Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Congratulations to the Problem Solving Group

Congratulations to the Ashland University PSG (Problem Solving Group). Their solution to Problem 5362 from the School of Science and Mathematics website (January 2016) was selected to be published! Grace McCourt was the primary author of this solution. Way to go, Grace and the other members of the Problem Solving Group!

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Drop-In Tutoring Spring 2016

Drop-In tutoring is available for Math 208, Math 217, and Math 218 for the Spring 2016 semester.

Ashland University's Center for Academic Support provides tutors and other tools to help students succeed. Drop-In sessions are available for several Math classes in Kettering 219. If you need a tutor for a course that does not have drop-in tutoring an individual tutor may be available. If you need any help in a course, please see your professor first. The drop-in tutor schedule is below. Notice all drop in tutoring is in Kettering 219 from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Elementary Statistics - Math 208
Monday thru Thursday 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Theory of Arithmetic and Geometry - Math 217
Mondays 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Geometry for Middle Grades - Math 218
Mondays 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

 Please see your professor, first, for help!

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Congratulations to the Students that Participated in the 76th William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition

On Saturday, December 5, Grace McCourt, Paul Pernici, Emily Marconi, Michael Woods and Charlie Michel participated in the 76th William Putnam Mathematical Competition. They worked on 6 problems from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. and then 6 more problems from 3 p.m. - 6 p.m. Typically, 50% of the people who enter this competition nationwide (and in Canada) receive 0 points on it. The exam seemed particularly difficult this year, though it seems a few of the AU students made some progress  on a couple of the problems. We are expecting that there may have been some nonzero scores again this year. We hope to follow with some additional news on this at a later date. Keep posted and congratulations to the students that participated.

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Fall Study Break set for Thursday, December 10

Math and Computer Science Students you are cordially invited!

Math 450 Presents "Designing a Table Both Swinging and Stable"

In an article from the September 2008 edition of The College of Mathematics Journal, Greg N. Frederickson analyzes Howard Eves’ physical approach to designing a table both swinging and stable. The physical construction of this table was based off of Henry E. Dudeney/Charles W. McElroy’s geometric dissection discovery in 1902. The idea behind this discovery was to transform an equilateral triangle to a square using hinged dissection.

          Frederickson takes us through the history and thought process behind this idea as well as the difficulties faced by these men as they constructed this design. He also takes into account the improvements that needed to be made and those that have been made to the overall design. Who knew the construction of only one table could yield two entirely different shapes? By the end of this presentation you’ll be tempted to build this geometrically savvy table yourself!

Frederickson, Greg N., “Designing a Table Both Swinging and Stable.” The College Mathematics Journal 39.4 (2008): 

Math 450 Presents
Designing a Table Both Swinging and Stable
by Ashley Herman
Tuesday, December 8, 2015
1:40 p.m.
Patterson 301
Come join us! All are welcome.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Math 450 Presents "Deriving the Fair Price"

Deriving the Fair Price: Examining the Binomial Pricing Model and the Black-Scholes Formula

Actuaries: "Part super-hero. Part fortune-teller. Part trusted advisor" ( However, in order to achieve this part super-hero status, actuarial students must first pass exams published by the Society of Actuaries. Ashland University provides classes for the first two out of nine professional exams, but during my talk, I will explore some topics covered on the syllabus for the third exam, Models of Financial Economics. After reviewing some background information on financial and derivative markets, I will explain the importance of a fair option premium. Then, using the Binomial Pricing Model and the Black-Sholes formula, we will examine these different techniques used in creating and evaluating the market price for Put and Call options with stocks listed on the New York Stock Exchange as the underlying asset.

Primary Sources: McDonald, Robert L. Derivatives Markets,Third Edition, Chapter 10 (sections 10.1 - 10.4) and Chapter 12 (section 12.1)

Math 450 Presents
Deriving the Fair Price
by Katie Hurley
Tuesday, December 1, 2015
1:40 p.m.
Patterson 301

Come join us! All are Welcome.

Crocheting Hyperbolic Planes

Linda Morales and Becca Stettin

Fun ways to learn math: Dr. Swanson's Modern Geometry class are crocheting hyperbolic planes in class today. Pictured are Linda Morales and Becca Stettin learning about hyperbolic planes through crocheting.