Category: HCSSiM

AP Classes Are a Scam
I heard about the following Atlantic article from @stevenstrogatz : October 13th, AP Classes Are a Scam which I found quite interesting. I thought much the same in those years when I taught a lot of freshman Calculus. My main observations were that Most students who had taken AP Calculus in High School had to…

An Interesting Prime Number Fact, Rubik’s Cube and the Gömböc
In the summer of 2010 I traveled to Hungary for the 25th anniversary reunion of the Budapest Semesters in Mathematics program, and had the pleasure of seeing the inauguration of another study abroad program for computer science, the Aquincum Institute of Technology. The interesting part of the ceremony was a series of mathematics talks to…

Rubik’s Cube Conversation over Breakfast
If you read my previous post then you know that I’m at HCSSiM for the second half of the second half, teaching a mini on the Fundamental Theorem of Algebra. I’m very impressed with everything, from the teaching faculty to the students, and am really enjoying soaking in interesting mathematics every day. There is really…

HCSSiM 2010: Alive and Well!
I visited the Hampshire College Summer Studies in Mathematics (HCSSIM) program for the annual YP Day, and am happy to report the program is as vibrant as ever this summer. Yellow Pigs Day For those not familiar with HCSSiM lore and what YP day is, the initials YP stand for Yellow Pig, one of the…