Course Announcement

In Spring 2015, Professor Jason Howell will offer a special topics course called “Introduction to Cryptography” (MATH 480/580). Here is his description of the course: Cryptography is the study of techniques for secure communication of information in the presence of third parties who are regarded as adversaries.  Most methods for encrypting information are highly mathematical […]

C of C Math Students Sweep Conference Paper Awards

Three students from the Department of Mathematics at the College of Charleston recently presented papers that won awards at the 2014 SEINFORMS Conference in Myrtle Beach, SC on October 14-15, 2014. SEINFORMS is the Southeastern Chapter of the international INFORMS (Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences) organization. SEINFORMS hosts a multi-disciplinary annual meeting […]

Mathematical Explorations Seminar Series

Next week, the College of Charleston Math Club and the Department of Mathematics will host a seminar talk designed for undergraduate students. We hope to offer more talks of this kind in the future. The talk is open to the public and no particular mathematical background is required.     From the logic of a […]

An interesting video on careers in the mathematical sciences

This is an interesting talk by Mac Hyman (formerly at Los Alamos National Labs and now a professor at Tulane University). By the way, I was one of those graduate students who did a summer internship at Los Alamos: it was a blast! Here is the link: Good Choices for Great Careers in the Mathematical Sciences […]

Math Students Discuss Modeling Contest Experience

Clay Gardner, Mike Lis, and Tyler Perini recently participated in the 2014 COMAP (the Consortium for Mathematics and Its Applications) Mathematical Contest in Modeling.  They formed one of several teams of students from the College of Charleston, and their solution of the contest problem earned them a “meritorius” rating reserved for the top 9% of contest entrants. Clay, Mike, and Tyler were […]

Congratulations to our COMAP MCM contestants!

COMAP Mathematical Contest in Modeling (MCM) is a  contest that attracts contestants from colleges and universities around the world.  The College of Charleston team consisting of math majors Tyler Perini, Clay Gardner and Mike Lis earned a meritorious rating in the 2014 MCM contest, placing them in the top 9% of the 6755 teams that competed. […]

CofC Mathematics Major uses Math to Predict NCAA Tournament Winners

Stephen Gorman, a junior mathematics major at the College of Charleston, spent last summer in a Research Experience for Undergraduates at Davidson College researching the mathematics of ranking methods.  Recently he spoke with the College on How to Become a Billionaire in 5 Easy Steps by employing mathematical strategies to pick a winning NCAA Tournament bracket.  You […]

Pi Day 2014

The number Π is pretty amazing! Of course, it what you get when you divide the circumference of any circle by its diameter.  Moreover, it useful for measuring angles in such a way that the derivative of the sine function is the cosine function.  And, yes, it is an irrational number, so that its decimal […]

Math Meet 2014

Every year since 1978, the math department at CofC has run a contest for high school students.  This year’s Math Meet, held on February 22, 2014, brought over 600 students from three states and more than 50 schools to campus for a day of fun, creative and challenging competitions.  Teacher’s tell us that their students […]