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Gary Olson, M.S.


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Instructor

Email: gary.olson@ucdenver.edu
Website: http://math.ucdenver.edu/~golson
Office Location: CU Building 642
Phone: (303) 315 1732

Areas of Expertise:
Mathematics Education, Online Learning Strategies

 

Education & Degrees

M.S., Applied Mathematics, University of Colorado Denver

B.A., Mathematics and Secondary Education, Carroll College

Bio

I am an instructor for the Mathematical and Statistical Sciences Department and currently serve as our Director of Service Courses. I have a passion for teaching mathematics to non-math majors and strive to improve the quality of our 1000 and 2000 level mathematics courses. Within the classroom I use a variety of teaching techniques including problem-based learning, technology driven application problems and inquiry based learning.

Outside of the classroom, I enjoy working with mathematics students in a variety of settings. I serve as the faculty sponsor for an international 96 hour mathematics competition each Spring and also serve as a teaching mentor for the NOYCE scholars from the mathematics department and the new graduate teaching assistants.

My research areas of interest lie in mathematics education and best practices for teaching non-mathematics majors.

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Courses Taught

MATH 1010: Mathematics for the Liberal Arts
MATH 1110: College Algebra
MATH 1120: College Trigonometry
MATH 1401: Calculus I
MATH 2411: Calculus II
MATH 2830: Introductory Statistics
MATH 3195: Linear Algebra and Differential Equations