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FALL 2017 EVENTS

MATH/CS COOKOUT AND VOLLEYBALL GAMEFirst social event!

TBD first week or so of 
Tentatively early evening, Professor Tuck's house (see faculty for more info)

The Department of Mathematics and Computer Science has a long-standing tradition of hosting a welcome picnic for freshmen and returning students. Be ready to vie for the Math vs. CS volleyball crown!

RSVP: TBD, but you must reply to get a ride (though you can also easily walk there).

SPRING 2017 EVENTS

MATH FORUMA Brief History of pi

Tuesday, February 28th
Jenks 220, 12–1 p.m.

Ever wonder about the history of the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter? Come join hearing alumna Lauren Sager '11 in a tasty history talk with plenty of math and dessert.

MATH FORUMTenzi, Risk, and some beautiful probability

Tuesday, March 7th
KOSC 124, 4:45–5:45 p.m.

TENZI is supposed to be "the world's fastest game". What does that mean? Just how fast can you win? And how does probability fit in here? Dr. Veatch will wow you with computations and dice in this special talk.

Departmental Convocation

Friday, March 24
KOSC 124, 10:25–11:10 a.m.

Join other mathematics and computer science students for a time of fellowship, worship, prayer, fun, reflection, and looking forward. As always, there will be worship and/or a brief message of reflection.

Seventh Annual North Shore Undergraduate Mathematics Conference

Saturday, April 22nd
Southern New Hampshire University, 9:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.

A fun team competition, with an invited speaker, math coloring, and student talks from all over New England! (Even if it's not quite on the North Shore this year.) Check the website for more details.

MATH FORUMAmicable Numbers

Thursday, April 27th
MacDonald Hall, 12-1 PM

A perfect number is one whose (proper) divisors add up to itself. But what if a number's divisors add up to a number whose divisors add up to the first number? Dr. Stout is very friendly, and so are these numbers he will speak about. Come join us to learn more about them!

Symposium 2017—The Reformation and ... Mathematics?

Thursday, May 4th
KOSC 126, 10-11 PM

Other than this being the 2^2 * 5^3 anniversary of the Reformation, what connections might a theological and cultural shift have to do with mathematics? It turns out, more than you think! From Jesuits using math to bring Poland back into the Catholic sphere, to Christian mathematicians battling the Enlightenment, to more recent four-dimensional thoughts of religion and mathematics ... Come to hear about some surprising, entertaining, and enjoyable connections between the changes the Reformation brought and the math that describes the world around us.

MATH FORUMPierre de Fermat: Who was he, what did he do?

Tuesday, May 9th
KOSC 124, 1:15 PM

Join Lindsey Congdon '17 and Ethan Kang '18 in learning more about the man behind "Fermat's Last Theorem", a secretive yet productive mathematician shaping science at the dawn of the Enlightenment!

FALL 2016 EVENTS

MATH/CS COOKOUT AND VOLLEYBALL GAMEFirst social event!

Thursday, September 1
5–7:30 p.m., Professor Tuck's house (see faculty for more info)

The Department of Mathematics and Computer Science has a long-standing tradition of hosting a welcome picnic for freshmen and returning students. Be ready to vie for the Math vs. CS volleyball crown!

RSVP: TBD, but you must reply to get a ride (though you can also easily walk there).

MATH FORUMGroup Math Puzzles!

Thursday, September 8
KOSC 125, 12–1 p.m.

Join us for a fun time solving math puzzles new and old from folklore and competitions!

Departmental Convocation

Friday, October 7
KOSC 124, 10:25–11:10 a.m.

Join other mathematics and computer science students for a time of fellowship, worship, prayer, fun, reflection, and looking forward. Worship together, and hear from a student about life in North Pole, Alaska!

MATH FORUM—Working with Complex Numbers

Tuesday, October 11
KOSC 127, 12–1 p.m.

Ever wonder where complex numbers came from, how to use them, and how we understand them? Enjoy a computational and historical journey in an easy-to-follow talk by Dr. Stout.

MATH FORUM—Connecting Voting Theory and Graph Theory

Thursday, October 27
KOSC 127, 12–1 p.m.

Graph theory is about relationships, such as in social media; voting theory is about the different methods we might choose to vote for lots of things. Where do they meet? Find out in this math forum by Dr. Crisman, which promises both to talk about how to seat people at a round table and briefly connect to the upcoming election!

MATH FORUMSummer Research

Tuesday, November 15th
KOSC 127, 12–1 p.m.

Hear students talk about their summer research. Luke Cui and Sunny Kim report on their work about Voting with Broad Support - or, what Brexit and Trump's victory have in common from a mathematical perspective.

Mathematics Association of America Conference
Trinity College, Hartford, CT
November 18–19, 2016

In addition to great talks, the student team math competition, and opportunities to share your own work, our annual trip to the Fall MAA conference is always a good time of fellowship. If you are interested, please contact Dr. Crisman.

 

SELECTED 2015–6 EVENTS

MATH FORUMSummer Research

Thursday, October 1
KOSC 126, 1:15–2:15 p.m.

