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  1. Biking into Trees with SIMIODE T-shirt

    We have news from SIMIODE member, Tim Pennings. He  is the author of a way cool article,  “Do dogs know calculus?” about his little dog Elvis which was published in the College Mathematics Journal in 2003 (34(3): 178-182). Here is the abstract, “In all calculus books...

  2. Math Insight - A Place To Be

    Probably like many of you, we wander around the Internet looking for good things mathematically and pedagogically. Once in a while we stumble across a real gem and Math Insight is such a gem. The group describes itself  this way, "The Math Insight web site contains both narrative...

  3. Checking out what is on the other side of the fence

    As I wander the  internet looking for colleagues who are doing modeling in differential equations I stumble upon lots, I mean lots, of peripheral or related materials. One type of material is what I would call review material or prep materials for cognate courses. Often, these are notes on...

  4. School starts

    After teaching mathematics from 1964 onward at various colleges, universities, and academies there is an acquired biorhythm that is hard to suppress once the required ritual of school starts ends. However, it is not a biorhythm I wish to suppress. Rather I like the feeling, but without the...

  5. Wave of the future and it is good for mathematics

    I was working in the food court area tonight at MAA MathFest in Columbus OH and the huge area was silent. No doubt because others were not redoing their presentations for tomorrow as I was, but rather were out enjoying Columbus with mathematics friends.  Suddenly from the various entries...

  6. What babies know about physics

    In an Opinion piece, entitled,  What Babies Know About Physics and Foreign Languages, in the New York Times Sunday Review, 30 July 2016, Alison Gopnik  writes “It’s not just that young children don’t need to be taught in order to learn. In fact, studies show that...

  7. IBL World

    The very active and supportive IBL (Inquiry Based Learning) community in the form of the Academy of Inquiry Based Learning has a terrific web page with lots of resources.  There is an IBL Blog Playlist with lots of rich resources and narratives under broad topic areas such as Nuts and...

  8. The Learning Curve - Tips to Learn Something New

    In the recent issue of the Indiana University Alumni Magazine (Summer 2016, p. 40) the following good advice is offered and we share it with you here. This comes in a piece on teaching violin at the world class Jacobs School of Music at IU. These ideas apply to all teaching, including our own...

  9. Why should I prepare, submit, and publish in SIMIODE?

    One of the main purposes SIMIODE exists is to offer colleagues solid, refereed teaching material on which they can base a modeling first course in differential equations. Thus publishing new ideas and activities for students is a main goal of SIMIODE. However, it is reasonable to ask yourself,...

  10. The Wisdom of Willie Nelson

    In spending time on FaceBook I found the following quote from Willie Nelson, the great American country and rock and roll musician, “If you can be content right now, then you’ll always be content, because it’s always right now.” When I was young I often said, "I am...