New Course Math for 499 (no math prerequisite)

Math 499 The Foundations of Mathematics and the Acquisition of Mathematical Knowledge Spring 2014

Why is addition commutative but its ‘inverse’ subtraction is not? Why is a equal to a÷b? b

Whyis a ÷c equalto a ×d? Whyisthisstilltrueevenifa,b,canddaren’tintegers? bd bc

What does e + π mean and how can we evaluate it? What is the difference in the meaning of the equals sign between x2 −1 = 0, x2 −1 = (x−1)(x+1), (x2 −1)/(x−1) = x+1 and √x2 = x? What does it mean for a line to be straight? Are there lines that are not straight? In Math 499 we will be addressing these questions and more!

In this class we will explore the foundations of mathematics and how we acquire and process mathematical knowledge. We will revisit K-12 mathematics from the point of view of a mathematician. We will explore the roles of metaphors, models, and definitions. We will discuss the use of symbols and see that even in mathematics their meanings are often contextual. We will compare and contrast proofs and convincing arguments and think about the roles they play in developing and understanding mathematics. We will discuss the relationship between mathematics and our physical world and how we use mathematics to understand the physical world. We will consider various algorithms common in K- 12 mathematics and discuss why and how they work. We also will read and discuss the literature on how K-12 mathematics is taught and how we learn and process that knowledge. Throughout the semester, you will also the opportunity to observe and participate in classes at AUGUSTUS HAWKINS High School. This is a new school with a modern curriculum implementing an initiative called the Algebra Project.

This class has no prerequisites. In particular, it is not necessary to have taken any college level math classes; you are only expected to know how to count (albeit fairly well!). However, students must be willing to engage with the material at a mathematically sophisticated level. There will be very little lecturing. There will be a lot of discussion, group work, and both oral and written presentations. This class will be valuable for math majors, anyone with an interest in teaching mathematics, and sociology and psychology majors interested in the science of learning.

David Crombecque

Lecturer

Mathematics Department

crombecq@usc.edu

Course offering: has a service learning component

relevant majors: mathematics, sciences, psychology, sociology,

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Let’s Get Started: CV Workshop for Juniors & Seniors

SACNAS USC

Tired of trying to translate your research experiences into a CV?  Bring your laptop with your current CV or résumé.  USC SACNAS Chapter will provide best practices and tips, then graduate students and USC staff will help you write it!  This is a working workshop!

Let’s Get Started:  CV Workshop for Juniors & Seniors

November 19, 2013

4:00 – 5:00 pm

THH 102 (Taper Hall)

Please RSVP at:  http://bit.ly/16howD1

SACNAS Careers in Research Workshop Series

New Course: MATH-499 Foundations of Mathematics and the Acquisition of Mathematical Knowledge

There is a new service learning class in the Department of Mathematics called the Foundations of Mathematics and the Acquisition of Mathematical Knowledge (flyer below).  It will meet for the first time in Spring 2014. 

The course will explore the foundations of mathematics and how we acquire and process mathematical knowledge.  The class has no prerequisites and will be valuable for math majors, anyone with an interest in teaching mathematics, and sociology and psychology majors interested in the science of learning.

For more details, please contact the instructor, David Crombecque, at crombecq@usc.edu.

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Workshops for undergrads interested in science, technology, engineering and mathematics

Thinking Ahead:  Could I be a Researcher?

A SACNAS Careers in Research Workshop

October 29, 2013

4:00 – 5:00 pm

THH 102

Sponsored by the USC SACNAS Chapter, this workshop features a panel of USC researchers explaining the importance of research in society and sharing their paths into the sciences.  This is the first of a series of professional development workshops called Careers in Research designed to expose students to research.

SACNAS, the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science, is an inclusive organization for all people and all disciplines dedicated to promoting academic excellence and mentoring students to advanced degrees in STEM fields. http://sacnas.org/   The goal of the USC SACNAS Chapter is to create a community at USC for all students in all disciplines interested in research.

Students can register at this link:

https://usccollege.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_0fBx5mv0v7bs10w

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Schlumberger Careers Information Session

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Schlumberger is looking for individuals who seek challenges, are self motivated, and have a high energy level to apply for the Petrotechnical positions. These positions are demanding jobs involving state of the art technology to optimize solutions for Exploration and Production companies. Our petrotechnical experts – Geoscientists, Petroleum Engineers, IT Specialists, Mathematicians, & Physicists – play a vital role in our success.

Info Session: Monday, October 28, 2013

Time: 6:00-8:00pm Location: SGM 101

We invite you to meet with us for an inside look to the upcoming available Petrotechnical Positions. You will have an opportunity to talk one on one with Schlumberger representatives and learn more about who we are and what we do as an Oilfield Servicing Company. Food and Beverages will be provided!

To apply, view testimonials, or additional information, visit our website:

careers.slb.com

Fall 2013 Career Fair

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The Fall 2013 Career Fair is here!  Each year, more than 400 organizations seeking to employ USC students from diverse disciplines attend our career fairs. All students are encouraged to attend and explore the wide variety of internship and full-time employment opportunities that are represented:

Thursday, September 19, 2013
10:00 am – 2:30 pm

Trousdale Parkway

Part-time, Full-Time, and Internship positions available from over 150 companies.  Log-in to connect SC for more information.

Dress to impress!  Bring your resume.

careers.usc.edu

Explore@4

Explore@4 is a series of interactive panel discussions designed to help students explore popular career paths with industry professions in an informational setting.

All Explore@4 panels take place from 4:00 – 5:30 PM (w/exception)

Fall 2013  Career Panels:

9.9 Careers in technology for Non-Techies @ Trojan Presentation Room – STU B3

9.10 Language Careers @ Trojan Presentation Room – STU B3

9.11 TIS Bulge Bracket Investment Banking Panel – @ Davidson Conference Center (7:00 – 9:00pm)

9.12 Economics and Math Careers @ Tutor Campus Center 351/352

9.24 Health Careers without an MD @ Tutor Campus Center 227

9.25 Careers for Foodies @ Trojan Presentation Room – STU B3

9.26 Consulting @ Tutor Campus Center 351/352

For more information: careers.usc.edu