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PEOPLE'S UNIVERSITY: Mathematics 1, Class 2 - Mathematical Concepts 1

February 13, 2018


Event starts at 7:00 PM.

Class 2: February 13, 7 pm – Mathematical Concepts 1
Instructors: Libby and Robert Strong

  • Pain, Bread, Carré, and Squares: Serendipity favors a teacher in need – Math terminology in a finite Universe.
  • Tri-Gon-O-Metry and the Pythagorean Theorem: Complex Math is far easier than you think – just triangles, circles, and shadows.
  • The Möbius Band – Modeling the Universe: Music of the Spheres? Paradox? Slight-of-hand? Sneaky Math Trick? Or, just maybe, a mind-numbing underlying Universal Truth doubling the number of types of known objects in the Universe? You Decide.

Libby and Robert Strong own and operate SMART Centre Market, Wheeling's Interactive Science Store, in the historic Centre Market District and run the SMART (Science, Mathematics, Art, Research and Technology) Center program, providing hands-on science and mathematics outreach for camps, school programs, teacher workshops, and community events. Robert Strong worked as a physicist in a research laboratory before starting the SMART-Center in 1994 and has been a classroom science and mathematics educator. A West Virginia Wesleyan graduate with a degree in Physics, Robert also holds a Master's in Space Studies from the University of North Dakota. Libby Strong holds a master’s degree in Secondary Education with science emphasis from West Virginia University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Biological Science from Lee University. Certified in Chemistry, Biology, and General Science, Libby has worked as a middle and high school science teacher, college-level science and education instructor, and a professional developer for regional and state teachers. She is the Program Coordinator for the SMART-Center and serves as project director for the WV-Handle On Science Program. A president of the West Virginia Science Teachers Association, she has written or co-written many grants and has served as project director for grants from the National Science Foundation, NASA, and the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation.


In keeping with the mission of public libraries as sanctuaries of free learning for all people, the Ohio County Public Library created The People’s University, a free program for adults who wish to continue their education in the liberal arts. The People’s University features courses — taught by experts in each subject — that enable patrons to pursue their goal of lifelong learning in classic subjects such as history, music appreciation, philosophy, and literature. Patrons may attend as many classes as they wish. There are no tests of other requirements and all programs are free and open to the public. To register for People’s University  “Mathematics 1: Making Sense of Math,” please email the library by visiting the library's website and clicking to the "Contact/Email us" page, call 304-232-0244, or visit the Reference Desk.


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