Columbia Splash!

I taught two classes at Columbia Splash at the beginning of this month. The first was a Math Modeling course, and the second was Intro to Hungarian Through Song.

Here were the course descriptions:

Mathematical Modeling: Math modeling is how we use mathematics to study open-ended questions about real-world phenomena. What’s the best location for a food truck? How does an invasive species affect an ecosystem? How do we clean up space debris? These are all questions that we can start to answer with math modeling. The goal of this class is to introduce you to the modeling process. By the end, you’ll have developed models to answer questions about a couple of different scenarios, and you’ll know about some of the tools you can use to tackle more significant modeling problems.

This was a two hour course, and I gave it a difficulty rating of two stars out of four. The prereq was listed as “comfort with basic algebra and a willingness to tackle very open-ended problems.”

Introduction to Hungarian Through Song: We’ll cover basic Hungarian by singing (mostly children’s) songs! You’ll learn very important vocabulary words like yellow, raspberry, icicle, and animal. I do not guarantee that you’ll be able to hold any kind of reasonable conversation.

This was a one hour course with a one star difficulty rating. The prerequisite listed was “willingness to sing very silly songs.”

Thoughts on how the classes went are below the fold. Continue reading

ABT Fall Season, Oct. 19

Ballet Theatre performed seven works during their fall season, three per program. I went to three performances and saw all seven. The first of those performances was October 19th, opening night, which included Ratmansky’s Serenade after Plato’s Symposium (the best of the season), Ashton’s Symphonic Variations, and Tharp’s The Brahms-Haydn Variations. Continue reading