A bit about me

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It is a pleasure to be teaching mathematics at Gardiner. I am a graduate from The University of Montana and was born and raised in The Northwoods of Wisconsin. I have two passions, the first being almost everything out of doors. Second, and a very close second, is learning, especially reading and studying mathematics. Indeed, my most cherished possessions are my backpacking gear and my library. The history of mathematics is messy and fraught with mistakes and disagreements. As such, making mistakes and having the freedom to navigate situations is integral to learning.

“Making mistakes is what is expected in order to learn, being wrong about math isn't wrong, but actually right only if we correct it.” Dr. David Erickson

Forget the mistaken idea that an answer in math is simply right or wrong. We are to learn to think mathematically and concentrate on the process.

“It is the story that matters not just the ending.” Paul Lockhart.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

The Algebra I class will attempt to offer a answer to the following question:

Is it possible to predict  a person's height given their shoe size?

Stay tuned for them to submit their findings.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

The Python Programmers have recently investigated code that generates the first n terms of the Fibonacci Sequence. The following discovery was also made:

If n is the nth term in the Fibonacci Sequence and n+1 is the nth plus one term, Then as n goes to infinity, the ratio of n+1/n converges to the Golden Ratio. We also found that this is the case with the Lucas Sequence.

Under current investigation is the question of what types of numbers must be our first and second term in the sequence for this surprising property to hold. That is, does always hold when the first terms are positive integers? integers in general? rationals? irrationals? transcendentals?

Ask a programmer about these questions, they are exploring some good stuff!