## Humanizing Math

## and Physics

On Computer Science

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## Good Afternoon!

The first is Faraday’s law of induction, the second is Ampère’s law as amended by Maxwell to include the displacement current ∂D/∂t, the third and fourth are Gauss’ laws for the electric and magnetic fields. The displacement current term ∂D/∂t in Amp`ere’s law is essential in predicting the existence of propagating electromagnetic waves.[..]

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## The effects

Okay.

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## Hi!

- Computer Engineer
- Programming
- Electronics
- Math <3 <3
- Physics
- Lego
- Meetups
- Animals
- Coffee
- GIFs

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DISCLAIMERS

My personal opinion here

If you have ideas, comments, etc, please contact me @hannelita

This subject is wide, so I'd love to hear your thoughts :)

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There are people with different experiences.

# Why are you talking about Math/Physics?

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## Short story about my undergrad. course

Calculus I

Calculus II

Calculus III

Differential Equations I

Analytics Geometry

Startistics

Physics I

Physics II

Physics III

Physics IV

Calculus IV

Differential Equations II

Discrete Mathematics

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## Ahhhh

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## "Solve this equation"

- Why?

- Where am I going to use this?

- How this was invented?

## Some professors did not contextualize Math and Physics

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# Sometimes, this lack of context confuse us

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# Or demotivate us.

## "I hate Calculus"

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# Or 'dehumanize' us

# This feedback was *FOR ME*.

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# Techniques to humanize

## Math and Physics

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# Tell the story behind the equation

## (sometimes Professors try)

# Technique 1:

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## But not this:

"In XVI Century, the mathematician created the following structure: [..]"

## Provide a date is not 'History'

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# Tell the story of the Scientist

## They were also humans!

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## We can find in Math and Physics history:

- Family drama
- Tragical deaths
- Amazing random facts

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## Example 1: Kepler

- Catholic Church persecution
- He wrote a fictional book, Somnium, about an expedition to the moon
- He came from a really poor family and did amazing things especially because one of his friends, Tycho, gave him financial aids

## What comes to your mind when you read "Kepler"?

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## Benefits of teaching Kepler History

- Could be a bridge for teaching Renaissance history
- Teach about Inquisition persecution for those who did not agree with their laws (by that time, you should believe that the Earth was the center of the Universe)
- Show literature examples about Science Fiction!

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## Example 2: Euler

## What comes to your mind when you read "Euler"?

### (This question is tricky and controversial because he did too many things)

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## Example 2: Euler

- Show a human example of doing math even blind
- Act in many areas of math/physics and other subjects
- Mental calculations techniques

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## Benefits of teaching Euler History

- Motivate the students: 'hey, he was blind when he did this! Move on, don't give up!'
- Teach about medical issues
- Stop bullying

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# We have several examples

## Some could become movies

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# Technique 2

## Make more movies about science history

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# There should be a movie about Évariste Galois

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## Galois movie

- French History
- Math
- Rebelions
- Young math genius ignored
- Political opposition, persecution, threats
- Absolutism
- Math genius is also member of revolution
- Seduced by young woman
- Killed in a duel by the age of 20 years old
- Political Conspiracy

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## Galois movie

- Group theory!

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# It's important to show we have humans behind

## People with feelings

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# This movie technique seems to have worked for Alan Turing

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# Final part

## Applying these tips to Computer Science

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# Technique 3

## Connect Math and Physics with the main area of study

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# Example 1

## Teach numerical methods with algorithms or data structures

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# Don't forget to tell the story behind the numerical method!

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# Don't forget to tell the story behind the algorithm!

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# Teach statistics during UI/UX classes!

# Example 2

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# So students will learn to collect and analyse data from the users

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# Keep in mind: we have humans, like you and me, making science :)

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# Maybe their stories stimulate our students

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# In software development, we have been trying to unify the areas

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# We also need a better unification between Math, Physics and Technology on industry!

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# Don't waste time blaming students and professors.

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# My small contribution

### http://medium.com/@hannelita

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## Thank you :)

Questions?

hannelita@gmail.com

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Special thanks to Marcos Matos, my mentor

#### Eurucamp 2015 - Humanising Math and Physics

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