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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 - Spring 2020

Check out the topics and times below to learn more.

Math 207.  Mathematical Iterations (31567)

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

Description: We will investigate the mathematics of iteration: the process of repeating the same operation over and over.  
We will investigate the mathematics of iteration: the process of repeating the same operation over and over.  :) 
We will start relatively simple and progress to more complicated and challenging scenarios.  We will make our own definitions, state our own conjectures and, perhaps, prove our own theorems.  We may create pretty pictures or even a cacophony of sounds.  

This seminar is open to all students at Central!

Math 407 - 3-D Printing (31568)

Thursday 3:00 - 3:50.
Instructor: Dr. Brandy Wiegers

Description: Three-dimensional printing is changing the world. We will design three-dimensional objects to think about Calculus and so much more! Touch mathematical knots and 3-D planes. Imagination is the only limit!

This seminar is open to all students who have had Math 173.  MATH 265 and MATH 272 encouraged.



Past Seminar Topics have included:

Lower-Division (Math 207)

  • 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)

  • 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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