My name is Philip Keller. I teach physics at Holmdel High School in New Jersey. My students there are fine young men and women who patiently indulge (and even encourage) my occasional digressions on to topics that, while physics-related, are not officially in our curriculum. When I can, I like to show them other ways of looking at the math they already know. Or show them the math that they should have known before taking on the challenge of learning physics.
Many of these topics are gathered and organized in a book that I released this past fall. Advanced Math for Young Students: A First Course in Algebra is designed for middle school students to give them a head start in thinking algebraically and using algebra to solve puzzles and to express relationships. That’s what we do in physics all the time.
Working on this project has led me to ponder other mathematical questions that are beyond the middle school level and more suitable for high school students and teachers to ponder. I would like to use this blog to explore some of them as well. Expect a mixture of math, physics, and some ideas about how we teach them.
I’m not sure what else you would want to know “about me”. Here’s what I put on my Amazon page:
Philip Keller has been talking to young students about math and science just about incessantly for almost three decades. After graduating from Princeton University with a degree in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, he became a high school math and science teacher, teaching mostly physics but also chemistry, calculus and geometry, along with a steady side dish of SAT math. He is the author of The New Math SAT Game Plan.
When he has no captive audience to talk to about these things, he blogs about them instead. You can see his mathematical digressions at www.advancedmathyoungstudents.com, where you can also post any questions you have about this book.
He lives in Shrewsbury, New Jersey with his wife Daphne, his children Reuben and Jane, and his dogs, Rosie, Pippin and Hawkeye.
Also, my family keeps a small flock of chickens but I won’t list them all by name.