Summer 2022

Summer 2023 seminar listings will be posted Feb 2023.

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Seminars

Geometry: Introduction to Euclid / Euclid for Parents

9-12 Grade / Parents :: Online Class :: Tutor – Daniel Maycock

(This is a combined class for both high-school students and parents.)

During this 6-week seminar, we’ll take a close look at Book I of the Elements, in which Euclid lays out the foundation of his geometry. Book I lays out the fundamentals of high school geometry and covers 1) principles of proof, 2) constructions, 3) theorems, 4) triangles, 5) parallelism, 6) parallelograms, and 7) squares. We reach the climax of Book I during our last class, when we examine Euclid’s proof of the Pythagorean theorem.

This workshop is a great introduction to geometry and deductive logic and has no mathematical prerequisites aside from Pre-Algebra. You may also consider counting this workshop as an addition to your students regular math for an Honors designation. Suggested weight: 1/4 credit. (See your state’s regulations, etc.)

Required materials

  • Euclid’s Elements (preferably the Green Lion Press edition)
  • Notebook (plain paper), pencil, compass

Online Class

  • Limited to 15 seats

Schedule

  • Tuesdays & Thursdays 10 – 11:30am (Eastern Time)
  • June 21 – July 28

Cost

  • $150 (books & materials not included)

Diophantine Algebra

9-12 Grade :: Online Class :: Tutor – Daniel Maycock

This 6-week course is an exploration into a fascinating world of rhetorical algebra through the work of Diophantus of Alexandria. Diophantus was a Greek mathematician who lived some time between the 3rd and 4th century A.D. Although he is often called “The Father of Algebra,” his work is almost entirely absent from modern high school math curricula. Diophantus is ignored for two reasons: his work is difficult to understand and roughly corresponds to what is typically studied in Algebra 1. There are easier ways to study Algebra 1, but there may be no better way to study the relationship between ratio and equation.

Perhaps the greatest benefit of studying Diophantus is that students will learn to read and understand word problems. Word problems are a bane to many students, but Diophantus, lacking the efficiency of modern algebraic notation, wrote his problems almost entirely in words rather than symbols. Thus, once a student learns to work through problems in Diophantus’ “rhetorical algebra” traditional word problems will no longer be perplexing, and students will have learned invaluable skills of mathematical analysis.

It’s easy to understate the importance of Diophantus in the history of mathematics. Viete’s Five Books of Zetetica are an algebraic expansion of Diophantus’ Arithmetica. Even the mathematical giants like Euler and Fermat were intrigued by Diophantus problems and wrote a great deal about them.

This course seeks to introduce students to this important and overlooked mathematician while making Diophantus’ Arithmetica accessible to high school students.

Note: Although the algebra itself is not more difficult than what is studied in Algebra 1, students must be prepared to read problems that appear more difficult than they are. This requires patience and the understanding that grasping these problem will take more time than grasping problems presented in Algebra textbooks.

 Suggested weight: 1/4 credit. (See your state’s regulations, etc.)

Required materials:

Online Class

  • Limited to 15 seats

Schedule

  • Tuesdays & Thursdays 1-2:30pm (Eastern Time)
  • June 23 – July 30

Cost

  • $150 (books & materials not included)

Narratives in Flux: A crash-course in reading/writing Interactive Fiction

8th grade and up :: Online Class :: Tutor – Daniel Maycock

In this 6-week course, students will be exposed to the wonderful world of interactive fiction and will learn to think critically about interactive literature and story-driven games. Additionally, students will learn to write their own short interactive story using the Inform programming language. True to our classical roots, however, at the heart of this course is discussion about narrative and play and how these relate to literature, games, and our broader human quest for meaning.

Students will learn the following:

  • Why narratives are uniquely human and critical to human understanding about God and the world
  • How to read Interactive Fiction as literature
  • How to think critically about video games in general
  • How to write & program a simple story/game in the Inform7 platform

 

Although this is technically a course involving “computer games”, students will not be reading/playing games with any imagery or graphics. All stories/games curated for this course are purely text-based (like the old Zork games) and must be read with the same attention to detail as one gives a novel.

Required

A Windows or Mac computer. (Linux users will need to run Windows in a virtual machine).

Online Class

  • Limited 15 seats

Schedule

  • Wednesdays 12:30-2:30pm (Eastern time)
  • June 22 – July 27

Cost

  • $150