## J. Philip Smith

### Professional Background

#### Educational Background

M.S. in Mathematics, Stanford University (1964)

Ph.D., Teachers College, Columbia University (1973)

#### Scholarly Interests

History of mathematics.

Postsecondary mathematics curriculum.

#### Selected Publications

*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.

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.

*Mathematical explorations for our time*. Barwood Press, Norfolk, VA. 2006.

curriculum vitae

### active professional organizations

National Council of Teachers of Mathematics

American Educational Research Organization

#### 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.