Seminars from spring semester 2013.

## Municipal Bond Ratings

This semester I wrote my thesis on the determinants of municipal bond ratings. I created my own econometric model which may be used to forecast changes in future bond ratings. My math talk will discuss the regression techniques which I used in this model and analysis....

## Algebraic Coding Theory – Jon Moreland (5/9/13)

One of the most important applications of finite fields has been the creation of Algebraic Coding Theory: A response to communication errors. Algebraic codes are utilized in compact disks, DVD players, fax machines, digital televisions, bar code scanners, and are...

## The Nature of Fractals

My talk will be opening your eyes to the world of Fractals. Fractals are basically an intriguing way to look at the world and many different forms throughout the natural world. They have two main properties; self-similarity and fractional dimension. Both of which will...

## Jaci Luisi- Math Talk 4/24

I decided to go in a different direction from my first talk. I found an interesting article on Dr. Bisson's favorite mathematician, Euler. Euler was one of the first contributors to Graph Theory, starting with his paper about the Konigsberg bridges problem. I will be...

## Kristin DeRose- Math Talk 4/24

For my second talk, I will be using my first talk dealing with polyhedras and present on Platonic Solids. A platonic solid is a regular convex polyhedron. The faces are congruent, regular polygons, and have the same number of faces meeting at each vertex. There are...

## Emilie Clark, Math Talk-April 24, 2013

Continuation of the Tangram Lemma 1: If sixteen equal isosceles right triangles are combined into a convex polygon, then a rational side of one triangle does not lie along an irrational side of another. Lemma 2: If sixteen equal isosceles right triangles are combined...

## Mary Floyd Math Talk 17 April 2013

My second presentation of this semester will not be a continuation of my first presentation. Instead I will focus on education in mathematics, specifically in the instruction of undergraduate college courses in abstract algebra. This topic is extremely relevant to all...

## Shannon Wood Talk Part II April 17, 2013

In the second half of my talk, I will continue on the topic of the condensation method for evaluating determinants. In the first half, I introduced Jacobi's theorem, on which this method is based. In this talk, I will go though an outline of the proof. The theorem in...

## Methods of Integration – Sandra Jezuit

As math majors, we have been exposed to integration in Calculus and other math classes. The purpose of this talk is to take a closer look at this process that we have taken for granted as well as explore other methods for finding the area under a curve....

## second math talk-Brittany Zaccaria

My second talk will not be a continuation of sudoku, however it will be on something similar called magic squares. Recalling from last talk Latin squares of 3x3 dimension make up the 9x9 sudoku board where no number is repeated in any column or row or square. A magic...