Off on a Tangent 17.2

Ice Cream and Fun Recap

The mathematics faculty wants to thank everyone who stopped by to enjoy ice cream sundaes with us on Friday, September 7 at our annual Fall Social event. It was fun to mingle while playing “Would you rather…” and discussing important topics such as footwear, vegetables and time travel!   It’s always wonderful to get to know our students better and hear more about your interests!

The Putnam Exam

The William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition, administered by the Mathematical Association of America, is the most prestigious mathematical competition for undergraduates in the nation.  If you are interested in taking the Putnam Exam, you must email Professor Cinzori at by Wednesday, October 10.  The date of the exam is Saturday, December 1. There is both a morning (10am-1pm) and an afternoon (3-6pm) session of this exam.  Participants need to be there for both sessions.  Lunch will be provided by the mathematics department during the break.  For more information about the Putnam Exam visit the website.

Auto-Owners Insurance’s IT/Actuarial Day

Auto-Owners invites you to their annual IT/Actuarial Day, which shows students how their degree can be used in the insurance industry.

The event is on Friday, October 19, 2018 from 10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in Lansing, MI. Sophomores, juniors, seniors, and recent graduates with majors in Computer Science and Mathematics are invited. Faculty and staff are also welcome! Anyone who wishes to attend should fill out a registration to ensure we adequately prepare for the correct number of attendees.

Register online from now until end of day Monday, October 15th. More information is also available here.

Problem Solvers of the Fortnight

Congratulations to Grace Goszkowski, Maya Hecksel, Peter Le, Isabella Lemus, James Mandeville, Matthew Nguyen, Kianna Novak, Zheng Qu, Karen Quay, Hugh Thiel, Bethany VanHouten, Fangtao Wang, Jonathan Washburn, and Yizhe Zhang — all of whom correctly solved the Problem of the Fortnight in the last issue of America’s premiere mathematics department fortnightly blog.

Problem of the Fortnight

Suppose  is a function that satisfies the relationship thatfor all real numbers  and .  Suppose also thatIf possible, find the following:

  • f(0)
  • f ‘(0)
  • ‘(x)

Staple your solution (not just the answer!) to a pair of Cubs tickets (any of the remaining home games would be fine), and drop it in the Problem of the Fortnight slot outside Professor Mark Pearson’s office (room 212 in The Werf) by 3:00 p.m. on Friday, September 28.  As always, be sure to include your name and the name(s) of your math professor(s) – e.g. Saul Vorecks, Professor Al G. Bragh – on your solution.  Good luck and have fun!



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