Off on a Tangent 
A Fortnightly Electronic
Newsletter from the Hope College Department of Mathematics 
November 6, 2015  Vol. 14, No. 5 
http://www.math.hope.edu/newsletter.html 
Next week's colloquium will take a look at wavelets 
Title: Wavelets: Unlocking the Mysteries of Time, Frequency, and Amplitude  
Speaker: Paul Pearson, Hope College  
Time: Tuesday, November 10 at 11:0011:50 am  
Place: Vanderwerf 102 
Generating functions is the focus of colloquium 
Title: Generating Functions and Recurrence Relations  
Speaker: Anil Venkatesh, Ferris State  
Time: Tuesday, November 17 at 4:004:50 pm  
Place: Vanderwerf 102 
Upcoming Colloquia 

After the next fortnight, there are only two
colloquia currently on the
schedule
for the semester.

Math Club News 

Bring your friends, your games, and your
friends' games to the 2nd floor of Graves Hall on Saturday, November
14th at 7pm for Math Club Game Night! Math Club will also provide games
to play. Dr. Cinzori reports the mathematical formula for fun, F, at game nights is F = MATh, where M is the number of math students in attendance, A is the person's anxiety level in the past two weeks, T is the time spent playing games with friends at game night, and h is Planck's constant (of course!). Cinzori points out that since A is large and h is small, they basically cancel each other, and fun at game nights is directly proportional to the number of people attending and the time spent playing games. The Math Club had a successful game night last Saturday and will be hosting another movie night soon. (Look for an announcement in the next edition of Off on a Tangent.) For more info on the Hope Math Club's latest and greatest activities, visit their brand new FaceBook page (and request to join the group). 
Statistics
Career Day at GVSU 

Interested
in a career in statistics? If so, head on over to Statistics Career Day
that will be held at Grand Valley State University on Friday, November
20, 2015 in the Kirkhof Center on the Allendale Campus. The intended
audience includes high school and college students from West Michigan. This event will provide students an opportunity to learn about the many career options available in statistics by meeting corporate representatives to discuss job opportunities and university faculty to discuss graduate study. The keynote speaker is David Morganstein, VicePresident and Director of Statistical Staff at Westat, Inc., and president of the American Statistical Association. Registration is free unless you want a lunch provided for $5. For more information about the event and to register click here. 
Math in the News: How to show your work 
Maybe
this isn't real math in the news, but it was too funny to pass
up. The picture on the left, of a student's response to a test
question, showed up on Reddit a couple of days ago. The question asked,
"Bobby has four dimes. Amy has 30 pennies. Which child has more money?"
A fairly easy question and the student answered Bobby. The second part of the question asks, "How do you know? Show your thinking." By looking at the drawing the student made for the answer, it looks like it was spot on. Though I do wonder why the face is so sad. Perhaps it's a picture of Amy. 

Problem
Solvers of the Fortnight 
Problem
of the Fortnight 
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