Here’s a quick video of Ivan Kulchitsky '17's work. |

By Jasper Turner,

Math Department Chair

While many schools celebrate the Hour of Code, a global movement dedicated to making computer science accessible to all, Berkshire’s math department has embraced the initiative with a unique twist: intentionally embedding computer science into several stages of the math curriculum.

In one example, students in Advanced Geometry animated several different shapes in the Python programming environment while learning about conditional and iterative statements. “it was pretty cool to manipulate objects using coordinates and equations," said Bianca Barth '20.

In Advanced Placement Calculus BC, students studied the compartmental modeling of diseases using NOVA modeling software. The culminating project required students to use the NOVA software to simulate the spread of an infectious disease in Berkshire County based on a model found in research articles.

“I didn’t really understand how a disease spreads and it was fascinating to learn about how it could be modeled and graphed mathematically," said Ben Dixon '17. "The NOVA software was intuitive and simple."

BC Calculus teacher Dr. Lauren Riva noted that the final presentations by each group revealed just how effective analyzing data using technology was in enabling students to understand differential equations within a context and to interpret the results.

Students in Kurt Schleunes Linear Algebra class took a break from examining how a drug’s concentration within the bloodstream might dissipate over time to learn how to use matrices to transform 3D space into a 2D projection in Python. Here’s a quick video of sixth former Ivan Kulchitsky’s work.

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