UPCOMING MATH EVENTS (click on an event for further details, such as room numbers, titles and abstracts)

Fullerton College Math Events









Joint Meeting of the Math Colloquium/Math Club/Math Seminars 290/290H/291/291H/295/295H
THURSDAYS
4:30-6:35pm
Room 616

These classes are an outstanding experience for STEM students, not just math majors, who are interested in improving their ability to handle mathematical professionalism and research-oriented work, so we hope that you will officially join one of the Seminars.  However, if for any reason you cannot enroll, we still invite you to join us as an ad hoc participant and anyone is welcome to join us since the Colloquium is open to the public.  Supplemental Seminars on special topics can be held as well, if there is sufficient interest.
(These Math Seminars are designed to introduce students to and engage them in open/unsolved problems in mathematical science, while improving students' ability to read and write higher-level mathematics proofs and which can be taken for 2 units of CSU/UC transferable credit, see below or contact Dr. Clahane at dclahane@fullcoll.edu for more details or for answers to questions you may have.)

REGISTRATION IS NOT REQUIRED for you to participate!  Just show up!  But registering is a good idea in order to boost your likelihood of success in the future and ensure that the activities are not eliminated by the Fullerton College Administration.  The research, scientific typesetting, and presentation skills that you learn in these Seminars may make them the most useful classes you ever take.

Choose any of the following courses (they all meet at the same time, with the same instructor, same Room as above).


MATH 290 PURE MATH SEMINAR/MATH 290H HONORS PURE MATH SEMINAR
MATH 291 APPLIED MATH SEMINAR/MATH 291 HONORS APPLIED MATH SEMINAR
MATH 295 GENERAL MATH SEMINAR/MATH 295H HONORS GENERAL MATH SEMINAR

For a syllabus and grading policy, see
(The Fall and Spring versions of this syllabus and grading policy are identical to the one you see currently posted.)

(HIGHLY RECOMMENDED FOR STUDENTS PLANNING TO MAJOR IN A STEM FIELD OR PLANNING TO MAJOR IN MATH OR COMP. SCI!)
2 units, CSU/UC Transferable credit
Prerequisite - Math 40 or equivalent with a "C" or better

PREREQUISITE BLOCKING: If you get a "prerequisite error" when attempting to register for the any of these seminars on My Gateway/Webstar, see an Admissions Counselor if you took the equivalent of Math 40 but not at FC previously.  Clearance will be granted automatically if you are enrolled in a higher math course at FC.  If YOU ENCOUNTER ANY PROBLEMS REGISTERING, IMMEDIATELY CONTACT DR. CLAHANE so that he can assist you.


Location and Parking: Fullerton College is located at 321 E. CHAPMAN, FULLERTON, CA 92832-2095. The North Science Building (600) is the building just east of the library. Please help yourself to these directions to and maps of campus. Visitors can park in any student lot as long as they purchase and correctly display a valid daily parking permit, available at kiosks in the parking lots.

Funding: The outside faculty speaker honoraria have been instutionalized as of Spring 2017 and are provided by the Math & Computer Science Division.  Lunch for all William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition participants is also now permanently funded by the Math & Computer Science Division 


LISTING OF OTHER REGULARLY OFFERED MATHEMATICS OPPORTUNITIES AT FULLERTON COLLEGE


AMERICAN MATHEMATICAL ASSOCIATION OF TWO-YEAR COLLEGES (AMATYC) STUDENT MATH COMPETITION
(Please see http://math.fullcoll.edu/amatyc.html for more information about upcoming practices and the Round 1 Fall Competition in late October or early November!
Also, note that if the Math Seminar classes are not cancelled, Dr. Clahane will be holding periodic practice sessions for the exam during the Math Seminar classes

Also, later in Fall:
WILLIAM LOWELL PUTNAM MATHEMATICAL COMPETITION
First Saturday in December
8am-4pm
Lunch 1-2pm provided by the Math & Computer Science Division - students should register in advance by emailing Dr. Clahane no later than October 10
(This is a six-hour, two part exam consisting of twelve challenging math problems that test student mastery of mathematical skills needed for success in higher level mathematics - the competition is held throughout the USA and Canada and is appropriate for students who have had or who are enrolled in calculus. - DO THIS!)
See the link at the left side bar link for more details, to be posted shortly, or see the above google calendar for practice and competition locations.
MORE INFORMATION AND OLD EXAMS/OUTLINES OF SOLUTIONS can be found at http://kskedlaya.org.
(Contact any of the FC Putnam coaches Dana Clahane, Tim Cobler, Bill Cowieson


WHAT HAPPENS AT THE MATH COLLOQUIA, MATH CLUB MEETINGS, and PSOMS if FULLERTON COLLEGE decides that these activities are worthy of continued support:

