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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 2019

Check out the topics and times below to learn more.

Math 207.  The Math of Recreational Games (91944)

Wednesday 1-1:50.
Instructor: Dr. Montgomery

Description: We will look at how math is used in the development and playing of modern board games. We will consider strategy games, where players choose strategies in an environment of perfect knowledge (for example, Azul); deductive games, where players use logic to deduce hidden information (for example, Cryptic); and probabilistic games, where players must make decisions in the face of known uncertainty (for example, Arkham Horror).

This seminar is open to all students at Central!

Math 407 - Applied Mathematics (91945)

Wednesday 2:00 - 2:50.
Instructor: Dr. Wiegers

Description: Mathematical techniques can be applied to many situations to improve our understanding of the world.  This seminar will talk about math and chemistry, math and biology, math and physics, and more!

Join us to explore how applied mathematics works.

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)

  • 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)

  • 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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