Off on a Tangent 
A Fortnightly Electronic
Newsletter from the Hope College Department of Mathematics 
November 20, 2015  Vol. 14, No. 6 
http://www.math.hope.edu/newsletter.html 
Colloquium after Thanksgiving will feature students 
Title: Research by Hope College Mathematics Majors  
Speakers: Jiyi Jiang, Tae Hyun Choi, Aaron Green & Cole Watson  
Time: Tuesday, December 1 at 7:007:50 pm  
Place: VanderWerf 102 
Upcoming Colloquium 

After the next fortnight, there is only one
colloquium currently on the
schedule
for the semester.

Math Club News 

Math Club invites you and your friends to "A
Brilliant Young Mind" at the Knickerbocker Theater (downtown
Holland) on Friday, December 4. We plan to meet in the lobby at
approximately 7:20 pm Friday and then find seats. Bring your Hope
student ID for free admission. The movie has both math and romance, so
it must be good! Movie description (from the Knickerbocker website): In a world difficult to comprehend, Nathan struggles to connect with those around him  most of all his loving mother  but finds comfort in numbers. When Nathan is taken under the wing of unconventional and anarchic teacher, Mr. Humphreys, the pair forge an unusual friendship and Nathan's talents win him a place on the UK team at the International Mathematics Olympiad. From suburban England to bustling Taipei and back again, Nathan builds complex relationships as he is confronted by the irrational nature of love. 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). 
Hope
students participate in the MATH
Challenge 

Hope
again had a great turnout of students participating in the Michigan
Autumn TakeHome Challenge
on November 7 this year.
Students competed with other students around the state (as well as other states) working in groups on ten interesting problems. We look forward to hearing the results in the near future. The
following students competed (grouped by team):

Math in the News: Sports outcomes are quite predictable 
A
few weeks ago Michigan State's football team beat Indiana in what
could be described as a close game with a final score of 52 to 26. How
is a 5226 game close? While most of the game was very close, MSU
scored 21 points in the last five minutes while Indiana mostly stood
there and watched. Apparently this is not an unusual event in sports. Researchers at the University of Colorado and the Santa Fe Institute recently published a paper on the scoring patterns that occur in different sports with most of their research done by looking at basketball games. They found that the highest leads tend to occur fairly early or fairly late in games. While scoring in these times tend to be more erratic, most of the game is similar to watching ten players flip coins. Speaking more mathematically, they found that scoring during the most of the game conforms to a "random walk process." For more information, read an article at phys.org. 

Problem
Solvers of the Fortnight 
Problem
of the Fortnight 
Off
on a Tangent 