To further explore the world of artificial intelligence (AI), the departments of mathematics and computer science will host two free lectures on the Missouri State University campus this month. Thom Hutchison, senior manager for data science and artificial intelligence at Husch Blackwell, will speak to the university community Sept. 27. These lectures are open to … [Read more...] about Examining the future of AI

Many students studying physics, astronomy and materials science (PAMS) also have a minor in mathematics. Dr. Robert Mayanovic, department head and distinguished professor of PAMS, explains why adding a math minor benefits PAMS students. Math is a key player In physics, it’s hard to do anything without math. “Modeling of physical processes, an important aspect of … [Read more...] about A combination that adds up

On March 31 and April 1, our math department will be hosting the 2023 Mathematical Association of America (MAA) Missouri Section Meeting. The event will have speakers in addition to participation opportunities for students and faculty. Keynote speakers Two speakers will be delivering keynotes during the meeting. Dr. Lisa Marano, chair, MAA Sections Committee. … [Read more...] about Math department hosts 2023 MAA Missouri Section Meeting

The 2022 spring semester was a success for the mathematics department. Students gained plentiful knowledge and experience under Dr. Ngoc Do’s wing in her new course: Preparation for Industrial Careers in Mathematical Sciences (PIC Math). A course of action MTH596/696 was part of a nationwide program called PIC Math. It contained a mix of both undergraduate and graduate … [Read more...] about A successful first run

Fractions can quite literally serve as a puzzling component of mathematics. One of the reasons fractions are perceived to be difficult is what members of the math community call gap reasoning. Gap reasoning can limit students’ understanding of the problem. The method leads students to assess distances as equal by appearance over measurements. In their paper “Escaping … [Read more...] about Minding the gap to take the frustration out of fractions