Peter Olszewski

Peter Olszewski
Lecturer, Mathematics
Office Phone
Office Location
10 Prischak

Mailing Address:
ERIE PA 16563

    I started my career teaching high school students but while in graduate school, I worked as an professor for two colleges in New York City.

    After graduate school, I moved out of my hometown of Greenwich, CT to Erie, PA where I work as a full-time mathematics lecturer and as a textbook editor. Fairfield University is my alma mater where I graduated in 2008 with a bachelor of science in pure mathematics with a minor in education and in 2010 with a master of science in pure mathematics and financial mathematics. I currently teach a mix of courses such as College Algebra I, College Algebra II with Analytic Geometry, The Mathematics of Money (financial mathematics), and Technical Calculus (for Business majors), and Linear Algebra (for engineers). I'm also actively perusing research in Cayley Color Graphs, Markov Chains, Group Theory, the role of mathematics in money and in music, mathematics education, and slide rules. Lastly, I’m the 362nd Chapter Adviser of Pi Mu Epsilon for Penn State Erie.

    Outside of teaching and textbook editing, I enjoy horseback riding, playing golf, playing guitar both acoustic and electric (Jimmy Page is my guitar hero!!), reading books (James Patterson is my favorite!!), swimming, jogging, and painting. I haven't painted in a while but when I do, I paint landscapes using oils.


    Teaching Specialties

    • Algebra
    • Calculus
    • Geometry
    • Remedial Mathematics
    • Statistics
    • Mathematics Education
    • Financial Mathematics

    Teaching Statement

    Teaching is a profession where one is involved in shaping the future of our society. With every course I teach I have three goals I want to achieve by the end of the semesters:

    1. Make sure students have a clear understanding of all concepts
    2. Be able to see how mathematics plays a role the real world through the presentation of applications
    3. Be able to help students realize they can do anything they put their minds to.

    We as teachers must motivate students to learn in order to keep pace to an ever-changing world. In mathematics, I stress the ability to reason with logic and to think analytically and precisely in the solving of mathematical problems. I encourage students to question how mathematical thinking can be applied to problems in both pure and applied science, economics, and architecture.

    Research Interests

    • Slide Rules
    • Group Theory
    • Cayley Color Graphs
    • Markov Processes
    • Mathematics Education
    • Textbook Editing and Writing
    Research Interests

    Cayley Color Graphs, history of mathematics, Group Theory, Mathematics Education, textbooks, online, and hybrid learning.


    Pre-Calculus, Calculus, and Beyond - November 28, 2021

    Functional Linear Algebra - November 1, 2021

    Mathematics Instructional Practices in Singapore Secondary Schools - October 3, 2021

    Mathematics (Education) in the Information Age - August 13, 2021

    Common Sense Mathematics - June 7, 2021

    Multivariable Calculus with Mathematica - March 21, 2021

    Linear Algebra for the 21st Century - January 3, 2021

    Interdisciplinary Design of Game-based Learning Platforms - November 27, 2020

    Critical, Transdisciplinary and Embodied Approaches in STEM Education - September 13, 2020

    National Reflections on the Netherlands Didactics of Mathematics - May 24, 2020

    Selected Exercises in Algebra, Volume 1 - April 12, 2020

    Inspiring Mathematics: Lessons from the Navajo Nation Math Circles - February 16, 2020

    Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Math Cognition - January 4, 2020

    Affect and Mathematics Education - November 9, 2019

    The Creativity Code: Art and Innovation in the Age of AI - October 20, 2019

    A Problem-Solving Approach to the Introduction to Ordinary Differential Equations for Undergraduate Students at an American Two-Year College - September 1, 2019

    A Problem-Solving Approach to the Introduction to Ordinary Differential Equations for Undergraduate Students at an American Two-Year College - August 9, 2019
    Collaborators: Ben Fine, Author; Gerhard Rosenberger, Author

    The Impact of Mathematics and Mathematicians - August 9, 2019
    Collaborators: Ben Fine, Author; Gerhard Rosenberger, Author

    Isaac Newton: The Asshole Who Reinvented the Universe - April 16, 2019

    The Mathematics of Everyday Life - April 15, 2019

    Linear Algebra - March 8, 2019

    Matrix Theory and Applications for Scientists and Engineers - February 24, 2019

    K-12 Mathematics Education in Israel: Issues and Innovations - January 30, 2019

    The Lvov-Warsaw School. Past and Present - December 17, 2018

    Numerical Linear Algebra: An Introduction - December 4, 2018

    The Continued Exercise of Reason: Public Addresses by George Boole - November 29, 2018

    Teaching Children to Love Problem Solving: A Reference from Birth to Adulthood - September 18, 2018

    Issues and Trends in Current Math Classrooms - September 14, 2018
    Collaborators: Rachel Ayieko, Author; Dushimimana Jean Claude, Author; Penina Kamina, Author; Enock Obuba, Author; Innocente Uwineza, Author

    Rogue Waves - July 24, 2018

    Matrix Analysis and Applications - April 27, 2018

    Teaching and Learning Algebraic Thinking with 5- to 12-Year-Olds - March 17, 2018

    Never Split Tens! - January 15, 2018

    Matrix Algebra: Theory, Computations, and Applications in Statistics - January 2, 2018

    Retaining Millennial Students. Are Students Studying Effectively After First-Year Seminar?: Millennial College Students and Study Skills, Global Adaptations of Community College Infrastructure - January 18, 2018

