Alvin Estrada

Alvin Estrada

Alvin Estrada
Lecturer
Phone number: 
212.237.1434
Room number: 
6.65.16 NB

Education

M.A., Mathematics Education, Adelphi University (2012)
B.S., Mathematics, Stony Brook Univeristy, SUNY (2008)
B.S., Applied Mathematics and Statistics, Stony Brook University, SUNY (2008)

 

Bio

Professor Alvin Estrada is a Lecturer of Mathematics at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York (CUNY).  He is also a member of the Math Foundations Quantitative Reasoning Program.  His professional portfolio includes teaching, tutoring, and project researching in mathematics, statistics, and computer science in higher education levels.  He participates in the Urban Science Education Research Seminar (USER-S) series at the Graduate Center, CUNY. 

Professor Estrada's research interests are applied mathematics & statistics, history of mathematics, mathematics education (elementary, secondary, and collegiate), number theory, and urban education in SMT (science, mathematics & technology).  (Related topics: STEM teaching with technology, and urban education in the learning sciences.)

Professor Estrada earned the Public School Teacher Certification in Mathematics (7-12) from the University of the State of New York Education Department, and Art & Science of Teaching Certification from Long Island University Post. 

Alvin Estrada received his M.A. in Mathematics Education from Adelphi University, B.S. in Mathematics, and B.S. in Applied Mathematics & Statistics from Stony Brook University, State University of New York (SUNY).  

Teaching

Below is a list of classes I am currently teaching at John Jay College.

MAT 105 College Algebra

MAT 351  Introduction to Ordinary Differential Equations

STA 250 Principles and Methods of Statistics

Previous Courses Taught 

The following is a list of courses I have taught at John Jay College.

John Jay College

  • MAT 098, Pre-Freshman Math (Summer 2015, Summer 2016, Summer 2017)
    • This course prepares students for the study of pre-calculus and develops their mathematical maturity. The topics to be covered include review of the fundamentals of algebra, relations, functions, solutions of first-and second- degree equations and inequalities, systems of equations, matrices and determinants, binomial theorem, mathematical induction, polynomial functions, exponential and logarithmic functions, analytic geometry and conic sections, geometric and arithmetic sequences and series, and miscellaneous topics. (Early Start Students Only)
  • MAT 104, Paced Modern Mathematics (Summer 2012, Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Summer 2013)
    • This course gives a systemic treatment of the foundations of college algebra. Topics include complex numbers, systems of linear equations and inequalities, functions, the theory of equations, logarithms and exponential functions. The student will improve problem solving skills by applying the concepts learned to applications. Students will be required to use an online homework software package. This course is a four- hour alternative version of MAT 105 and is designed for students who do not place into MAT 105.
  • MAT 105, College Algebra (Fall 2013 - present)
    • This course prepares students for the study of pre-calculus and develops their mathematical maturity. The topics to be covered include review of the fundamentals of algebra, relations, functions, solutions of first-and second- degree equations and inequalities, systems of equations, matrices and determinants, binomial theorem, mathematical induction, polynomial functions, exponential and logarithmic functions, analytic geometry and conic sections, geometric and arithmetic sequences and series, and miscellaneous topics.
  • MAT 106, Liberal Arts Mathematics (Fall 2014)
    • This course examines the importance of mathematics in Contemporary society. Students will examine the mathematics behind everyday activities such as scheduling deliveries in an urban area, sampling methods for decision making, selection of a good voting system for elections with three or more candidates and growth and decline in consumer finance. Students will develop an understanding and appreciation of the elementary mathematical principles that surround us.
  • MAT 108, Social Science Mathematics / Finite Mathematics (Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Spring 2014, Summer 2014, Fall 2016, Winter 2017)
    • Recommended for students interested in the role of mathematical models in the quantification of the social sciences. Emphasis on mathematical skills and topics basic to the understanding of probability, linear programming, the power index, learning models, statistics, etc.
  • MAT 204, Discrete Structures (Spring 2015, Spring 2016, Spring 2017, Fall 2017)
    • The course introduces fundamental ideas in discrete structures,serving as a basis for subsequent courses in Computer Information Science.Topics include sets, functions and relations, the Pigeonhole Principle, basiccounting methods, elementary logic, mathematical induction, recursion, trees and graph theory.
  • MAT 351, Introduction to Ordinary Differential Equations (Spring 2018)
    • Differential equations are introduced as a mathematical expression of the postulates and principles describing growth, decay, and oscillatory phenomena.  Examples are chosen from biology, chemistry, economics, medicine, the public sector and the scoial sciences.  The interprettion of the matematical solutions with respect to the given problems is emphasized.  The use of computers in problem solving is also inlcuded.
  • STA 250, Principles and Methods of Statistics (Spring 2015 - present)
    • Introduction to statistics as applied to the social sciences. Emphasis on thebasic assumptions underlying statistical concepts and the role of statistics inthe analysis and interpretation of data. Problems in frequency distribution,measures of location and variation, probability and sampling, tests ofhypotheses and significance, linear regression and correlation, time series andindex numbers.  (Note: This course includes the use of SPSS software.​)

