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The Search For Hamilton, Eric Gossett

#### The Search For Hamilton, Eric Gossett

*ACMS Conference Proceedings 2011*

In July and August of 2009 my wife and I went on a four-week trip to Scotland and Ireland. We would be visiting Dublin, so I decided that we should visit the famous bridge where William Rowan Hamilton carved the equations for the quaternions. The task was not as simple as I had assumed. This paper gives some details of the search.

Thinking Philosophically About Mathematics, Robert L. Brabenec

#### Thinking Philosophically About Mathematics, Robert L. Brabenec

*ACMS Conference Proceedings 2011*

In my early years as a teacher of mathematics, the history of mathematics was seldom mentioned in the classroom. It was viewed as an unworthy topic that would detract from the presentation of mathematics itself. This opinion has dramatically changed over the years, and the history of mathematics is now embraced and used by many mathematicians in their teaching and even research. We might choose to ask a related question. How much philosophy is necessary or helpful for a mathematics teacher to know, and to use in his or her teaching? We see a growing interest in the philosophy of …

Bringing Undergraduate Research Into The Classroom, Stephen Lovett

#### Bringing Undergraduate Research Into The Classroom, Stephen Lovett

*ACMS Conference Proceedings 2011*

Mathematics graduate programs and companies that employ math majors often want to ascertain an applicant’s potential for research. However, in many undergraduate courses, assessments consist only of regular exercise sets, quizzes, and in-class tests. Without doing a senior research thesis or landing an official REUs, students do not regularly gain experience in or an appreciation for research. Courses in the humanities regularly require students to write in the discipline, progressively preparing them methodologically for “writing in the field.” This begs the question: could math departments do a little more to prepare our students to use mathematics beyond college?

In this …

Calculus Communication Circle, Judith Palagallo

#### Calculus Communication Circle, Judith Palagallo

*ACMS Conference Proceedings 2011*

Calculus Communication Circle is a network for the professional development of Advanced Placement Calculus teachers. In Northeast Ohio the Circle provides a forum where teachers meet to share ideas about mathematics and the teaching of calculus. This article describes the creation of the Circle and the progress it has made over its three year existence.

The Need For A Graphics Programming Course, Nathan Gossett

#### The Need For A Graphics Programming Course, Nathan Gossett

*ACMS Conference Proceedings 2011*

A discussion of the benefits of offering a course on programming Computer Graphics in an undergraduate Computer Science curriculum. A sample course outline is provided, as well as a discussion of ways to conduct lectures, labs and a list of suggested assignments. A discussion of “dos and don’t s will also be presented, including a list of required prerequisite courses and skills that students would need in order for the course to be a success.

Lesson’S Learned: A Journey In Computational Science, Ryan Botts, Lori Carter

#### Lesson’S Learned: A Journey In Computational Science, Ryan Botts, Lori Carter

*ACMS Conference Proceedings 2011*

Inspired by work on building a computational science program and student questions about modeling, we aim to discuss some of our experiences with computational science. We will first clarify what computational science is, why it is a legitimate science, why it is worth our students’ time and what makes it a challenging field. We will also discuss how computer scientists, mathematicians and laboratory scientists each have something different to contribute to the field.

Google And The Mathematics Of Web Search, Michael Rempe

#### Google And The Mathematics Of Web Search, Michael Rempe

*ACMS Conference Proceedings 2011*

This article examines the algorithms used by Google to rank search engine results, called PageRank.

Real Simulations And Simulated Reality, Wayne Iba

#### Real Simulations And Simulated Reality, Wayne Iba

*ACMS Conference Proceedings 2011*

Movies such as *The Matrix* have stimulated popular interest in “brain in a vat” scenarios. Amidst the traditional questions of the mind, we tend to overlook an integral enabling component—the world simulation—which merits consideration in its own right. When facing the simulations in these imagined scenarios, we struggle with conceptual muddles regarding what is real and not. In this paper, I argue that simulated worlds are every bit as real as the one we inhabit. This turns out to be important when considering the possibility, as suggested by Nick Bostrom, that the world we experience as “real” is actually a …

History Of Mathematics: An Exercise In Strengths, Mary Walkins

#### History Of Mathematics: An Exercise In Strengths, Mary Walkins

*ACMS Conference Proceedings 2011*

As a leader in strengths-based education, Lee University encourages each new student, since fall of 2003, to take the Gallup StrengthsFinder to determine their top 5 signature themes (out of a possible 34). At Lee, the syllabus for the History of Mathematics course calls for students to write a paper on a mathematician. In the fall of 2009, as an added dimension, students were asked to critically think about and incorporate the strengths they believe that mathematician may have. Each student was required to compare and contrast his or her strengths with those of the mathematician. This was done with …

Pascal’S Thoughts Seen In The Light Of Scripture, Loredana Ciurariu

#### Pascal’S Thoughts Seen In The Light Of Scripture, Loredana Ciurariu

*ACMS Conference Proceedings 2011*

In this paper we study Pascal’s character via his writings. There are indications that his health might have deteriorated following the experiments he had done using mercury. He talks in his Pensées about faith, grace and purity of the heart, about the peoples and the way in which God leads them, about wisdom, dreams and hopes and that which lies in the human heart. If a statistics was done concerning the most used books and verses from the Bible in Pensées, these would be: Ecclesiastes, Proverbs, Matthew, Mark, Jeremiah, Hebrews, Romans, Luke, Isaiah, Psalms. But those which occupy a central …

