note: The meeting for July is a week earlier than normal (third Thursday instead of fourth). This is to avoid traffic congestion caused by a concert scheduled for Shoreline Amphitheater on the 28th. Thanks to Peter and LinkedIn for agreeing to the change.
Speaker: Peter Farrell
Abstract
Math instruction is stuck in the 19th Century and it's in dire need of modernization. Computer programming in Python has the potential to make math class more relevant, meaningful and engaging.
Programming can not only achieve the goals we've always had for math students - to be able to think computationally and build algebraic and geometric tools to solve problems - but it can be used to explore math topics beyond the reach of traditional methods. Using Python, students can create fractals, cellular automata and 3D models to help them learn math or science topics. And it looks cool!
Anybody interested in education, math or Python should attend!
Agenda: 
• Algebra and Geometry (15 minutes)
• Calculus (10 minutes)
• Fractals (5 minutes)
• Cellular Automata (5 minutes)
• The Raspberry Pi in Education (5 minutes)

Speaker Bio
Peter Farrell was a math and computer science teacher for 13 years and collected his projects into the book Hacking Math Class: Exploring Math Through Computer Programming last year. At the recent PyCon, Guido bought a copy, saying, "There's a lot of good stuff in here."

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