First Day Handout: M 175T: Seminar for Prospective Teachers
Topic: Paradoxes, Fallacies, and Brain Teacsers
Unique Number: 52930
Instructor: Dr. M. Smith
(See my home page for office
hours and contact information.)
Intended Audience: Students
interested in teaching mathematics at any
Prerequisite: Upper division
standing and permission of instructor.
• To deepen your understanding of some topics in or related to
• To practice learning and teaching using paradoxes, fallacies, and brain teasers.
Textbook: None. However,
you will be given handouts from the book "One Equals Zero and Other
Mathematical Surprises," by Movshovitz-Hadar and Webb, which provides
permission for teachers purchasing the book to provide handouts from
the book for use of their own students. Please bring these handouts to class as needed.
Course format: Students will
take turns preparing and leading the class
in problems provided from the source mentioned above.
We will spend class time working
on the problems and discussing them. Students will be given Teacher Notes only for problems that they are leading the class in.
Grades: Grades will be based on
class participation, including being "teacher" and being "student".
There will be no exams.