Wednesday, February 21, 2018

2017 Putnam Mathematical Competition Results

The Math and Computer Science Department received the 2017 William Putnam Mathematical Competition results. There were five Ashland University students that particpated, they were: Michael Woode, Emily Law, Kyle Puhl, Aaron Arnold and Kelly Luck. There were 4,638 participants from 575 institutions in this year's competition, with 2,291 (48.4%) receiving scores of 0. Unfortunately, all 5 of Ashland University's participants received scores of 0 this year, as well.

Thank you to all of you who participated in this year's exam.

School Science and Mathematics Recognizes Ashland University PSG

In the January 2018 issue of School Science and Mathematics, the Ashland University Problem Solving Group received credit for submitting a correct solution to Problem 5458. Emily Law was the primary author of the solution.

The editor incorrectly gave the credit to "The Honors Students at Ashland University," but on a positive note wrote, "But then The Honors Students at Ashland University in Ashland, Ohio upped the ante by finding additional ordered pairs..."

Congratulations to the Problem Solving Group.

Math Horizons Recognizes Ashland University PSG

Math Horizons recognized Ashland University's Problem Solving Group in their February, 2018 issue. PSG received credit for submitting a correct solution to Problem 358. Kyle Puhl was the primary author of the solution.

Congratulations to the Problem Solving Group.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Walk-In Tutoring Spring 2018

Mathematics & Computer Science
Walk-In Tutoring Schedule Spring 2018
January 16 – April 26 _____________________________________________
Room 219 Kettering
Elementary Statistics – Math 208
            Mondays           7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
          Tuesdays           TBA
          Wednesdays    7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
          Thursday          7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

(Simply walk in and meet with the tutor as long as you need.)

There is no cost for these tutoring services as the support is provided by AU through your tuition.

Please see your professor first for help!!!

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Study Break Coming Soon

Hey, all Math and Computer Science Department Students...

You are invited! Mark your calendars. The Math and Computer Science Department is hosting a Study Break on Monday, December 11 from 10:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Stop in or stay the whole time in Patterson 204/211. There will be snacks and drinks for you!

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Almni Share with Current Students

On November 7, 2017, the Department of Mathematics and  Computer Science hosted a mathematics career panel. Jill (Montaquila) DeMatteis '89, Sarah (Hollewell) Black '95, Jeff Bonfiglio '96, and Ryan Wilson '07, shared with current students their career paths and gave advice for how best to prepare now for the unknown ahead.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Grace McCourt Added to OhioLINK Electronic Theses and Dissertations Center

Congratulations to Grace McCourt, whose thesis has been added to the OhioLINK Electronic Theses & Dissertations Center.  Grace's is the 34th Ashland University Honors Thesis to join the more than 90,000 dissertations and theses in the OhioLINK ETD Center.

Grace McCourt presented a work entitled, The Dishonest Salesperson Problem. “In graph theory, a graph is a set of vertices connected by edges. Consider a salesperson’s office that is located on a vertex v of a connected graph G with n vertices. There are n-1 customers located at each of the other vertices of the graph. The salesperson must make a driving trip whereby he or she leaves the office, visits each customer exactly once and then returns to the office. Because a profit is made on the mileage allowance, the salesperson wants to drive as far as possible during the trip, which financially benefits the salesperson at the loss of his or her employer, hence why the salesperson is being described as dishonest. …What is the maximum possible distance he or she can travel on such a trip, and how many different such trips are there? Problem 1654 from Mathematics Magazine first posed and answered this question if the graph is a path graph, which represents the office and customers as equally spaced along a straight road.” Grace McCourt’s objective was to expand upon the result of Problem 1654 from Mathematics Magazine using combinatorics and graph theory to derive results for the complete graph, in which each vertex is connected to each other vertex by exactly one edge, and the hypercube, which was defined in the presentation. McCourt also presented what was known for the cycle graph, the complete bipartite graph, and the complete m-ary tree of height h. Grace McCourt graduated May 2017 with a double major of Integrated Mathematics Education and Mathematics. Her URCA Faculty sponsor was Dr. Chris Swanson, a mathematics professor.