Associate Professor

Mathematics Department

Room M214

Tel 217.351.2885 · Fax 217.373.3898

lblackburn@parkland.edu

Current Schedule

Teaching History

- MAT 107-001: General Education Mathematics
- MAT 108-003: Introduction to Applied Statistics
- MAT 108-004: Introduction to Applied Statistics
- MAT 126-002: Precalculus Mathematics
- MAT 128-004: Calculus and Analytic Geometry I

Visit my blog

- Numberphile

short, entertaining videos on a variety of mathematical topics - Math Is Fun

review algebra and geometry, play games, train your multiplication tables, and have fun - Algebra Help

review algebra and practice worksheets - Math Insight

a collection of articles and interactive applets getting to the heart of various topics, especially multi-variable calculus - Geogebra

free software download for creating pictures, diagrams, graphs, and interactive applets for algebra, geometry, calculus, and other topics - Wolfram Alpha

a powerful calculation engine; type in "plot y = sin(x)" or "what does a Russian keyboard look like?" for example - The William Lowell Putnam Mathematics Competition

learn about one of the hardest math contests on the planet for college students - The Millenium Prize
Problems

seven cutting edge problems in research mathematics, each with a $1,000,000 prize bounty - Terence Tao

Terence Tao, a math professor at UCLA, is one of the world's leading mathematicians; see what he's up to

- Sixty Symbols

much more than 60 short, intriguing videos about the symbols of physics and astronomy - Deep Sky Videos

Exploring deep space - one video at a time. Including videos about the famous Messier Catalogue and access to world-class telescopes. - Periodic Videos

a video about each element on the periodic table - The Feynman Lectures on Physics

free online version - How to Become a GOOD
Theoretical Physicist

advice from Nobel Prize winning physicist, Gerard 't Hooft - College Physics

free College Physics textbook from openstax College, 1275 pages, pdf - MinutePhysics

short, excellent videos for everyone - MinuteEarth

more great videos by the creator of MinutePhysics

- Words of the World

short videos on words, featuring academics from the University of Nottingham's School of Cultures, Languages, and Area Studies - Vocabulary.com

sign up for a free account and start improving your vocabulary with this great site - Vocabulary.com blog

official blog of vocabulary.com, concerning interesting articles on words, language, and teaching - Fun with Words

wordplay, etymology, puzzles, mnemonics, palindromes, and much more - Grumpmeister

a retired lawyer with a sunny disposition but a low irritation threshold entertainingly complains about language abuses - other electricities

dive into the fascinating and weird world of Ander Monson - Lexicon Valley riveting podcasts on all things lingual