Pasco-Hernando State College math instructor, Jorge Gavillan, provides an artistic outlet for his students while teaching precalculus, algebra and trigonometry in a project, Designing with Trigonometric and Polar Equation. The assignment requires students to create imaginative renditions of mathematical equations using specialized computer software. “Creativity comes into play when students employ their talents to produce a fully designed project. It’s not all about solving x, or ø (theta); it’s about using math logic to create art,” said Gavillan, who teaches at the College’s East Campus in Dade City.
Gavillan received his BS from the University of Central Florida (2002) and his MS in mathematics education from Nova Southeastern University (2005). Prior to his role as instructor of mathematics at PHSC, Gavillan was a mathematics instructor and a math lab coordinator at Southside Virginia Community College in Alberta, Va. Also, in 2012 and 2013, Gavillan was the Director of Summer STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) Academy in partnership with the local Alberta school district.
Students from Gavillan’s spring 2014 course, Precalculus Algebra and Trigonometry, are showcased through a Designing with Trigonometric and Polar Equation display located in the library on PHSC East Campus in Dade City, 36727 Blanton Road. The exhibit runs through June 13.
For more information on the mathematics course and other PHSC programs, visit www.phsc.edu.