A Fortnightly Electronic Newsletter from the Hope College
Department of Mathematics
March 26, 2003
Vol. 1, No. 11
Sign up today for the Lower Michigan Mathematics
Attention mathematics students! Today is the last day to sign up
for the Lower Michigan Mathematics Competition. This year's competition will
be held on Saturday, April 5, 2003 at Saginaw Valley State University.
This is a regional team competition where students work on an exam in groups
of up to three without the assistance of any external aids or technology.
Transportation to Saginaw Valley will be provided. If you are interested
(and plan to go) sign up with Prof. Harrelson by Wednesday, March 26.
The Fall 2003 upper-level mathematics courses announced
Registration for classes for Fall 2003 is next week. The following
is a list of upper-level mathematics courses that will be offered.
Math 321: History of Mathematics. This course is 2 credits
and meets TR 12-12:50. It has a prerequisite of Math 132, and will
soon be required for all secondary majors. This course gives you an opportunity
to learn about the people behind the theorems! This course is offered
every other year and will not be offered again until Fall 2005.
Educ/Math 323: Teaching of Mathematics in the High School. You
must take this course if you are a mathematics major who is intending to teach
high school or middle school. You will receive education (rather than
mathematics) credit for this course. This course is offered every other year
and will not be offered again until Fall 2005. This course is 2 credits
and meets Wednesdays 3-4:50. It has a prerequisite of admission to
the Teacher Education Program.
Math 331: Real Analysis I (formerly known as Advanced Calculus I)
This course studies the real number system, sequences, functions, continuity,
uniform continuity, differentiation, and the theory of integration.
This 3 credit course is required for all mathematics majors and meets MWF
11:00-11:50. It has a prerequisite of Math 232.
Math 341: Algebraic Structures I. This 3 credit course
is an introduction to algebraic systems including a study of groups, rings,
and integral domains. This course is required for all mathematics majors.
It meets MWF 12:00-12:50 and has a prerequisite of Math 232.
Math 362: Mathematical Statistics This 3 credit course
meets MWF 1:00-1:50 and has a prerequisite of Math 310. It covers some
of the theoretical underpinning of statistics. This is a particularly important
course for anyone thinking of graduate school in statistics.
Math 395: Combinatorics. This 3 credits course meets MWF
9:30-10:20 and has a prerequisite of Math 232. It covers discrete mathematics,
counting, and graph theory. This is a great course for anyone, but is particularly
important for CS majors/minors.
Surfing the Web
Next month is Math Awareness Month and this year's topic is mathematics
and art. To highlight this, the feature article in this month's edition
of Focus, published by the Mathematical Association of America, was
about mathematical LEGO® sculptures. These sculptures were constructed
by Andrew Lipson, a trained knot theorist working now as a computer programmer.
Andrew Lipson's LEGO® Page can be found at http://www.lipsons.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/lego.htm.
Included along with LEGO models of Dilbert, Rodan sculptures, and
Escher buildings are his collection of mathematical sculptures. His
mathematical sculptures include Mobius strips, different types of knots,
and different minimal surfaces. With some of these sculptures, he also
includes links to other sites that gives further descriptions and nice interactive
The mathematics department will have two new members next fall
The mathematics department recently hired two new professors. Airat
Bekmetjev, currently a faculty member at Gettysburg College and Mark Pearson,
currently a graduate student at Northwestern University, will both join the
Hope faculty next fall.
Dr. Bekmetjev received his PhD from Arizona State University. His research
interests include discrete mathematics and probability theory. He is currently
working with random models in combinatorics, particularly in pebbling on
graphs. He has undergraduate degrees in applied mathematics and computer
science from Moscow State University.
Mark Pearson, who will soon receive his PhD from Northwestern University,
has a research area of algebraic topology. Mark received his undergraduate
degree from St. Olaf College in Minnesota, "where all the women are
strong, all the men are good looking, and all the children are above average."
His undergraduate degrees are in mathematics, chemistry, and religion.
Are you reading Off on a Tangent?
We had 41 readers respond to our question, "Are you reading Off on a
Tangent." Thanks for your responses. Three responders were
randomly chosen to receive a personal size pan pizza from Pizza Hut. Those
lucky readers were, Andrew Wells, John Siehling, and Lynette Wehmer.
The Putnamexam results are in
The William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition, administered by the Mathematical
Association of America, is the most prestigious mathematical competition
for undergraduates in the nation. Last December two Hope College students
competed in this contest. The results of this competition have just
been published. Peter Van Wylen's score placed him in the top 15% of all
students taking the test and Michael Rininger's score placed him approximately
in the top half. Congratulations to both of them.
Changes in the course requirements for a major in mathematics are
The following are proposed changes in the mathematics major and minor for
secondary teaching. They are subject to review by the curriculum committee,
B.A. in Mathematics for Secondary Teaching
The mathematics for secondary teaching major will consist of at least 33
credits of mathematics (numbered greater than 125 and excluding 210, 323,
205, 206, 207, 208) and must include the following: Math 331 and Math 341
(Advanced Calculus I and Algebraic Structures I); Math 351 (College Geometry);
Math 310 (Statistics for Scientists); Math 280 (Bridge to Higher Mathematics);
Math 321 (History of Mathematics)
Minor in Mathematics for Secondary Teaching
The math minor for secondary teaching consists of the following 23 credits:
Math 131, 132 (Calculus I and II); Math 231 (Multivariable Mathematics I);
Math 280 (Bridge to Higher Mathematics); Math 310 (Statistics for Scientists);
Math 352 (College Geometry); Math 321 (History of Mathematics)
B.A. in Mathematics
The Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics will consist a total of at least 33 credits
from the following courses: MA 126, 131, 132, 231, 232, and all courses numbered
above 300 except for 323. The following courses are required: Math
280, 331, and 341.
B.S. in Mathematics
The Bachelor of Science in Mathematics will consist of a total of at least
39 credits from the following courses: MA 126, 131, 132, 231, 232, and all
courses numbered above 300 except for 323. The following courses are required:
Math 280, 331, and 341. You must also have at least 60 credits of courses
from the natural science division (including mathematics courses).