Mr. Z.

"Fifth root of -1", by Mr. Z.
Mr. Z. is a recent graduate of MIT, where he majored in physics, but also spent a lot of time studying math and computer science, and went through MIT's teacher certification program. A lot of the curriculum ideas from this class came from 6.170, MIT's most rigorous Java programming course, which Mr. Z. took in his senior year.

Mr. Z. has a wide variety of hobbies and interests, ranging from forestry and biology to electrical engineering to martial arts to fractals, a type of mathematical artwork (image to left). His favorite television show of all time was Square One, which was a math show on PBS years ago. His favorite book of all time, which ironically he only read because a student left a copy in his classroom, is A Tale of Two Cities, by Charles Dickens. His second favorite is Les Miserables, by Victor Hugo. Some of his other favorite books are Fahrenheit 451 (by Ray Bradbury), Speaker for the Dead (by Orson Scott Card), and Invisible Man (by Ralph Ellison).

This is Mr. Z.'s third year of teaching, and he still has a lot to learn. The more feedback you can give him on how class is going, via the website, the faster he can get better at teaching, and the more fun your class will be.

Leave comments on this page if they are general comments about the course. If you want to comment on a particular homework, activity, or assignment, it's probably better to find that node and comment there.

You can email Mr. Z. at