Off on a Tangent 
A Fortnightly Electronic
Newsletter from the Hope College Department of Mathematics 
February 19, 2016  Vol. 14, No. 10

http://www.math.hope.edu/newsletter.html 
Next week's colloquium: Problems Posed by Polya 
Title: Problems Posed by Polya 

Speaker: Stephanie Edwards, PhD, Mathematics Department, Hope College  
Time: Tuesday, February 23 at 4:004:50 pm  
Place: VanderWerf 102 
Upcoming Colloquia 

The following colloquia are currently on the
schedule
for this semester. Others may be added as the semester goes along.

Math Game and Pizza Night 

Come eat pizza and play games with your fellow
math students and the math department on Wednesday, March 2! We will meet in VZN 247 starting at 6PM for an evening of fun, adventure, and intrigue. Sign up in your math class or outside of VWF 210 (Dr. Koh’s office). 
Tanton's 10 Problem Solving Strategies 
James Tanton, an ambassador for the
Mathematics Association of American, has developed a list of problem
solving strategies. Tanton's 10 Problem Solving Strategies are
the typical list you'd find posted in a middle school or high school
classroom, but is certainly things problemsolvers at the college level
should be doing as well. Each strategy linked below also comes with an
explanation and an informative and enjoyable video made by Tanton. More
information can be found at the MAA
site.Tanton's 10 Problem Solving Strategies 

Students
travel to the Nebraska Conference for Undergraduate Women in Mathematics 

Seven undergraduates, two professors, and a 4th grader recently journeyed via van to Lincoln Nebraska for the Nebraska Conference for Undergraduate Women in Mathematics January 2831, 2016. Professors Stephanie Edwards and Paul Pearson, students Sarah Hilsman, Jiyi Jiang, and Grace Weisner from Hope along with students from GVSU and Davenport University attended the conference. Sarah Hilsman presented a talk, “Real Algebraic Level Curves: A generalization of a theorem of Polya” at the conference based on her research from last summer with Anna Snyder under the direction of Stephanie Edwards. There were many talks given by undergraduates and panel discussions highlighting careers in mathematics (inside and outside academia), as well as breakout sessions and many opportunities to talk with mathematics graduate students and professors from around the country. 
Math in the News: How do you like them apples? 
The puzzle shown on the left has Facebook
all atwitter lately (but apparently Twitter is not all afacebook)
because there has been some controversy as to the correct answer.
What do you think? What is the correct answer? This isn't higher level mathematics and seems to rely on exactly what the pictures of fruit represent. You can see some explanations in the Huffington Post. 

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