Faculty & Staff Details

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Kenneth Monks

Title
Faculty
Campus
Boulder County Campus
Office Location
C1333
Department
Boulder County Campus Mathematics


Kenneth M Monks was born in Northeastern Pennsylvania in a decaying coal mining town that saw its peak during WWII. Watching the economic hardship in his hometown inspired him to want to help people from every background and circumstance, always have the opportunity to better themselves. Mathematics education at Front Range Community College has been the perfect avenue for this mission!
Teaching Philosophy
I love to bring the human side of mathematics to life for students. I include substantial math history in my courses to motivate the subject and show students that mathematics is a created language like any other, like sheet music or English! They typically respond very positively and approach the subject with newfound perspective that helps their success.
Teaching Experience

2012 - Present: Faculty at Front Range Community College
2006 - 2012: Teaching Assistant at Colorado State University

Education

Colorado State University, Ph.D. Mathematics, 2012
Colorado State University, M.A. Mathematics, 2008
University of Scranton, B.S. Mathematics, 2006

Courses Taught
  • Math for Liberal Arts
  • College Algebra
  • Precalculus
  • Business Calculus
  • Calculus I
  • Calculus II
  • Calculus III
  • Differential Equations with Linear Algebra
  • Generating Functions Independent Study
  • Student Internship – Volunteer Experience Independent Study
  • Introduction to Abstract Algebra
Additional Information

Ken is also a co-founder of Prove it! Math Academy, a summer program for high school students looking to make the leap from computational mathematics to proof-based mathematics: https://proveitmath.org/.

Honors, Awards, Publications

Early Career Teaching Award, Rocky Mountain Section of the Mathematical Association of America. 2019.

"An Elementary Proof of the Explicit Formula for the Möbius Number of the Odd Partition Poset", Journal of Integer Sequences, Volume 21, Article 18.9.6. 2018.

Master Teacher, Front Range Community College – Boulder County Campus, 2017.

"Strongly sufficient sets and the distribution of arithmetic sequences in the 3x+13x+1 graph". (with Keenan Monks, Ken G. Monks, and Maria Monks) Discrete Mathematics, Volume 313, Issue 4, 28 February 2013, Pages 468-489.

"The Möbius Number of the Socle of any Group", Cornell University’s arXiv.org, arXiv:1002.3503 [math.GR] 2010.

"The sufficiency of arithmetic progressions for the $ 3x+1$ Conjecture", Proceedings of the American Mathematical Society, Volume 134, Pages 2861-2872, May 2006.