Math and Society

You're invited to join us for a three day professional learning experience: 
Math and Society
Designed for educators to deepen their content knowledge in mathematics.
Mathematics is a vital piece of everyday life and it sometimes goes unseen. In this professional development, we will explore how mathematics plays a role in politics, fairness, Facebook, and popular culture.  We will explore mathematics in each of these areas and see how it is applied.
Day 1: Voting and Apportionment - The Mathematics of Politics
How does the method of voting impact the outcome of an election?  How are representatives apportioned in the U.S. House of Representatives?  We will examine the mathematics behind voting and apportionment, uncovering paradoxes and controversies that have occurred historically and others that could occur.
Day 2: From Bridges to Sales Routes to Topology
The Bridges of Konigsberg is a famous recreational mathematics problem studied by Leonhard Euler in the 18th century.  This fun problem leads to application in business and gave birth to network science.  We will explore optimization of traveling roues and other network science ideas.  We will also see how these problems led to the development of topology.
Day 3: The Math I Learned from Cartoons
Cartoons, such as The Simpsons  and Futurama, feature many mathematical concepts, often in subtle ways.  Using clips from the shows as motivation, we will investigate mathematical ideas presented and understand their historical significance.
July 11-13, 2017 from 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. 

University of Rochester  
Warner School of Education, LeChase Hall, Room 148  

Facilitated by Dave Brown, Mathematician from Ithaca College 

Designed for all teachers, administrators, and instructional coaches interested in deepening their own content knowledge in mathematics.

Professional development hours: 18 New York State CTLE endorsed 
Registration fees waived
Morning beverages provided, lunch is on your own.
Campus parking fees not included.

Tags: Center for Professional Development and Education Reform

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