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Applied Mathematics News

Date: Mar 2019

group photo in Spain

ruins in Spain

at dining table

Welcome back to the Study Abroad MATH 215: Mathematics and Art students who enjoyed an Exceptional Experience Spring Break in Spain!  They spent 8 days in Spain, visiting Madrid, Córdoba, and Granada. Students were able to see priceless artworks and learn about the mathematical structures that artists use to create them.  The pictures show some of the places that the students visited.

students in front of Alhambra

So excited that our MATH 215 Mathematics and Art course is in Spain seeing the mathematics behind art in several cities.  In this picture the group is at the Alhambra, a 13th century Moorish palace in Granada Spain which has beautiful geometric mosaics..  This place has an interesting history:  It was originally constructed as a small fortress in 889 on the remains of Roman fortifications, and then largely ignored until its ruins were renovated and rebuilt in the mid-13th century by the Emirate of Granada.  It then became a royal palace and then a royal court.   

Students doing homework

Applied Math majors love the camaraderie and study space that the Math Collaboratory allows!  Students can work on homework, get help from faculty, work on Math Problem of the Week, or just hang with friends.  It's just a great space that is perfect for everyone! 

Pictured here are Applied Math seniors, Courtney Hohn and Lindsey Weishaar, working on homework.

Students getting pizza

Students in Collaboratory

Pi day desserts

National Pi Day not only commemorates a very special number, but also celebrates the birthday of the great scientist and mathematician Albert Einstein. Pi was first calculated by Archimedes of Syracuse (287–212 BC), one of the greatest mathematicians of the ancient world. National Pi Day has become a day to celebrate numbers and math.  The SU Math community celebrated today with our annual Pi Celebration- pizza pies and delicious pi/pie desserts!

animals with pi

Unlike in previous years, Pi Day (3/14) is not during spring break this year! That means we can actually celebrate together on Pi Day. We will be celebrating the most famous irrational number with pizza pies and dessert pies on Thursday, March 14 at 1:00 in MAC S150, the Math Learning Collaboratory. ​Pizza will be provided and we are asking any faculty, staff, or students who are interested to bake a pie or bring other pi related treats to the celebration. See you there!

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