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This one mathematician a long time ago was sitting at his wedding feast observing the servants pour wine from these barrels that are wider in the middle. Instead of thinking about the wedding night (like anybody would), he was thinking of how to calculate the volume of this irregularly shaped wine barrel.

He then concluded about dividing the barrel into little slabs and then adding the slabs to get an approximate volume.

The rest I need not tell you

But let's see...

How about a related rates problem dealing with a guitarist and an audience? For instance, sound is traveling in a circular pattern around the guitarist at a rate of <fill in here>...?

What about finding the surface area of a guitar or skateboard? Or working the physics of a famous car chase in a movie (like

Okay, I'm probably not helping but I'll brainstorm and see if I can come up with something reasonable.

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you might like this:

http://math.sfsu.edu/goetz/Teaching/math226f03/multimedia.html

http://math.sfsu.edu/goetz/Teaching/math226f03/multimedia.html

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Originally posted by Arden1528

If there is one thing I learned in high school it's that teachers never really applied it.

Perhaps the teacher didn't, but the book almost certainly did. Check the problems that the teacher skipped, and I'm sure you'll find a ton of applications. Right now, I am teaching Calculus II out of a book called

What book are you using? Does it have applications at the end of the exercise sets? I'd be really surprised if it doesn't.

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Originally posted by Arden1528

How is you class going Tom?

My Calculus II class is going great. My College Algebra and Trigonometry class on the other hand...

A lot of it has to do with the attitude of the students. My Calc class is full of engineering majors who want to be there, and my Algebra class is full of business majors who would rather be in Marketing class.

I have a lot of questions when it comes to teaching math.

Me too! This is my first semester doing it (I taught physics for 4 years prior to this). But ask away, and if I can be of any help, I'll do what i can.

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My plan is to keep every student interested, is this impossible? I would like to introduce ways in which math is applied and show them math in work. Physics would be the best way, but is there more?

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I have considered for some time teaching a "calculus without the math" class, just teaching people about the concepts of calculus through real world examples. The class wouldn't include any of the drugery of learning the rules of integration and differentiation, or notation, which is a stumbling block for many.

It would only serve to educate people on the beauty of mathematics, and how a grasp on basic logic are all that is necessary to follow the thoughts of geniuses like Newton and Liebniz.

Any comments?

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by the way i have taught with as much enthusiasm as I could muster for over 40 years and have never succeeded in interesting every student or even in having a class where no one seriously disliked my teaching.

It is not your fault if some people refuse to get involved, but you can do your best.

the most important thing these days may be to defuse your disappointment in some students poor performance. encourage everyone. everyone learns at a different pace, and not everyone loves the subject. be thankful for those who do, as found on this website. try to help as much as possible but accept that each student limits his own learning by his interest and commitment.

even a student who disappoints you may be trying up to what he thinks is his maximum. most of them are trying to please you even if you are amazed at how little they do compared to what you would do in their place. try to appreciate it, but do not do their work for them.

even if most students prefer computation to reasoning, do not give up trying to teach reasoning, as it is more important for their intellectual growth.

even if your school district wants you mainly to increase standardized test scores keep trying to teach thinking.

take an interest in the students and they will respond by trying to take an interest in what you are trying to teach them.

good luck. you are one of the newest representatives of an ancient and honorable profession.

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Amazingly and coincedently, today I got a letter in the mail from the Dean of Mathematics of the Community College, and the dean offered me to do some tutoring and teaching. So I'm definatly not going to pass up this offer.

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