teaching

Posted on Jul 22, 2021

for an introduction of me, see about page. this page is dedicated to my pedagogic interests.

summary

i’m a teacher. the following is what i can teach up to high school level:

  • physics
  • chemistry
  • mathematics

additionally, i can give lessons of:

  • english
  • french

specifically, i can lecture the introductions of the following:
in mathematics,

  • foundations of mathematics
  • mathematical logic
  • real analysis
  • group theory
  • euclidean geometry
  • affine geometry

in computer world,

  • c, python, bash, scheme
  • unix-like operating systems with parabola gnu/linux and openbsd
  • vim, emacs

all of the lectures are $8/hour. for contact information, see about page.

material production and foss preference

i care about aesthetics in typesetting. when i open any kind of book, i want to see well and mindfully typeset pages. all graphic should be nice and sharp. if a graphic is not a photograph or something which do not have to be rasterized, it should not be. it should be in scalable vector graphics form or an equivalent. my eyes should also look at appropriately chosen font faces, not some random one, or not a one that is incapable of displaying a character in the text. i don’t want to see inproportionate, weird spacing in a page. italics, bold and other styles should be relevantly used.

as much as i require those things to my pleasure, i also desire them to any reader and bibliophil. in that regard, when i give lectures to someone or some group, i like to provide and recommend materials with beforementioned qualities.

producing materials like this starts with having the criteria and the concerns, in the first place. then one starts to have a set of personal choices. then comes the need of capable and efficient tools to realize this choices. for one of the first tools existed to perform this job, one can watch stephen fry’s the history of the first printing press documentary. fast forward to computer era, one has tools that can mainly be classified in two categories:

  • wysiwyg programs (interactive nature)
  • wysiwym programs (batch nature)

giving various types of resulting documents, some in proprietary format, some open. similarly, some of those programs themselves are proprietary or closed source, some of them are free and open source. one of those free and open source programs, written initially in 1978 by donald knuth, called tex, is my interest.

it resides in the second category of the classification, meaning that what you type describes the resulting document, it’s not the document itself. by this means, you use a compiler. it processes your description and gives you a document for desired device format, e. g., ps, dvi, pdf etc. one can continue to learn about the world of typesetting, typograhy and tex on tug, i will pass to another matter.

i typeset my teaching material in latex. i write my letters, articles, agendas and journals in latex, it is a wonder! it has a quite pleasant workflow and it produces exceptionally high quality documents.