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The Last Colloquium Join us on Tuesday, April 16 at 7:00 p.m. in Room 102 of The Werf (aka VanderWerf) for the last colloquium of the semester.  Professor Pearson will be presenting Euler’s solution to the Basel Problem, which asks the question, “What is the sum 1 + 1/4 + 1/9 + 1/16 + … ?”  Professor Pearson will […]

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A statistical look at mass shootings will be presented in next week’s colloquium Title: Examining U.S. mass shooting incidents – trends, commonalities, and intensities Speaker: Dr. Yew-Meng Koh, Tyler Gast and John McMorris When/Where: 4:00 pm on Tuesday, April 2 in 102 VanderWerf Abstract: Mass shootings in the U.S. appear to be random and unpredictable events. However, a […]

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Next Week’s Colloquium will focus on Actuarial Science Title: Actuarial Science—Overview, career pathways, and the Society of Actuaries’ Probability Exam Speaker: Dr. Yew Meng Koh and students When/Where: Thursday, February 21 at 11:00 am in VWF 104 Abstract: Actuarial Science is an interesting and practical field, with rewarding career outcomes. The American Society of Actuaries offers […]

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Help needed in pre-colloquium build We need a few students to help build the object shown below. This object (which I’m sure we will learn the name of during the colloquium) will be used in the colloquium on symmetry (details below). We will start the build at 2:00 PM on Tuesday, February 5 in the […]

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Help needed in pre-colloquium build We need a few students to help build the object shown below. This object (which I’m sure we will learn the name of during the colloquium) will be used in the colloquium on symmetry (details below). We will start the build at 2:00 PM on Tuesday, January 29 February 5 in […]

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Was that test too easy? Did you ever take a class where you (and most everyone else in the class) received an A without really working that hard? Well that class was too easy. Or maybe you took a class that was a little out of your comfort zone and despite working really hard you […]

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Mathematical gift ideas It is that time of year. No, not final exams, Christmas shopping. But what do you get the math geek on your Christmas list this year? To help you out, Business Insider made a list of some awesome gifts that include a Klein Bottle bottle opener, a telescope for your iPhone, chocolate gaming dice, […]

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Graph Pebbling colloquium this week! Title: Graph Pebbling Speaker: Dr. Airat Bekmetjev, Hope College When/Where: 11 am on Thur, Nov 29 in VanderWerf 104 Abstract: Pebbling is a process defined on a connected graph. Pebbles are configured on vertices of the graph and are moved along the edges. A pebbling move consists of taking two pebbles from a vertex, placing one on an […]

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The irrationality of pi will be presented in next week’s colloquium Title: Niven’s Proof of the Irrationality of Pi Speaker: Dr. Aaron Cinzori, Hope College When/Where: Tuesday, November 13, at 11:00 a.m. in VWF 102 Abstract:  Approximations of the value of pi are known to a ridiculous number of digits.  But to actually establish that pi is not […]

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A colloquium for the dogs Title: Do Dogs Know Calculus? Speaker: Dr. Tim Pennings, Davenport University When/Where: 11:00 AM on Thursday, November 8 in VanderWerf 102 A standard calculus problem is to find the quickest path from a point on shore to a point in the lake, given that running speed is greater than swimming […]