February 9, 2009 - COMAP Mathematical Contest in Modeling

Two teams of threeCOMAP Mathematical Contest in Modeling Albion College mathematics students completed their work in 2009 Mathematical Contest in Modeling (MCM) sponsored the Consortium for Mathematics and its Applications. On the evening of Thursday, February 5, 2009 at 8pm, the Albion College mathematical modeling team of Chen Chen ('11), Whitney Patton ('09) and Kathryn Wagner ('09) & Yang Chen ('11), Chris Creighton ('10), and Sophia Potoczak ('10) twere presented with the choice of solving two different, yet thought-provoking real-life problems in mathematical modeling. Over the course of the next ninety-six hours, the team independently selected, sweated, solved, and wrote up a paper presenting each of their team's solution to the problem they chose. The solution was completed at 8pm on Monday, February 09, 2009 and then directly emailed to COMAP for judging. Professor Darren Mason organized the participation of the Albion students in this year's MCM. Final results of this highly competitive international contest will be available by May, 2009.

February 15, 2009 - Darren Mason's Research Presented at 138th Annual Meeting and Exhibition of The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society

Darren E. Mason collaborated on the poster presentation Deformation Mode Characterization and FEM Simulation of alpha-Titanium Deformed in Bending. which was presented at the 138th Meeting and Exhibition of The Minerals, Metals, & Materials Society at the Moscone's West Convention Center in San Francisco, CA. Darren's collaborators included T. R. Bieler, M. A. Crimp, Y. Yang, and L. Wang of Michigan State University (USA) and P. Eisenlohr of the Max-Planck Institut für Eisenforschung (Germany).

March 6, 2009 - Kappa Mu Epsilon Announces Three New Members

The Albion Chapter (Michigan Alpha) of Kappa Mu Epsilon, the national mathematics honor society, is pleased to announce its new members for 2008. New members are Yang Chen, Rachel Kamischke, and Kathryn Wagner. KME members must complete at least three semesters of college and rank in the top 35% of their class; complete three college math courses, including at least one semester of calculus; and attain an average grade of 3.0 or better in all mathematics classes. Albion's chapter of KME was founded in 1937. Mark Bollman serves as corresponding secretary and advisor to the Albion chapter. Further information about the national organization is available at kappamuepsilon.org. Congratulations to the new KME members!

March 19, 2009 - Department Offers New Course in Partial Differential Equations

The deparment has added a new course, Math 370 Partial Differential Equations, with the following course description: "A study of the theory and applications of partial differential equations. Linear and nonlinear PDEs, including quasilinear first order equations, conservation laws, discontinuous solutions, classification of PDEs, wave propagation in multiple space dimensions, Fourier analysis and separation of variables, Sturm-Liouville theory, fundamental solutions for equations of parabolic adn elliptic type, as well as consideration of the nonlinear Riemann Problem. Applications in biology, chemistry, engineering, and physics.

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