Ruth Vanderpool, Ph.D.

Degrees
Ph.D.
Mathematics
University of Oregon
2009
M.S.
Mathematics
University of Oregon
2005
B.S.
Mathematics
Pacific Lutheran University
2002
B.A.
Computer Science
Pacific Lutheran University
2002
Introduction

I am an algebraic topologist by training but my research has become more pedagogically focused.

Most recently I have helped develop some of the distance learning curriculum and tracked students' perceptions about mathematics in an interdisciplinary course.

PS: Math is awesome.

Teaching

Classes I have taught:

  • Abstract Algebra: Introductory group theory course with a brief introduction to rings and fields.
  • Discrete Structures 1: Introductory discrete algebra for computer professionals.
  • Linear Algebra: Introductory proof-based course on vector and matrix algebra.
  • Calculus 1, 2 and 3:
    • Differential calculus and applications for math and science majors.
    • Integral calculus and applications for math and science majors.
    • Sequences, series and multivariable calculus for science majors.
  • Calculus for Life Sciences 2: Integral calculus with an emphasis on applications to the mathematical models used in the life sciences.
  • Calculus and Its Practical Applications: Differential calculus with an emphasis on applications to mathematical models used in business & economics.
  • Introduction to Statistics: Survey of discrete probability, data analysis, sampling distributions, confidence intervals and hypothesis testing.
  • Mathematics for Elementary School Teachers 1, 2 and 3:
    • Differential calculus and applications for math and science majors.
    • Integral calculus and applications for math and science majors.
    • Sequences, series and multivariable calculus for science majors.
  • Elementary Functions: Survey of exponential, logarithmic and trigonometric functions. 
  • College Algebra: Primarily focused on functional formalism and notation.
  • Origami Math: Freshmen college orientation course focused on geometry, origami, & scientific thinking.
Affiliations
  • Mathematical Association of America (MAA)
  • American Mathematical Society (AMS)
  • Creative Educational Experiences in Tacoma, WA
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