Fall 2013 Announcements

The Math Department has many exciting activities and contests coming in Fall Semester 2013!

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@math.byu.edu. Turn in solutions for the Problem of the Week to Professor Nielsen at 318 TMCB or at pace@math.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 Tuesdays and Thursdays at 12:00-12:50 pm and 1:00-1:50 pm in room 133 TMCB.

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! Last year, the BYU Putnam team took 7th place out of 578 colleges beating out schools like Yale and Stanford.  Sign up in the Math Department Office. For more information contact Professor Ouyang at ouyang@math.byu.edu.

Each October, we hold our 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 each October. For more information, contact Professor Ouyang at ouyang@math.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 finishes with pizza.  Our first meeting will be September 26th at 5 pm in room 1170 TMCB.  The second meeting will be November 14th in the same room and at the same time.

The Math Department sponsors several student clubs: Women in Math, Student Advisory Council (SAC), and Student Advisory Council for ACME (SACME). Let your voice be heard – join a club! The first Women in Math meeting will be held on September 11th at 5 pm in 301 TMCB. SAC will hold its first meeting on September 10th at 5:30 pm in 297 TMCB. Look for meeting announcements in the TMCB, on our department webpage, and on the BYU Math Facebook page.

We are also pleased to announce the launch of our new Applied and Computational Mathematics Emphasis (ACME) starting this fall. The 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!

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@math.byu.edu or at (801) 422-2061.