## Ruth Vanderpool, Ph.D.

Associate Teaching Professor

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## About

### 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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