Sorry that I wasn't able to make it to the last class. I had Anouk bring in some things that were to end the class. I have read your web contributions and I can send you your evaluations after I hand in grades next week. Just send me an e-mail and I will respond.
I hope that you liked the show Numb3rs (http://www.cbs.com/primetime/numb3rs/). It wasn't the best episode that I've seen, but it was the only one that I could get. The DVDs (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000ERVJKE/qid=1145113054/sr=8-1/ref=pd_bbs_1/002-6121838-4884811?%5Fencoding=UTF8&v=glance&n=130) haven't come out yet (they are due out in May). I went online and subscribed to Texas Instruments math education program that goes with the television show. They have lesson plans which go with every episode (usually 2-3 math exercises). I hope that it worked out.
I've liked reading your reports on the interviews that you did. They are really surprising. CNN's Money Magazine (http://money.cnn.com/magazines/moneymag/bestjobs/?cnn=yes) put out a report on the best jobs to have (considering their growth, pay, stress-levels and other factors). It would be curious to interview someone in each of these fields as to what background in math training is necessary in each and how it gets used. My estimate is that at least half of the jobs in the following list require a strong math background.
- Software Engineer
- College professor
- Financial adviser
- Physician assistant
- Human Resources Manager
- Market research analyst
- Computer IT analyst
- Real Estate Appraiser
Final note: I've really enjoyed this class and I was really happy that you all showed up every week and brought in your own experiences. The problem solving was fun, but I really enjoyed thinking about how to bring in a new math topic every week and connecting it with what I saw or read. You all did a great job on your 'show and tells' too. I'm sure you all will make great teachers.