2011-04-13

Spectacular astronomy pictures from NASA

Take a look ::
http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/

Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer.

Have fun !

partha

An amazing teacher

I came across the website of Prof. GARY T. LEAVENS (leavens@eecs.ucf.edu) of the Universsity of
Central Florida, USA. He has an amazing variety of achievements. His web site is an inspiration and gold mine for all of us teachers. Let us try and emulate his way of inspiring people.

Prof. Leavens website is at ::

http://www.cs.ucf.edu/~leavens/homepage.html

partha

2011-04-12

Problem solving books in mathematics

A good compilation of maths books is at :
http://ansomniac.blogspot.com/

This compilation was made by the same student from IIT Kharagpur, who was so very upset by the quality of his teachers (see my blog post "Lament of a student". Instead of brushing him aside as a "grumbler", I am happy that I decided to listen (that is what teachers should be doing).

I am sure this list should be useful for many of my colleague teachers.

partha

2011-04-11

Lament of a student

I received this mail recently from a student of maths. If this is what a student feels, we teachers have a lot to think about.


partha



QUOTE //**
Dear Sir,

I am third year undergraduate student at Dept of Mathematics, IIT KGP. And the first thing I would like to say is that the Department Sucks!
I apologize for the language but this is the best I can do considering the enormous amount of frustration I have right now.

I love maths (mainly pure maths) and I am pretty good at it, well at least good enough to understand and appreciate the beauty and depth of this subject. I was up all night going through the awesome library of math books that I have created at my room, solving some olympiad problems and now I'll sleep till the evening missing all my lectures. Is it the right thing to do? Well if the "professors" who teach us maths have no love for the subject or teaching then I think that it is. And I even have real doubts about the competence of some profs as well. Ask them a problem and they'll fumble and they'll ask for some time till the next class and even then it seems like they just mugged up a solution.

It's pathetic! I want to complain, I want to shout at the administration, at the profs, abuse them! But I can't, because I fear they'll ruin my only chance of escape - going for a PhD in maths at a better place, a place where the people teach because they love teaching and because they are good at it.

I am sorry for bothering you with this mail, but after reading your article I felt that you are one of those people who can understand my frustration and I felt like venting.

**// UNQUOTE

The article which provoked the above mail is here ::

http://www.freewebs.com/profpartha/publications/futile.pdf