A trigonometry lesson goes viral when professor steps into video battle

Biola University professor Matthew Weathers has a B.S. in math and computer science  and a master’s in computer science. Before becoming an assistant professor in math and computer science at the private Christian university in Southern California, Weathers worked as a computer programmer.

On April Fool’s this year, his students saw his computer skills in action. The entertaining and clever video went viral in a hurry.

Watch below and see why.

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eulb
eulb

I enjoyed watching this prank and trying to figure out how he did it.  Poking around in youtube, I discovered several others by this same teacher.  Good fun.  I'll bet his class is well-attended and nobody skips on Apr 1.  :-)

MaryElizabethSings
MaryElizabethSings

Fantastic!  Ain't imagination and skill grand?!  What more is there to say?  Bravo!

straker
straker

I wonder if his fundamentalist Christian bosses appreciate this?


After all, they are NOT known for their sense of humor.

MaureenDowney
MaureenDowney moderator

Anyone interested in China-US-India comparisons in science/engineering ought to look at the Duke research. One of the issues is how these other countries define "engineers." 


The Duke research includes surveys of companies. Here is an excerpt of an article by the Duke researchers on what employers say about American-trained engineers compared to China and India: 


http://issues.org/23-3/wadhwa/


Respondents said the disadvantages of hiring U.S. engineers were salary demands, limited supply of available people, and lack of industry experience. The disadvantages of hiring Chinese engineers included inadequate communication skills, visa restrictions, lack of proximity, inadequate experience, lack of loyalty, cultural differences, intellectual property concerns, and a limited “big-picture” mindset. The disadvantages of hiring Indian engineers included inadequate communication skills, lack of specific industry knowledge or domain experience, visa restrictions, lack of proximity, limited project management skills, high turnover rates, and cultural differences.


Respondents said the advantages of hiring U.S. engineers were strong communication skills, an understanding of U.S. industry, superior business acumen, strong education or training, strong technical skills, proximity to work centers, lack of cultural issues, and a sense of creativity and desire to challenge the status quo. The key advantage of hiring Chinese entry-level engineers was cost savings, whereas a few respondents cited strong education or training and a willingness to work long hours. Similarly, cost savings were cited as a major advantage of hiring Indian entry-level engineers, whereas other advantages were technical knowledge, English language skills, strong education or training, ability to learn quickly, and a strong work ethic

liberal4life
liberal4life

Most of those future bosses are probably sitting next to the giggling students - or many other US universities.

EdUktr
EdUktr

Meanwhile, over in China, the future bosses of those giggling American students ...

gactzn2
gactzn2

wow-brilliant- i loved that!