Fall 2014 Announcements

The Math Department has many exciting activities and contests coming in Fall Semester 2014!

The “Problem of the Week” will continue this fall. The first person to turn in a complete and correct solution wins a $20 gift card!  The problems are posted on our Facebook page “BYU Math,” on the department webpage, in our weekly email newsletter (the M-3), and in the Talmage Building (TMCB). Subscribe to the weekly newsletter in the Math Department Office (275 TMCB) or by emailing ugradassistant@mathematics.byu.edu. Turn in solutions for the Problem of the Week to Professor Nielsen at 318 TMCB or at pace@mathematics.byu.edu.

Each semester, we offer a one-credit problem-solving class: Math 391R.  This class is designed to prepare students for the nation-wide Putnam competition and it also helps students learn some deep tricks to solving problems.  Students need not be registered for the class to participate. The classes will meet in room 133 TMCB on Tuesdays and Thursdays, one class at 12:00-12:50 pm and another at 1:00-1:50 pm.

Even if you don’t participate in our Putnam seminar class, please participate in the Putnam Competition.  High finishers earn prizes, honors, and even scholarships! The BYU team placed 9th in the nation in 2013 and 7th in 2012. Sign up in the Math Department Office. For more information, contact Professor Ouyang at ouyang@mathematics.byu.edu.

Each October, we hold the annual Intermountain Mathematics Competition where we compete against other schools in the Mountain West area. Students also have the opportunity to compete in the Virginia Tech Regional Mathematics Competition in October. For more information, contact Professor Ouyang at ouyang@mathematics.byu.edu.

Problem Solving Club meets twice during fall semester to prepare for the Putnam competition. The meetings consist of a short presentation on problem solving methods, a contest with prizes (the top winner last year won an iPod), and a pizza dinner. Our first meeting will be September 25th at 5 pm in room 1170 TMCB.  The second meeting will be November 13th in the same room and at the same time.

The Math Department sponsors several student clubs: Student Advisory Council (SAC), and Student Advisory Council for ACME (SACME). Let your voice be heard – join a club! SAC will hold its first meeting on Wednesday, September 10th at 4 pm in 292 TMCB and an opening social for all math majors on Friday, September 19th at 6 pm at Kiwanis Park. Look for meeting announcements in the TMCB, on our department webpage, and on the BYU Math Facebook page.

Launched last fall, the Applied and Computational Math Emphasis has found great success. ACME has a modernized curriculum geared toward real-world practices focused on the mathematics that is important in multi-disciplinary applications. For more information, go to acme.byu.edu.

Still deciding on a major? Come to our annual To Be or Not to Be event to learn more about being a math major! It will be held on Thursday, October 16th from 5-6:30 pm in the Math Lab.

Major orientation will take place on September 24th.

For regular updates, locations, times, and other information, please see our website at math.byu.edu or our Facebook page: facebook.com/byu.math.  If you have further questions, please contact us at office@mathematics.byu.edu or at (801) 422-2061.