] > gbarrick's introduction

# Who am I?

• Assistant Professor

• grew up in Strongsville/Berea area (Cleveland SW suburbs) in 1970's

• former automobile-mechanic/gritty redneck

• spent time in Colorado/Wyoming in 1980's

• attended math. graduate school at Kent State in 1990's

# Jobs

• Ph.D. Appl. Mathematics, 2000

• Engineer, Liquid Crystal Institute, 2001

• Lecturer, Case Western Reserve U., 2002 - 2006

• Engineer, Rocketcalc Inc., 2003 - 2006

• Asst. Professor, Walsh Univ., 2006 - present

• skiing
• birding
• hiking
• photography

# Projects/Interests: Science

• liquid crystal optics
• numerical analysis
$∫ 0 z ⁡ 1 2 ⁢ π ⁢ e - 1 2 ⁢ t 2 ⁢ d ⁡ t = h 3 ⁢ f 𝒩 ⁡ 0 + 2 ⁢ ∑ j=1 n−1 ⁡ f 𝒩 ⁡ z 2 ⁢ j + 4 ⁢ ∑ j=1 n ⁡ f 𝒩 ⁡ z 2 ⁢ j − 1 + f 𝒩 ⁡ z + O ⁡ h 4$
• high-performance (parallel)
computing
• liquid crystals
• probability/statistics

# What am I?

• good with hands/tools/devices/computers,

• talented,

• a decent writer/communicator,

• a hard-working guy,

• still just Joe Blow.

# Work-life in 2000's = very competitive

• we acquire valuable job skills,

• we learn to present our sets of skills,

• we also might attend a college.

## You find out that college is:

1. Not at all like hanging with John Belushi.
2. Also not at all like spending time with Don Trump.

3. A lot like working your tail-end off.

4. Nothing at all like it was for George Barrick.

5. All of the above.

## What will you adapt to?

• probably not math., statistics or physics.

• probably other professions.

• but you still gotta do your math;

• . . . . . it might be useful.

### Quote:

A person can live a happy and prosperous life, and never know (or care) anything about mathematics.

• Richard K. Brown, ca. 1978 (an old friend).

• probably true;

• also probably true with God replacing mathematics;

• not good to behave as if it were true.

### So, you're here to pass your math./physics class . . . .

• I'm here to help.

• I'll tell you what you need to know, and

• . . . . why you need to know it.

• You have to play with the problems.

• You will have to write tests.

### How will you ever survive mathematics/statistics/physics???

• Do the John Belushi thing. It might make you wealthy.

• Better alternative: stick around here; I can probably help you with that math. difficulty.

### You need to do some math.

• Not the kind that I do.

• Convince me that you've learned something;

• . . . . and that you can write it down.

• Learn to do some projects on a computer.

### Try not to feel like an idiot

• I know what that feels like.

• Try to imagine your way over difficult spots.

• Clear up details on your second go.

### Work through me idiot phase to get it right second time

• I need to talk with you;

• You need to talk to me;

• electronic communications sometimes suffices;

• laughter = communication.

• Don’t be a stranger!