March 19 Day 741: Joys of ‘Spring Break’

It’s the first official day of spring break for UW Tacoma and Willamette University. My son Zach and I are lounging in the family room, working on math—he is getting a start on his homework, I am grading final projects.

I enjoy chatting with him about mathematical induction, giving LaTeX tips, and providing feedback on his proofs when asked. (My students know that I am not a fan of induction. I prefer direct, combinatorial proofs whenever possible. But I understand that induction is an important proof technique to learn. It just pains me to see him use it when a direct proof would be so much clearer.)

There is much work to do on this ‘break.’ Final grades are due by 5 pm Tuesday and I am perpetually behind on writing deadlines. I plan to get caught up and still take time to relax and enjoy my family.

Published by Jenny Quinn

Mathematician. Mother. Wife. Leader. I am a professor of mathematics at the University of Washington Tacoma. Mother of Anson and Zachary. Wife to Mark. President of the Mathematical Association of America.

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