Forty-Third Annual
State of Jefferson Mathematics Congress
October 3-5, 2014    Whiskeytown Lake, CA


PROGRAM

Writing a Book about Tarski by James T. Smith, San Francisco State University.

At Whiskeytown in 2007, Dr. Smith met Andrew McFarland, a lecturer at Sonoma State. Soon he began a collaboration with Andrew and his wife Joanna, that resulted in a book Alfred Tarski: Early Work in Poland—Geometry and Teaching, just published by Springer. Born in 1901 in Warsaw, Tarski became a high-school teacher and university lecturer, then relocated to the United States in 1939 and was soon the world's leading researcher in logic. In this talk Dr. Smith sketches Tarski's life in Poland and describes some of the techniques used and the surprises found through this historical research.

Mathematical Fundamentals Applied to Vehicular Motion by Martha Shott, Sonoma State University.

Being able to effectively describe the motion of cars on a freeway, at an intersection, or in a network of city streets can help us to understand how traffic problems might occur in such situations. Similarly, traffic engineers and city planners might utilize these descriptions in order to investigate the impact of expanding and/or modifying the existing traffic infrastructure. In this talk we use our intuition as well as our knowledge of pre-calculus and calculus to build a mathematical description of traffic flow. Then we discuss how our model may provide insight on traffic-related issues.

Discussion Under the Oaks—Mental Conceptions of Repeating Decimals, Rational Numbers, and Infinite Series, led by Brian Lindaman, CSU Chico.

Do your students struggle with learning infinite series? Maybe they struggle with fractions too? In this talk we discuss findings on students' conceptions in three interrelated content domains: repeating decimals, rational numbers, and infinite series. We explore assorted tasks which measure understanding in these domains, discuss results, and identify ways to improve students' understanding.


 

PARTICIPANTS

NAME AFFILIATION
Terris Becker SSU
Evan Bicher HSU
Dory Bixby SOU
Thomas Burns SOU
Jean Chan SSU
Jingzhu Chen SSU
Joe Collins SOU
Tiernan Fogarty OIT
Ben Ford SSU
Nick Franceschine SSU
Jennifer Ganeles SSU
Amandeep Gill SSU
Jeff Haag HSU
Matt Hall HSU
Michael Heidner SSU
Maddalena Heisler SSU
Jacob Holman SSU
Kyle Hultquist SOU
Caylan Kolste HSU
Kyle Kucker SSU
Austin LaComb HSU
Brian Lindamen CSUC
Rick Luttmann SSU
Phoebe Marco SSU
Ariana May SOU
Martine Miller SSU
Elaine Newman SSU
Miguel Olivares HSU
Morgan Pfeifer SOU
Gregory Reese SFSU
Spenser Rhine SOU
Carlos Sanchez HSU
Fabian Santiago SSU
Jacob Schultz SOU
Martha Shott SSU
James Slipman SSU
Sean Smith SOU
James Smith SFSU
Peter Stanek SSU
Ariel Vibrans HSU
Sarah Whitaker SSU
Scott Williams SSU
Faith Yakovleva HSU
Ken Yanosko HSU
Kemble Yates SOU
Valerie Yellam HSU
Meliha Zdionica HSU