Annual Math Alumni Tailgate Party

The Math Department is pleased to host the Annual Math Alumni Tailgate Party on Friday, October 14, 2016 at 6:00 pm in room 3222 of the Wilkinson Center. This is a fun event to enjoy a catered dinner together and visit before the Homecoming football game. We hope to see you there! Please RSVP for the event — 
Homecoming Football Game and other events: link to 
Be part of the throng of thousands to support the Cougars at LaVell Edwards Stadium as they face the Mississippi State Bulldogs. Purchase tickets at
Friday, October 14, 2016
Time: 8:15 PM

To Be Or Not To Be: Math Major Info Session

Choosing a major is tough.  BYU’s wide variety of options can be a bit overwhelming, and gathering information on each one can feel virtually impossible.

The Math Department wants to do everything possible to make this selection process easier for students.  If you have ever had any interest in mathematics, or maybe you just did really well in a math class, you are invited to attend an info session about the Mathematics degree on Thursday, Sept 22nd at 5:00pm .  The meeting is intended to provide all the basic information you need to know about being a mathematics major or minor.  In addition, there will be a discussion on all the different career options you would have with a degree in mathematics.  A question and answer session after the general presentation will follow.

If a successful future in mathematics is not enough to convince someone to attend the info session, pizza may do the trick.  Free pizza will be provided for all who attend.  So if you have an interest in mathematics, and have friends who also enjoy math and free food, then come and join us!

Congratulations 2016 Graduates!

Good luck to all of our new Math Department graduates! Following is a schedule of the April 2016 Graduation Ceremonies.
3:00 pm Graduates assemble for the academic procession
3:15 pm Family & friends to be seated in the Marriott Center
3:15 pm Academic procession departs from the ASB
4:00 – 5:30 pm University Commencement Services in the Marriott Center
8:00 am Physical & Mathematical Sciences Convocation. Meet 30 minutes before in the Garden Court of the Wilkinson Student Center. Convocation is in the Wilkinson Ballroom.

It’s Coming, March 14th Pi Day

Volunteer for Pi Day to get a Free T-Shrirt

Colluquium 3D Printed Mathematical Models

Skyler Simmons

Brigham Young University
Recently, 3D-printing technology has become more affordable and consumer-friendly. As a consequence, its applications have become more varied and widespread, including art and medicine. In mathematics, this technology has applications for both teaching and research. In this talk, I will share some of my experiences with 3D-printing. I will also outline the 3D-printing process, as well as some programs and techniques you can use to create your own mathematical models. This talk will be accessible and interesting to both students and faculty alike.
Thursday — February 18, 2016

4 pm 1170 TMCB

Refreshments at 3:30

Everyone Welcome!

Focus on Math Annalisa Crannell Franklin & Marshal College

Those of us who teach projective geometry often nod to perspective art as the spark from which projective geometry caught fire and grew. This talk looks directly at projective geometry as a tool to illuminate the workings of perspective artists. We will particularly shine the light on Desargues’ triangle theorem (which says that any pair of triangles that is perspective from a point is per-spective from a line), together with an even simpler theorem (you have to see it to believe it!).
Given any convoluted, complicated polygonal object, these theorems allow us to draw that object together with something that is related to it— its shadow, reflection, or other rigid symme-
tries—and we’ll show how this works. (If you enjoy doodling or sketching, bring your pencil, a good eraser, and a straightedge.)
ANNALISA CRANNELL – FRANKLIN & MARSHAL COLLEGE 4 pm – 1170 TMCB – Tuesday, February 9 – Lite Refreshments Provided

Math Major Winter Social

Come to the math major winter social on January 22nd from 5:30 to 7:00pm in the Math Lab. Enjoy Pizza, Cookies, Games and fun.

Retired Coach Leads Team to Victory

“Retired coach leads team to victory” – a seemingly unlikely headline, but an accurate description of a recent BYU event.

Retired professor David Wright led a group of thirteen high school students to a fifth place finish in the online “Math Madness” AMC Interstellar High School Mathematics National Championship. These students, sponsored by the BYU Department of Mathematics, may just be the newest generation of BYU Mathletes. A total of 346 high school teams competed in the Mathematical Association of America-sponsored event. After three preseason contests, BYU’s team was put in a bracket with 64 teams with average team size between 11 and 15. The BYU team won its bracket and earned a fifth place ranking.

The team score is the sum of the top five students.  In the championship match, BYU defeated eighth ranked Davidson Academy of Nevada by a score of 39 to 34.  BYU’s top five scorers are:  Nicholas McConnell (10/10), Thomas Draper (8/10), Annie Yun (7/10), Josh Speckman (7/10), and Quinlan Leishman (7/10).  All of these contestants are currently in grades ten and eleven and are likely to compete again for BYU next year. Dr. Wright invited students who had previously attended BYU Math Camps, BYU Math recognition programs, or whom he had connections to through BYU Math majors and alumni to join the Math Madness team. Students from out-of-state are able to participate on the BYU team because the competition is entirely online.

Dr. Wright retired in August 2015, but has remained involved in the BYU math community, especially with student outreach programs. He coordinates competitions, math summer camps, and other activities for junior high and high school students, hoping that some of the students will attend BYU and compete on the Putnam mathematical team.

For more information, visit this link (

Here is a list of the members of the BYU team who have contributed to a winning score in at least one match:

Annie Yun, Junior at West High, Utah

Rohan Jairam, Junior at West High, Utah

Daniel Swingle, Senior at Seven Lakes High School, Texas

Ben Baker, Senior at West High, Utah

Josh Speckman, Sophomore at West High, Utah

Thomas Draper, Sophomore at Montgomery High School, New Jersey

Nicholas McConnell, Junior at Princeton High School, New Jersey

Quinlan Leishman, Junior at Bountiful High School, Utah

Lucy Ward, Ninth Grader at Mill Creek Jr. High, Utah

Emil Geisler, Ninth Grader at Mill Creek Jr. High , Utah

Eli Child, Ninth Grader at Mill Creek Jr. High, Utah

Alex Cheng, Ninth Grader at Midvale Middle School, Utah

Collin Allred, Eighth Grader at Mountain Ridge Junior High, Utah


Team members who are nationally ranked in the top 1,000 out of 17,539 participants.


Nicholas McConnell:  5

Josh Speckman:  93

Thomas Draper:  104

Annie Yun:  194

Rohan Jairam:  511

Lucy Ward:  551

Alex Cheng:  625

Ben Baker:  975

Math Major Study Break