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

Fullerton College Math Events

8th Annual Pacific Summer Open Mathematics Seminar (PSOMS) Wrap-up Mini-conference
Thursday, August 24
Room 616
 Supported by the FC Staff Development Committee
See the Google Calendar for speakers and talk titles, which will be posted as soon as possible

ROOM 616


FALL 2017

Joint Meeting of the Math Colloquium/Math Club/Math Seminars 290/290H/291/291H/295/295H
THURSDAYS (note the new day)
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).


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.)

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 



Fall 2017
3-4:15pm on Thursdays
Room 611-03/Math Lab Annex just outside of Dr. Clahane's office door - come on by
(these seminars are the purpose of specialized topics and interaction between Dr. Clahane, interested students in mathematical research, and other faculty participants, though these Informal Seminars will be held if the main Seminar classes are cancelled by FC Administration)

(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 2017:
First Saturday in December
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.

  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.

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.

 Dr. Clahane would like to thank Dr. Bill Cowieson for his help in designing this Google webpage for Math Events and for several years during which Dr. Cowieson gave many excellent talks at the Math Colloquium and PSOMS during a critical time period in which the program was established toward institutionalization.

Dr. Clahane would also like to thank former FC Director of Special Programs Karen Rose for her efforts which which were crucial to Dr. Clahane's original establishment of this program, and thanks are also extended to FC Math & Computer Science Dean Mark Greenhalgh for his support of the program in various forms.

Dr. Clahane would also like to especially thank Division Office staff Monica Hagmaier, Angela Buechner, and former administrative assistants Jean Foster, Aeyoung Kim, and Nancy Livingston who have put in considerable effort into ensuring that the function of this program runs smoothly, regardless of the support level in terms of funding.  The professionalism of these women is a big reason for the success of our program.
Dr. Clahane would also like to thank Paul Sjoberg for his excellent work on the Division webpages, including the AMATYC SML Webpage and the Math/CS Division Webpage, as well as his steadfast administration of the AMATYC SML Exams.

Finally, Dr. Clahane would like to thank the following mathematicians who have given talks previously at the Math Colloquium and/or PSOMS when it was partially supported from 2009 to 2017, even since the College recently withdrew most of its support of the project, and Dr. Clahane would also like to thank the College for continuing to offer honoraria to these speakers who work very hard to prepare excellent presentations designed to engage our students in mathematics frontiers unlike any other community college in the past.  Dr. Clahane has uploaded many of their talks to our google calender here or on our archived web pages and you are encouraged to take a look at them.

(in no particular order)

Dr. John Baez (UCR)
Dr. Adam Glesser (CSUF)
Dr. Mihai Cucuringu (then at UCLA, now at the Allen Turing Institute at the U. of Oxford, GREAT BRITAIN)
Dr. Todd Kemp (UCSD)
Dr. Edriss Titi (UCI)
Dr. Bogdan Suceava (CSUF)
Dr. Donald Saari (UCI)
Dr. Saleem Watson (CSULB, now retired)
Dr. Kara Pham (FC)
Dr. Tim Cobler (FC)
Dr. Robert Niemeyer (then a grad student at UCR, now at U. of Maine)
Dr. Caleb Petrie (FC)
Chuck McAbee (FC)
Dr. Zair Ibragimov (CSUF)
Nicole Rossi (FC)
Marianna Jagodina (FC)
Paul Sjoberg (FC)
Robert Diaz (FC)
Abraham Romero-Hernandez (FC)
Dao Vo (FC)
Dr. Francis Su (Harvey-Mudd College)
Dr. Stephan Garcia (Pomona College)
Dr. Gizem Karaali (Pomona College)
Dr. Daniele Struppa (Chapman University)
Dr. Adrian Vajiac (Chapman University)
Dr. Chris Lyons (CSUF)
Dr. Scott Annin (CSUF)
Nancy Ikeda (FC)
Dr. Gerald Beers (CSULA)
Dr. Sam Nelson (Claremont McKenna College)
Dr. Gunther Uhlmann (then at UCI, now at U. of Washington)
Dr. Scott Crass (CSULB)
Dr. Robert Mena (CSULB)
Dr. Bernie Russo (UCI)
Dr. Scot Childress (then at UCR, now at Mt. San Antonio College)
Dr. Joshua Sack (CSULB)
Dr. Michael Campbell (UCI)
Dr. Anael Verdugo (CSUF)
Dr. Angel Pineda (then at CSUF, now at Manhattan College)
Dr. Alessandra Pantano (UCI)
Dr. Mark Kozek (Whittier College)
Dr. Alexander Stanoyevitch (CSUDH)
Dr. Alain Bourget (CSUF)
Dr. R.J. Dolbin (then FC, now at IVC)
Dr. Mike Hartglass (UCR)
Dr. Andrei Jorza (then at Cal Tech, now at U. of Wisconsin-Madison)
Dr. Dinakar Ramakrishnan (Cal Tech)
Dr. Patrick Guidotti (UCI)
Dr. Kevin Scully (Aerospace industry professional)
Dr. Brian Shotwell (FC)
Dr. Ben Crowell (FC)
Dr. Robert Pluta (UCI)
Dr. Peter Jipsen (Chapman University)
Dr. Irene Sabadini (U. of Milan, ITALY)
Dr. Morteza Jamshidian (CSUF)
Dr. Will Murray (CSULB)
Dr. Alissa Crans (LMU)
Dr. Nishu Lal (UCR)
Dr. Yuichiro Kakihara (CSUSB)

and more mathematicians to be added to this later

Dr. Clahane would like to thanks the hundreds of students who either gave talks or contributed research papers to the Math Colloquium and PSOMS as well as conferences such as the (unfortunately now defunct) PCUMC, MAA meetings, and last year's MRECCC^3 at CSUN.  High student participation is the lifeblood of this program, and we hope that it will increase in the future so that mathematical activity at Fullerton College survives throughout the years and is not forgotten.

This webpage was established in November 2009 and is maintained by Dr. Clahane.

Please let Dr. Clahane know if you find any dead or broken links.