Professor VanHoy has developed computer generated interactive math applets to help students learn mathematical concepts. These applets are basically small simulations that apply to a single phenomenon that allow individuals to adjust controls and see the direct impact of adjustments in graphical representations. For example the simple math applet at http://www.anthonyvanhoy.com/trigtransform.html will allow users to make direct modifications to variables in a sine or cosine function by using scroll bars, inputting different values, or changing html radio buttons. Changes can be seen instantly. Funding for this project was provided by the Humber College Centre for Teaching and Learning through the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Program (2015-2016). Professor VanHoy was the recipient of the innovation of the year award in 2017.
Student success in many program areas at the college and subsequently in the work force is dependent upon the ability to apply a range of mathematical skills to problem solving. As part of their program requirements at Humber, many students must successfully complete a number of mathematics courses. Students in programs such as business, accounting, computers, electronics, mechanical engineering, etc. need to acquire advanced mathematics skills in order to meet the demands of their program and ultimately the world of work. As a result, the Mathematics Department at Humber offers a wide variety of courses ranging from numeracy to applied calculus, statistics and quantitative methods.
Mathematics courses are grouped into three categories: general mathematics, business mathematics, and technical mathematics. Each group of courses has been tailored to meet the needs of students in their chosen vocational programs. Courses in all three areas are structured to provide sequential skill development to help students develop and strengthen their abilities in mathematics.