Humanizing Math

and Physics

On Computer Science

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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 :)

There are people with different experiences.

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Why are you talking about Math/Physics?

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@josephwilk mentioned music + math teaching

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@listrophy gave us a very didactic class earlier today

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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 contextualise 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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Techniques to humanise

Math and Physics

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Tell the story behind the equation

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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Other scientists to tell the story

  • Euler
  • Galois
  • Descartes
  • Newton
  • D'Alambert
  • Tesla
  • Faraday
  • Abel

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It's important to show we have humans behind numbers and equations

People with feelings

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Make more movies about science

Technique 2:

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This movie technique seems to have worked for Alan Turing

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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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Teach numerical methods with algorithms or data structures

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Teach statistics during UI/UX classes! 

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Technique 4

Connect Math with other areas of study, such as Music

Example: learn category theory or group theory through music theory :) 

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@ethanhein

Technique 5

'@listrophy principle' - small steps 

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Extracting benefits from applied science

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Given that you understand the principles,

you can create good and practical

solutions

Problem: How do you distribute

water?

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Bringing science to the next level

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Statistics

Electronics

NoSQL

Control Systems

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You can do these amazing connections

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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

@hannelita

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Final mentioned references:

  • Prof. Brian Cox
  • Martin Gardener - Calculus made easy
  • Robert P. Crease - the great equations

Euruko 2015 - Humanising Math and Physics

By Hanneli Tavante (hannelita)

Euruko 2015 - Humanising Math and Physics

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