 

Committees / Programs

  • Math Foundations and Quantitative Reasoning Program
  • Department Committee on Student Grades Appeals
  • Department Curriculum Committee
  • Early Start Program
  • Project Researcher
  • Graduate Studies Workshops
  • Student Advisement
  • ADELANTE! Latino/a Success Program

 

Professional Certification / Membership

  • Mathematical Association of America (MAA)
  • Classroom Teacher, Initial Certificate, Mathematics 7-12: New York (Spring 2012)
  • The Art & Science of Teaching Certification (Fall 2009)

 

Academic Honors

  • Golden Key International Honour Society
  • Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society (Honor Society for Two-Year Colleges)

 

Presentations

  • Family Math Day (for parents and children in grades 3-4)
  • Y2M: Yes to Mathematics Conference for High School Students, "TIME WARP: Math and Science Before Calculators, iPads and Microwaves" - The History of Abacus (3/16/12)
  • Y2M: Yes to Mathematics Conference for High School Students"IT'S A SECRET: Encryption, Codes, Forensics" - Math Mysteries - "Who did it?" - Desductive Reasoning (3/25/11)

Research interest

Applied mathematics & statistics, history of mathematics, mathematics education (elementary, secondary, and collegiate), number theory and urban education in SMT (science, mathematics & technology).

Related Topics: STEM teaching with technology, and urban education in the learning sciences.

Expertise

Specializations/Interests

Calculus, Probability Theory, Applied Mathematics & Statistics, Linear Algebra, Abstract Algebra, History of Mathematics, Problem Solving, and the Teaching and Learning of Mathematics

External Links

American Mathematical Society (AMS) http://www.ams.org

American Statistical Association (ASA) http://www.amstat.org

Association of Women in Mathematics (AWM) http://www.awm-math.org

Association for Women in Science (AWIS) http://www.awis.org

Computing Research Association (CRA) http://www.cra.org

CUNY Graduate School and University Center http://www.gc.cuny.edu

CUNY Math includes an extensive list of sites related to careers in mathematics and statistics and provides contact information for the other colleges in CUNY http://www.cunymath.cuny.edu

Institute of Mathematical Statistics (IMS) http://www.imstat.org

International Society for Bayesian Analysis (ISBA) http://www.bayesian.org

Kolchin Seminar in Differential Algebra http://www.sci.ccny.cuny.edu/~ksda/

Mathematical Association of America (MAA) http://www.maa.org

Math Moments of the AMS http://www.ams.org/ams/mathmoments.html

MCMC Preprint Service http://www.statslab.cam.ac.uk/~mcmc

New York Group Theory Cooperative of CCNY, home of the MAGNUS computational group theory project, contains announcements of meetings of the Group Theory Seminar of the CUNY Graduate Center, and of seminars in the New York metropolitan area, and lists open problems in group theory and provides information about the MAGNUS software.http://grouptheory.org

Pi Mu Epsilon (national math honor society) http://www.pme-math.org

Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society http://www.sigmaxi.org

Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) http://www.siam.org

Society of Actuaries (SOA) http://www.soa.org

StatLib - Data, software and news from the statistics community http://lib.stat.cmu.edu

The Scientific Research Society (national Sigma Xi) http://www.sigmaxi.org/