    A First Course in Linear Algebra - December 1, 2017

    Mathematics Teacher Preparation in Central America and the Caribbean - November 2, 2017

    On the Fundamental Existence and Uniqueness Theorem - September 10, 2017
    Collaborators: Antonio Mastroberardino, Author; Ben Fine, Author

    An Introduction to Malthematical Finance with Applications - August 18, 2017

    Digital Technologies in Designing Mathematics Education Tasks - May 8, 2017

    And the Rest is Just Algebra - April 12, 2017

    Uses of Technology in Lower Secondary Mathematics Education - March 11, 2017

    Teaching and Learning About Whole Numbers in Primary School - February 17, 2017

    Supporting Success through Educational Technology Innovations: Prompting Students' Self-Regulated Learning - February 1, 2017
    Collaborators: Rayne Sperling, Primary Author; Ben Brautigam, Contributor to Edited Volume; Kelly Butzler, Contributor to Edited Volume; David Falvo, Contributor to Edited Volume; Amy Garbrick, Contributor to Edited Volume; Simon Hooper, Contributor to Edited Volume; Justin Miller, Contributor to Edited Volume; Bart Pursell, Contributor to Edited Volume; Crystal Ramsay, Student Author; Sherwyn Saul, Contributor to Edited Volume; Carolyn Strickland, Contributor to Edited Volume

    International Comparative Studies in Mathematics - January 12, 2017

    The Mathematics Education of Prospective Secondary Teachers Around the World - January 31, 2017

    Instructor's Resource Manual - January 2, 2017

    Chapter 6: Geometry - January 2, 2017

    Transitions in Mathematics Education - December 30, 2016

    Applications of Algebra and Geometry to the Work of Teaching - November 29, 2016

    Motivating Mathematics: Engaging Teachers and Engaged Students - October 13, 2016

    On Collaboration: An Important Skill for Mathematics Educators for the 21st Century, IMHOTEP: African Journal of Pure and Applied Mathematics - September 7, 2016
    Collaborator: Dickson Owiti, Co-Author

    The Science Behind a Flipped Classroom, IMHOTEP: African Journal of Pure and Applied Mathematics - September 7, 2016
    Collaborator: Array Array

    Enabling Students in Mathematics: A Three-Dimensional Perspective for Teaching Mathematics in Grades 6‒12 - June 6, 2016

    Origami 6: I-II: Mathematics - May 17, 2016

    The Perfect Bet: How Science and Math are Taking the Luck Out of Gambling - February 10, 2016

    Teaching Millennials how to Study Under the 21st Century Sky, Pyrex Journal - February 11, 2016
    Collaborator: Array Array

    Group Presentations, Cayley Graphs, and Markov Processes, World Scientific Press - January 2, 2016

    Chapter 10 Infinite Series - January 2, 2016

    Chapter 14 Differentiation in Several Variables - January 2, 2016

    Chapter 2 Limits - January 2, 2016

    College Calculus: A One-Term Course for Students with Previous Calculus Experience - November 27, 2015

    Linear Algebra: Pure & Applied - November 11, 2015

    Calculus with Early Transcendentals - August 17, 2015

    Mathematical Magic - June 9, 2015

    Mathematics and Transition to School: International Perspectives - April 24, 2015

    The Fourth Dimension: Toward a Geometry of Higher Reality - February 26, 2015

    Explorations of Mathematical Models in Biology with MATLAB® - December 29, 2014

    The Need for Effective Study Skills under the 21st Century Sky: A Case Study of USA and Kenya, IMHOTEP: African Journal of Pure and Applied Mathematics - November 3, 2014
    Collaborator: Dickson Owiti, Co-Author

    Concept Summary for Geometry & Systems of Linear Equations - September 1, 2014

    Concept Summary for Rational Expressions - September 1, 2014

    Concept Summary for Triangles & Trigonometry - September 1, 2014

    Concept Summary for Fractions & Matrices - September 1, 2014

    Golf on the Moon: Entertaining Mathematical Paradoxes and Puzzles - August 18, 2014

    Prospective Mathematics Teachers' Knowledge of Algebra - July 29, 2014

    Instructor's Resource Manual - July 1, 2014

    Teaching Mathematical Modelling: Connecting to Research and Practice - May 10, 2014


    Elementary Algebra, Chapter 9 Supplemental Exercise Video Solutions - January 1, 2014

    Intermediate Algebra, Chapter 6 Supplemental Exercise Video Solutions - January 1, 2014

    Algebra & Trigonometry, Chapter 6 Supplemental Exercise Video Solutions - January 1, 2014

    Elementary Algebra, Chapter 8 Supplemental Exercise Video Solutions - January 1, 2014

    Elementary Algebra, Chapter 5 Supplemental Exercise Video Solutions - January 1, 2014

    Elementary Algebra, Chapter 1 Supplemental Exercise Video Solutions - January 1, 2014

    How Math Works: A Guide to Grade School Arithmetic for Parents and Teachers - December 3, 2013

    Number, Shape, and Symmetry: An Introduction to Number Theory, Geometry, and Group Theory - August 26, 2013

    Instructor's Resource Manual - July 1, 2013

    Calculus of One Variable - April 16, 2013

    Calculus for Scientists and Engineers - December 11, 2012

    Applied Matrix Algebra - April 14, 2012

    Elementary Linear Algebra Solutions Writer - January 31, 2012

    Math and You Solutions Manual - July 1, 2011


    MS, Mathematics, Fairfield University

    BS, Mathematics, Fairfield University