Indiana Section

of the

Mathematical Association of America

Spring 2004

Newsletter

 

 Spring 2004 SECTION MEETING

  Indiana State University

Terre Haute, IN

April 2-3, 2004


 

SECTION OFFICERS

Indiana Section Web Page: http://www.maa.org/indiana


FUTURE MEETINGS

MAA Sectional

Fall 2004: University of Evansville (Evansville, IN), November 5-6. (This is a Tri-Section Meeting with Kentucky and Illinois.)

 

Spring 2005: IPFW, (Fort Wayne, IN), April 1-2.

 

Fall 2005: Depauw University, (Greencastle, IN), TBA.

 

MAA National

Summer 2004: Mathfest, Providence, RI, August 12-14, 2004.

 

Winter 2005: MAA-AMS Joint Mathematics Meeting: Atlanta, GA, Janaury 5-8, 2005.

 

Other Meetings

21-st annual Rose Hulman Undergraduate Mathematics Conference: Rose Hulman Institute of Technology, March 19-20, 2004.

 

2004 Illinois Section Meeting of the MAA: Roosevelt University (Schaumberg campus), April 2-3, 2004.

 

2004 Michigan Section MAA Meeting: Oakland University, May 7-8, 2004.

 


STATEMENT FROM MICHAEL KARLS (CHAIR OF THE INDIANA SECTION)

Once again, it’s spring in Indiana, and you know what that means—tornado season.  How often have you heard the National Weather Service Warnings and wondered about how to describe tornados mathematically?  This spring, at our Indiana State University meeting, our keynote speaker will be Professor James Serrin, from the University of Minnesota.  Friday night after dinner, he will show us what tornados look like and Saturday at the plenary talk, we will learn about how to mathematically model these swirling vortices.  Our program is packed with a wide range of talks contributed by both faculty and students, addressing topics such as Cryptography, Numerical Ecology, Arabic Algebra, Lesson Planning, College Admission Decisions, Baseball, and Multivariable Calculus. 

 

On Friday, we will host the 39th annual Indiana College Mathematics Competition (ICMC).  Again this spring, registration for the ICMC will be done on-line through the section's website.  On Saturday, in addition to the talks, there will be a session on the contest solutions, and two workshops for students.  Patricia Oakley from Goshen College is offering an Undergraduate Student Workshop on Fractals in Linear Algebra.  Josh Holden from Rose-Hulman and Wesley Calvert from Notre Dame are organizing a Graduate Student Workshop that will address issues relevant to today’s graduate student.

 

The meeting has something for everyone!  See you there.

 

Mike

   


SPRING MEETING PROGRAM (TENTATIVE)
Indiana State University
Terre Haute, IN
Friday and Saturday, April 2-3, 2004


Friday, April 2, 2004

 

3:00--3:50    ICMC Registration

3:00--4:30    Meeting Registration

3:00--6:00    MAA Book Sale

4:00--4:15    ICMC Instructions

4:15--6:15    ICMC

 

4:00--6:00    The FAST-SLO Algorithm for Lesson Planning Matt DeLong (Taylor University), Dale Winter (Bowling Green State University), and Carolyn Yackel (Mercer University).

4:00--4:25    Cover Pebbling Number of Graphs Zsuzsanna Szaniszlo (Valparaiso University).

4:30--4:55    Analyzing Transposition Ciphers with Permutations Robert Talbert (Franklin College).

5:00--5:25    Have You Seen These Theorems? Three Geometric Gems That Used to be Part of Multivariable Calculus Robert  Foote (Wabash College)

5:30--6:00    Creating Interactive Web Pages Peter Turbek (Purdue University Calumet)

6:30--7:30    Banquet

7:30--7:45    Awards

7:45--8:45    What do Tornadoes Look Like? James Serrin (University of Minnesota)

 

Saturday, April 3, 2004

 

7:30--8:15    Chairs & Liaison Breakfast

8:00--9:00    Registration

8:00--3:00    MAA Book Sale

9:00--9:05    Welcome ISU Representative

 

9:05--9:25    The Hawkins Random Sieve John Lorch (Ball State University)


NOTE: The next three lists describe parallel sessions.


Session 1


9:30--9:55    An Exploration of the Focus-Directrix Definition of the Conics Elizabeth Brown (Indiana State University)

10:00--10:15    Recirculation Models and Biotech Applications Mark Bailey, Mark Hilgert, and Herb Bailey (Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology).

