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Matt Salomone

Assistant Professor

Alma Maters: BA Northwestern, PhD Northwestern
Classes Taught: MATH all courses, specialty in geometry/topology
Countries Traveled To: Canada, UK, France
Companies Worked For: U Arizona, Bates College, Pima Community College
What is your style of teaching?
I emphasize thinking carefully about concepts and contexts, not merely drilling problems. I have endless enthusiasm for the question "why?" in mathematics.
What materials and media do you use in the classroom?
All kinds - my favorite are "follow-along" packets and group activities that supplement notes, and interactive demos using Maple or Mathematica.
What is the most engaging assignment you give?
Semester-length research projects challenging students to connect higher mathematics with something "real" outside of the class. Some surprising results!
When grading a student, what do you look for?
Clarity, confidence, completeness yet conciseness. I want to know that you didn't stumble upon your answer by accident, but by actually using your brain.
What kind of student would love your class?
Someone who thinks of math as a laundry list of arbitrary and unapproachable rules to follow but not understand. Let me change your mind!
What is one piece of advice you have for students?
The word "study" means something different in college; most of your learning *will* happen outside of class. You won't become experts in only 3 hours per week!
What area in your field are you most knowledgeable about?
The intersection of geometry, topology, and classical mechanics. Also on the education side, teaching for numeracy - both within math courses and without.
What is one accomplishment you are proud of?
Becoming notorious for my involvement in the new field of "math a cappella."
Are you currently involved in something interesting outside the classroom?
I'm preparing a developmental math literacy text: what math do general-education students *really* need to know to succeed not just in math but in college?
Is there anything else the student should know before taking your class?
Surprisingly, math is more about words than numbers - because words are where ideas live. Expect to read and write (and put up with my own abuse of big words).

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