Tom Denton


Tom Denton developed a quasi-electronic course in linear algebra with Prof. Andrew Waldron in 2009. The course utilized a free electronic text book and a combination of computer-generated and written problems, with live lectures. The course has been given multiple times since its creation, and provided valuable experience in electronic teaching methods. The text book can be : found here.

In 2010, Denton participated in workshops at Maseno University to introduce Kenyan graduate students to topics of interest in the international mathematical community. In this capacity, Denton gave ten hours of lectures within two weeks in representation theory and crystal bases. The workshop courses were written dynamically in response to audience input, creating a collection of lectures appropriate to the background of the workshop participants. This trip also allowed Denton to meet with many important figures within Maseno’s math program, as well as the broader Kenyan mathematics community.

In August, 2011, Denton will attend and participate in the First Strathmore University Mathematics Conference, “Strengthening Mathematics Research, Applications and Education in Africa.” During this conference, Denton will be assembling interviews and footage detailing some extremely promising projects for improving the quality of math education in Kenya at all levels.

Between 2008 and 2010, Denton participated in a mentoring program with Rick West at the University of California, Davis on Socratic teaching methods for mathematics. These methods greatly inform his teaching style, which emphasizes the need to build student’s confidence while still creating the expectation of mathematical rigour. Denton has taught courses in calculus for business, calculus for biological sciences, and helped redevelop the linear algebra curriculum at UC Davis.

In 2005-6, Denton taught at the Center for Appropriate Transport, a bicycle-oriented non-profit and alternative high school in Eugene, Oregon. Here Denton worked with at-risk youth between the ages of 13 and 19, teaching mathematics through the lens of bicycles. Denton has also participated extensively with the Math Circle at UC Davis, teaching courses for interested high school students on non-Euclidean geometry and the mathematics of games, and also taught in a robotics lab for the COSMOS program for gifted high school students.

Throughout these activities, Denton strives to convey the beauty of mathematics to his students, regardless of their background or existing knowledge.

Contact: sdenton4(at)gmail(dot)com