10:20--10:35    Zeros of the Partial Sums of ez Amos Carpenter (Butler University)

10:40-10:55    Trisecting an Angle Stephen Chamblee (Indiana State University)

 

11:00--11:25    What the Shortstop Sees Elton Graves (Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology)

11:30--11:55    An Application of Linear Algebra in Numerical Ecology John Boardman (Franklin College)


Session 2

 

9:30--9:55    If You Walk n Steps in a Hyperbolic Graph, How Many Paths Can You Take? Chris Wu (Penn State University, Beaver Campus)

10:00--10:30    Arabic Algebra and its Latin Translations Jeffrey Oaks (University of Indianapolis)

10:35--10:55  The Butler Game Rebecca Wahl (Butler University)

11:00--11:25    What Happens to the Fundamental Theorem of Arithmetic when `Product' is Replaced by 'Sum"? William Weakley (IPFW)

11:30--11:55    A Mathematical Programming Approach to College Admissions Decisions Concetta DePaolo (Indiana State University)


Session 3

 

9:30--10:30      ICMC Solutions

10:35--10:55    The Range Nucleolus for Cooperative Games Andrew Histand (Goshen College)

11:00--11:55    Graduate Student Workshop-Part 1 Wesley Calvert (Notre Dame University) and Joshua Holden (Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology)

 

11:00--11:55    Undergraduate Student Workshop: Fractals in Linear Algebra-Part 1 Patricia Oakley (Goshen College)

 

12:00--1:00    Lunch

1:00--1:55      Graduate Student Workshop-Part 2

1:00--1:55      Undergraduate Student Workshop: Fractals in Linear Algebra-Part 2

1:00--1:55      Business Meeting

2:00--3:00      The Swirling Vortex: A Mathematical Model for Tornadoes James Serrin (University of Minnesota)


SPRING 2004 MEETING INFORMATION


Campus Map 

Look here for an ISU map. (Holmstedt Hall, at the center of campus and labeled 23 on the map below, is the main meeting site.)  

 

Directions to Indiana State University

Parking on Campus

For both days of the meeting (April 2-3), participants can park in Lot A North of the University Library for free. To find Lot A, see the driving directions given above or the campus map given below.

 

Meeting Registration

The MAA meeting will be held in Holmstedt Hall and registration will be held on April 2nd. Registration will begin at 3PM. The regular meeting registration fee is $10.00. Cash and personal checks made out to Ïndiana Section, MAA" will be accepted. There is no registration fee for students or speakers. All participants, including students and speakers, are expected to sign-in at the registration table. Please note that Indiana State University is a smoke free environment.

 

Meeting and Meal Reservations

We would appreciate all persons planning to attend the meeting to let us know in advance. Your name tag will be prepared, and you will spend less time in the registration line.

 

Lunch (Saturday, April 3) will be served at Sycamore Towers (54 on the ISU Map) and will cost $7.00 per person. The lunch will be a buffet.

 

Dinner (Friday, April 2) will be served at Hulman Center (54 on the ISU Map) and you should enter on the west side 8th Street entrance. Dinner will be a buffet and the cost is $18.00. The dinner menu includes Sumac Chicken - (chicken breast topped with sumac, lemon, garlic, and onions); Spinach Pies; Rice with Green Bean Sauce; Cucumber Salad; Chocolate Bars, Backlava, Lemon Bars; Coffee, Tea, lemonade.

 

Advanced reservation for the banquet and/or lunch is required and must be made no later than March 26. Payment should be made at the meeting registration table.  To place your meeting and lunch reservation, send an e-mail message to masam (at) isugw.indstate.edu.  Please include

E-mail reservations will be acknowledged by e-mail. If you prefer voice to print, call Arvana Edwards at 812-237-2130.

 

Accommodations

Blocked rooms (with discounts) have been negotiated with the following hotels:

Additional hotels may be found at http://www.terrehaute.com/lodging.asp.

 

Information for Student Presenters

The Indiana Section of the MAA awards free memberships to all students (including graduate students) who present papers at an Indiana Section meeting. The recipients of these memberships are allowed to select any one journal. In case the prize winner is already a member, an MAA-published book can be substituted for the membership

 

2004 ICMC

All colleges and universities throughout the state are invited to register three-member teams of undergraduate students to compete in the Indiana Mathematics Competition (ICMC). This year's contest will mark the 39th anniversary of the competition. It will take place at Butler University in conjunction with the Indiana Section Spring Meeting.


The competition will be held Friday afternoon, April 2, starting with on-site registration from 3:00-3:50pm. A briefing session on the competition will begin at 4:00pm and the test will be administered from 4:15-6:15pm immediately following the briefing. The math competition is held on Friday afternoon so that students have the opportunity to fully participate in the MAA meeting held during Friday evening and all day Saturday. The test will be graded overnight and the winning teams announced at the business meeting on Saturday afternoon.


The ICMC is designed as a team competition, with members of the team working together on the test and turning in a single team solution for each problem attempted. No books, calculators, computers, slide rules, rulers, compasses, or other such aides will be allowed in the testing rooms. The contest questions are designed in such a way that a calculator provides no significant advantage to any team.


