I get to teach Math 429 this semester.
This is the introductory topology course for undergraduates at Penn State – “point set topology” as the old-fashioned name would be. I used to teach some of this material at Oxford but I have not had a chance to teach it at PSU before now. I have about 25 students.
I decided to try a variation of a Moore method approach in this class.
So I started by showing the students the two-minute video above, which shows Steph Davis free-soloing and then BASE jumping from a Utah desert tower. Then I asked them, “Now you have watched the video, could you do that?”