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MATH MATTERS: Why do I need to know this?

Math Matters: Why Do I Need To Know This? originally appeared during the Spring 2006 semester as a half-hour program on WKU’s campus cable system. Dr. Bruce Kessler, at that time Assistant Dean (now the Head of the Mathematics Department in WKU's Ogden College of Science & Engineering) and a WKU math professor, wrote and hosted the program, which focused on how the mathematics being taught in WKU’s General Math, College Algebra, and Math for Elementary Teachers courses was and still is applied in the real world. The shows have since been segmented into roughly 8 minute vignettes that can be downloaded from this website or viewed on YouTube.

This program was produced by WKYU-PBS, using their studio and students in the production, and was supported by a Provost's Initiative for Excellence grant, the Ogden College of Science and Engineering, the Department of Mathematics, and Housing and Residence Life. For questions regarding the show, contact Bruce Kessler at mathmatters@wku.edu or at (270) 745-3651.

About the Host

Image of Dr. Bruce Kessler

A 1989 graduate of Western Kentucky University, Dr. Bruce Kessler completed his Masters at Vanderbilt in 1991, and returned to WKU as a math instructor at the Glasgow Regional Campus. Kessler returned to Vanderbilt in 1994 to work on his Ph.D. under the direction of Doug Hardin, and finished in 1997. Today, he is a professor and the Head of the WKU Department of Mathematics.

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 Last Modified 1/16/19