## Proceedings of the

## of the

## Mathematical Association of America

**Spring 2000**

Research |
Pedagogy |
Student Papers |
Special Presentations

*RESEARCH*:

**Five Theorems in the Theory of Riesz Spaces**,
Gerard Buskes, University of Mississippi

**Finite Differences and Derivatives**,
Julien Doucet, Louisiana State University-Shreveport

**On 2-by-2 Triangular Matrices With Integer
Entries Modulo n and Group Representations**, E. N. Reyes, Southeastern
Louisiana University

**The Number of Admissible Sequences For Indecomposable
Serial Rings With a Simple Projective Module**, Joshua Hanes, University
of Mississippi; Darren Wick, Ashland University.

*PEDAGOGY*:

**Student Development in the Understanding
of Proof**, Connie Campbell, Millsaps; Georgia S. Miller, JSU; G.
Joseph Wimbish, Huntingdon College

**Group Dynamics in Learning to Prove
Theorems**, Connie Campbell, Millsaps; Georgia S. Miller, JSU; G.
Joseph Wimbish, Huntingdon College

**The Mathematics Major in 2010:
What Should Graduates Know?**, Connie Campbell, Stan Chadick, Tommy
Leavelle, Frank Serio

**The Reporting of the Findings of Student
Statistics Project Groups by the Media – A Few Examples**, W. Conway
Link, Louisiana State University-Shreveport

**Polynomials of Arbitrarily High Degree, Descartes'
Rule of Signs, and the Calculation of Effective Rate of Return**,
Paul Sisson, Louisiana State University-Shreveport

*STUDENT PAPERS*:

**Designing Rollercoasters**, Shawn
P. Cooke, Mississippi State University. __Faculty Advisor__:
Vivien Glass Miller

**Algorithms in Discrete Minimization Applications,
**Dylan
Copland, Southeastern Louisiana University. __Faculty Advisor__:
Dennis Merino

**Investigations in Quadratic Curve Fitting**,
Edward Jules Fuselier, Jr., Department of Mathematics, Southeastern Louisiana
University. __Faculty Advisor__: Prof. Dennis I. Merino

**An Application of Fixed Point Theory
to Optimal Consumer Satisfaction in an Infinite Time Horizon Model**,
Lorraine A. Hughes, Mississippi State University