Hear students talk about their summer research and internships. Rachel Olugbemi will discuss her NSF-sponsored REU in Texas, Chemical Graph Theory: A Study in Trivalent Connected Graphs, while senior Wesley Nelson will talk about his work at a local biotech firm exploring DNA Sequencing Through Graph Measures of Centrality.

Mathematics Association of America Conference AT GORDON COLLEGE!!!
November 20–21, 2015

Gordon will be hosting this event for the first time this fall! We look forward to lots of great invited talks, student team math competition, and opportunities to share your own work. Please contact Dr. Senning to volunteer to help welcome visitors to Gordon, and Dr. Veatch or Dr. Crisman about the program. Visit the conference website for more information.

MATH FORUMIndivisibles, Infinitesimals, and a Seasonal Calculus Problem

Tuesday, December 8
KOSC 125, 4:50–5:40 p.m.

If Gabriel blows his horn, can you paint it? Evangelista Torricelli found the volume of an infinite solid before the beginnings of calculus using intriguing techniques. Hear Dr. Stout explain one of the most puzzling and fun math problems of the 17th century and its implications for today.

Departmental Convocation

Friday, March 18
KOSC 124, 10:25–11:10 a.m.

Join other mathematics and computer science students for a time of fellowship, worship, prayer, fun, reflection, and looking forward. As always, there will be worship and/or a brief message of reflection.

Sixth Annual North Shore Undergraduate Mathematics Conference

Saturday, April 9th
Salem State University, 9:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.

A fun team competition, with an invited speaker, math coloring, and student talks from all over New England!

SYMPOSIUM presentations:
Fractals in the Liberal Arts 
The Fibonacci Numbers and the Golden Ratio

Thursday, April 21
KOSC (various locations)

These special Symposium presentations by Real Analysis students is sure to be a treat! See how ideas coming from proving calculus works make surprising appearances in disciplines from oceanography to music to poetry!

 

MATH FORUM GENERAL INFORMATION

Gordon College's Math Forum is a bi-weekly gathering of mathematically-inclined people from all over campus. The format ranges from problem-solving to guest speakers from the industry, to special talks about interesting topics or people in mathematics. Math Forum has typically been on Tuesdays or Thursdays at noon or at 4:45 p.m.

Students, please let us know if there are other events or topics you would enjoy! To give you ideas, some Math Forum speakers and events from the past few years are listed below. 

  • Mathematics and Faith Seminar—Led by math faculty
  • Welcome to the Fourth Dimension!—Dr. Satyan Devadoss, Williams College
  • Coordinating Revenue Management Decisions in Airline Alliances—Prof. Robert Shumsky of Dartmouth, Tuck Business School
  • The Mysterious Connection between Voting and Statistics—Sarah Berube (student)
  • Origami: How to Do Math Without Scissors or Glue—Dr. Thomas Hull, Western New England College
  • Using LaTeX—Lauren Meitzler and Maya Bam (students)
  • The Futurama Theorem—Prof. Dana Ernst of Plymouth State University, NH
  • "Old School" Graphing in Polar Coordinates—Dr. Senning
  • Bringing Math to Inner City Schools—Prof. Robert Case of Northeastern University
  • Color and Facial Perception and the Mathematics of Voting—Dr. Crisman, joint with CIPHER seminar
  • What is Topology?—Gordon alumnus and Colby College professor Scott Taylor
  • Visual Algebra—Dr. Nathan Carter, Bentley University
  • Integration Bee—moderated by Dr. Veatch
  • Introduction to Sage—Dr. Crisman
  • Saving Lives by Bringing Applied Math and Operations Research Scholarship into Action—Dr. Prashant Yadev, MIT-Zaragoza International Logistics Program
  • Humanitarian Logistics—Dr. Jarrod Goentzel, MIT
  • Using Simulations to Guide the Reform of Boston School Assignments—Peng Shi, MIT
  • What is Numerical Analysis, Anyway?—Dr. Senning
  • The Nature of Craftsmanship in Mathematics and Computer Science—Prof. Greg Crow, Point Loma Nazarene University
  • Math in the Real World—Mike Ahearn, Vice President for Finance and Administration
  • Why are the lines in Lane so long? An Introduction to Queuing Theory—Jane Eisenhauer and Stephen Rizzo (students)
  • Intro to Math Circles—Dr. Crisman
  • What do Math Majors Do After Gordon?—Recent Alumni
  • Sudoku and Graphs—Jeffrey Fraser (student)
  • Happy Birthday, Euler! From Graphs to the Fields Medal—Dr. Crisman
  • Don't Forget to Check Your Digits—Symposium 2007 "Authenticity"—talk by students about check digits
  • Dodgson's Method in Voting—Dr. Tommy Ratliff, Wheaton College (MA)
  • Math Awareness Month Talk: What Makes Your Vote Matter—Dr. Crisman with Dr. Brink and Dr. Melkonian-Hoover from Political Science
  • Joint with Health Professions Seminar—Dr. Kim Pearson of Harvard School of Public Health on biostatistics and testing for gene links to disease
  • Joint with CS and Chemistry/Physics Senior Seminar—Dr. Michael Orrison of Harvey Mudd College on applications of matrix representations