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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 - Fall 2018

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Math 207 -  Mechanical Computation (92061)
Wednesday 2-2:50.
Instructor: Dr. Montgomery

Description: In this course, we will take a look at the mechanical calculating machines of the past, from the Abacus to the Curta Calculator. We will primarily focus on digital machines with some forays into the world of analog calculating machines if time allows. This seminar is open to all students at Central!


Math 407 - Math Meets the Real World (92062)
Wednesday 3:00 - 3:50.
Instructor: Dr. Linhart

Description: In this course, we will take a look at some real-world problems and how we apply mathematics to find answers. Expect an introduction to mathematical modeling, and maybe also an introduction to big data and data science.  Experience programming in Python or using Mathematica or R will be helpful.

This seminar is open to all math majors.

Current Honors Seminars - Spring 2018

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Description: In the Spring we will be hosting two seminars on mathematical knots. Mathematical knots can be visualized as tangles of rope that are linked together in one continuous loop. We will learn both “knot theory” and will about the application of this theory to DNA, colouring structures, and much more!  The two seminars will complement each other, with the 207 course providing an introduction to mathematical knot theory and the 407 course providing a deeper dive into the research questions in this field. Students are encouraged to enroll in both.

Math 207. Mathematical Knots

Thursday 11:00 - 11:50 am. (008214)

InstructorDr. Brandy Wiegers  

This seminar is open to all students at Central!


Math 407. Mathematical Knot Theory Questions

Tuesday 11:00 - 11:50 am. (008215)

Instructor: Dr. Dominic Klyve

This seminar is open to all math majors.


Past Seminar Topics have included:

Lower-Division (Math 207)

  • 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)

  • 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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