Date: Friday, October 2, 2015
Location: Sanders Physics 206
Tea at 3:15PM
Title: Incorporating Environmental Sustainability into Math Courses
Abstract: How can we better inspire our students to study and succeed in mathematics? Victor Donnay will discuss his experiences in using issues of civic engagement, particularly environmental sustainability, as a motivator. He will present a variety of ways to incorporate issues of sustainability into math and science classes ranging from easy to adapt extensions of standard homework problems all the way to elaborate service learning projects. He will share some of the educational resources that he helped collect as chair of the planning committee for Mathematics Awareness Month 2013: the Mathematics of Sustainability, as well as his TED Ed video on Tipping Points and Climate Change. He has used these approaches in a variety of courses including Calculus, Differential Equations, Mathematical Modeling, and a Senior Seminar.