A chair in Professor Frances Van Dyke's office has been moved slightly so that it has a better view of an elm tree. The chair has been a fixture in the department for 18 years.
Catalyst, American University’s science magazine, is designed to inform you about scientific research and results that affect us all. Catalyst is written by students, features many student projects, and aims to spark the scientific imagination of the AU community.
Kerwin Must Enroll in Finite Math Pending Investigation
TENLEYTOWN - President Cornelius Kerwin is under investigation for failing to fulfill his mathematics requirement while enrolled as a student at The American University.
Charges continue to swirl around Professor Robert Jernigan as investigators pore through a cache of FBI documents recently seized from Jernigan's American University office. Jernigan is the alleged model for the lead character Dr. Charles Epps on CBS's hit show Numb3rs.
Meet Dr. Cadaver, Mathemortician. That is the pseudonym of Professor Sweeney Todman. But to Professor Todman, the Dr. Cadaver character is more than just a dramatic role — it is a matter of life and death.
Friedrich Oliver Vechs (1907-2005) is one of those figures one encounters so seldom in the history of mathematics, who made absolutely unremarkable contributions to the field and yet, paradoxically, seems not to have been completely unforgotten.
Tragedy struck this cloistered campus community last night with the disappearance of popular math student Stan Slapernarski. Although details are sketchy, it appears that Slapernarski (known as Slap throughout the university) fell victim to a Halloween stunt gone awry.
"Rock On!" With those words and a searing guitar riff, Artur Elezi, lead guitarist for Smashing Melons unleashed a heavy metal tour de force not seen since the Melons' legendary Farewell Concert nearly five years ago at Britain's Royal Hall.
The Department of Defense (DOD) is investigating the excessive use of polyester by American University (AU) faculty and students in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, calling their hoarding of the material an "unpatriotic act".
Mathematics is not only about theorems and proofs. Just ask AU math professor Monica Jackson. In addition to teaching introductory and graduate-level courses, Jackson also conducts medical research by developing statistical models of disease outbreak.
American University Math Professor I-Lok Chang, won the prestigious Taurus Prize for his work on the performance edge gained by athletes and intellectuals when they drink energy potions containing taurine, caffeine, and lots of sugar.
It's easy to picture a Riemann surface. Think of a sphere or a donut or a pair of pants. Now imagine that the points on these surfaces correspond in a precise way to complex numbers. You get a mathematical structure that seems to have applications all over the place in mathematics.
The familiar Pythagorean theorem states that if a right triangle has legs a and b and hypotenuse c, then a² + b² = c². In geometric terms, we can think of a², b², and c² as the areas of three squares, one on each side of the triangle. Although this is one of the most useful facts in analytic geometry, and just about everyone has heard of it, not everyone knows a proof. Do you?
In the 2000 election, Jason Richwine (MATH '04) understood more about the mathematics behind determining voting power than most campaign advisors.Richwine, winner of an American University 2003 CAS Research Award, used math to determine the relative power of individual states in presidential elections.
The term "radar" may invoke thoughts of target selection or methods to detect and curb smuggling through coastline surveillance. It probably doesn't prompt thoughts about the mathematical equations and theories behind those radar systems. Or does it? It did for mathematics professor John Nolan, who has designed several programs for these radar systems.
For most people, mathematics and fun go together like ... well, like mathematics and fun. The Friday evening before Halloween, however, more than 50 AU students, faculty, and staff filled Ward 1 with excited applause and laughter ....