On a recent Friday in Alma Wilson’s Math 1030, a course in quantitative reasoning, he asked for a show of thumbs as he explained scaling factors.
"Think of a cube. If you double the length of the edges, what happens to the volume?" Wilson asked. A student answered correctly that it expands eight-fold.
"You double the diameter of a ball, it goes up eight times. Is this making sense?" asked Wilson, a Utah Valley University adjunct professor of math.
Some thumbs went up, some down. For the lost students, Wilson demonstrated shortcuts for determining scaling factors.
Wilson wishes the financial math associated with his UVU employment made as much sense to him. For many adjuncts struggling to stitch a living together from teaching, the scaling factor is not working out at all.