Tuesday, April 23, 2013

SBU Mathematics students present workshop sessions

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SBU Mathematics students present workshop sessions

BOLIVAR, Mo.Two Southwest Baptist University students presented workshop sessions at the 30th annual Rose-Hulman Conference on Undergraduate Mathematics April 19-20 at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, Ind.

Weston Herrington, a senior computer science and mathematics major from Carthage, presented “Analysis of the Impact of the ALEKS Learning Tool on Undergraduate Mathematics Students.”

“For several years, the ALEKS online learning tool has been used as part of the curriculum for PreAlgebra courses at my university, but it had not yet been proven as to whether this was beneficial for the students,” he wrote. “This semester, I analyzed the data that this professor and the ALEKS system had gathered about student behavior. Through this research, I was able to apply both correlation analysis and creation of statistical models to real world data in order to find the most important factors in student performance.”

Luke Abbott, a senior Computer Science and Mathematics major from Roach, presented “Generalizing of Complex Fractals.”

“The purpose of this presentation is to illustrate the generalizing of complex fractals, specifically the Mandelbrot Set, into hypercomplex space,” Abbott wrote. “This presentation will explain and illustrate how complex numbers in fractal expressions can be replaced with hypercomplex numbers (such as quaternions, bi-complex numbers, octonions, etc.) expanding the dimensions of the fractal far beyond the original two. Using dimensional slicing these hyper-dimensional shapes can be displayed in three-dimensional space, creating a wide variety of three-dimensional representations of any fractal. This generalization could very easily lead to the discovery of extraordinary hyper-dimensional fractals that have never before been encountered.”

Dr. Stephen Bowling, Professor of Mathematics, accompanied the students to the conference.  Dr. Bowling also served on the committee for deciding the three candidates for the Best Presentation Competition.

Some of the schools attending were Illinois College, Calvin College, Rose-Hulman, Illinois Wesleyan, Missouri Baptist, Purdue University, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Taylor University, with 108 attendees and 33 student presentations.

Southwest Baptist University is a leader among private universities in truly integrating Christ-centered academic pursuits with comprehensive professional programs at an affordable price. At SBU, the faculty and staff create a caring, academic community to prepare students to be servant leaders in a global society. For more information, visit www.SBUniv.edu.