[Baypiggies] Baypiggies Meeting Tonight @LInkedIn - Learning Math and Science Using Python

James Nicholson nicholsonjf at gmail.com
Tue Dec 31 16:34:07 CET 2013

The video from Peter's talk is now up on our YouTube channel, and can be
found here:



On Thursday, December 19, 2013, John Wegis wrote:

> Hello Everyone,
> Our presentation tonight will be "Learning Math and Science Using Python"
> by Peter Farrell.
> *Location:*
> *LinkedIn Corporation2061 Stierlin Ct (aka Bldg 6)Room - Neon
> CarrotMountain View, CA 94043*
> *Abstract:*
> In 1980 Seymour Papert’s *Mindstorms* suggested that everything
> meaningful in math education could be done using a computer. Mathematics
> teaching has yet to take full advantage of modern technology.
> Python should be in the toolbox of every student right from the beginning
> of algebra, not only because it makes arithmetic trivial but because it can
> facilitate deeper exploration of topics ranging from algebra to calculus.
> In this presentation we’ll see how Python can be used to clarify difficult
> topics high school students are faced with in math and science.
> Unlike outdated skills like factoring polynomials, working with functions
> is more valuable than ever thanks to computers and Python in particular
> because (forgive my oversimplification) in Python “everything is a
> function.”
> High school math and physics courses also demand a knowledge of vectors,
> so more teachers should take advantage of the 3-D possibilities of Visual
> Python to model situations using vectors. It will be shown how physical
> situations otherwise involving disheartening differential equations can be
> modeled and easily solved in VPython. Furthermore, conjectures which were
> previously difficult to prove in physics can be easily created and visually
> proven by high school students with a little Python.
> *Speaker: *
> Peter Farrell has been a high school math teacher and tutor on the East
> Coast and the West Coast and even on the Equator. He’s currently a STEM
> Instructor at four Summit Charter High Schools in the Bay Area through
> Learningtech.org
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> <http://baypiggies.net/job-listings/job-listings> *
> *Meeting Schedule*
> The meeting begins @ 7:30PM.
> The main presentation will start @ 7:40 PM, after the usual announcements.
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