The History Of The Area Between A Line And A Parabola, Gordon A. Swain

#### The History Of The Area Between A Line And A Parabola, Gordon A. Swain

*ACMS Conference Proceedings 2011*

This is a review of various methods used by many mathematicians to determine the area of the segment bounded by a parabola and a line. We include descriptions of proofs from the Greek period (Archimedes), the Arabic period (ibn Qurra and ibn Sinan), and the 1600's in European (Galileo, Roberval, Fermat and Wallis, among others), in order to display the changing nature of mathematics.

Pk Mathematics, Jeremy Case

#### Pk Mathematics, Jeremy Case

*ACMS Conference Proceedings 2011*

An examination of the historical development of mathematics and how mathematical history has changed by looking at mathematicians who were also PKs (Preacher’s Kids).

The Mathematics Of Cubic Sudoku, Nicholas Zoller

#### The Mathematics Of Cubic Sudoku, Nicholas Zoller

*ACMS Conference Proceedings 2011*

In the last decade the Sudoku puzzle has fixed itself in America’s puzzle consciousness. Sudoku puzzles share space with crossword puzzles and word finds in newspaper puzzle sections, and several books have been written for the Sudoku playing community. Mathematicians are among the most dedicated Sudoku players. Although some are content with simply solving puzzle after puzzle, others have used tools from combinatorics and algebra to study its important properties.

We investigate a variant of Sudoku called Cubic Sudoku, as well as Cubic Sudoku’s simpler relative, Cubic Shidoku. We successfully count the number of Cubic Shidoku puzzles in two different …

What We Can Learn From Process Theology: Integrating Faith And Mathematics, Josh Wilkerson

#### What We Can Learn From Process Theology: Integrating Faith And Mathematics, Josh Wilkerson

*ACMS Conference Proceedings 2011*

In the inaugural issue of *The Journal of the Association of Christians in the Mathematical Sciences*, James Bradley, the founding editor, suggests fourteen areas that need to be addressed by Christian mathematicians who are series about integrating their faith and their work. One of those areas is the topic of this paper. Bradly frames the question: “Some thinkers (perhaps influenced by process theology) have asserted the idea that God’s creation is not a finished work but that he creates new mathematical objects through mathematicians. Is this idea theologically sound? Is it helpful for our understanding of mathematics?” I copy …

A Bayesian Secondary Analysis In An Asthma Study, Samuel P. Wilcock, Vernon M. Chinchilli, Stephen P. Peters

#### A Bayesian Secondary Analysis In An Asthma Study, Samuel P. Wilcock, Vernon M. Chinchilli, Stephen P. Peters

*ACMS Conference Proceedings 2011*

A recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine by the Asthma Clinical Research Network (ACRN) compared three different treatments for their effectiveness in treating adults with uncontrolled asthma. This paper will describe the study design and its results, then detail the beginnings of a secondary analysis using Bayesian methods to estimate the parameters of interest. The methods will be explained, and the preliminary estimates given and contextualized. The paper will conclude with a discussion of the next steps and the goals for further analysis of the data in this study.

Math History Study Abroad Program: Learning Math History In A Cultural Context, Donna Pierce

#### Math History Study Abroad Program: Learning Math History In A Cultural Context, Donna Pierce

*ACMS Conference Proceedings 2011*

In January 2011 fifteen Whitworth University mathematics students and I, their professor, traveled through Europe to study the history of mathematics. The goal was to gain an understanding of how mathematical ideas have developed over time; how social, cultural and historical factors have influenced the development of mathematics and conversely, how mathematics contributed to society and human culture. Over a course of three weeks we traveled to three countries and over a half dozen cities, viewing the tools, papers and workbooks or these mathematicians, seeing their engineering and artistic creations, and learning from local experts as they guided us through …

Two Faith Integration Projects For Freshman Majors, Nicholas J. Willis

#### Two Faith Integration Projects For Freshman Majors, Nicholas J. Willis

*ACMS Conference Proceedings 2011*

Two projects will be presented that integrate faith and Mathematics in a freshman Introduction to Proofs class at George Fox University. The first project asks students to look at the life of a Christian Mathematician. The focus of this project is to show students that many great mathematicians also had immense faith. The second project asks students to take a close look at their own life. How do they plan to live a life of Christian faith in their chosen profession? Both projects are designed to encourage students to look at their careers in Mathematics as a vocation.

Connecting Mathematics Students To Philosophy And Faith, Nathan Moyer

#### Connecting Mathematics Students To Philosophy And Faith, Nathan Moyer

*ACMS Conference Proceedings 2011*

This paper describes a class project that helps students wrestle with the deep philosophical questions of mathematics in a relevant way. Through article readings and group discussions, various historical views of mathematical philosophy are examined and critiqued. An emphasis is placed upon students making meaningful connections between their own views of mathematics and their personal Christian faith or worldview.

