Tuesday, November 21, 2017
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
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.
Congratulations to the Problem Solving Group!
Monday, October 30, 2017
The math and computer science department is pleased to announce that team AU Golden League solved two problems in 237 minutes and team AU Eagles solved two problems in 413 minutes. Congratulations to teams AU Golden League and AU Eagles for their excellent performance.
Dr. Ajwa asks that you join him in congratulating all twelve students for their excellent efforts and participation. He is looking forward to next year's ACM contest participation.
Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Monday, October 9, 2017
The Express Lane, which a tutor was available to help the students with Math 208 homework, has been cancelled due to no attendance. This had been offered in the library on Thursdays from 3:30-5:30 p.m.
Walk-in - from in 219 Kettering is still available.
Thursday, October 5, 2017
Congratulations to Ryan Bastian, whose thesis has been added to the OhioLINK Electronic Theses & Dissertations Center. Ryan's is the 27th Ashland University Honors Thesis to join the more than 90,000 dissertations and theses in the OhioLINK ETD Center.
Ryan Bastian presented a work entitled, An Introduction to the Generalized Riemann Integral and its Role in the Undergraduate Mathematics Education. “The Riemann integral is often introduced to undergraduate calculus students, as its definition and related theorems are relatively straightforward to understand. However, the Riemann integral is limited in its power to integrate a wide variety of functions. …As a result, an alternate definition of the integral, known as the generalized Riemann integral, can be introduced to fix some of these defects.” Ryan Bastian’s objective was to present both the background and the definition of the Riemann and generalized Riemann integrals. As well as, show how the generalized Riemann integral can be used to integrate pathological functions, such as the one introduced by Dirichlet. Ryan Bastian graduated May 2017, where he was recognized as co-valedictorian. He was a double major of Integrated Mathematics Education and Mathematics. His URCA Faculty sponsor was Dr. Darren Wick a Mathematics professor.