In Mathematical Concepts, we talked a lot about probability. I tried to get students to understand how to figure out what the possible equally likely events were in a number of probability scenarios (coin tosses, dice throwing, card drawing, etc.). I blew one explanation near the end of Tuesday’s class and had to dismiss the class early to make up for it. We got it straightened out on Thursday, though.
This coming week, we’ll look more at the issues of coincidence, randomness, and more on analyzing outcomes. I’ll probably try to bring a bit of Computer Science in this week by explaining that computers don’t generate purely random numbers.
As for Theory of Computation, we finally began discussing regular languages and regular expressions on Friday. This week, I’ll introduce the finite state machine.
Our student learning research group met to discuss the semester-long focus group project. More on that to follow.
On Friday, I got into an email discussion (among a group of faculty) on the place of “traditional” research on our campus and its connection to quality teaching. I plan to talk more about this on the blog this week. I can’t gauge the level of controversy on campus concerning this subject, but I think it may be stronger than I first thought.
Finally, I’m trying to convince a friend of mine to do some guest-blogging here. She has some great insights into learning, especially regarding adult learners, and I think folks who read this blog would benefit from her wisdom. I also think she has a great wit, and she writes very well. She reads my blog from time to time (which is how this whole idea came up), so I’m hoping that this post will be enough to convince her to take up my offer.