Using Original Historical Mathematics Texts In The Classroom, Maria Zack

#### Using Original Historical Mathematics Texts In The Classroom, Maria Zack

*ACMS Conference Proceedings 2011*

Incorporating information from the history of mathematics into undergraduate mathematics courses is an effective way to help students make connections between the mathematics they are learning and their general education courses. It also helps students to see mathematics as living subject that has changed over time. One way to introduce historical topics into a variety of classes is through the use of original mathematical texts. This paper describes how non-experts can make use of original texts and provides sources for identifying candidate texts.

The Study Of Mathematics: A Text From A Christian Perspective, Doug Phillippy

#### The Study Of Mathematics: A Text From A Christian Perspective, Doug Phillippy

*ACMS Conference Proceedings 2011*

This paper examines the integration of the Christian faith with the teaching of mathematical texts using the author’s textbook, *The Study of Mathematics: Developing a mature understanding of mathematical thought, with consideration of Christian faith and vocation.*

Where, Oh Waring? The Classic Problem And Its Extensions, Brian D. Beasley

#### Where, Oh Waring? The Classic Problem And Its Extensions, Brian D. Beasley

*ACMS Conference Proceedings 2011*

This paper will sketch brief outlines of Edward Waring’s life and the history behind the eventual solution to his famous conjecture about expressing positive integers as the sum of kth powers. In addition, it will present some of the related questions currently being studied, such as expressing sufficiently large integers as sums of powers, sums of powers of primes, and sums of unlike powers.

Paper Abstracts (2011), Association Of Christians In The Mathematical Sciences

#### Paper Abstracts (2011), Association Of Christians In The Mathematical Sciences

*ACMS Conference Proceedings 2011*

Eighteenth Conference of the Association of Christians in the Mathematical Sciences

Introduction (2011), Russell Howell

#### Introduction (2011), Russell Howell

*ACMS Conference Proceedings 2011*

Eighteenth Conference of the Association of Christians in the Mathematical Sciences

Schedule (2011), Association Of Christians In The Mathematical Sciences

#### Schedule (2011), Association Of Christians In The Mathematical Sciences

*ACMS Conference Proceedings 2011*

Eighteenth Conference of the Association of Christians in the Mathematical Sciences

Table Of Contents (2011), Association Of Christians In The Mathematical Sciences

#### Table Of Contents (2011), Association Of Christians In The Mathematical Sciences

*ACMS Conference Proceedings 2011*

Eighteenth Conference of the Association of Christians in the Mathematical Sciences

Acms 18th Biennial Conference Proceedings, Association Of Christians In The Mathematical Sciences

#### Acms 18th Biennial Conference Proceedings, Association Of Christians In The Mathematical Sciences

*ACMS Conference Proceedings 2011*

Association of Christians in the Mathematical Sciences 18th Biennial Conference Proceedings, June 1-4, 2011, Westmont College, Santa Barbara, CA.

Test 1983: Bobcat Ct450, Nebraska Tractor Test Lab

#### Test 1983: Bobcat Ct450, Nebraska Tractor Test Lab

*Nebraska Tractor Tests*

ABOUT THE TEST REPORT AND USE OF THE DATA The test data contained in this report are a tabulation of the results of a series of tests. Due to the restricted format of these pages, only a limited amount of data and not all of the tractor specifications are included. The full OECD report contains usually about 30 pages of data and specifications. The test data were obtained for each tractor under similar conditions and therefore, provide a means of comparison of performance based on a limited set of reported data. EXPLANATION OF THE TEST PROCEDURES Purpose The purpose of …

Test 1984: John Deere 6100d, Nebraska Tractor Test Lab

#### Test 1984: John Deere 6100d, Nebraska Tractor Test Lab

*Nebraska Tractor Tests*

ABOUT THE TEST REPORT AND USE OF THE DATA The test data contained in this report are a tabulation of the results of a series of tests. Due to the restricted format of these pages, only a limited amount of data and not all of the tractor specifications are included. The full OECD report contains usually about 30 pages of data and specifications. The test data were obtained for each tractor under similar conditions and therefore, provide a means of comparison of performance based on a limited set of reported data. EXPLANATION OF THE TEST PROCEDURES Purpose The purpose of …

Test 1996: Case Ih Magnum 225 T3, Nebraska Tractor Test Lab

#### Test 1996: Case Ih Magnum 225 T3, Nebraska Tractor Test Lab

*Nebraska Tractor Tests*

ABOUT THE TEST REPORT AND USE OF THE DATA The test data contained in this report are a tabulation of the results of a series of tests. Due to the restricted format of these pages, only a limited amount of data and not all of the tractor specifications are included. The full OECD report contains usually about 30 pages of data and specifications. The test data were obtained for each tractor under similar conditions and therefore, provide a means of comparison of performance based on a limited set of reported data. EXPLANATION OF THE TEST PROCEDURES Purpose The purpose of …

Test 2004a: John Deere 8310r My12, Nebraska Tractor Test Lab