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Interconnected Scripture

In Category5Ministries, Christian Education on 20 November 08 at 9:56 pm

From the Christianity Today Site:

Beauty of the Rainbow -- Central Message => Jesus the Christ

Beauty of the Rainbow -- Central Message => Jesus the Christ

When Christoph Römhild, a Lutheran pastor in Hamburg, Germany, sent Carnegie Mellon Ph.D. student Chris Harrison a list of 63,779 cross-references between the Bible’s 1,189 chapters, the two became enthralled with elegantly showing the interconnected nature of Scripture. Each bar along the horizontal axis represents a chapter, with the length determined by the number of verses. (Books alternate in color between white and light gray.) Colors represent the distance between references. The graph won an honorable mention in the 2008 International Science and Engineering Visualization Challenge, sponsored by the National Science Foundation and Science journal.

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Math — where you least expect it

In Math Tutor on 18 November 08 at 11:59 am

Math In Movies

Learning Styles

In Christian Education, Math Tutor on 5 November 08 at 2:29 pm
Learning Styles -- Meyers-Briggs

Learning Styles -- Meyers-Briggs

When presenting information or learning new material for a course, I have found this “road map”, based on the Meyers-Briggs personality profile, to be very useful.  I generally present information and create learning activities in a cyclical pattern, starting at the top right (SF) and progressing counter clockwise.

Have other instructors or students used this framework?

Would anyone be interested in discussing it’s use in more detail?

Format for Math and Science Homework – LaTeX

In Math Tutor, My LaTeX Experience on 3 November 08 at 4:29 pm

I have long thought that math and science homework should emphasize depth and quality over quantity, especially once basic arithmetic-type skills have been established; generally somewhere in those middle school years.  I have recently been encouraging students, who I mentor, to create LaTeX templates and to use these to create quality papers for submission to their teachers.  physhwktemplate22

I generally find that once the template is created to fit a particular class, it does not take much longer to work homework sets directly in LaTeX than on paper, and the result is much more desirable.

This particular homework example uses a LaTeX template  based on the MEMOIR document class and highlights the basic problem solving approach of clearly articulating the Given information, the thing one is supposed to Find, a Plan for finding it, the Calculations and finally a clear Solution statement which directly answers the question which was asked.

Here is the /LaTeX code:

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