[IAEP] Fwd: [Math 2.0] Don Cohen "The Mathman": Calculus by and for Young People, live event Wednesday 9:30pm ET

Edward Cherlin echerlin at gmail.com
Sun Jan 16 11:41:01 EST 2011

Don Cohen, the Mathman, has a program that begins with teaching 7-year-olds
calculus in depth, starting with the ideas rather than the symbols and
manipulations. He and I are discussing turning his materials into Sugar

Would anybody be interested in helping with development, QA, field testing,
localization, and so on? We are thinking of using Smalltalk for this
project, but we are open to Python.

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From: Maria Droujkova <droujkova at gmail.com>
Date: Tue, Aug 3, 2010 at 18:14
Subject: [Math 2.0] Don Cohen "The Mathman": Calculus by and for Young
People, live event Wednesday 9:30pm ET
To: naturalmath at googlegroups.com, mathfuture at googlegroups.com

*Calculus By and For Young People*
[image: Don_Cohen_shell_head.jpg]
During the event, Don Cohen-The Mathman will have participants graphing
things they have never done before and understand what graphing an equation
or function means. He will show how to use his latest creation- *A Map to
Calculus*, originally just a poster, but with the help of a former student
Jonathan Storm, is now clickable! Each spot on the Map links to his
student's work and sample problems from his books. We can also ask Don
questions about his past and present work with students ages four and up,
his books, and his books that were translated into Japanese and sold in

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Wednesday, August 4th 2010 we will meet in the LearnCentral public
Elluminate room at 6:30pm Pacific - 9:30pm Eastern time. *WorldClock for
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*To join:*

   - Follow this link:
   - Click "OK" and "Accept" several times as your browser installs the
   software. When you see Elluminate Session Log-In, enter your name and click
   the "Login" button
   - You will find yourself in a virtual room. An organizer will be there to
   greet you, starting about half an hour before the event.

  If this is your first Elluminate event, consider coming a few minutes
earlier to check out the technology. The room opens half an hour before the

*Graphing (Cartesian & complex plane, polar, parametric and 3D) and its
interrelation to algebra, arithmetic, functions, empirically determined
functions, iteration, geometry, geometric transformations with matrices,
infinite series, infinite sequences, complex numbers, derivatives,
integrals, math in nature, math in science, use of applets, and hands-on, as
done by Don with students ages 4- to 73- using Don's A Map to
as the base.*

*Don expects to learn something and get enjoyment from, the questions and
graphs the participants will make, as he does with children. He will show
how the Map can be used to help students, parents, teachers and* *teachers
of teachers. P**articipants will* *also see how a 4 yo walked to the points
for x+y=5 on his kitchen floor, to seeing the points of inflection of a
function by graphing the function and the 1st and 2nd derivatives on one
graph, and get the area under curves to get the integral by Don's plotting
points on a calculator.*

Event Host [image: Don-Cohen.jpg]
*Donald Cohen* has been teaching math for 56 years. He has taught in Junior
HS, college, worked with Dr. Robert B. Davis for about 15 years with The
Madison Project training teachers, and developed student lessons on PLATO, a
computer-based program at the U of Illinois. He co-founded and taught in The
Math Program, a private program, tutoring children since 1976.

Some exciting things that have happened since then: He and his partner,
Jerry Glynn, have small groups of students after school; this gave them time
to work together on mathematics, on how kids learn, and on sharing with the
world some things they enjoy doing.

Jerry has written two books, on *Derive* and *Mathematica*.

In 1988, Don wrote and published his book "Calculus By and For Young People
(ages 7, yes 7 and up)" which was reviewed in the Dec.'88 issue of *Scientific
American*, among others, and then made 2 videotapes, a book "Calculus By and
For Young People-Worksheets", and a book "Changing Shapes with Matrices",and
"A Map to Calculus"-- all under the name of Don Cohen-The Mathman.

The Japanese translation of his book "Calculus By and For Young People (ages
7, yes 7 and up)" was published by Kodansha Ltd., in August 1998; they sold
over 30,000 copies in 10 years! Don's book "Calculus By and For Young
People-Worksheets" was put on a CD-ROM in Japanese and English, published by
Mr. Hiroshi Takimoto. Don's book "Changing Shapes With Matrices" was also
published in Japanese by Kodansha, Ltd. All Don's work is now on a 2-CD set.

In 2008 Don was the recipient of The Excellence in Education Award given by
the Alumni Association of the SUNY at Albany (see the picture above).
Besides his local students, he has taught students by email and IM around
the world. He has had 3 children and one Juku teacher who came from Japan,
and many within the US, to work with him.

Don's wife Marilyn, of ~58 years, continues to be his biggest supporter and
only love. They have 4 fine sons, 8 wonderful grandchildren and 3 terrific
greatgrandchildren. Don feels very fortunate to have worked with and
affected so many youngsters, - and their children, in a very positive,
successful, and enjoyable way.

Don's keys: Look for patterns, Learn to learn, Visualization (graph and
picture everything)
*"Learning, Living and Loving mathematics.."- the core of Don's teaching and
books, **observed by Seth Nielsen.*

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Edward Mokurai (默雷/धर्ममेघशब्दगर्ज/دھرممیگھشبدگر ج) Cherlin
Silent Thunder is my name, and Children are my nation.
The Cosmos is my dwelling place, the Truth my destination.
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