A guest post by Allison Kotleba:
When most people think of basketball, they picture the tall players, the fast-paced plays, and the seemingly impossible shooting skills. However, spatiotemporal pattern recognition does not come to most people’s minds when discussing the game. In his Ted Talk titled The Math Behind Basketball’s Wildest Moves, Rajiv Maheswaran discusses the use of spatiotemporal pattern recognition in analyzing the players’ movements and using this analysis to help coaches and players create effective game strategies. This up-and-coming science aims to understand and to find patterns, meaning, and insight in all of the movement in our world today.
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In our last post, we invented a new geometry by re-scaling the inner product of the usual Euclidean plane. This modification did not change any of the angles in our geometry, in the sense that if two curves intersected in a particular Euclidean angle, then in our new geometry they still intersected in the same angle. However, distances and areas had shrunk and had done so significantly at points away from the origin. For instance, we found that the total area of the plane under our new metric was – a finite value.
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There has been an ongoing call in mathematics education for students to be engaging in problem solving and collaborative groupwork. Although, many instructors find that when they put students in groups, some students seem disengaged and we may start to worry that groupwork is not nearly as motivating or interesting to students as we might expect. A natural response at this point is to blame the student for their lack of engagement. But, as Alfie Kohn, an author who writes extensively about education and student motivation, often states, “When students are off task, our first response should be to ask: What’s the task?” Indeed, this is one of the key elements to engaging students in the mathematics classroom; we need to design a good task.
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Looking for blog content about the 2017 Joint Mathematics Meetings? Check out the JMM 2017 Blog where you can catch up on yesterday’s main events and keep up with some of the main events during the meeting. I really enjoyed reading Profession, State of since I couldn’t attend the full panel discussion but I can still hear the ideas for increasing diversity in the professions from the awesome set of panelists.
Some of the posts are done live so attendees can jump in on events while they happen. Other posts are done after the event which allows the authors to give more of an overview of everything that occurred.