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Terry Perciante, Ph.D.

Professor of Mathematics Emeritus

On Faculty since 1972, Retired in 2012

Since 1988, Terry has increasingly worked in fractal geometry and chaos theory with a small international team of writers and researchers headquartered at the University of Bremen in northern Germany. His professional involvement with this team has resulted in frequent keynote talks at NSF institutes, symposia, and professional meetings that especially relate to aspects of dynamical systems. He has just completed an entire online course focused upon a number of historical iteration patterns that have gained renewed importance within the context of fractal geometry. Since he enjoys computer programming for classroom purposes, Terry has authored numerous educational computer software packages for elementary, middle school, high school, and college teachers. Along with his wife Ginny, Terry has two married children and six grandchildren. He has been a long-term member and very active participant in a local evangelical church.

State University of New York at Buffalo
Ed.D., 1972
Dissertation on The Influence of Visual Perception upon the Development of Geometrical Concepts

Wheaton College
B.S., 1967

  • Math 125 Mathematics for Elementary Education
  • Math 231; 232 Calculus I and II
  • Math 245 Linear Algebra
  • Math 362 Geometry
  • Math 363; 463 Probability and Statistics I and II
  • National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
  • Fractal Geometry
  • Chaos Theory

Fractals for the Classroom: Strategic Activities Vols. I, II, III with Pietgen, Jurgens, Saupe, Maletsky, and Yunker (1991, 1992, 1999) from Springer-Verlag New York, Inc.

Authoring Team of Math Advantage Teachers Editions and Pupils Editions, Grades K-8, Harcourt Brace & Co., 1998

Perciante, Terence H., "E-Lab", Grades 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8 Software Packages, Harcourt Brace and Company, 1997.

Perciante, Terence H. and Maletsky, Evan M. Grades 3-8 Math Advantage E-Lab Activities, Harcourt Brace and Company, 1997.

Fraktale: Ein Arbeitsbuch with Pietgen, Jurgens, Saupe, Maletsky, and Yunker (1992) from Ernst Klett Schulbuchverlag Stuttgart, Germany

Chaos: Ein Arbeitsbuch with Pietgen, Jurgens, Saupe, Maletsky, and Yunker (1992) from Ernst Klett Schulbuchverlag Stuttgart, Germany

Study and Solutions Manuals for Scott Foresman and Company, 1993 Calculus

Study and Solutions Manuals for Scott Foresman and Company, 1989

  • College Algebra
  • Algebra and Trigonometry

Study and Solutions Manuals for Scott Foresman and Company, 1988

  • College Algebra
  • College Algebra and Trigonometry

"Individualized Student Testing and Prescription" in Collegiate Microcomputer, Vol VI, Number 1, February 1988.

"Approaches to Problem Solving" software and supplemental materials published by Educational Publishing Concepts, 1988.

Presenter at Florida Educ. Tech. Conf. of ELAB software authored for Harcourt Brace Mar. 5-7, 1998

Rutgers University, Instructor in NSF Young Scholars Program July 1998, Aug. 1999, July 2000

Keynote speaker for MU ALPHA THETA induction, Illinois Math Science Academy Oct. 27, 1998

5 Plenary Sessions: Assoc. of Christian Schools International Conf., Columbus, OH Oct. 28-30, 1998

Saturday Scholars Lecture Series - Plainfield, IL Nov. 14, 1998

22 hour mini-course for College Board, NY, PaceSetter Math program, Dallas, TX Dec. 3-6, 1998

Keynote Speaker, NSF program, Florida Atlantic Univ. July 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002

Guest Lecture, Experimental Design, Waubonsie High School AP statistics classes Apr. 20, 1999

3 Sessions: Assoc. of Christian Schools International Conf., South Bend, IN Oct. 6-7, 1999

Presentation to joined math classes, "Experimental Design", St. Francis H.S., Wheaton Nov. 16, 2000

"From Pharaoh, to Pythagoras, to Fractals", Northern IL Assoc. Teachers Math, Rockford, IL Feb. 2001

Keynote Speaker, Illinois AP Institutes, Illinois Wesleyan University June 22, 2001

Keynote Address, Metropolitan Math Club of Chicago Meeting Nov. 28, 2001

The Problem of Random Events

When turbulent events touch our lives, we may think they are utterly random. But as mathematics professor emeritus Dr. Terry Perciante explains in this TowerTalk, things are not always as they seem.


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