Math Events



Thursday, September 3, 2015
5–7 p.m.
Location: Prof. 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!


MATH FORUMMath Puzzles

Thursday, September 10
KOSC 125, noon–1 p.m.

There are group math team competitions at the local MAA Meeting every year.  Join us as we try a few classic problem from one of them out together!

MATH FORUMSummer Research

Thursday, October 1
KOSC 126, 1:15-2:15

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.

Departmental Convocation

Friday, October 9
KOSC 124, 10:25–11:10 a.m.

Join other mathematics students for a time of fellowship, worship, prayer, fun, reflection, and looking forward.  Prof. Tuck from Computer Science will share a bit about his journey.

Convocation Speaker on Humanitarian Logistics

Friday, October 30
Chapel, 10:25-11:10 am

Where can you use mathematics in real life?  Can you use it to help those in need?  Mathematician Jarrod Goentzel of MIT believes you can.  He is the all-campus Convocation speaker on October 30th, speaking on "Humanitarian Supply Chains: Emergency Relief, Global Health, and Food Security".  He focuses in his research on "meeting human needs in resource-constrained settings" and has degrees from Tabor College, Colorado State, and Georgia Tech.

MATH FORUMMath in your Dorm Room

Thursday, November 12
KOSC 118, noon–1 p.m.

With Sage ( we all have access to mathematical computation for free.  Learn about how to do more math and visualize more of it in this special math forum in the KOSC computer lab, including about the next-gen platform SageMathCloud.

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.  The conference website has most information you will need.


MATH FORUMIndivisibles, Infinitesimals, and a Seasonal Calculus Problem

Tuesday, December 8
KOSC 125, 4:50-5:40

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.



MATH FORUMProf. Satyan Devadoss

Friday, January 23
MacDonald 131, 2:10 p.m.

Williams College Professor Devadoss is a winner of the local Math Association of America's highest teaching award, a researcher in combinatorial topology and geometry, and a committed Christian. Join us as he shares some thoughts with us about life and math.

(Note: He is the invited speaker for Convocation that day as well, see here.)

MATH FORUMJoin the Playground

Thursday, February 19
KOSC 126, noon–1 p.m.

The National MAA undergraduate magazine, Math Horizons, has a puzzle and problems section every issue.  Join us as we try a few of them out together!

Departmental Convocation

Friday, March 20
KOSC 124, 10:25–11:10 a.m.

Join other mathematics students for a time of fellowship, worship, prayer, fun, reflection, and looking forward.  Brief message of reflection by Dr. Crisman on his time in South Africa.

Fifth Annual North Shore Undergraduate Mathematics Conference

Saturday, March 28th
Merrimack College, 9:30-3:30

A fun team competition, featured speaker on combinatorial games, and student talks from all over New England!


Thursday, April 16
KOSC 125, 2:30–3:30 p.m.

This special Symposium presentation by Number Theory students is sure to be a treat! "The need for privacy in the digital age makes cryptography an essential part of communication. Cryptographic messages appear as gobbledygook to everyone except the sender and receiver. This event will explore the history and modern uses of cryptographic methods in communication."

MATH FORUMThe Great Math Mystery

Thursday, April 30
KOSC 126, 1:15-2:15

Is mathematics created or discovered - or is it both? Join us as we watch the recent PBS special on this topic, "The Great Math Mystery".


Gordon College's Math Forum is a biweekly gathering of mathematically inclined people from all over campus. The format ranges from problem solving to guest speakers from industry to special talks about interesting topics or people in mathematics. Math Forum has typically been on Tuesdays or Thursdays at noon or 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 below. 

  • Mathematics and Faith Seminar—Led by math faculty
  • 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
  • I See Abstract Number—Dr. Brian Glenney of the Philosophy Department
  • 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 Drs. Brink and Melkonian from Political Studies
  • 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 Chem/Physics Senior Sem—Dr. Michael Orrison of Harvey Mudd College on applications of matrix representations