  1. Updates by students who have made progress on their research projects
  2. Talks by mathematicians on unsolved problems that college students can explore, including special guest university and four-year college mathematics faculty and researchers and scientists in mathematics in industry.
  3. Discussions of Putnam, AMATYC Competition, and College Math Journal/Math Magazine problems
  4. Training on how to find problems, make new discoveries, and clearly talk/write papers on the results.
  5. A lively, friendly, supportive atmosphere that is comfortable and welcoming to men and women of various backgrounds and abilities.
  6. Continued development of an unsolved problems website that contains self-contained explanations that can be understood by anyone at any level, for each problem presented (under construction).
  7. Communication of interesting historical information related to math and its applications.
  8. Cookie devouring, lemonade swilling, and water sampling, during semesters that this is financially supported by the College.
  9. Most importantly, encouragement of ALL students and faculty, regardless of your background and/or so-called "ability" in mathematics, gender, ethnicity, age, past experience in math or socioeconomic status, to take a look at what is unknown by starting a research project with a faculty member and carrying it on as long as you can - you do not need to be a math expert or a math major or a math "whiz" (a term Dr. Clahane hates and believes is mythical) in order to make important discoveries in mathematical science.


STUDENTS WHO ARE SERIOUS ABOUT BECOMING BETTER MATHEMATICIANS
SHOULD AIM TO DO ALL OF THE FOLLOWING: 
  1. Do your homework in your courses thoroughly, spending about 14 hours per week on each 4 unit course you are taking, especially math courses..
  2. Don't miss your math classes and don't miss math events!
  3. Don't work for a grade, work to be prepared to attack hard problems - you don't acquire the ability to do hard things by avoiding challenges or challenging professors.
  4. Thinking that theory is unnecessary is rather foolish, because it is the theory and your mastery of it that increases your ability to attack hard real life and theoretical math problems and applications to other fields such as physics, engineering, etc..  Thinking theory is unnecessary is tantamount to an astronaut wishing there was less oxygen in the ship that is carrying them - not smart.
  5. Consider joining a research team by first preparing a talk on an unsolved problem or emerging development in the application of mathematics to problems whose solutions can be of benefit to mankind.  Giving a talk is a major first step toward becoming a mathematician for many reasons (and this is true of anyone wanting to excel in any field).  If the Mathe Seminars are not cancelled during a given academic term by College Administration (notice will be posted here), feel free to contact Dr. Clahane for training on giving a talk at the Math Colloquium or at another conference outside of FC, such as the MREC^3 conference mentioned above.  Visit http://maa.org, and http://ams.org for information about other conferences of mathematical interest.  The Fall Southern California Conference for Undergraduate Research is another opportunity for you to present your work.  See http://sccur.org for more information.
  6. Consider working on a research problem and learning LaTeX by typesetting your results, either on your own with the guidance of an FC faculty member, or jointly with a faculy member and/or other students.  There are MANY interesting projects going on, and problems can be tailored to your major.  If you are interested in getting research and authorship experience, you should contact Dr. Clahane by email, and he will help you to get started.  There are a HUGE number of unsolved problems to explore, and a large number of applied problems that involve heavy mathematics.  Sink your teeth into these.  Anyone can do this.  The College has not yet committed to financially supporting these activities on a regular basis so that students can be mentored, but these opportunities will be provided if the Seminars are not killed again by the College Administration. 
  7. Consider enrolling in a math seminar before the College Administration decides to eliminate them in a given semester! These are regular and honors seminars in Pure Math (Math 290F and 290HF), Applied Math (Math 291F and 291HF), and General Math (Math 295F and 295HF). Starting in Fall 2014, these will be offered as 2 unit courses designed, in part, to assist students who would like to improve their knowledge about the frontiers of mathematical science and their ability to write mathematical proofs - this is key to becoming an advanced scientist of any kind, especially a mathematician.

 
ONLINE RESOURCES FOR PRESENTATIONS 
 
Excellent advice on giving a talk.  We encourage you to give this a try and become a scientifically active person! Even if the College decides to take back its past support for faculty mentoring of student talks, students can certainly do these activities on their own anyway and present their findings and talks to the faculty who are currently teaching them in regular courses in mathematics.
 
To learn professional mathematical/scientific typesetting, Beamer is recommended as a free LaTeX version of Power Point for presentations; WinEdt, Lyx, and MikTEX are all excellent, free (or essentially free) programs that can be used to prepare mathematical documents and presentations.  Students are encouraged to google these items for more information. LaTeX can also be done on the cloud at Sharelatex.com or Overleaf.com.
 
 
Please let Dr. Clahane know if you find any dead or broken links.