|Off on a Tangent
|A Fortnightly Electronic
Newsletter from the Hope College Department of Mathematics
|September 9, 2016||Vol. 15, No. 1
|Creativity in mathematics education will be the topic of next week's colloquium|
|Title: f (MathematicalThinking) = Creativity|
|Speaker: Eric Mann, Hope College Mathematics Department|
|Time: Tuesday, September 13 at 4 pm|
|Place: VanderWerf 102
There is currently one more colloquium on the schedule for this semester, but more will be added.
|Ice Cream and Fun!|
Please join the mathematics faculty and fellow math students for the Ice Cream and Fun event on Friday, September 16 from 3:14 to 4:14 p.m. (that's pi time to pi+1 time) We will set up in the Van Andel Plaza located in front of the Schaap Science Center. (We will use the Science Center Atrium in case of rain). Come and enjoy delicious ice cream, some fun games, and get to know your fellow math students and faculty.
Hope to see you there!
|Hope math students win awards at national conference|
summer, Hope students Jiyi Jiang, Alli VanderStoep, and Taylor Rink
went on a road trip with Professors Paul Pearson and Stephanie Edwards
to MAA MathFest, the second largest annual math conference in the
At MathFest, Alli and Taylor presented their research with Dr. Paul
Pearson on using wavelets and artificial neural networks to analyze
audio recordings of bird songs, and Jiyi Jiang presented her research
with Dr. Yew-Meng Koh on modeling Dengue fever trends in Singapore
using environmental data.
For their outstanding research and presentations, Alli and Taylor won the Janet Andersen Award for Undergraduate Research in Mathematical or Computational Biology given by the BIO SIGMAA special interest group of the MAA and the Pi Mu Epsilon national mathematics honor society. This award was named in honor of Janet Andersen, who was a math professor at Hope College until her untimely death in 2005.
|Summer research in math at Hope|
was a busy summer for math research at Hope! The math department
like to thank and congratulate its student researchers for their hard
work, fun times, and wonderful results! Jiyi Jiang and Matt
worked with Professor Yew-Meng Koh on statistics research, Sarah
Petersen did research with Professors Brian Yurk and Greg Murray on
mathematical biology, and Alli VanderStoep and Taylor Rink did research
with Professor Paul Pearson in mathematical biology using wavelets and
Alli, Taylor, Jiyi, and Sarah presented the results of their research at the annual SUMMR (Summer Undergraduate Michigan Mathematics Research) conference at the University of Michigan at Dearborn (see picture). On Tuesday, September 27 at 4 pm, Alli, Taylor, and Sarah will talk about their summer research in the Math Colloquium.
|Grace Wiesner reports on her trip to the 2016 Annual NCTM Conference|
Will Dutmer (another scholarship recipient) and myself with Gail Burrell (former president of NCTM and current math ed professor at MSU)
fellow mathematics education students! I want to share a tremendous
opportunity that has been a game changer in my professional
development. In the summer of 2015, I was honored to receive the
7-12 Secondary Teacher Coursework Scholarship from the National Council
Teachers of Mathematics Mathematics Education Trust Fund. Current
secondary sophomore students may apply for this scholarship
and the deadline is May 6, 2017.
In addition to receiving the scholarship, I attended NCTM's annual meeting in San Francisco last April. This was a transformative experience. In addition to being with 9,000 math teachers for four days, I was introduced to many new resources (two being Number Talks and the Math Twitter Blogosphere) and gained a better understanding of effective philosophies in math ed.
While I would be happy to talk to any current secondary sophomore students interested in this scholarship, I want to highlight the Prospective Teacher NCTM Annual Conference Attendance Award. This gives current 6th semester or senior undergrads the opportunity to attend the 2017 Annual Meeting. The proposal for this scholarship is due November 4th and I would highly encourage anyone eligible to apply! Even if you don't receive the scholarship, it is great practice in writing a proposal (your advisor is a great resource if you do not know where to start).
If you are not eligible for either of the two scholarships above, consider applying when you meet the criteria and also keep MET grants in mind once you are in the classroom. They have a number of different scholarships available for a variety of topics and roles in math education.
I would love to see more Hope students take advantage of the free money and resources they provide. I am more than happy to talk with anyone considering applying for either scholarship or if you want to know more about the conference!
Selfie with Dan Meyer after his keynote address. He even tweeted a question I asked him about student teaching!!
|Chuck Cusack will show his mathematical art at ArtPrize this year|
Cusack, a member of both the Mathematics Department and Computer
Science Department at Hope College, will be competing in ArtPrize once
again this year. He creates mathematical art out of Lego
bricks. His entry this year, Increasing Asquareness, is a
Fibonacci Rectangle made out of Latin squares. You can read more
about his here
and you can see many pictures of this and his other mathematical Lego
art on his Instagram
page and his Facebook page.
|Math Man visits Math Lab on opening night|
he swooped into Math Lab, everybody's favorite math superhero, Math
Man, proclaimed, "Have no fear! Math Man is here!" He
regaled everyone with stories about how to complete the cube, how to
show there are infinitely many prime numbers, and how to divide by zero
(his special superpower!).
Math Man declared that Hope College's Math Lab has the best, friendliest tutors of any math lab he's ever visited! He recommends that students visit math lab often (it's free!), and come prepared by bringing paper, pencils, a big eraser, a math textbook, a calculator, a laptop, and, if possible, a few classmates to work with on homework.
The Math Lab hours in Schaap Science Center 1118 are:
Monday - Thursday, 7:30 - 9:30 pm
Sunday 6 - 8 pm
|IT & Actuarial Career Opportunity Day|
of the Fortnight
"Hey, Professor Cinzori. What's that?"
"Oh, hey, Math Man. This thing? It's a die."
"No, I know it's a dice -- or, I mean, die -- I always get those words mixed up. Mostly because they don't make sense to me, I think. I mean, if we have two dice and one die, shouldn't we have two mice and one mie? . . . Anyway, what I was asking was what shape is that?"
"Oh, it's an icosahedron. I always carry an icosahedral die in my pocket. You never know when such a thing will be useful."
"How many sides does it have?"
"Twenty. Each side is an equilateral triangle."
"How long are the sides of the triangles?"
"So what's its diameter?"
"Well, Math Man, I have to run to class. But you have enough information now to figure it out for yourself."
The Problem of the Fortnight is to help Math Man figure out the diameter of Professor Cinzori's icosahedral die.
Write up your solution (not just the answer) on a piece of paper that has a picture of an icosahedron on it, and drop it in the Problem of the Fortnight slot outside Professor Pearson's office (Vander Werf 212) by 3:00 on Friday, September 16. As always, be sure to include your name and the name(s) of your math professor(s) -- e.g. Polly Gawn, Professor Straightsides -- on your solution. Good luck and have fun!
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