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Session 6: Nature of Math

Instructor: Brian Newberry
Phone (909) 537-7630


Goal: To explore the nature of math as it relates to STEM and STEM education.





Student-Content: Readings, Discussion
Student-Instructor: Email, Discussion
Student-Student: Discussion

Media and Links

Nature of Math (Webpage)

On the Nature of Mathematics (Webpage)



Getting to Know a Mathematician Assignment (Word)

Audacity (Free/Open Source Software)

LAME' MP3 Encoder (Free/Open Source Software)

Audacity Tutorial (Quicktime)

Example MP3 Interview available here: (Webpage)

Nature of Math Assignment

1. Read the provided material on the nature of science.

2. Explore additional sources on  your own.

3. Discuss your findings with others via the BlackBoard threaded discussion.

4. Respond to instructor questions/topics on the BlackBoard threaded discussion

Getting to Know a Mathematician Assignment

The purpose of this activity is to help you meet and interact with individuals in STEM related fields. There are two options: Interview a Mathematician or Create a Biography of a Mathematician. You only have to do one of these!


1. Identify a Mathematician.
2. Arrange an interview with that person.
3. Record the interview (alternative: create transcript).

4. Post file online (eFolio or elsewhere).


1. Select a Mathematician.

2. Read multiple sources about the mathematician.

3. Write a 2-3 page biography of the mathematician.

4. Upload the biography to your eFolio.



Nature of Math

You must respond to the instructor and fellow student posts on the nature of mathematics in the BlackBoard threaded discussion.

Getting to Know a Mathematician

You must either produce a 5 minute interview (MP3 format) or typed transcript of your interview and post it online (eFolio or other). You must provide the URL to access your submission to the instructor in an email.




Nature of Math

Up to 5 points based on the quality of posts in the threaded discussion.

To be counted, a post must directly (and accurately) answer a question posted by the instructor, raise another relevant question for others to answer, add information (links etc.) related to the topic, or create a post that extends the topical conversation.

At least 2 posts must be made before Midnight on Thursday.


Getting to Know a Mathematician

Up to 5 points based on the quality of the interview including appropriateness of the questions, evidence of real engagement in the interview by the interviewee, quality of the final product.