C RC Publish

June 28, 2016

Karin Saoub is finalizing a deal with CRC Press to publish A Tour Through Graph Theory. This will be the first textbook to present graph theory to a general audience, such as students in Karin’s INQ 241 course. Graph theory is the mathematics of network connections, which can be applied in an increasingly large number […]

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All Square with Math and Art

May 6, 2016

One of the definitions of square is “conventional” or “boring.” This spring’s art gallery presentation by Jan Minton’s Honors 301 class puts the lie to that. The phrase “mind blown” was used in at least one student’s description of her work. Students in the Mathematics and Art class created visual representations of how you can […]

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RC Students + MAA Conference = Crazy Fun!

April 22, 2016

The weekend of April 15, five Roanoke College students and three faculty members traveled to Germantown, MD to attend the Spring MAA Sectional Meeting, which was held at Montgomery College. This conference attracts a wide variety of mathematicians from MD, DC, and VA. Some are more applied mathematicians, some are more pure mathematicians, most are researchers, […]

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Roanoke College Represents at the MAA

April 22, 2016

Some people wear many hats; in Dave Taylor’s case, two of them are chairs. Dave, who chairs the Department of Mathematics, Computer Science, and Physics, is now chair-elect of the Maryland-DC-Virginia section of the Mathematical Association of America. Dave was elected to this position at the section meeting at Montgomery College (Md) April 15-16. It […]

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Physics majors participate in Edgar Allen Poe theatre production

April 21, 2016

The members of the Physics Group often advertise that “physics goes with anything.”  More formally, we maintain that there is no academic endeavor where the creative problem-solving approaches introduced in physics are detrimental.  In ten years of physics majors at Roanoke, we can list the following double majors: biochemistry, chemistry, computer science, math, music, philosophy, psychology, […]

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Money: Students Present Sports Analytics Research

April 18, 2016

Taylor Ferebee and David Moreau presented research posters at the Carolina Sports Analytics Meeting, which included representatives from the Charlotte Bobcats and ESPN: The Magazine. Taylor’s work on graphical representations and metrics of soccer effectiveness focused on passing statistics. David’s work on the relationship between golf consistency and effectiveness in different aspects of the game […]

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Physics students present science experiments to local Girl Scout troop

April 17, 2016

  According to our students, a major (possibly, “the major”) goal of undergraduate studies is to discover one will be doing for ‘the rest of my life’.  This especially true in the sciences, where a high value is placed on finding the right answer within a problem-solving context, and then it is assumed that this […]

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Physics students write welcoming cards

April 16, 2016

April is probably the busiest month for both physics students and their professors.  On top of the culmination of classes, we are also in the midst of planning our honor society banquet and hiring a new visiting professor.  So, when the admissions department asked us to write personal letters to all accepted and deposited students, […]

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Beware the Pi’s of March!

March 23, 2016

Last week was a busy week for the MCSP department at Roanoke College. March 14 is known as Pi Day to many people, and it is a day celebrating the number Pi = π ≈ 3.14159… π cannot be written as a fraction, which is part of the reason why it is so intriguing. People spend […]

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Math Club- Getting Competitive

February 11, 2016

Tuesday, Feb 9 began as a normal day. It was cold, as a day in February should be. But things got a little heated in Trexler around noon, when the Math Club held its first annual Integration Bowl. What on Earth is an Integration Bowl? Well, the Math Club members were divided into three teams- […]

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