While physics makes heavy use of mathematics compared to other disciplines, most of what a physicist does is closer to advanced arithmetic than pure mathematics. We frequently abuse mathematical concepts and teach our students to do the same in the interest of developing their physical intuition. Ironically, the most useful parts of mathematics are often the ones that students perceive to be the most abstract and least applied. Read the rest of this entry →
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Mathematics Undergraduate Seminar Series presents “Lamé’s Theorem with a view toward Gaussian Integers” tomorrow
Lamé’s Theorem is a little known result that describes a beautiful connection between the Fibonacci sequence and the Euclidean Algorithm on the integers. We will describe what this connection is, beginning with what how the Euclidean Algorithm works on the integers. Read the rest of this entry →
Mathematics Undergraduate Seminar Series presents “Formal Languages, Finite State Automata, Regular Expressions, and Computational Problems in Mathematics (Part II)” today
In part I of this series, we introduced formal language theory, focusing on languages that are recognized by simple computational machines called Finite State Automata. In part II, we turn our attention to how Finite State Automata (FSA) can be used to solve computational problems in groups. Read the rest of this entry →
Mathematics Undergraduate Seminar Series presents “Formal Languages, Finite State Automata, Regular Expressions, and Computational Problems in Mathematics (Part I)” today
What is needed in order to form a language? In their most basic form, languages require an alphabet (a set of letters) and a collection of finite strings of letters called words. In order to recognize a language, one must be able to distinguish strings of letters that form words from those that do not form words. Read the rest of this entry →
In the universe of mathematics there are many worlds. Of these, there’s the world where we apply our theory, the world where the theory is interesting for its own sake, and the world where mathematics is entertaining to the uninitiated. Some mathematical objects manage to live in all of these worlds at once. Read the rest of this entry →
Mathematics Undergraduate Seminar Series presents “Introduction to Zermelo-Fraenkel Axioms (Part 2)” Wednesday
Sets are the basic objects of mathematics. More precisely every mathematical statement can be written only in terms of sets and symbolic logic. But we have a problem. Read the rest of this entry →
Mathematics Undergraduate Seminar Series presents “Introduction to Zermelo-Fraenkel Axioms (Part 1)” Wednesday
Sets are the basic objects of mathematics. More precisely every mathematical statement
can be written only in terms of sets and symbolic logic. But we have a problem. If sets are the fundaments of mathematics, what are the objects of which sets are made? Read the rest of this entry →
Toy Story hero Buzz Lightyear is NOT the only one who can travel “To Infinity and Beyond.” You can too! Dr. Adam Goyt, Mathematics, will present “To Infinity and Beyond: Infinity in Culture, Science and Art” on Thursday, October 2 at 4:30 p.m. in Langseth Hall 118, and be honored as this year’s Dille Faculty Lecturer Award Recipient. Refreshments will be served.
Science, technology and math majors: Learn about paid internships with Minnesota companies on Monday
Attention science, technology and math majors: Learn about paid internships with Minnesota companies on Monday, September 29 at 2:30 in HA 325.
SciTechsperience is an internship program that connects talented college students in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) disciplines to rewarding, paid, STEM internship opportunities in dynamic Minnesota companies
Adam Goyt, Mathematics, invited to give talk at Sectional Meeting of the Ameican Mathematics Society
Adam Goyt, Mathematics, was invited to give the talk “Packing the Smallest Non-Layered Set Partition Pattern” at the Sectional Meeting of the American Mathematics Society in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. The meeting took place on September 19 and 20.
Adam Goyt, mathematics, gave the talk “Packing Set Partitions: A New Hope” at the 12th International Permutation Patterns Conference at East Tennessee State University. The talk provided the solution of a conjecture about packing non-layered set partitions. The abstract is below.
Wally Sizer, mathematics, attended the Progress on Difference Equations 2014 conference May 21-24 in Izmir, Turkey, and presented the paper, “The Equation x(n+1) = ([x(n)]^k)/x(n-1)”. The conference was attended by about 100 mathematicians from Asia, Europe, Africa, and North America.
Mike Miller, Mathematics, and Elementary Education majors Anna Adrover and Trista Bentler presented “No Borrowing Allowed!” at the Minnesota Council of Teachers of Mathematics Conference in Duluth on Friday, May 2nd. The presentation involved three alternative strategies to the standard subtraction algorithm.
Tim Harms and students presented talk at Minnesota Council of Teachers of Mathematics Spring Conference
Dr. Tim Harms, along with students Monica Maus, Joanna Rogness, Holly Amundson, & Ashley Borchardt presented a talk titled “Technology Tools for Secondary Mathematics” at the Minnesota Council of Teachers of Mathematics Spring Conference in Duluth, May 3rd, 2014.
Tim Harms, Mathematics Department, has been awarded tuition assistance for Add+VantageMR® Champion training in Apple Valley, MN, June 23-27, 2014. Dr. Harms was one of three educators selected to receive $3,500 by the US Math Recovery Council for Math Recovery Summer Institute registration.
Sayel Ali, Justin James, and Wally Sizer, mathematics, attended the spring meeting of the North Central Section of the Mathematical Association of America April 25-26 on the St. Cloud State University campus. James was elected to a three-year term as treasurer of the section. Ali presented a paper, “General Phi-Ratio Tests”, and Sizer presented a paper on recent results he obtained in difference equations. Section mathematicians from Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota attended the meeting.
Interested in helping share the fun of math and science with K12 students? This summer we have internships available for students to help assist and teach at science and math summer camps. Read the rest of this entry →
Math major Josiah Reiswig scored in the top 45 percent of the students in the nation in the Putnam Competition. The Putnam Competition consists of two three-hour blocks. In each block, students are given six extremely difficult problems to solve. The competition is the largest, most competitive mathematics competition in North America and attracts participants from every major undergraduate mathematics program in the nation.
Students Josiah Reiswig and Samuel Erickson presented their research on Aphid Sequences at the Pi Mu Epsilon Math Honor Society Conference at St. John’s and St. Benedict’s. Erickson’s and Reiswig’s research involves using the somewhat unusual reproduction behavior of aphids to determine Fibonacci like sequences and their growth rates.
The conference was also attended by students Katie Byer, Brittney Lind, and Holly Sullivan, and math faculty, Adam Goyt.