This website is a collection of the math and science "notes" I've used in my high school classes over the years, a sort of electronic textbook to take the place of a lot of textbooks I don't like, and that are, in my opinion, too big and heavy for my students to tote around anyway. In translating my written notes to this website, I've tried to fill in some gaps, but in the process I've identified a few more. I'll try to fill in as I go. I haven't yet included all of the problem sets and solutions I'd like, nor have I put up some video and other widgets that I and my students have found helpful. As of November 2013, the site contains 80 html pages. It's a work in progress.
I create the vast majority of the drawings and animations on this site, and it's hard work. I'll strive to respect your intellectual property rights, and I ask you to respect mine.
If you've got any suggestions for how to make this site work better for high school math and science students, please let me know.
I love math and science. They provide me with a way of making connections between seemingly disparate phenomena. They show me that things everywhere are more the same than they are different (just like people), and to the extent that we can make connections, we can understand a lot about the world around us - what it is and what it might become. Using every means I can think of, I try to pass that wonder and ability to my students.
In high school, we try to move beyond an algorithmic approach to math and science, and ask open-ended questions, or questions for which there may be many paths to a solution, and no one, clear starting point. I try to move my students beyond formulas to thinking about what's actually being modeled. I try to encourage them to take risks, even in a world that, for them, increasingly penalizes the failure that is the very foundation of learning.
Albert Einstein once said of math (and I think it's equally true of the sciences), "Pure mathematics is, in its own way, the poetry of logical ideas." I think that Einstein, a thinker if there ever was one, would agree that math and science are of no value as tools in society if they aren't wielded by people trained to be ethical, moral citizens. Therefore I support liberal arts education in equal partnership with science, technology, engineering and math. Math and science, poetry, fine arts and music are all more the same than they are different, but only the arts and humanities show us how to balance the tension between technological progress and maintaining a just society.