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 NOTE: Substitute @ for (a) when sending a message.  Personal Website:  http://www.planetnewman.com/GBC 
Office Hours
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 DuffettSmith
 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 NOTE: Viewing syllabi in Word (blue symbol) or Excel (green symbol) requires that your computer has those Microsoft products. Viewing PDF documents (red symbol) requries the Adobe Reader plugin for your browser, available free from Adobe. Whether or not syllabi are posted here is up to the discretion of the faculty member.
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 TI84 Plus Silver Edition is required for this class. 


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 lowerdivision 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 that stresses polynomial, rational, quadratic, exponential, and logarithmic functions, including their graphs and applications; complex numbers; systems of linear inequalities; and matrices. 
My Comments:  This will be an eight (8) week course for the fall 2015 semester. All instructional content will utilize Open Educational Resources. No textbook is required. The course is delivered online through WebCampus. 


MATH 127 
Title:  Precalculus II 
Catalog Description:  Topics include circular functions, their graphs, and applications; trigonometric identities and equations; conic sections; vectors; sequences and mathematical induction. 
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. 


MATH 314 
Title:  History of Mathematics 
Catalog Description:  Evolution of mathematics from ancient numeral systems to twentiethcentury 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 fall 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 nonEuclidean geometry of BolyaiLobachevsky. 
My Comments:  This class is being offered as independent study for the fall 2015 semester. 


MATH 95 
Title:  Elementary Algebra 
Catalog Description:  A first course in algebra for students who plan to continue in the math sequence. Topics include operations on real numbers, simplifying expressions, solving linear and quadratic equations, polynomials, factoring, radicals, and the concept of graphing. 
My Comments:  This will be an eight (8) week course for the fall 2015 semester. All instructional content will utilize Open Educational Resources. No textbook is required. The course is delivered online through WebCampus. 


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 will be an eight (8) week course for the fall 2015 semester. All instructional content will utilize Open Educational Resources. No textbook is required. The course is delivered online through WebCampus. 


MATH 97 
Title:  Elementary and Intermediate Algebra 
Catalog Description:  A onesemester 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. 


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 TI84 Calculator. 


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