Links to Resources and Other Interesting Things
I am posting these links for you to use as a resource to further your learning of the topics that we cover. Some of these links have nothing to do with math, but they are things that I find fascinating to think about or to participate in.
- In Geometry and Algebra II/Trig., I will be using Geogebra often. It is a math program that is easy to create drawings and explore properties that we discuss in class. It is very powerful software that can be used in all math classes. It is free to download or you can use it in your internet browser.
- The Khan Academy has thousands of videos covering all kinds of topics. In the Math video section of the site, search for the topics that we are covering in the Geometry, Algebra 1 and 2 sections. These videos should be used as an extra resource to help you understand the things that we are doing in class. He does a good job of explaining the ideas, and sometimes all it takes is somebody else to explain something in a different way for you to grasp a concept.
- Interactive Mathematics has some good descriptions of the material. I have only looked at some of the trig material, but they have several good applets where you can change the value in the equation and see how it changes the graph. Follow the links for Trigonometry, then look for the style of equation, you will then need to click on an answer tab inside the notes.
- 99% Invisible is a podcast about the design of things all around us and architecure that is always there but you barely notice.
- I listen to Radio Lab because it makes me think and wonder about so many different things. This is how the hosts describe their show..."Radiolab believes your ears are a portal to another world. Where sound illuminates ideas, and the boundaries blur between science, philosophy, and human experience. Big questions are investigated, tinkered with, and encouraged to grow. Bring your curiosity, and we'll feed it with possibility." Some of my favorite shows are 'Limits', 'Numbers', 'Space', and 'Stochasticity'..
- I have been racing since 2005. I have done many adventure races that have taken me to all kinds cool places and great experiences on my mountain bike, canoe and on my feet. The easiest way to describe an adventure race is that it is a triathlon except you have have to find your way through the course with a map and compass. The races I enjoyed the most were 24+ hours in length. There is nothing like canoeing a river in the middle of the night with a full moon, finishing the overnight with a 3-4 hour bike ride with the sun rising over a farm field in the middle of nowhere. The best part is the time spent with my brothers and sister pushing ourselves to our physical and mental limits while making each other laugh. If this sounds like fun, Infiterra Sports is the company that puts on most of the races in Michigan.
- Orienteering is the sport of reading a map to find your way through a course. We are lucky to have a local organization that puts on local events, Southern Michigan Orienteering Club.
- Go to Hartland Consolidated Schools site for the school calendar and any other info about the school.
- If you need to contact me, just talk to me in class and I will respond right away. Or you could email me and I will respond as soon as possible.