For Math 100, a class that focuses on students who do not major in a science, Mathematics and Computer Science Instructor Rosemarie Wait tries to “incorporate a little something from each student’s major.” The curriculum starts with the history of math (for the history buffs) and then transitions into geometry in art. Students also study the financial world and review how to calculate interest, mortgages and loans using Excel. “We finish with a section on statistics and probability, and how to interpret graphs and information that is constantly in the news,” says Wait. The goal is to make the students informed consumers.
The students recently participated in a poster session for which they had to find where math is applied in either their field of study or a hobby. They displayed their work in the Pfahler Atrium on Feb. 22. so other students on campus could see that math can be interesting and fun. “They did a great job showing that math does exist in everything we do, and that everyone can do [math] and appreciate it,” says Wait. Some of the posters are featured below.
“The Golden Ratio in Architecture on Campus” by English majors MJ McGinn and Katie Holms. “For our project we studied the golden ratio in architecture on campus. We found that many of the more modern buildings did not feature the golden ratio while some of the older buildings such as Pfahler Hall featured many golden ratios.”
English majors Brittany Deitch 2013 and Tara Leszkowicz 2013 (above) explored “Mathematics in Poetry.” Poetry is a form of art, and this poster explores syllabic structure, rhythm, metric feet and shape of poems as both auditory and visual experiences.