Art Benjamin - Mathematician & Magician

Wouldn’t it be great if math solutions could magically just come to you? The Department of Mathematics at West Virginia University will host well-known “Mathemagician” Arthur Benjamin on April 9 for a special evening of amazing feats based on mathematics.

Benjamin, a mathematics professor at Harvey Mudd College and popular TED talk presenter, combines his longtime interest in magic with mathematics to create a unique experience called “Mathemagics.”

One of the most remarkable aspects of Benjamin’s show is a lively performance of large computations without the aid of a calculator.
“His mental computation abilities are some of the fastest and best in the world,” said Kevin Milans, math professor and the organizer of Benjamin’s visit.
“The presentations are designed to give a sense of wonder at what can be accomplished with the power of math.”

Benjamin is among the top five most-viewed TED talks and the Princeton Review rated him as one of the top 300 professors in the nation.

His presentation will be at 7pm April 9 in room G15 of the Life Sciences building on the WVU Downtown Campus. The presentation is free and open to the public.

For more information, please contact Kevin Milans by email at or by phone at 304-293-7526

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Jian Cheng Prospectus 4/9/2015

Vector Flows in Graphs and Integer
Flows in Signed Graphs

Date: 4/9/2014
Time: 1:30PM-3:00PM
Place: 422 Armstrong Hall

Prospectus: Here

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Ms. Keke Wang Dissertation Defense 4/9/2015

Supereulerian properties in graphs and hamiltonian properties in line graphs

Date: 04/9/2015
Time: 3:30PM-5:00PM
Place: 315 Armstrong Hall

All are welcome.

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Integration Bee March 2015

Second Annual Integration
Bee Contest

This will be an integration contest open to all WVU students.
All integrals can be solved by techniques of Math 156.

More information can be obtained from the following links.

Please direct questions/comments:
Casian Pantea:
Charis Tsikkou:

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Mansour J. Algefari Prospectus 2/20/2015


Date: 2/20/2015
Time: 3:30PM-5:00PM
Place: 315 Armstrong Hall

Mansour J. Algebari will present his dissertation prospectus Friday (2/20) at 3:30 PM in 315 ARM. All are welcome for his presentation and a question/answer period. Following the talk, there will be an oral examination open only to the candidate and his committee.

Prospectus: Download Here

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Cody Hood Project Presentation 2/17/2015

Utilizing Graphical User
Interface to Enhance Education

Date: 2/17/2015
Time: 10:30AM-11:20AM
Place: 315 Armstrong Hall

Abstract: Graphical user interface (GUI) is a type of interface used in programing
and computing to bridge the gap between the programmer and the user.
By using GUIs, the user is able to perform various interactive tasks.
Enhancing education is one of the many ways to utilize GUIs.
Here, we will focus on how to create these GUIs using the programming language Matlab,
along with taking a look at some ways these GUIs can assist in education in mathematics.

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The State of Math Education in WV 2/11/2015

John Ford, Mathematics Coordinator, Office of Secondary Learning, WVDE

Date: 2/11/2015
Time: 4:00PM-6:00PM
Place: 315 Armstrong Hall

RSVP to Laura Pyzdrowski - We order Pizza/Food for those attending

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Brittany Vincent Prospectus 1/30/2015

Calculus Students' Concept Images of Tangent Line

Date: 1/30/2015
Time: 3:30PM-5:30PM
Place: 315 Armstrong Hall

Brittany Vincent will present her dissertation prospectus this Friday (1/30) at 3:30 PM in 315 ARM. All are welcome for her presentation and a question/answer period. Following the talk, there will be an oral examination open only to the candidate and her committee.

Abstract:My research seeks to explore students' understanding of tangent lines in first semester calculus. In calculus, a tangent line is defined as the limiting position of secant lines, where the slope is equal to the derivative. Tangent lines are used in many applications in calculus, such as Newton's method, linear approximations, curve sketching, optimization problems, and the Mean Value Theorem. Results from my pilot studies have revealed that some students have a lot of difficulty sketching tangent lines and that various misconceptions about tangent lines exist among students in first semester calculus. I will be incorporating the theoretical perspectives of concept image and concept definition, processes-object pairs, and assimilation and accommodation to discuss how students think about tangent lines and how their understandings may change over the course of a semester.

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Ms. Emine Guven Prospectus 12/15/2014

Toward a Predictive Model of Spontaneous Clustering of VEGF Receptors

Date: 12/15/2014
Time: 11:00AM-11:30AM
Place: TBD

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Renee LaRue Prospectus 12/1/2014

Students Understanding of Optimization Problems in First Semester Calculus.

Date: 12/1/2014
Time: 4:30PM-6:30PM
Place: 422 Armstrong Hall
*Special considerations

My research focuses on student understanding of optimization problems in first semester calculus. Optimization problems are complex word problems that require students to utilize prerequisite knowledge to construct a function that models a somewhat realistic situation and then use calculus techniques to find a maximum or minimum value. Using a blend of the theoretical perspectives of model-of/model-for and concept image and concept definition, I will describe how students learn and think about these problems and what barriers prevent them from developing a deep understanding of optimization.

*Everyone is invited to attend. Following the talk there will be an oral examination by her committee that is otherwise open only to graduate faculty that wish to attend in an observing capacity

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