Faculty & Staff

Mathematics

Michael Farndale, M.A.
Associate Professor of Physics and Mathematics
Phone: 641-585-8229
Fax: 641-585-8194
Email: farndalem@waldorf.edu

Education:

M. A. in Mathematics, Oxford University (England)

Certificate of Education, Oxford University (England)

B.A. in Mathematics, Oxford University (England)

Biography:

Professor Farndale was born in London, England. His teaching experience includes Brentwood School (Essex, England), Calgary University (Alberta, Canada), Samuel Pepys Comprehensive School (London, England), Atlantic College (Wales), St. George's English School (Rome, Italy), and St. Dominic's Sixth Form College (London, England).

His wide travels in Europe as a cosmopolitan teacher finally brought him to Iowa and Waldorf College in 1982, where he is currently an Associate Professor of Physics and Mathematics. He is a member of the American Association of Physics Teachers and the Mathematical Association of America.

His teaching interests are in physics, mathematics, and astronomy. He likes to travel with his family, garden, and sing in the church choir.

Additional Information:
Awards:
2005 Outstanding Faculty Award, Waldorf College

Classes:
Math 101
Phy 151
Phy 221 (offered every other year)
Phy 222 (offered every other year)

Teaching Philosophy:
I have found that students make the most progress when they have continual feedback on their work, whether classwork or homework.

In Math 101 classes, I give lecture notes and work examples on the board. Next, I set classwork and go over the solutions in class. I then set homework which is collected in randomly. I go over the homework in the next class. I encourage questions in class and try to ensure the weaker students are keeping up. I encourage students to come and see me during my office hours and some do. I also encourage students to see the AACE tutor in Math 101, and some do that.

In Physics and Physical Science, I teach the same way but set homework assignments online (using a course management system). Their answers are immediately graded by the computer, so there is immediate feedback on their work.

Tests are given every two or three weeks and no notes or textbooks are allowed. However, I provide the formulas they need for most questions. I go over the tests on the board in the next class.
Advice for Prospective Students: Attend all classes and take notes. Keep regular study hours and do the homework. Try and work in the same place each time (e.g. library or dorm room or classroom). Take an interest in one or more extra curricula activities and try attending chapel. Make friends and get to know your professors.