Each school may enter as many teams as desired; those teams must register in advance. There is a $5.00 registration fee per team. Team members wishing to attend the dinner and luncheon must also make reservations. (See ACCOMMODATIONS and MEAL RESERVATIONS above.)


It is strongly recommended that teams pre-register for ICMC, so that the host institution can reserve enough rooms for the contest. Teams that pre-register will be guaranteed admission to the contest, while those teams that register on-site will be granted admission provided that space is available.


Teams may pre-register online by visiting the INMAA website http://www.maa.org/indiana.

 

Local Organizer

For general information regarding the meeting contact Robert Jaycay (jajcay (at) laurel.indstate.edu 812-237-2138).

 


 

NEWS FROM AROUND THE MAA

Professional Enhancement Program

The MAA's Professional Enhancement Program (PREP) will offer a wide variety of workshops during summer 2004. PREP workshops offer you the chance to spend a few days exploring topics of mutual interest with colleagues from other institutions, with experienced leaders to guide the group towards a deeper understanding and broader perspective. Most of the cost of attending a PREP workshop is covered by the program, so what are you waiting for? Visit the PREP web site, http://www.maa.org/prep to see this year's schedule and to obtain registration materials.

 

Preparing Mathematicians to Educate Teachers

A growing set of national reports calls for better preparation of the nation's mathematics teachers by mathematics faculty. To help meet this need, the MAA is organizing a multifaceted program, Preparing Mathematicians to Educate Teachers (PMET). The PMET program will have three major components:


Faculty who are interested in attending a PMET workshop should visit the PMET web site for more information. http://www.maa.org/pmet

 


 

SECTION NEWS


Ball State University

 

The Department of Mathematical Sciences at Ball State University has introduced a new journal for undergraduate research in the mathematical sciences: the Ball State Undergraduate Mathematics Exchange. An online version of the first issue of this publication can be found at www.bsu.edu/math/exchange.


The Exchange is a forum for student activities, which are not necessarily original research but go beyond standard classroom material. Among other information, every issue contains senior thesis abstracts, extra curricular projects, as well as seminar and colloquium papers.


The target audience of the journal consists of majors in any of the mathematical sciences. Contributions are accepted from all undergraduates who have worked on a mathematical topic beyond the classroom. Appropriate papers from other departments and other institutions are welcome. Please visit the above website for more information.

 

Indiana University Northwest

The Department of Mathematics and Actuarial Science is pleased to welcome Dr. Gayla S. Domke as a visiting associate professor in the Spring 2004. Dr. Domke is a graph theorist and is on leave from Georgia State University.

 

Indiana University South Bend

The Indiana University South Bend Masters Program in Applied Mathematics and Computer Science anticipates having its first graduate this semester. There are over 40 students admitted to the program, 22 of which are currently taking courses.


The Master of Science in Applied Mathematics and Computer Science at IUSB started in fall 2001. It is a joint degree program between the Department of Mathematical Sciences and Department of Computer and Information Sciences. This 36-credit hour degree program meets the needs of professionals who have undergraduate degrees in mathematics, computer science or engineering; those who are in transition from other disciplines; and those who wish to seek advanced degrees to enter academia.

Also:

University of Southern Indiana

Dr. Adrian Gentle from Los Alamos National Laboratory came to the University of Southern Indiana as an Assistant Professor of Mathematics in the fall of 2004. Dr. Gentle’s research at Los Alamos focused on the numerical solution of the Einstein equations. He is currently developing computer codes to investigate the stability of his recent reformulation of the Einstein equations to actively enforce the constraints within the evolution algorithm. He plans to present this work at the Seventeenth Meeting of the International Society on General Relativity and Gravitation, to be held Dublin, Ireland, in July 2004.


Dr. Gene Freudenburg, Associate Professor of Mathematics, spent the month of June 2003 visiting a research colleague at the University of Bourgogne in Dijon, France. He also gave talks in Seville, Spain and Basel, Switzerland. In September, Dr. Freudenburg spent a week in Lukecin, Poland conducting a workshop for graduate students in mathematics. Daniel Daigle of the University of Ottawa assisted with this workshop. The theme of the workshop was Group Actions in Algebraic Geometry, which is the subject of much of Professor Freudenburg's research.


Dr. Ruben Schwieger, Associate Professor of Mathematics at the University of Southern Indiana, is working on a funded project to design and produce a prototype of a solar powered shallow well water pump for use in underdeveloped parts of the world where there is no fossil fuel or machinery and machinery maintenance available. An engineering student, Rodney Taylor, is working with Dr. Schwieger and using this task as his senior project. The hope is to field test the prototype in rural East Africa where people have plenty of sunshine but difficulty getting water to the surface.

 

Wabash College

Peter Thompson was tenured.