Connecting the Dots: Concepts in Math

Connecting the Dots: Concepts in Math

Develop a strong conceptual foundation in Math. Start connecting the dots between different ideas & start thinking from first principles. Relevant for students from all Boards.

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10 October 2020

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About the Course

For students in Grades 8, 9, 10, from any Board (CBSE/ IB/ IGCSE/ ICSE, etc.)


We were inspired by some recent posts on Social Media about the excessive focus on methods/ short-cuts/ speed, as opposed to foundational understanding. There's plenty of research about typical conceptual gaps in students' understanding at at various age/ grade levels. Our blog post, Conceptual Learning: What, Why and How, provides a more detailed background. 


With this starting point, our mentors sat down to curate a list of such areas that students could do well to have a deep, foundational understanding of, that they can build on, over time. We have identified such topics across Science (Physics, Chemistry, Biology) and Math.


This module is around Math concepts - particularly around Multiplicative Thinking (working with rates, etc.) and Algebraic Thinking (generalizations, finding the unknown).  The module will focus on co-varying quantities and multiple types of variation. Exploring how these play out in our everyday life, we hope to see how this affects the size of living things. We also hope to look at expressing variation algebraically.


These are particularly important to navigate concepts in the Sciences as well, and therefore, critical to have a good foundation in. The content has been chosen based on a knowledge of common student misconceptions and errors- derived from research as well as the experience base of our mentors.


For each topic, the student experience includes pre-work, live sessions with mentors, assignments/ assessments, and feedback. In addition, students can email their doubts and questions to the mentor at any point of time during the course.


The course comprises 4 sessions of 1.5 hours each. Each session will be on a Saturday, between 2:00-3:30pm.


The course is NOT a tuition service aimed at preparation for exams. These courses are also NOT a substitute for school work.


Please click here for a more detailed write-up about our larger course, Connecting the Dots across Math and Science.

About our Facilitator:

Rachit is an electronics engineer who has been designing analog circuits for the past decade. His work experience includes Cosmic Circuits and Cadence Design Systems (which acquired Cosmic Circuits), on the design of integrated circuits for audio codecs, serial interfaces, and phase locked loops amongst other things. He likes to spend his time on reading, understanding audio, building speakers, music, and sports.


Rachit has a Masters degree from the Centre For Electronic Design And Technology at the Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru.


Muralidhar (aka Murali) is senior mentor and course designer at GenWise with 20+ years of experience in the social sector. In addition to delivering Vocational Training to young adults, he is currently responsible for design, manufacturing and marketing operations at a traditional handicraft (wooden toys) enterprise near Bengaluru. Murali has also delivered training and professional development programs for secondary science teachers and 'making' skills to "gifted students" for around 4 years.


Murali has a bachelor's degree in Engineering from IIT Madras.