Off on a Tangent 
A Fortnightly Electronic
Newsletter from the Hope College Department of Mathematics 
April 29, 2016  Vol. 14, No. 14

http://www.math.hope.edu/newsletter.html 
Congratulations
Graduates! 
Dalton Blood Mathematics 
Kevin Cross Mathematics 
Zachary Geschwendt Mathematics 
Sherah Head Math Secondary Education 
Jesse Ickes Mathematics 
Alex Klunder Math Secondary Education 
Kimberly Palmer Mathematics 
Jane Pearson Math Elementary Education 
Anna Snyder Math Secondary Education 
Tyler Valicevic Mathematics 
Hoang Vu Mathematics 
Students
honored for outstanding work in mathematics 
During
last night's honors convocation, a number of awards were given out by
the
mathematics department. This year's winners of the Albert E. Lampen
Award in Mathematics are Dalton Blood and Sherah Head. This award is given each year to
a graduating senior in recognition of his or her outstanding
achievement in the study of mathematics at Hope. Dalton, Sherah, along with Anna Snyder were also inducted into the Zeta of Michigan chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation's oldest scholastic honorary society. Hope faculty who are members of Phi Beta Kappa elected the students in recognition of their high grade point average in liberal arts courses, their broad cultural interests, and their independent and creative scholarly activities outside the classroom. Daria Solomon received the Janet Andersen Scholarship for ability, leadership and educational purpose and Lindsey Gryniewicz received the Catherine Morrison Senior Mathematics Education Award. The John H. Kleinheksel Awards in Mathematics were given to Jorge Benitez, Natalie Deering, Russell Houpt, Joshua Nkonge, Andrew Shay, Brooke Draggoo, Autumn Roth, and Young Chul Yoon. These awards are given each year to students taking sophomore level courses for their outstanding achievement in mathematics and promise for future success. Congratulations go out to all these students for a job well done! 
Hope
students take part in LMMC 

The 40th Annual Lower Michigan
Mathematics Competition was held here at Hope College on Saturday, April 9.
Hope College had seven teams of the 25 that competed from eleven
colleges in Lower Michigan. The
teams of up to three students challenged themselves on ten interesting
problems. The competition took place in the morning and after lunch
there was a discussion of the solutions.
Problems included one that models mosquito and human populations this summer in Rio de Janeiro during the Olympics as well as the resulting infection rate of the Zika virus, another that required folding paper so resulting folds could represent various lengths, and a couple of others that involved dominoes (the game pieces not the pizza). All the problems from the competition can be found here. A team from Kalamazoo College finished first and the top Hope team finished seventh. Those competing for Hope were Sarah Petersen, Lydia Meinhard, Zac Geschwendt, Jason Gombas, Mark Powers, Jordan Lahr, Se Young Jin, Evan Vogel, Nathan Schloff, Ryan Holman. Robbie Heyboer, Daria Solomon, Kathryn Trentadue, Cam Pratt, Rilee Bouwkamp, Matt Delaney, Baylie Mooney, Carrie Ritter, and Jake Pledger. 
Problem
Solvers of the Fortnight 

In
our last problem of the fortnight we presented the following: A light
bulb is located at the top of the pole in the figure. How tall
must the pole be if the point (1.25, 0) is right on the edge of the
illuminated region? (And yes, that is a blue semicircle of radius
1 centered at the origin in the drawing.)
Congratulations to Colton Bates, Matt Blessed, Tessa Fredal, Richard Edwards, Calvin Gentry, John Harron, Arend Haveman, Jesse Ickes, Eddie Ip, Tate Knapp, Thomas Kouwe, Dane Linsky, Taylor Myer, Joshua Nkonge, Fredrick Ottensmeyer, Julian Payne, Austen Peterson, Eric Plaehn, Andrew Ragains, Bradley Rhoads, Andrew Shay, Kade Steffes, Jamelah Travis, and Jim Williamson  all of whom correctly solved the Problem of the Fortnight in the last issue of America's premiere fortnightly electronic mathematics department newsletter. 
Off
on a Tangent 