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Melissa Belcher is a 2001 graduate of Bellarmine University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics. She received her Master’s Degree in Mathematics from Purdue University in 2003. She has almost 15 years’ experience teaching college mathematics and has been a faculty member with the Sullivan University System since 2016. In addition to teaching mathematics for Sullivan, Melissa is also the Coordinator of the Academic Resource Center on the Main Campus. She lives in Louisville with her husband and enjoys reading, travelling, doing puzzles, and spending time with family.
Mr. Benton is from Western Ky. He received a BS in Physics from Brescia University and worked in the Aluminum Industry for 33 years as a Staff Process Engineer. He traveled all of the world working in Aluminum Carbon plants. After retirement, Mr. Benton went back to school and was the senior graduate with a MAE in Math from WKU in 2015 by 15 years. He moved to the Lexington area after his wife died and started teaching at Sullivan University in 2016. He works out hard at the fitness center three days a week. He loves mathematics and believes that anyone can do it with enough effort. It is a necessary tool in our life’s tool box.
Math Magic by
Publication Date: 2004-07-27
Don't live in fear of math any longer. Math Magic makes math what you may never have imagined it to be: easy and fun! Scott Flansburg -- "the Human Calculator" who believes that there are no "mathematical illiterates," just people who have not learned how to make math work for them -- demonstrates how everyone can put their phobia to rest and deal with essential every-day mathematical calculations with confidence. This is the book for millions of otherwise successful adults who are afraid to balance their checkbooks and don't know how to figure interest on savings or credit, and for the millions of students who dread their math classes and live in fear of the SAT math section. In Math Magic, Scott Flansburg shows the reader how to: Master the basics, including the real way addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division work Simplify calculations through estimation Quick-check answers Convert metric measures to more familiar ones Figure tips, taxes, and percentages -- never get short-changed again! Master algebra using the nine easy steps to algebra Math Magic is for all of us who need and want to improve our understanding of math. With the help of Flansburg, the Guinness World Record holder as the Fastest Human Calculator, you can do math just like magic.
Math Goes to the Movies by
Publication Date: 2012-07-16
Mel Gibson teaching Euclidean geometry, Meg Ryan and Tim Robbins acting out Zeno's paradox, Michael Jackson proving in three different ways that 7 x 13 = 28. These are just a few of the intriguing mathematical snippets that occur in hundreds of movies. Burkard Polster and Marty Ross pored through the cinematic calculus to create this thorough and entertaining survey of the quirky, fun, and beautiful mathematics to be found on the big screen. Math Goes to the Movies is based on the authors' own collection of more than 700 mathematical movies and their many years using movie clips to inject moments of fun into their courses. With more than 200 illustrations, many of them screenshots from the movies themselves, this book provides an inviting way to explore math, featuring such movies as: * Good Will Hunting * A Beautiful Mind * Stand and Deliver * Pi * Die Hard * The Mirror Has Two Faces The authors use these iconic movies to introduce and explain important and famous mathematical ideas: higher dimensions, the golden ratio, infinity, and much more. Not all math in movies makes sense, however, and Polster and Ross talk about Hollywood's most absurd blunders and outrageous mathematical scenes. Interviews with mathematical consultants to movies round out this engaging journey into the realm of cinematic mathematics. This fascinating behind-the-scenes look at movie math shows how fun and illuminating equations can be.
Math for the Professional Kitchen by
Publication Date: 2013-07-29
Essential math concepts for professional chefs and culinary students Ideal for students and working professionals, Math for the Professional Kitchen explains all the essential mathematical skills needed to run a successful, profitable operation. From scaling recipes and converting units of measure, to costing ingredients and setting menu prices, it covers crucial information that will benefit every foodservice provider. Written by three veteran math instructors from The Culinary Institute of America, the book utilizes a teaching methodology based on daily in-classroom practice. The entirety of the standard culinary math curriculum is covered, including conversions, determining yields, purchasing, portioning, and more. Vital mathematical concepts are reinforced with easy-to-understand examples and review questions This is a thorough, comprehensive main text for culinary students as well as a great kitchen reference for working professionals Math for the Professional Kitchen will be an invaluable resource not only in the classroom but also in the kitchen as students embark on their professional careers, where math skills play a crucial role in the ever-important bottom line.