MIAMI DADE
COLLEGE  NORTH



Carlos
GilVital




Department
of Mathematics







GENERAL
INFORMATION



Carlos GilVital
Professor
of Mathematics
Telephone: 3052378135
Email: cgil@mdc.edu
Miami Dade College
North Campus
11380 N.W. 27th Avenue, Room 7331
Miami, FL 33167






COURSE
INFORMATION



MY COURSES






OFFICE
SCHEDULE



OFFICE HOURS FALL 2013
Monday

7:00AM8:00AM; 09:50AM–11:00AM

Tuesday

6:10AM7:00AM; 11:15AM12:40PM

Wednesday

7:00AM8:00AM; 09:50AM–11:00AM

Thursday

6:10AM7:00AM; 11:15AM12:40PM

Friday

9:50AM11:00AM;

Saturday

8:40AM9:40AM; 12:40PM01:40PM







EDUCATIONAL
BACKGROUND



University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL, U.S.
M.S. Mathematics (June 2001) plus Ph.D. twoyear course work in Applied
Mathematics;
B.S. Mathematics and Electrical Engineering, Double Major (June
1993)
Miami Dade College
Wolfson Campus, Miami, FL, U.S.
A.A. Electrical Engineering (July 1983)
Instituto Tecnico Electronico del Atlantico, Barranquilla, Colombia
Electronics Technician (December, 1980)






EDUCATIONAL
PHILOSOPHY



I
believe that everyone can learn mathematics if they are taught properly,
have the appropriate background, and have the willingness to learn.
Once the correct ingredients are combined, teaching becomes a promise
between the teacher and the student. The teacher promises to teach
and the student promises to learn. In many cases, the possibility exists
that there are no bad students, but bad teachers. It is possible,
though, to sometimes find a bad student instead of a bad teacher.
However, with good or bad students, part of the job of the teacher is to
create the appropriate atmosphere to motivate students and inflict in them
the interest necessary to begin the learning process. It is the job
of the teacher to effectively awaken the student’s interest in any
particular topic. The teacher must be able to convince the student of
the crucial importance of the topic to be learned. One way to
successfully accomplish this is by taking an event or a situation from the
real world that we live in and make the connection between what we are
about to learn in theory and the way the theory is applied in the real
world. My view is that a good teacher must be creative,
knowledgeable, patient, respectful, willing to teach, and appropriately
prepared to teach a lesson. I believe that I have the mentioned six
qualities. A good student must be willing to learn, put the necessary
amount of practice time, effort, and dedication that the learning process
requires. Teaching is one of my passions. My goal as a
mathematics teacher is to transfer successfully, positively, and with
excruciating details to my students the knowledge that I have accumulated
in mathematics, so that the students acquire a complete understanding of
mathematics and learn to appreciate mathematics as the discipline that
helps tremendously in the design and implementation of new technology and
other great innovations that bring to us much of the fabulous comforts that
we enjoy today, such as cellular phones, cable TV, satellite communication,
air conditioning, airplane traveling, …, an endless list, plus the
innovations of the future that have not been implemented yet and/or no one
has thought about yet. It is my goal also to help students acquire
the mathematics skills that they need to be successful in future
mathematics courses, or in future courses that require an adequate mathematics
background. Mathematics skills are also necessary in many situations
of everyday life. I wish I could just “download” my knowledge to all
students. Have the students somehow hook up to my brain, access my
brain mathematics files, and download everything they need. Wouldn’t
that be great?






CURRENT
PROJECTS



At
the moment I find myself immersed in the project of finding and taking
command of the greatest ship in the whole Universe.






INTERESTS



I enjoy dancing and listening to music, especially salsa, merengue, cumbia,
vallenatos, oldies, baladas,
country music, disco, rock’n roll. I write
poems, read books about almost any topic. I love different types of
movies (mystery, thrill, action, suspense, romance, comedy, mafia, science
fiction, but no horror/no terror). I love old movies like Casa Blanca
or Clint Eastwood's movies. I enjoy watching reruns of Star Trek TV
episodes or bigscreen movies, Star Wars, Rambo, The Godfather, Good
Fellas, and the like. I love The Sopranos, The Tonight Show (now with
Conan Obrian), The Jay Leno Show, Law and Order,
CSI. I believe in mental powers (ESP),
remote influencing (RI), remote viewing (RV), astral projections,
apparitions, and the like.






ONLINE
RESOURCES / LINKS






http://www.earthquakes.com/



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