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Math is Alive!

This morning in assembly I gave a presentation where I talked about the lively nature of mathematics, the largest known prime number, and black holes!

Learn more:
New Biggest Prime Number = 2 to the 74 Mil … Uh, It’s Big
Gravitational Waves Detected, Confirming Einstein’s Theory
Mersenne Primes

The new largest known prime number and the number of digits it contains!
The new largest known prime number and the number of digits it contains!


US Mathematics Students of the Trimester – Fall 2015

I am excited to announce a new award, the Upper School Mathematics Students of the Trimester!


You can watch a video of the presentation right here.

Each math faculty member was free to choose whichever student of theirs they thought best exemplified what they are looking for in a model mathematics student. The official description of the award is as follows:

“Awarded to students who exemplify the math department’s core values of competence, confidence, and perseverance while helping their peers realize the relevance and importance of an exceptional mathematical education both for its beauty and for its practical application.”

The following students have been recognized as the Upper School Mathematics Students of the Trimester for Fall  2015.

Math Students of the Trimester - Fall 2015

Please join me in congratulating these outstanding mathematics students!

Eric ChenEric Chen – Eric began the trimester with trepidation. He had not been in an honors level math course until this fall and knew that he would be faced with a new level of mathematical thinking, but he was determined to make it work. He took advantage of all of his resources including the internet, extra help, and peer support from tutors in the Math Resource Center. Through his unending effort and focus, Eric had a terrifically successful trimester in this course and is set to take on the next mathematical challenge that comes his way!
Dowd,-AndrewAndrew Dowd – I did not pick Andrew for his innate mathematics ability. He would be the first to tell you he struggled quite a bit with trigonometry last fall. Nevertheless, because of his work ethic and determination he managed to learn a lot of mathematics and complete the course successfully. His understanding of algebra, geometry, and arithmetic all improved dramatically last term, and I was so pleased to see his growth both as a student and as a mathematician.
Kim,-SimonSimon Kim – Simon has been a dedicated and focused student all trimester. He is inquisitive and willing to take risks in his work. He has contributed to the class on many levels: volunteering answers, asking questions and helping his classmates.
Lawrence,-OliverOliver Lawrence – Oliver is a leader in the classroom. I can always count on him to be one of the first students to answer a question. He comes to class prepared each and every day with his homework completed and with questions that benefit everyone in the class. I am looking forward to working with him for the remainder of the year.
Nguyen,-MatthewMatthew Nguyen – As the top student in the Engineering & Robotics I class in trimester 1, Matthew brought his considerable talents in mathematics, programming and logic to every assignment he completed. His code was extremely well thought-out and was always impeccably commented. His robot, and it controlling computer program, garnered one of the top scores in our final “Labyrinth Challenge”. He is becoming a most promising computer scientist!
Pham,-KhanhKhanh Pham – Khanh’s attention, diligence, thoughtfulness, humor, and creativity in Video Game Programming made him a joy to have in class, a resource to his peers, and a very successful programmer.
Renkert,-SaraSara Renkert – Sara has had a tremendous first trimester at Williston. Always attentive in class, Sara asks insightful questions and volunteers answers daily. She brings a positive energy to class each day and she challenges herself to be her very best. Sara is a regular at extra help where she puts the finishing touches on her test and quiz preparation. Her unwavering effort has earned her the honor of being recognized as a Williston math student of the trimester. Congratulations Sara!
Schaefer,-SophiaSophia Schaefer – Sophia is a very hard working an intelligent math student. She grasps difficult concepts very quickly and is able to apply them well. She is always very diligent, and she is consistently engaged in our class-room discussions.
Sierros,-ToulaToula Sierros – Toula has worked hard everyday in class and on her homework. She participates both by helping others and by asking questions. She learns from her mistakes on quizzes and homework and keeps a positive attitude in her learning.
Spiegel,-AndrewAndrew Spiegel – Andrew is a model student in algebra II. His hard work inside and outside of class is rewarded through is hard grades and strong comprehension of the material. Andrew regularly volunteers to answer difficult questions in class, and I can always rely on his to demonstrate and explain a solution to the rest of the class. His notes and homework are thorough and reflect a wonderful attention to detail as well as a sequential and easy to follow thought-process.
Stanley,-CameronCameron Stanley – Cameron has been an active member of our class since the beginning of the year. Although she relies on a strong math background, she is driven to improve and is very persistent in her efforts to understand new ideas. She takes responsible risks in class by asking questions frequently and is eager and willing to help classmates understand concepts.
White,-MaggieMaggie White – Maggie drives class. I can count on her to push us through challenging material by making great observations, as well as to lead small groups with compassion and humility. Maggie is wonderfully focused in class, but never overly serious. She’s the kind of student that makes any group better. I very much hope that she’ll go into teaching one day!


Past students of the trimester can be found right here: Fall 2013, Winter 2014, Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Winter 2015, Spring 2015