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Recent Events in Fall 2016en-usMon, 14 May 2018 03:50:38 PDT3600What Can You Do with a Math Degree Anyway?
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http://digitalcommons.cedarville.edu/mathematics_colloquium/2016-2017/Fall/2Fri, 21 Oct 2016 16:00:00 PDT
This talk presents what can be done with a degree in mathematics in these exciting times. Often, those finishing a four-year degree have little idea what to expect in a career outside of teaching. This presentation will outline the possibilities and the speaker will discuss from experience potential careers, the market place, how to start, and some surprising examples of what mathematicians do. Tips for job seekers are included and a lively Q&A will follow.
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Steven ThorsenDiscrete Dynamics
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http://digitalcommons.cedarville.edu/mathematics_colloquium/2016-2017/Fall/1Fri, 07 Oct 2016 16:00:00 PDT
We will consider some examples of discrete dynamical systems: repeating a simple procedure over and over (function iteration). Can we predict the long-term behavior of the system? If our dynamical system is supposed to model some real-world situation, we would like it to be stable under small adjustments. Hence, it is natural to ask what effect the initial state may have on the outcome and if small changes in the iterative procedure itself will lead to radically different dynamics. We’ll talk about a still-unsolved problem in mathematics that a 4th grader can understand, how to draw a fern with a photocopier, the difficulty that undergrads (and their professor!) had in proving a simple statement about a boring card game, fractals in the complex plane, what mathematical chaos is about, working in four dimensions, and lessons for our faith when it comes to determinism, and even beauty in God’s mathematical universe.
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Phil Mummert