|Off on a Tangent
|A Fortnightly Electronic
Newsletter from the Hope College Department of Mathematics
|December 4, 2015||Vol. 14, No. 7
|We will revisit that age-old question, "Do dogs know calculus?" in colloquium|
|Title: Do Dogs Know Calculus?|
|Speaker: Tim Pennings, Davenport University|
|Time: Thursday, December 10 at 11:00-11:50 am|
|Place: Schaap 1000
|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).
|Math in the News: Christmas gifts for math geeks|
this isn't news, but just some helpful advice on what to get that math
geek on your Christmas list. Anyone would appreciate the Klein bottle
opener shown here. Business
Insider made a list of such awesome gifts that included the bottle
opener, a telescope for your iPhone, chocolate gaming dice, and math
Esty also has a site devoted to gifts for math lovers that includes quadratic formula cufflinks, mathlete t-shirts, and golden ratio rings. Head over to Zazzle for prime number mugs, math symbol ties, and math formula night lights. Finally, if you take a trip over to Mathnasium you will find a cutie pi onesie, a hypercube paperweight, and protractor cuff links.
Remember it is only (the smallest number of distinct squares needed to tile a square)-days until Christmas!
Solvers of the Fortnight
|In our last problem of the
fortnight we had you chew
on the following problem. Find all
real values of x, with x greater than or equal to 3, that satisfy the
Congratulations to Grace Ahlgrim, Luke Baus, Matt Childs, Natalie Deering, Brandon Derstine, Jessica Dornoff, Ania Dlugosz, Richard Edward, Kate Finn, Chris Gager, Joshua Gibson, Amie Hixon, Tom Johnson, Emily Joosse, Richie Kish, Alex Klunder, Noah Kochanski, Thomas Kouwe, Connor Kuhlmann, Nolan Ladd, Lyndsy Miller, Alec Nelson, Paul Nelson, Kim Palmer, Julian Payne, Ivy Peterson, Katie Reed, Jada Royer, Sam Savalle, Andrew Shay, John Stack, Kade Steffes, Caleb Stuckey, Jacob Verschueuren, and Laura Walker -- all of whom correctly solve the Problem of the Fortnight in the last issue of Off on a Tangent.
of the Fortnight
circle of radius 4 was accidentally dropped into the parabola y = 5 x2 and fell until it came to
rest. Find the coordinates of the center of this circle that is
inscribed in the parabola.
Write your solution (showing all relevant work) on the back of a thirty dollar bill and drop it in the Problem of the Fortnight slot outside Professor Mark Pearson's office (VWF 212) by 3:00 p.m. on Friday, December 11. As always, be sure to include your name and the name(s) of your math professor(s) -- e.g. Dot Snice, Professor Horatio Algebra --- on your solution.
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