Applied Mathematics News

The Math Learning Collaboratory (MAC S150) is now home to a one-of-a-kind “Golden Rectangle bookcase” which was created by tiling squares whose side lengths, in inches, are successive Fibonacci numbers. The outline rectangle of the bookcase is 34″ by 55″. Ratios of successive Fibonacci numbers approach the golden ratio, phi, which is approximately 1.618. The bookcase was built by Stevenson faculty Dr. Jeremy Burkett (chemistry) and Dr. Ben Wilson (math). The Math Learning Collaboratory is a space for math students to do work, socialize, and relax between classes. It is also home to the weekly math tea time where math students and faculty get together to have tea, coffee, and snacks, and to play games.

Applied math majors Allie Hope and Luna Huynh presented their research at the Joint Mathematics Meetings 2023 in Boston, MA. The JMM is one of the largest math conferences in the world each year and the student poster session always draws a large crowd. Allie and Luna shared the work they had completed with Professor of Mathematics, Dr. Mark Branson, on “The Effectiveness of Three Promising Psychological Interventions on Math Anxiety and Academic Performance”.