(Almost!) final reflection!

Hello all! So I know that I have not really updated everyone in about two weeks, so I am rectifying that now! I am sadly finishing my final project up in the next couple of days, and then I will be done. This has been an amazing experience, and I will be so sad to have to stop, however, I have learned so much! I will put out a final reflection in a a couple days after I have officially finished my projects. For a bit of an update on what these projects are…

1) “crashcourse,” video: explaining the basics of linear algebra in 20 minutes 

2) presentation 

To explain how these projects are progressing, I will start with number one. I have done a draft of a video, and chose to focus very briefly on these topics and in this order: 

1) vectors and matrices

2) basic facts about matrices, and the idea of linear transformations/what makes something a linear transformation 

3) inverse matrices

4) very brief intro to determinants through the concept of inverses 

5) “Types” of transformation matrices (reflections, orthogonal projections, etc..) 

6) Image+ kernel+ subspace+ dimension 

7) and finally..fundamental theorem of linear algebra 

The only issue is that I filmed the video on time lapse, thinking that it would be more aesthetically pleasing, and that it would still be easy to slow the video down to see certain parts. However, after filming I realized that the video was actually very fast, and I am not sure that it is the best way to present the content. Right now I am trying to figure out if there is a way that I can find a happy medium: the normal speed video feels too slow, but the time lapse video feels much too fast! 

#2: presentation: I am sure that you noticed my myriad of announcements, considering you most likely got an email from your math teacher about it, an announcement from Mr. Wilson, and heard a standup announcement today after the moving up ceremony. However, to explain the process a bit: here is a peek look at the slide show deck!


While the presentation is not finished, it is a good peek at how little math is involved, and hopefully it peeks your interest! 

After finishing these two things (presumably by the end of the day on Thursday), I will finish my final reflection, and then this experience will officially be over! If you have any questions for me about anything relating to this project, come to the presentation, or email me! Particularly if you are interested in doing a math independent study, please don’t hesitate to reach out!


Taylor Winstead