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Unformatted text preview: ate the authors’ love of their discipline and passion for teaching, so that I come away
believing that they really want to help students and not just make money. Thus, I thank my fellow
Preface-readers again for giving me the opportunity to share with you the need and vision which
guided the creation of this book and passion which both Carl and I hold for Mathematics and the
teaching of it.
Carl and I are natives of Northeast Ohio. We met in graduate school at Kent State University
in 1997. I ﬁnished my Ph.D in Pure Mathematics in August 1998 and started teaching at Lorain
County Community College in Elyria, Ohio just two days after graduation. Carl earned his Ph.D in
Pure Mathematics in August 2000 and started teaching at Lakeland Community College in Kirtland,
Ohio that same month. Our schools are fairly similar in size and mission and each serves a similar
population of students. The students range in age from about 16 (Ohio has a Post-Secondary
Enrollment Option program which allows high school students to take college courses for free while
still in high school.)...
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