|Off on a Tangent
|A Fortnightly Electronic
Newsletter from the Hope College Department of Mathematics
|January 22, 2016||Vol. 14, No. 8
|Lights Out Colloquium|
Out: Some Puzzles, Some Results, and Some Questions
|Speaker: Darin Stephenson, PhD, Hope College Math Department|
|Time: Tuesday, January 26 at 4:00-4:50 pm|
|Place: VanderWerf 102
The following colloquia are currently on the schedule for this semester. Others will be added as the semester goes along.
|Math Club News|
||The Math Club invites you and your friends to The
Theory of Everything on
Friday, February 5 at 9:00 pm in Winants Auditorium in Graves
The movie features the life of Stephen Hawking, one of the world's
foremost physicists. The movie tells the heartfelt story of
falling in love with arts student Jane Wilde and raising a family, all
while his body is failing him and his popularity soars as his brilliant
ideas become widely known.
For more info on the Hope Math Club's latest and greatest activities, visit their FaceBook page (and request to join the group).
|Kaggle Data Science Bowl|
||The goal of the Second
Annual Kaggle Data Science Bowl is to transform how we diagnose
heart disease by developing mathematical algorithms that automatically
calculate heart volume from MRI scans (using about 27 Gb of MRI scan
data!). The data we are analyzing looks like this.
The next team meeting will be Saturday, January 23 at 3 pm in VanZoeren
276 (bring a computer). If you are interested in joining the team
and have taken multivariable mathematics 1 or have Python programming
experience, please contact Paul Pearson (email@example.com).
|Math in the News: Building a better snowman|
time you go out to build a snowman, you might want to consult with Dr.
James Hind of Nottingham Trent University since he has developed a
formula to help you develop a better snowman. He says the snowman
should be 64 inches tall with snowballs of 31, 20, and 12 inches in
diameter. (I guess compression takes care of the missing inch.)
His formula, shown on the left is also designed to give scores for the purity of the snow, facial features, and accessories besides size and proportion. He also suggests making the snowman out of snow that is 32 degrees Fahrenheit or less. (I think otherwise it would be a puddle man!) Click here to read more about how to make the ultimate snowman.
|Math Road Trip|
are two opportunities this semester for Mathematics and Mathematics
Education majors to attend conferences in Michigan. On Saturday,
February 27 the Math in Action at Grand
University presents lively and informative discussions of current
issues in mathematics education while providing an opportunity for
practicing PreK – 12 teachers,
prospective teachers, curriculum directors, and college and university
faculty to share ideas, concerns,
and resources. The conference consists of six hour-long sessions with
eight separate interactive
presentations during each.
On Saturday, March 19 the MI‐AMTE Conversations Among Colleagues will be held at Western Michigan University. This conference was designed to facilitate conversations between and among mathematicians, mathematics educators and leaders in mathematics education related to mathematics education and the preparation and continuing professional development of teachers of mathematics PreK‐College.
For Hope College Mathematics and Math Education Majors, student registration fees and transportation via a Hope College Van will be covered by the Math Department. Both trips are being organized by Dr. Mann. Drop him an email
at firstname.lastname@example.org or stop by his office, VanderWerf 213, to find out more or reserve your seat in the van. Contact Dr. Mann by the following date(s) to participate with department funding: Conversation Among Colleagues by Thursday, January 28, Math in Action by Thursday, February 11.
of the Fortnight
square of side length 2 and a circle share the same center. The total
area of the regions that are inside the circle and outside the square
is equal to the total area of the regions that are outside the circle
and inside the square. What is the radius of the circle?
Write your solution (showing all relevant work) on circular square 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, January 29. As always, be sure to include your name and the name(s) of your math professor(s) -- e.g. Moe Mentum, Professor Sara Bellum --- on your solution.
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