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

Congratulations Graduates!

Eleven mathematics majors are graduating from Hope this year.  As they head out to jobs, graduate schools, and places yet unknown, we wish them all the best in their future endeavors.  The graduates are shown below.

Dalton Blood

Kevin Cross

Zachary Geschwendt

Sherah Head
Math Secondary Education

Jesse Ickes

Alex Klunder
Math Secondary Education

Kimberly Palmer

Jane Pearson
Math Elementary Education

Anna Snyder
Math Secondary Education

Tyler Valicevic

Hoang Vu

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.

If ever there is tomorrow when we're not together... there is something you must always remember.
You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.
But the most important thing is, even if we're apart... I'll always be with you.

― A.A. Milne

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