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Mondays, 4:30-7 p.m.
Dr. Danny Cline
Theory of Numbers (3) This course explores the properties of the integers and related structures through the use of various algebraic techniques, beginning with a study of the Euclidean algorithm, divisibility, primes, and congruence. Additional topics will be selected from the Chinese Remainder Theorem, Diophantine equations, residues, quadratic reciprocity, primitive roots, number-theoretic functions, continued fractions, unique factorization, algebraic integers, number fields, equations over finite fields, and other topics in Number Theory.
Tuesdays, 7-9:30 p.m.
Dr. Greg Eaton
Concepts in Earth and Environmental Science (3) Focuses on a variety of specific earth and environmental science content, concepts, and laboratory and field skills that teachers are required to address when teaching earth science at the middle and high school levels. Topics include plate tectonics, the rock cycle, Earth’s history, oceans, atmosphere, weather and climate, the solar system and universe, and land and water resource issues.
June 8-26, M-F, 1-4 p.m.
Dr. Leslie Hatfield
The Mathematics of Coding Theory (3) This course will explore the mathematics necessary for communicating information in the presence of noise. Topics will be selected from decoding algorithms, linear codes and basic vector space theory, Hamming codes, Reed Solomon codes, BCH codes, minimum weight and distance, and error detection and correction schemes.
July 13-31, M-F, 1-4 p.m.
Dr. Kevin Peterson
Math Explorations (3) This course will allow students to explore the world of mathematical problem solving, focusing on the use of computers, models, and examples to investigate problems rather than formal rigid processes to uncover a solution. Selected topics will include, but will not be limited to, number theory, probability, mathematical modeling, graph theory, fractals, real analysis, and open math problems.
June 29-July 17, M-F, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.; M-F, 1-2 p.m.
Dr. Michael Solontoi
Astronomy (3) Addresses topics in modern astronomy from the solar system to the wider universe and to ultimate cosmological questions. The emphasis is on easily observed celestial phenomena and understanding their significance, current discoveries coming from interplanetary missions and what they tell us about our own planet, and the latest discoveries and speculations in astrophysics and cosmology. Relevant course content will be adapted by students into lessons and activities suitable for public schools and other educational settings.
July 20-24, M-F, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Dr. Greg Eaton
Applied Ecology (3) Survey of general ecological principles from an evolutionary perspective, incorporating the three major levels of ecological study: ecosystem, community, and population. Special emphasis is placed on improving the laboratory and field skills of middle and high school-level biology and earth science teachers.
August 3-7, M-F, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Dr. David Perault
Applied Geography (3) Comprehensive overview of geographic principles with examples from the physical and social sciences. Technologies such as Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Global Positioning Systems (GPS) will be used to understand and demonstrate topics, with an emphasis on pedagogical approaches to applying these concepts in the classroom.
Mondays, 4:30 – 7 p.m.
Dr. Tom Nicely
Polynomials: An Exploration of Algebraic Structures (3) This course explores the basic structure of abstract algebra using polynomials as the primary examples. Topics will include basic properties of groups, rings, fields, and properties of polynomials.