Editor: Sarah Carnochan Naqvi

2021 August 18                                                   ILAS-NET Message No. 2353
SUBJECT: AMS Special Session on Innovative and Effective Ways to Teach Linear Algebra

ILAS members:

You are invited to propose a talk for our AMS Special Session on Innovative and EffectiveWays to Teach Linear Algebra at the January 2022 Joint Math Meetings in Seattle. Our session will be held Saturday, January 8. It is organized by myself, along with Gil Strang, Megan Wawro and Sepideh Stewart. Each talk is 20 minutes plus time for Q&A.

The description of our session:

Linear algebra is one of the most interesting and useful areas of mathematics, because of its beautiful and multifaceted theory, as well as the enormous importance it plays in understanding and solving many real world problems. Consequently, many valuable and creative ways to teach its rich theory and its many applications are continually being developed and refined. This session will serve as a forum in which to share and discuss new or improved teaching ideas and approaches. These innovative and effective ways to teach linear algebra include, but are not necessarily limited to:

(1) hands-on, in-class demos;      
(2) effective use of technology, such as Matlab, Maple, Mathematica, Java Applets or Flash;      
(3) interesting and enlightening connections between ideas that arise in linear algebra and ideas in other mathematical branches;      
(4) interesting and compelling examples and problems involving particular ideas being taught;      
(5) comparing and contrasting visual (geometric) and more abstract (algebraic) explanations of specific ideas;      
(6) other novel and useful approaches or pedagogical tools.      

To be considered for this session, please email a description and/or a formal abstract of your talk directly to me by Monday, September 6.

David Strong
Pepperdine University
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