Teaching.
I enjoy teaching. My passion for it
has not abated since I started fulltime teaching in 1985 at the University of Saskatchewan. Teaching is a great opportunity to share what I know with students. It allows me to relay to students a long long long story (the subject matter at hand!). I have no secret to teaching. My
personal approach involves essentially the following things: (1) being
involved and focused on the subject matter, (2) showing kindness and respect
to my listeners, and (3) to express things in as downtoearth language as
possible (and proceed at a modest pace). That, in a nutshell, is my teaching philosophy (not very deep, mind you!).
Learning.
Understanding is an art. Learning and listening require effort, energy, and thinking. They are not easy, especially in technical areas. That is where most of the challenge lies. One of the grand purposes of higher education is to overcome this barrier to higher enlightenment. Unfortunately, I am not aware of a formula to help deal with this, but I think what will help are a disciplined commitment, a sense of curiosity, some degree of stubbornness to learn, and the willingness to spend lots of time learning. I am reminded of James Taylor's song the Walking Man. Just keep walkin! :)
Courses Taught. Here are courses that I taught from 2001 to 2010:
Winter 2010:
MATH 201  Introduction to Complex Analysis
MATH 220  Linear Algebra
MATH 230  Linear Differential Equations and Boundary Value Problems
Fall 2009:
MATH 220  Linear Algebra
MATH 302  Theory of Metric Spaces
Winter 2009:
MATH 115  Precalculus
MATH 201  Introduction to Complex Analysis
Fall 2008:
MATH 220  Linear Algebra
MATH 321  Topology
Winter 2008:
On sabbatical
Fall 2007:
On full year sabbatical
Winter 2007:
MATH 201  Introduction to Complex Analysis
Fall 2006:
MATH 321  Topology
Winter 2006:
MATH 220  Linear Algebra
Fall 2005:
MATH 370  Geometry I. (Basic differential geometry.)
Winter 2005:
MATH 201  Introduction to Complex Analysis
MATH 220  Linear Algebra
Fall 2004:
MATH 321  Topology
Winter 2004:
MATH 152  Calculus for Nonmajors
MATH 220  Linear Algebra
Fall 2003:
MATH 100  Calculus I
Winter 2003:
MATH 152  Calculus for Nonmajors
MATH 201 Introduction to Complex Analysis
Fall 2002:
MATH 100  Calculus I
MATH 220  Linear Algebra
MATH 321  Topology
Winter 2002:
MATH 100  Calculus I
MATH 201  Introduction to Complex Analysis
MATH 321  Topology
Fall 2001:
MATH 100  Calculus I
MATH 499  Special Topics (Numerical Solutions of PDEs)
Course Websites. A long time ago, I created a websites for Math 335, Numerical Analysis I (now renumbered to 335), and Math 100, Calculus I, but now times have changed and links become obsolete.
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