Fall 2010 Archives

December 8, 2010: Bridging the Gap Between Math and Music

November 22nd, 2010 by Dana Ernst

Title: Bridging the Gap Between Math and Music

Date: Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Location: Hyde 349

Time: 4:00-5:00PM (Pizza at 3:30PM in the faculty/student lounge)

Speaker: José Luciano and Dr. Larry Blaine (Plymouth State University)

Abstract: “I switched majors from music to math.” “Wow, that’s quite the switch!”  “Actually they’re more closely related than you think.  For example, did you know that Mozart wrote musical pieces based on a game of chance?”  Come see a small sample of how music and math collide when José Luciano and Plymouth State University professor Dr. Larry Blaine talk about how the famous Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart could compose a piece of music simply by rolling a pair of dice.

November 19, 2010: Gender equity in the mathematics classroom. What can you do to help?

November 4th, 2010 by Dana Ernst

Title: Gender equity in the mathematics classroom. What can you do to help?

Date: November 18, 2010

Location: Hyde 318

Time: 3:30-4:30PM (Pizza at 3PM in the faculty/student lounge)

Speaker: Dr. Angela Hodge (North Dakota State University)

Abstract: Although girls are both present and succeeding in high school mathematics courses, their presence does not continue into university mathematics classrooms. Even more problematic is that the number of women in university mathematics classes dramatically decreases during their academic careers. Why do some women fall away when others are able to persevere? In this presentation, Hodge will discuss women’s success in mathematics and the implications of their presence and absence in the classroom. She will discuss her research findings on the contributing factors of women’s success and will invite discussion on the importance of faculty and K-12 teachers in women’s success in mathematics. This is joint work with Dr. Christina Weber at North Dakota State University.

November 4, 2010: Cryptology

October 22nd, 2010 by Dana Ernst

Title: Cryptology

Date: November 4, 2010

Time: 3:30-4:30PM (Pizza at 3PM in the faculty/student lounge)

Speaker: Dr. Paul Estes (Emeritus, Plymouth State University)

Abstract: This talk introduces cryptology and will touch briefly on the following topics:

  • personal experience sending encrypted messages in a US Army Message Center
  • cracking the Nazi code
  • Navajo Code Talkers
  • ancient ciphers based on simple number theory
  • modern techniques based on enormous prime numbers


October 13, 2010: The Non-content Half of Mathematics

September 30th, 2010 by Dana Ernst

Title: The Non-content Half of Mathematics

Date: October 13, 2010

Speaker: Dr. John Donovan (Plymouth State University)

Abstract: The study of mathematics is about more than content.  The processes of doing mathematics, including problem-solving, reasoning, and communication, are essential goals at all levels of study.  In this seminar you will experience problem-based learning that achieves content and process objectives.  The problems will be accessible and challenging to all.

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