September 3, 2008 - First Meeting -
We elected officers for the year and discussed our plans for the semester.
September 10, 2008 - Engineering and Art Challenge -
What can you build out of toothpicks and Elmer's glue in only one hour? Well we decided to find out with some math club tshirts on the line. The club broke up into groups
and began working. The challenge was to build something 'mathematical'. The math department faculty voted to decide which group did the best job.
September 17, 2008 - Pi versus e -
We watched a video of two professors from Williams College debating which number is better, e or pi. The debate started out civil but quickly turned into mathematical mudslinging.
September 24, 2008 - The Mathematics of Photoshop -
One of our members, Glenn Jackson, gave a presentation on Digital Image Processing. Glenn's presentation was a project he completed for MAT 298 (Special Topics). Using MATLAB, he was able to recreate many of the photo effects available in Photoshop. Glenn explained the mathematics behind these effects.
October 1, 2008 - Puzzle/Riddle Day -
All of math is really about using logic to solve problems. Everyone brought puzzles or riddles and we worked on them.
October 8, 2008 - "The Right Spin" -
The story of a dramatic accident in space and the mathematics behind it.
October 10, 2008 - Math Club Basketball -
Basketball is a math club tradition so we had to play again. We like to exercise our minds too. Another math club tradition continued as well, math club basketball injuries :)
October 15, 2008 - Math Contest Preparation -
Every semester MCC holds a math contest with scholarship prizes available to students at every level. MCC faculty, Adam Avilez, discussed problem solving strategies that would help maximize your score.
October 20, 2008 - Fall Bash -
Every fall ASMCC invites all the school clubs and organizations to setup tables in the center of campus. We have fun hanging out and promoting our club.
October 22, 2008 - Planetarium Show -
MCC faculty, Dr. Kevin Healy, gave us a special demonstration of MCC's new planetarium. We saw several shows and he explained a lot of the technology behind show.
October 29, 2008 - Pumpkin Carving -
Another math club tradition that we continued.
November 5, 2008 - Math Anxiety Workshop -
Math club members aren't all math geniuses. Some of us joined so that we could try to appreciate the subject which would help us get through our math classes. We invited MCC Counseling faculty, Sonia Esposito, to talk to us about math study skills, testing taking skills and overcoming math anxiety.
November 19, 2008 - Mathematics in Forestry -
Retired Glenvill State professor, Dan Wildermuth, spoke to us about the use of mathematics in forestry. In particular, mathematics plays a heavy role in maintaining healthy forests.
December 3, 2008 - MAT 298 Special Topics Presentations -
Professor Avilez's MAT 298 students gave an updated presentation on using MATLAB for digital image processing.
January 30, 2009 - First Meeting -
We welcomed everyone back and introduced new members. We broke up into groups to work on some puzzles and get to know new members.
February 6, 2009 - Fractals -
We watched an episode of Nova which discussed Fractals. Fractals are types of geometric shapes which have many practical applications. Fractals are used in special effects, computer graphics and in our cellphones.
February 13, 2009 - Actuarial Science -
Retired ASU mathematics professor, Matt Hassett, spoke to us about the field of actuarial science. This subject uses mathematics, statistics and economics to solve problems. An actuary can work for many types of companies and earn a high salary. For example insurance companies use actuaries to determine insurance rates.
February 20, 2009 - Math Anxiety -
MCC Counseling faculty, Sonia Esposito, gave us tips on developing math study habits and test taking skills. She also gave us some ideas on how we can overcome math anxiety.
February 27, 2009 - Southwest UNdergraduate MAthematics Research Conference -
We didn't have a regular meeting today. Instead we got into a van and drove to the SUNMARC conference. We spent the weekend in Albuquerque meeting students from other schools and watching math presentations.
March 6, 2009 - ASU Chemical Engineering Advisor -
Karen Burrington, an ASU Chemical Engineering advisor, talked to us about transfering to ASU.
March 27, 2009 - Using Statistics in Biology -
MCC Biology professor, Peter Brown, talked about how statistics is a valuable tool in Biology.
April 1, 2009 - Spring Fling -
The math club setup a table to advertise our club at this ASMCC sponsored event.
April 3, 2009 - Solar Energy -
MCC Mathematics professor, Amadou Gaye, spoke about the mathematics of solar energy and being self sufficient.
April 9, 2009 - Mesa Arts Academy Visits MCC -
We hosted some students from the Mesa Arts Academy charter school. They came to campus to see a show in our new fancy planetarium.
April 10, 2009 - Mathematical Modeling: Not just another pretty face. -
MCC Mathematics faculty, David Schultz, discussed one of this application of mathematics. He discussed how to find models and how to determine if it is a good model. A mathematical model is a set of mathematical rules that describe a real world situation. For example weather forecasting uses mathematical modeling.
April 17, 2009 - ASU Motivated Engineering Transfer Students Program (METS) -
An advisor from ASU spoke to use about the METS program. Any MCC engineering student should contact this program before transfering to ASU.
April 24, 2009 - Generalizing Synthetic Division -
MCC Mathematics faculty, Alan Sheffield, showed us a general synthetic division which works on any polynomial division. No more long division!
May 1, 2009 - Business Meeting -
Members put their names forward to be officers in the fall. Elections are held next week. We also discussed possible amendments to the constitution.
May 1-2, 2009 - Special Olympics -
Some members volunteered with PTK at the Special Olympics. MCC hosted the Arizona Special Olympics.
May 8, 2009 - End of year party -
We voted for officers and on amendments.