Cody L. Patterson
Assistant Director, Institute for Mathematics
Department of Mathematics
The University of Arizona
e-mail: cpatterson (shift-2) math (dot) arizona (dot) edu
Greetings! Welcome to my
homepage. Here you can find information about projects I'm
working on, classes I'm teaching, math competitions and camps for
K-12 students, and other assorted goodies for the wandering
If you want to find out about classes I'm teaching, click here.
If you want to find out
about my research, click here.
If you want to find out about contests and camps for young
math enthusiasts, click here.
If you are bored and want to leave, click here.
This summer, I am
teaching Math 505D, Data Analysis and Probability for K-8
Teachers. My personal home
page for the course is here.
Introduction to Number Theory and Modern Algebra (Spring
Math 196V, Vector
Calculus Supplemental Instruction Seminar (Spring
Math 223, Vector Calculus (Fall 2012)
Math 196N, Calculus II Supplemental Instruction Seminar (Fall
Math 315, Introduction to Number Theory and Modern Algebra (Spring
Math 223, Vector Calculus (Fall
Math 129, Calculus II (Spring 2011)
Math 505F, Geometry and Measurement for K-8 Teachers (Spring 2011)
Math 124, Calculus I With
Applications (Fall 2010)
I am interested in geometric
theory; in particular, I enjoy playing around with Coxeter groups
and their cousins (e.g., Artin groups). My
Ph.D. thesis "Fixed-Point-Free Actions of Coxeter Groups on
Three-Dimensional CAT(0) Cell Complexes" is available by request;
e-mail me if you want a copy. My thesis advisor is Daniel Allcock
of The University of Texas at
Here you can find an extensive list
of geometric group theorists maintained by Jon McCammond.
I am also interested in finding effective ways to teach mathematics,
especially to the following groups of people:
- Preservice and inservice math teachers
- Calculus students
- K-12 students interested in mathematics beyond the standard
(More content coming soon. If you are a math student in
grades K-12 or have a child in grades K-12 who wants an extra
challenge in mathematics, please e-mail me for info.)
Here are some online destinations I visit often:
Google: Now serving over 1
billion people, and surveilling over 7 billion.
For the latest in math, I keep one eye on MathSciNet (membership
required) and the other on arXiv
(free for all).
For news, I used to use CNN.com. Now that CNN.com is a useless
slurry of opinion columns, entertainment news (i.e., gossip), YouTube videos,
and relationship advice (seriously), I use BBC instead.
I still get my sports fix at ESPN.com.
If I made a joke in class that you didn't get, you may need to brush
up on internet memes at Know
How many isomorphism classes of TV sitcoms are there, really?
Probably fewer than you think; see tvtropes.org.
Everything costs more these days. But we can still get random
numbers for free, thanks to RANDOM.ORG.
Reddit: Where spare time goes to
die. Some content NSFW; consider yourself warned.