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About Xander

Xander is interested in pure mathematics and mathematics education. He holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics with an emphasis in statistics from the University of Nevada, Reno, and has completed a teacher preparation program at the same institution. After completing his student teaching, he was unable to find gainful employment as a teacher, and has therefore retreated behind the ivory walls of academia in order to complete a master's degree in mathematics. As part of a teaching assistantship designed to help defray the cost of his education, Xander is also teaching remedial algebra at the university.

Calculus I—Day 22

It was quite windy today. It normally takes me about 10 minutes to bike to class, door-to-door. Today, it took almost 20, thanks to a very stiff headwind (and heavier-than-usual traffic). Got to class just in the nick of time, … Continue reading

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Calculus I—Day 21

I feel like I have been really productive so far this week. I have most of a study guide written for the next exam, the majority of the next exam is done, and I have lecture notes ready until the … Continue reading

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Graham Crackers

Since my daughter started eating, she has enjoyed graham crackers. I like them, too, but the ones we can get in the store are too sweet for my taste—I would prefer something that is a little more cracker, and a … Continue reading

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Calculus I—Day 20

Handed back exams yesterday. Man, was that demoralizing. :\

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MMM LXX

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Calculus I—Days 18 & 19

Because the last two lectures were a review day and an exam, I am going to once again break from the mold a bit, and discuss both events in one entry.

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Calculus I—Day 17

We started a new chapter! Yay! I’m not sure that I really like including the two sections I taught last night on the exam that I have to give on Friday, but those were the orders from on-high, and I … Continue reading

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Calculus I—Day 16

Today represents the half-way point of the class, both in terms of the calendar and in terms of the quantity of material that we are going to cover. On the one hand, it seems like the course is going by … Continue reading

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Calculus I—Day 15

On an utterly unrelated note: my family and I moved to a different house last summer. Because we have somewhat less space than we did before (much larger yard, but about 200 square feet less living space), we have been … Continue reading

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MMM LXIX

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