John Quintanilla

Professor of Mathematics (Vita)

University Distinguished Teaching Professor

Co-Director, Teach North Texas

Co-Undergraduate Advisor (with Dr. Jianguo Liu)


Department of Mathematics
1155 Union Circle #311430
University of North Texas
Denton, TX 76203-5017

E-mail: jquintanilla@unt.edu

Office: General Academic Building (GAB) Rm. 418-D

Phone: (940) 565-4043

Fax: (940) 565-4805

 

I have been teaching mathematics at UNT since 1996.

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Work: Teaching

Classes for Spring 2014

 

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TR 8:00-9:20

Life Sciences Complex A106

 

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MWF 9:00-9:50

Curry 211

 

Office Hours for Fall 2014:

T 11-1, R 10-12,

and by appointment

 

Success in Mathematics

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Math in the Media

Are you skeptical about the usefulness of learning mathematics? Don't tell that to the writers of Home Improvement!

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		pro golfer, after finishing fifth at the Standard Life Loch Lomond:
		`If you put a rope around the earth and measure it at 26,000 miles
		and then put another rope three feet above the surface, how much 
		longer is that rope? I missed a two-foot putt thinking about it and
		suddenly had a four-footer for bogey.'

Sports Illustrated
7/19/1999

 

Honors Received for Teaching

  • Princeton University Engineering Council Excellence in Teaching Award (1995)
  • Honorary Member, Golden Key National Honor Society (1999)
  • Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation Joseph B. Whitehead Educator of Distinction Award (2001, 2003)
  • UNT President's Council Teaching Award (2004)
  • Texas Section of the Mathematical Association of America Distinguished College or University Teaching of Mathematics Award (2005)
  • Honorary Alumnus, Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science (2005)
  • UNT President’s Council Service Award (2010)
  • University Distinguished Teaching Professor (2010)

The links below show my talk “The Mathematics of Music and Language,” which I’ve given to several general audiences.

 

·         Part 1: Modeling real-life phenomena with trigonometric functions, interpreting the amplitude, period, phase shift, and vertical shift.

·         Part 2: Musical notes and chords, with an emphasis on frequencies.

·         Part 3: Chords, beats, and overtones.

·         Part 4: Linguistic and frequencies

·         Part 5: Linguistics, spectrographs and Fourier analysis.

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Work: Research

Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description:  My research interests include but are not limited to the use of applied mathematics and probability theory to study the microstructure and effective properties of random heterogeneous materials. As you may guess, my work is quite interdisciplinary in its nature. My vita is available here in PDF format.

Work-related links

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Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: *Who Wants To Be A Mathematical Millionaire? This link discusses the seven greatest unsolved problems in mathematics. A correct solution to any one of them is worth $1,000,000.

 

 

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Past

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Worship

My wife (Dr. Sandra Quintanilla of UNT's Physics Department) and I attend Denton Bible Church, located at 2300 E. University Drive in Denton. I also assist the technical support team at the church.

In the past, I attended the meetings of the Princeton Evangelical Fellowship and Cru at Stanford. These are two student groups, among many others, which seek to disciple Christian students in their faith and to offer opportunities to the student body to examine the claims of Christianity. I also attended Westerly Road Church in Princeton and Peninsula Bible Church in Palo Alto, California.

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On the lighter side...

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Creative writing

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Parting thought

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Yakko Warner, lecturing at the Center for Advanced Mathematics:

"Therefore, if we isolate the variable for the quantities unknown, we are left with a quadratic equation for which there are only two real roots: 3 and a -5. It's that simple."

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