Rick Downs

Seattle Community College-South Campus

https://people.seattlecolleges.edu/users/richard.downs

I teach math at South Seattle College. The courses I usually teach are: Precalculus, the Calculus series, Linear Algebra, and Differential Equations.  I like to use modeling problems in my courses.

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Activities (2)

Solving First Order ODE's part of Teaching Computation with MATLAB:MATLAB Workshop October 2021:Activities
This assignment is for a Differential Equations course that has students use a computer to solve first order ODE's graphically using slope fields, numerically, and analytically. One part of the assignment has ...

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Integration of Nonelementary Functions part of Teaching Computation with MATLAB:MATLAB Workshop 2019:Activities
The project is for students in a Multivariable Calculus class to use two different methods to numerically integrate a nonelementary function to a desired accuracy. The outcome of the project is a report describing ...

Essays (3)

Getting Started With Computation part of Teaching Computation with MATLAB:MATLAB Workshop October 2021:Essays
Rick Downs, Mathematics, South Seattle College Getting Started With ComputationIn the past, every time I have taught a class in Differential Equations, Linear Algebra, or Calculus I, II, III, and IV, I have given ...

Computational Assignments in Linear Algebra part of Teaching Computation with MATLAB:MATLAB Workshop 2020:Essays
Rick Downs, , South Seattle College The first Linear Algebra course for undergraduates attracts a wide variety of students. Some students are math majors, but there are many more students majoring in data science, ...

Using MATLAB in Mathematics Classes part of Teaching Computation in the Sciences Using MATLAB:Matlab Workshop 2019:Essays
Rick Downs, Mathematics, South Seattle College Since most students taking math classes (that are not majoring in computer science) are going into engineering or science, math classes are a good place to introduce ...