Off on a Tangent 18.09

Department Changes

Three big changes have happened in the mathematics department in the past couple months. First of all, we have been approved to provide a minor in Statistics. This minor includes taking the following courses: Calculus 2 (132), Introductory Statistics (311 or 210), Applied Statistical Methods (312), Applied Statistical Methods 2 (313) or Mathematical Statistics (362), Probability (365), and six additional credits (most likely including Calculus 1 (131) and two additional credits).

We have also added a Statistics Emphasis for Mathematics Majors. Students earning a mathematics major with emphasis in statistics must include Introductory Statistics (311), Applied Statistical Methods (312), Applied Statistical Methods 2 (313) or Mathematical Statistics (362), and Probability (365) as part of their elective mathematics courses.

Finally, we have officially changed our name to the Department of Mathematics and Statistics!

Pizza and Game Night

The Mathematics and Statistics Department is hosting a pizza and game night on Monday, February 17 from 6:28 to 8:28 PM. (To a mathematician that is 2π time to 2π + 2 time. Perhaps it’s time we told the mathematicians that the statisticians use π for something completely different than a particular irrational number.) Come join your fellow students and professors for pizza and fun board games. All of this takes place in VanZoeren 247.

Nebraska Conference for Undergraduate Women in Mathematics

Professors Stephanie Edwards and Dyana Harrelson, along with 11 undergraduate students and 3 other professors, traveled in a caravan across the Midwest to the Nebraska Conference for Undergraduate Women in Mathematics a couple weeks ago. The pictures shown below are Hope students Meredith Bomers, Fiona Johnson, and Emily Dee in the frame and Meredith presenting her talk, “Developing a General Compton Scattering Cross-Section in Strong Magnetic Fields.”  

Tutors needed

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Professor Yurk’s work highlighted in SPERA

Hope College’s latest edition of SPERA includes an article about Dr. Brian Yurk. The article highlights his research in the dunes of Michigan and the rain forests of Costa Rica as well as his love for outdoor activities.

Hope grad Russell Houpt profiled

Russell Houpt, a 2018 graduate who majored in Psychology and Mathematics, is featured on the American Psychological Association (APA) Careers blog. They are doing an interview series on Psychology graduates who are using their undergraduate degrees in Psychology in their careers. Read about what Russell is doing now and how his Hope College education prepared him for his career.

Budapest Semesters in Mathematics Education

Interested in studying mathematics abroad? The Budapest Semesters in Mathematics Education has influenced many students, some who are pursuing a teaching certificate in mathematics and others who are mathematics majors curious about the Hungarian pedagogy based on guided discovery. Application deadlines are as follows:

  • Summer 2020 term is April 1
  • Fall 2020 semester is May 1
  • Spring 2021 semester is Nov. 1

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis so students are encouraged to start their applications now at bsmeducation.com/application/. Recent graduates are also encouraged to apply, as well as current seniors and in-service teachers.

Problem Solvers of the Fortnight

Congratulations to Sarah Brown, Ethan Cramer, Gabe DeYoung, Liam Diephuis, Cameron Dunn, Evan Nickel, Matthew Nguyen, Liam Orndorff, Eleni Persinger, Peter Ruffolo, Shane Vaara, Bethany VanHouten, Ben Walters, and Kamaron Wilcox — all of whom correctly solved the problem of the fortnight in the last issue of America’s premiere fortnightly mathematics department news blog-thing.

Problem of the Fortnight

Imagine, if you will, a flat-bottomed pot with a circular cross-section of radius 4 inches.  What is the radius of the marble (with radius less than or equal to 4 inches) which when placed in the bottom of the pot, requires the largest amount of water to be completely covered?

Affix your solution to a marble (with radius less than or equal to 4 inches), 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, February 21.  As always, be sure to include your name and the name(s) of your math professor(s) — e.g. Ray Diaz, Professor Aggie Marbull — on your solution.  Good luck and have fun! 

Happy Valentines Day from the Department of Mathematics and Statistics

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