Dr. Richard Cangelosi

Teaching Philosophy & Courses Taught

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I believe that the primary goal of mathematics instruction is to nurture the growth and development of students' mathematical reasoning. In the process of achieving a level of computational proficiency that may be necessary for the mastery of a given topic, it is essential for students to progress from a procedural to a conceptual way of thinking. I hope to help students move beyond problem solving by way of mimicking examples, to one where an appreciation is gained for the creative aspects inherent in mathematical pursuits and to possibly see the beauty of the logical structure that underlies the subject. Foremost among my goals is to help students become independent learners.

Courses Taught at Gonzaga

    MATH 148 Survey of Calculus
    MATH 157 Calculus I
    MATH 258 Calculus II
    MATH 260 Ordinary Differential Equations
    ENSC 371 Advanced Engineering Mathematics
    MATH 413 Real Analysis I
    MATH 414 Real Analysis II
    MATH 452 Nonlinear Ordinary Differential Equations and Chaos
    MATH 453 Research Methods in Biomathematics
    MATH 454 Partial Differential Equations