Gonzaga's Mathematics Department will host two regular meetings every month of the academic year.
Spokane Regional Mathematics Colloquium
(First Wednesday of the month - Herak 244)
December 2, 2015 Meeting (5:10pm) Nate Burch from Gonzaga University will be the speaker at the December Spokane Area Math Colloquium.
Title: Connecting Fractional Derivatives, Diffusion, and Probability
Abstract: In the first semester of calculus, we learn how to differentiate functions. For example, the derivative of f(x) = x is f'(x) = 1. Differentiating again, we find f''(x) = 0. While we can find first, second, and higher-order derivatives of a function, a natural question arises: why don't we find the half derivative of a function? In addition to their mathematical intrigue, these so-called fractional derivatives have made several appearances in nature. One such example is in the modeling of non-classical, anomalous diffusion processes. We’ll survey some of the governing diffusion equations for these processes and provide them a probabilistic interpretation as well.
Contact: Dr. Bonni Dichone
Math Club Meetings
(Third Wednesday of the month - Herak 301)
December 16, 2015 Meeting (5:10pm) Dr. Axon has determined that his rate of chocolate consumption is roughly proportional to number of days since the start of the semester. So he was disappointed to learn that a popular youtube technique for turning a single chocolate bar into infinite amounts of chocolate (https://youtu.be/dmBsPgPu0Wc) doesn't work. Curiously enough, cutting a chocolate bar apart and reassembling it into two chocolate bars, each as big as the starting bar, isn't mathematically impossible. Fortunately, there's another video to help explain that to us.
Join the Math Club on Wednesday, December 16 from 5:10 to 6:00 for pizza and an exploration of the Banach-Tarski paradox.
The following groups will be notified of meetings by faculty coordinators:
(Please contact the faculty coordinators to be added to the desired group)
Putnam Competition Club
(Meetings will be coordinated by Dr. Axon)
Contact: Dr. Logan Axon
Pi Mu Epsilon / Washington Epsilon
All meetings will be held from 5:10pm – 6:00pm
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