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J. Philip Smith

Professional Background

Educational Background

B.A. in Mathematics Honors, Dartmouth College (1962)
M.S. in Mathematics, Stanford University (1964)
Ph.D., Teachers College, Columbia University (1973)

Scholarly Interests

Mathematical problem solving.
History of mathematics.
Postsecondary mathematics curriculum.

Selected Publications

A Process sequence coding scheme for behavioral analysis of mathematics problem solving. Branca, Goldberg, Kantowski, Kellogg, Smith.  Task Variables in Mathematical Problem Solving.  ERIC, 1979.

On making effective use of the advice “Think of a related  problem.”  E. Silver and J. P. Smith.  1980 Yearbook, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.           

Random digits and simulation.  E. Silver and J. P. Smith.  1981 Yearbook, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.

Study Guide for Mathematics, Connecticut State Board of Education, 1987.

Calculators and instruction in problem solving in grade 7.  J.P. Smith.  Investigations in mathematics education, 21, no. 1 winter, pp 49-55.  ERIC 1988

A maximization problem.  J.P. Smith. Mathematics Teachers Journal,  Vol 40, no. 1: 47-49.  1991.

Concerning the prevalence of inaccurate memories of problem solving episodes.  J.P. Smith.  Mathematics Teachers Journal,  Vol 41, no. 1: 48-50.  1991.

Mersenne primes: A lesson in the history of mathematical patterns. J.P. Smith.  Missouri Mathematics Journal. Spring, 1993.

Polya’s mushrooms and the maximization problem.  J.P. Smith.  Mathematical explorations for our time.  Barwood Press, Norfolk, VA. 2006.

curriculum vitae

Acting President, Southern Connecticut State University (2002-2003)

Vice President for Academic Affairs, Southern Connecticut State University (1998 - 2002)

Dean of Arts and Sciences, Southern Connecticut State University (1987-1998)

Mathematics Department, Southern Connecticut State University (1965-1987)
  • Chairperson (1982-1987)

active professional organizations

MSTM 5012: Mathematics in two- and four-year colleges

Problems, issues, and methods in the college teaching of mathematics.

MSTM 5023: Problem solving

Theories and methods of mathematical problem solving with applications to classroom instruction.

MSTM 5031: Topics in the foundations of mathematics

Propositional and predicate calculi, set theory, axiomatics, order types, the linear continuum and Goedel's theorem.

MSTM 5032: Topics in geometry/ topology

Foundation of geometry/topology. Emphasis upon the relationship between topology and geometry and other mathematical areas.

MSTM 5033: Topics in algebra

Groups, rings, fields. Doctoral students should register for MSTM 6033.

MSTM 5038: Topics in mathematical logic

Prepositional calculus, Church-Turing thesis, Goedel's incompleteness theorem.

MSTM 5520: Seminar in the college teaching of mathematics

Current issues in undergraduate mathematics. Examination of relations between elementary and advanced mathematics.

MSTM 6032: Advanced topics in geometry/topology

Foundation of geometry/topology. Emphasis upon the relationship between topology and geometry and other mathematical areas.

MSTM 6033: Advanced topics in algebra

Open only to doctoral students. Advanced study of groups, rings, and fields.