Fellow Profile: Colin Clark

Colin Clark
  • G-TEAMS Cohort: 2013-14
  • Graduate Program: Applied Mathematics
  • Teacher Partner: Jennifer Thompson
  • School: Flowing Wells Junior High
  • Grade level: 7-8
  • Topics: Probability, Graph Theory, Finance

"In mathematics the art of asking questions is more valuable than solving problems."
- Georg Cantor

Research Interests

The geologic formations buried beneath the earth's surface have a profound effect on the pathways of groundwater flow. The percolating fluid is affected by both the geometry of nearby formations as well as the connectivity of the wider network. Since soils often show a high degree of spatial variability, exhaustive sampling is prohibitively expensive and consequently data sets are often either too sparse or too small. I overcome these difficulties by simulating flow through virtual samples which have been randomly generated to be representative of the original structure.

Classroom Activities

Lessons Learned

Many of us love to do. This may be, in part, because we do 'doing' so well. We enthusiastically calculate and solve, and we love to explain what we already know. Thinking, on the other hand, can be foreign territory. Jen is teaching me to focus less on the doing, and to focus more on projecting an idea that needs to be digested, articulated, and questioned.

Teaching Materials