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Applied Mathematics News

Visitors, faculty, students and staff gathered in the gym for the School of the Sciences 2014 Poster Session.  All students who had completed a senior Capstone internship or research experience, as well as underclassmen who had completed a research experience presented their work. Our math students were well represented at this event and did an amazing job sharing and explaining all they had learned from their experiences.  

Nick VanRensselaer completed an internship with Earl Acquaviva, a Family Wealth Strategist, at Bunting Management.  Nick learned a lot from, what he called, "an awesome experience,"  He enjoyed learning about investing and studied methods of valuation to determine which yielded the most accurate results.  Nick looks forward to taking a computer programming class next semester to supplement what he learned in his internship.  

Math senior, Anna Foote, completed her Honors Senior Capstone at the United States Census Bureau in Suitland, Maryland.   Math majors from previous years have interned there and all have had a very positive experience.  Anna loved her work in the Innovation and Technology Office.  She learned a lot about the census and how the bureau ensures quality data about the nation's people and economy.  Anna also studied the effect of immigrants on the US economy.  We're excited to share that Anna has been asked to continue her internship in the spring and to work fulltime at the Census Bureau upon her graduation in May!

Lindsay Beyer presented an Honors Capstone seminar based on her internship at Texas Roadhouse in Fallston.  Lindsay had worked at Texas Roadhouse as a server, but switched to the management team for her internship.  This allowed Lindsay to see a completely different side of the food industry.  During her internship, she studied how overall cost analysis and management play a key role in the success of a restaurant.  Lindsay reports that she learned so much about management and business during this invaluable internship experience.

Students in physics performed a lab called The Ballistic Pendulum, in which they used newly purchased lab equipment to launch steel balls into a pendulum cup. Using the principles of conservation of energy and conservation of momentum, the students were able to calculate the velocity of the steel ball as it left the launcher. They then applied dynamics to predict the range that the launcher would fire the steel ball, and tested this in the hallway by firing the ball horizontally off a desk and having it leave a mark on a sheet of paper.

In the first photo, physics students, Ryan Harman and Neill Baker, are making measurements with the pendulum in lab. In the second photo, Ginell McLean is launching the projectile in the hallway. If you look closely you can actually see the faint arc of the projectile as it passes!
 

 
 
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