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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.

Current Honors Seminars - Fall 2017

Check out the topics and times below to learn more.


Math 207. The Mathematics of Social Justice

Tuesday 12:00 - 12:50 am. (94324)

InstructorDr. Dominic Klyve

Description: In a complex world, questions about fairness and equity are both important and difficult to answer. Happily, mathematics provides one powerful way to approach these questions. In this seminar we will discuss the mathematics of many topics in this area, including gerrymandering, sentencing guidelines, and new the ethical questions raised by the era of big data.

This seminar is open to all students at Central!


Math 407. Putnam Exam

Thursday 9:00 - 9:50 am. (94325)

Instructor: Dr. James Bisgard

DescriptionThe Putnam Exam is a 6 hour undergraduate exam usually held the first Saturday in December. The test consists of two 3 hour sessions of six problems each with 2 hour lunch break between them.  

The problems are hard and completing the exam is an experience for any math major. Join us and beef up your problem solving muscles!

This seminar is open to all math majors.


Past Seminar Topics have included:

Lower-Division (Math 207)

  • (Fall 2017, Klyve)
  • Iteration (Spring 2017, Boersma)
  • Math 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)

  • 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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