MCSP’s Bowl Game

by Roland Minton on December 31, 2015

In the college football bowl season, Dr. Maggie Rahmoeller offers the following alternative bowling experience..

Math Club got a little crazy one Friday night in December. Oh, it started out normal enough- I mean, how crazy can bowling be?


Well, when you get a seasoned Math faculty member to bowl like this, I’d say things got a little crazy.

The students (and faculty) rolled the bowling ball between their legs:


under their leg:


laid on the ground:


pushed the ball with their feet:


spun around before bowling, and many other crazy things! Sometimes we were disappointed…


But other times, we celebrated!!



Holiday Greetings From MCSP!

by Roland Minton on December 23, 2015


The Palm Pipe Orchestra of Jan Minton’s Honors 301 class sends greetings from the class and the MCSP department for a wonderful holiday season.


Upcycled Theorems in New Hall

by Roland Minton on December 22, 2015


If you think that math and art are opposites, you will be surprised by Upcycled Theorems, the gallery created by Jan Minton’s “Mathematics and Art” class, HNRS 301. A wide range of connections between math and art are explored in this course. The students demonstrated three of them in an open house in New Hall on December 10.


Guests were invited to find the symmetries in china patterns to classify the designs on various teacups. The classification scheme is also used in crystallography.


The gallery in the New Hall classroom, titled Upcycled Theorems, is based on work by Crockett Johnson that illustrates important mathematical results of a geometric nature. The slope of a curve, a fundamental result in calculus, is demonstrated in the two pieces shown in the picture above.


A fun, and mostly musical, concert was given by the Palm Pipe Orchestra. The students used theories of harmonious notes that date back to Pythagoras to determine the exact lengths to cut sections of PVC pipe to produce particular notes. A video of one of their songs will be posted next.


Simulating stormwater outflow and playing soccer

December 13, 2015

One of the highlights for any science undergraduate is completing a research project.  Whether or not it is on/off-campus, whether or not it is un/paid, whether or not it is for credit, there is much to be gained through the process of creating new knowledge.  The painful process of submitting the mind to the focus […]

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And Now, Introducing …

December 10, 2015

The Roanoke Maroon Stat Crew introduced itself to the RC campus at an MCSP Conversation Series presentation on Tuesday, December 1. The Crew is a group of students, seven strong this fall, who work with the Roanoke College athletic teams to provide useful information to the coaches. The Crew worked with both the men’s and […]

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The Stat Crew Wants You!

December 10, 2015

The Roanoke Maroon Stat is a group of students who work with the Roanoke College athletic teams to provide useful information to the coaches. The seven students in the Fall 2015 Crew represent five different majors and range from freshman to senior. An interest in the statistics of sports and a willingness to be part […]

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Odd Day

November 13, 2015

The odds are that you don’t know the full significance of today’s date, November 13, 2015. Sure, it’s another Friday the 13th . (Did you know that the 13th day of the month falls on Friday more often than any other day of the week? That’s an odd fact!) More importantly, if you write the […]

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Computer Science students succeed at CCSC

November 8, 2015

Roanoke College Computer Science students sweep the top prizes at the 29th CCSC conference! The 29th annual Consortium for Computing Sciences in College (CCSC) South-eastern regional conference was held at Roanoke College this year. Over 100 educators and students converged on the campus on November 6th and 7th, to discuss how computer science education has […]

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Suited to Tea

November 6, 2015

What is the social atmosphere in the MCSP department like? It is epitomized by the weekly afternoon tea in Trexler 271. Before you drag out any tired old mental clichés about socially awkward or intellectually snooty people, know that the finger most commonly raised at afternoon tea is not the pinkie. (The index finger is […]

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Facing Calculus Head On

October 25, 2015

What are mathematics classes like at Roanoke College? Different. Challenging. Fun. To take one example, Calculus 2 has a regular lab. What in the world is done in a calculus lab? Among other topics, we look at rabbit and fox populations, baseballs and golf balls in motion, a cube that curves, and the classic video […]

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