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Dr. John Newman, EdD
Mathematics Professor

 

"As we know, there are known knowns. There are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns. That is to say we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns, the ones we don't know we don't know. " — Donald Rumsfeld Feb. 12, 2002

 

 

Contact Information

Office Location: WCC 117, Winnemucca Center
Phone:775.623.1808
Email:john.newman(a)gbcnv.edu
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Personal Website:http://www.planetnewman.com/GBC

Office Hours

  • Tuesday: 10:00am - 1:00pm
  • Wednesday: 10:00am - 1:00pm
  • Thursday: 10:00am - 1:00pm
  • Friday: Give me a call, I am around somewhere.

Education

  • EdD., University of Nevada, Reno, 2007
  • MEd., University of Nevada, Reno, 1990
  • BS, University of Nevada, Reno, 1982

 

Recommended Reading

  • Inside Your Calculator: From Simple Programs to Significant Insights, Gerald R. Rising
  • The Art of Raising a Puppy, The Monks of New Skete
  • Mindstorms, Seymour A. Papert
  • The Math Book: From Pythagoras to the 57th Dimension, 250 Milestones in the History of Mathematics, Clifford A. Pickover
  • How To Lie With Statistics, Darrell Huff
  • Practical Astronomy With Your Calculator, Peter Duffett-Smith
  • The Man of Numbers Fibonacci's Arithmetic Revolution, Keith Devlin

 

Recommended Web Links



 

Interests
  • Geocaching
  • BMW motorcycles
  • Golden Retrievers
Memberships
  • NCTM - National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
  • AACE - Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education
  • SITTE - Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education
Honors and Awards
  • Eagle Scout
  • Henry S. Albert - Senior Public Service Award, UNR


Classes

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INT 359
Title:Integrative Math Seminar
Catalog Description: An integrative seminar on topics in mathematics. The topics will vary to address needs and interests of programs. May be repeated once for credit if the topics are different.
My Comments:You must have a link cable for the TI calculator. The TI-84 Plus Silver Edition is required for this class.
Syllabus (PDF)
MATH 116
Title:Technical Mathematics I
Catalog Description: Provides technical mathematical core material so that the student gains practical problem solving experience. May include arithmetic operation, integers, exponents, scientific notation, algebraic expressions, equations, metric system, trigonometry, and logarithms. This course satisfies the general education requirement for occupational/technical AAS degree.
MATH 120
Title:Fundamentals of College Mathematics
Catalog Description: Includes real numbers, consumer mathematics, variation, functions, relations, graphs, geometry, probability, and statistics. Course is broad in scope, emphasizing applications. Fulfills the lower-division mathematics requirement for a Bachelor of Arts Degree. Satisfies mathematics requirement for baccalaureate degrees. It is recommended that students have completed prerequisites within two years of enrolling in this course.
MATH 122
Title:Number Concepts for Elementary School Teachers
Catalog Description: A course for students preparing for elementary school teaching or those who already hold teaching certificates. Topics include the real number system and its subsystems, algorithms, primes and divisibility, algebraic thinking, and a variety of applications. The course presumes mathematical knowledge of the material and goes more in depth giving backgrounds for the real number system and preparation of students for teaching the material. It is recommended that students have completed prerequisites within two years of enrolling in this course.
MATH 123
Title:Statistical and Geometrical Concepts for Elementary School Teachers
Catalog Description: A course for students preparing for elementary school teaching or for those who already hold teaching certificates. Topics include probability, statistics, geometry, constructions, similar figures, trigonometric ratios, areas and volumes, motion geometry, and a variety of applications. Backgrounds for the concepts and preparation of students for teaching the material. It is recommended that students have completed prerequisites within two years of enrolling in this course.
MATH 126
Title:Precalculus I
Catalog Description: A third course in algebra, intended for those who are majoring in a science field, a business-related field, or mathematics; as part of a mathematics endorsement for elementary education; or for students who are going on to calculus. This course stresses functions, including their graphs and applications, polynomial functions, radicals, rational functions, exponential, and logarithmic functions. This is the first half of a two-semester sequence. MATH 126 and MATH 127 together, or MATH 126 and STAT 152 together, satisfy the mathematics requirement for an Associate of Science degree; also see the bachelor's degree requirements. This course satisfies the College Algebra requirement for programs that require College Algebra and Statistics. It is recommended that students have completed prerequisites within two years of enrolling in this course.
My Comments:An eBook text is available for this class. See syllabus for information.
MATH 127
Title:Precalculus II
Catalog Description: A course intended for those majoring in a science field or mathematics, as part of a mathematics endorsement for elementary education, or for students going on to calculus. Topics include circular functions, their graphs, and applications; trigonometric identities and equations; conic sections; complex numbers; matrices; sequences and mathematical induction. This is the second half of a two-semester sequence. The two semesters satisfy the mathematics requirement for a bachelor's degree. The two-course sequence, MATH 126 and MATH 127, are equivalent to MATH 128 at UNR or UNLV. It is recommended that students have completed prerequisites within two years of enrolling in this course.
My Comments:An eBook text is available for this class. See syllabus for information.
MATH 181
Title:Calculus I
Catalog Description: The fundamental concepts of analytic geometry and calculus functions, graphs, limits, derivatives, integrals, and certain applications. It is recommended that students have completed prerequisites within two years of enrolling in this course.
Syllabus (PDF)
MATH 314
Title:History of Mathematics
Catalog Description: Evolution of mathematics from ancient numeral systems to twentieth-century mathematics. The effects of culture on mathematics and the impact of mathematics on cultures also considered.
My Comments:This class is being offered as independent study for the spring 2015 semester.
MATH 475
Title:Euclidean and Non Euclidean Geometry
Catalog Description: Axiom systems, models, independence, consistency; incidence, distance betweenness, congruence, convexity, inequalities, parallels, perpendiculars, the Klein model; Saccheri quadrilaterals, limit triangles, and the non-Euclidean geometry of Bolyai-Lobatchevsky.
My Comments:This class is being offered as independent study for the spring 2015 semester.
MATH 96
Title:Intermediate Algebra
Catalog Description: This is a second course in algebra for students who have completed one elementary algebra course. The topics covered include polynomials, rational functions, linear equations and inequalities, absolute value inequalities, exponents and radicals, quadratic equations, relations and functions, systems of equations, and applications. This is a developmental course. It is recommended that students have completed prerequisites within two years of enrolling in this course.
My Comments:This class uses an electronic textbook. Access will be granted during the first week of instruction.
MATH 97
Title:Elementary and Intermediate Algebra
Catalog Description: A one-semester course equivalent to the combination of MATH 095 and MATH 096. Topics include solving linear equations in one variable, polynomials, integer exponents, factoring, rational expressions and equations, graphic linear equations in two variables, inequalities, systems of linear equations, radicals and rational exponents, and quadratic equations.
My Comments:This course will be utilizing Open Educational Resources. No textbook is required. All content is delivered through WebCampus.
Syllabus (PDF)
STAT 152
Title:Introduction to Statistics
Catalog Description: Includes descriptive statistics, probability models, random variables, statistical estimation and hypothesis testing, linear regression analysis, and other topics. Designed to show the dependence of statistics on probability. It is recommended that students have completed prerequisites within two years of enrolling in this course.
My Comments:This class will utilize both Excel spreadsheets and the TI-84 Calculator.


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