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Math Honors

CWU Math Honors Seminars

The math department offers two honors seminars every quarter, providing opportunities for our students to delve into topics in mathematics that are not covered in typical coursework.  Check out the information below to learn more about current honors seminars and past seminar topics.

Upcoming Honors Seminars - 2020 - 2021

Note that starting in Fall 2020 there will be a change to the offerings for the 207/407 courses. 

  • Math 407 will only be offered Fall and Winter.
  • Math 207 will only be offered Winter and Spring. 
Quarter Quarter/ Course Course Description Course Instructor
Fall 2020 Math 407 Game, SET, Math! Dr. Boersma
Winter 2021 Math 207 TBA Dr. Temple 
Math 407 Gödel, Escher, Bach Dr. Wiegers
Spring 2021 Math 207 TBA Dr. Boersma

Check out the topics and times below to learn more.

Math 407.  Game, SET, Math! (91789)

Wednesday 3:00 - 3:50. Online
Instructor: Dr. Boersma

Description:   We will start with the game of SET, play it a few times, and then start to examine it from a mathematician’s point of view.  We will pose questions and come up with interesting conjectures and proofs.  We will explore the connections between SET and Euclidean and Projective geometry. 

This seminar is open to all students at Central!

Past Seminar Topics have included:

Lower-Division (Math 207)

  • Planned: ___ (Spring 2021, Boersma)
  • Planned: Mental Math (Winter 2021, Klyve)
  • Mathematical Iterations (Spring 2020, Boersma)
  • Mental Math (Winter 2020, Klyve)
  • The Math of Recreational Games (Fall 2019, Montgomery)
  • The Mathematics of Voting and Elections (Spring 2019, Boersma)
  • Math and Fiber Arts (Winter 2019, Temple)
  • Mechanical Computation (Fall 2018, Montgomery)
  • Mathematical Knot Games (Spring 2018, Wiegers)
  • Project Euler (Winter 2018, Linhart)
  • Mathematics of Social Justice (Fall 2017, Klyve)
  • Iteration (Spring 2017, Boersma)
  • Mathematics of the Game of Set (Winter 2017, Bisgard)
  • Probability Games (Fall 2016, Wiegers)
  • Math at Central Fieldtrip Seminar (Spring 2016, Wiegers)
  • Creating Contextual Problems (Winter 2016, Miller)
  • Mathematical Patterns  (Fall 2015, Wiegers)
  • Triangles
  • Number Theory
  • Weird Numbers
  • Recursive Functions
  • Intuitive Topology


Upper Division (Math 407)

  • Gödel, Escher, Bach (Part 1) by D. Hofstadter (Winter 2020, Wiegers)
  • Game, SET, Math!  (Fall 2020, Boersma)
  • Mathematical Biology (Winter 2020, Wiegers)
  • Applied Mathematics (Fall 2019, Wiegers)
  • Astrodynamics (Spring 2019, Montgomery)
  • Singular Value Decomposition (Winter 2019, Bisgard)
  • Math Meets the Real World (Fall 2018, Linhart)
  • Mathematical Knot Theory Questions (Spring 2018, Klyve)
  • Elliptical Curves (Winter 2018, Boersma)
  • Putnam Exam Preparation/ Problem Solving (Fall 2017, Bisgard)
  • Fractals Everywhere! (Spring 2017, Fassett)
  • Math and Art (Winter 2017, Wiegers)
  • Putnam Exam Preparation/ Problem Solving (Fall 2016, Bisgard)
  • Three-Dimensional Printing (Spring 2016, Wiegers)
  • Gödel, Escher, Bach (Part 1) by D. Hofstadter (Winter 2016, Wiegers)
  • Fractals and Chaos (Fall 2015, Fassett)
  • The sum-of-divisors function
  • Model Theory and Gödel’s Incompleteness Theorem
  • Partially-ordered Sets

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