Vito Prosciutto: Teaching community college math on the road to a PhD.

Thursday, August 25, 2005

Moebius stripping 

Since my Möbius strip lesson was so successful last semester, I moved it to the beginning of the semester this year. Man this is fun. I love the look on students faces as they try the various experiments and see what comes out the other end. We played a bit with nets as a time killer (last semester the Möbius Strip lesson was part of a longer lecture on topology most of which I've jettisoned from the course. I'm going for depth rather than breadth and the textbook's offerings on topology didn't get much bigger than counting holes to determine the genus of a 3-d object).

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