Parker Glynn-Adey

STLHE 2018 — Day 3 — I watched some talks! (And played with toys.)

Posted in Teaching and Learning by pgadey on 2018/06/21
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STLHE 2018 — Day 2 — We Gave the Talk!

Posted in Teaching and Learning by pgadey on 2018/06/20

We gave the talk! The slides are available here:

Start, Stop, Continue and Ticket Out of the Door: Collecting and
using student feedback to improve teaching in a large first-year math
by Xinli Wang and Parker Glynn-Adey (University of Toronto Mississauga).

It worked out great and we got lots of good feedback about feedback! Afterwards, I attended: Design Thinking as Method, Madness & Mindset by Farhad Dastur of Kwantlen Polytechnic University. We did the marshmallow tower challenge, and it was super fun. We started building early on and managed to cooperate well under pressure. Photos below the cut.

I also had a lovely chat with Diana Skzrydlo, where she outlined her work on teaching students Markov chains by having them play a simulation game. You can read a bit about it at the bottom of her teaching blog here.

Some photos from the day are below the cut.


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STLHE 2018 — Day 1 — Pre-Conference

Posted in Teaching and Learning by pgadey on 2018/06/20

Lots of great ideas today! Ahg! It was amazing. I went to a workshop on conducting SoTL research. That was the first session of the pre-conference, and it made the whole conference worth while. I am thrilled.

Some great references and guides:

Journals that are highly connected to the conference:

Some reference to track down in Toronto:

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STLHE 2018 — Day 0 — Introduction

Posted in Teaching and Learning, Uncategorized by pgadey on 2018/06/19

I am currently at Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education 2018 in Sherbrooke, QC. The plan is to post a short little video everyday of the conference to keep people updated on how things are going. Stay tuned!

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Mid-Course Survey

Posted in Uncategorized by pgadey on 2018/06/14


The mid-course survey is available here.

MAT B41 — Week 6

Posted in 2018 -- MAT B41, Lecture Notes, Uncategorized by pgadey on 2018/06/12

Term Test is this Friday. Reading week is next week!

We have a modified class schedule this week.

  • Tuesday: Taylor Series and Review.
  • Thursday: Class Survey and Work Period, everyone is invited to bring problems to practice.
  • Friday: Term Test, will be held Friday afternoon.


Term Test Policy

From the Course Syllabus, we have the following policy:

The Term Test will be written outside of regular lecture hours. If you cannot attend reasons of creed or religion, then you will must contact Parker as early as possible to arrange for an alternative sitting. If you miss the midterm test for medical reasons, you must contact Parker within 24 hours of the test.

You will need to send a UTSC Verification of Student Illness or Injury form:

Students who miss the midterm test will be asked to provide the Verification Form and a timetable for the next five days. You will be given only one opportunity to write the make-up test.

Parker scheduled to the midterm to avoid Ramadan, but he forgot about Eid Al-Fitr. If you want to celebrate Eid with your family, instead of writing the midterm at the usual time, please contact Parker immediately.

The Week after Reading Week!

Parker will be traveling to STLHE 2018 and the IBL Workshop.

Our Tuesday evening lecture will be delivered by Ivan Khatchatourian.

Our Thursday morning lecture will be delivered by Ray Grinnell.

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MAT B41 — Mock Midterm!

Posted in Uncategorized by pgadey on 2018/06/08


Mock Midterm was today in IC 130. Midterm Test next week!

MAT B41 — Week 5

Posted in 2018 -- MAT B41, Lecture Notes, Uncategorized by pgadey on 2018/06/05

Mock Midterm this Friday 12-2pm in IC 130. Midterm Test next week!

Several people asked about Question 7 off of Homework #3. The intent of the question was for f(u,v) to be undefined. This is different from the textbook, where the function f(u,v) is given explicitly. You may write \frac{\partial f}{\partial u} and \frac{\partial f}{\partial v} without knowing the function f(u,v).

Additional resources:

Suggested Exercises:

  • 3.1 Iterated Partial Derivatives: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 12, 14, 15, 16
  • 3.2 Taylor’s Theorem: 1, 2, 5, 9

Past Term Tests:

2016 Term Test:
Give the 4th degree Taylor polynomial about the origin of f(x,y) = e^{-xy} \arctan(x).

2015 Term Test:

  • Compute the 4th degree Taylor polynomial about the origin of f(x,y) = e^{y^2} \sin(x+y).
  • Find the linear approximation to the function f(x,y) = \frac{x+2}{4y-2} at the point (2,3) and use it to estimate f(2.1, 2.9).


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MAT 134 — Post-Term Test #1 Survey

Posted in 2018 -- MAT 134, Math, Uncategorized by pgadey on 2018/05/31


Thank you for filling out MAT 134 Post-Term Test #1 Survey.

Here is what Parker learned about the class!


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MAT B41 — Week 4

Posted in 2018 -- MAT B41, Lecture Notes, Uncategorized by pgadey on 2018/05/29

Homework 2 is due! Homework 3 (tex) is now available.

Midterm information:

  • Mock Term Test Friday 8 June @ 12:00-2:00 PM in IC-130
  • Real Term Test Friday 15 June @ 3:00-5:00 PM in IC-130/230

All questions regarding format, question allocation, style of test, will be addressed by the Mock Term Test. I highly recommend you attend the Mock Term Test, because it will be the perfect preparation for the Real Term Test. More information will be available early next week.

In order to prepare for the Term Test, I recommend attempting the suggested exercises.
Additional resources:

Suggested Exercises:

  • 2.3 Differentiation: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 19, 22, 24, 25 (Do as much as possible.)
  • 2.5 Properties of Derivatives: 2, 3, 6, 14, 17
  • 2.6 Gradients and Directional Derivatives: 1, 4, 6, 10, 11, 19

Past Term Tests:

2016 Term Test: Let f: \mathbb{R}^2 \rightarrow \mathbb{R} be given by f(x,y) = (x+y)/x^2.

  1. Find an equation for the tangent plane to the graph z = f(x,y) at the point (2,3,f(2,3)).
  2. Find the direction of maximum increase in f at the point (2,3). What is the rate of maximum increase?

2015 Term Test:

  1. Determine the rate of change in f(x,y) = y - x^2 + z^2 as you move from (-1,0,2) towards (2,4,2).
  2. Compute the directional derivative of f(x,y,z) = x^2y^3z^2 at the point (2,1,-1) in the direction of the upward normal for the plane 2x+y-2z = -7.


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