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THE X A V IE RUN I V E R S I T Y 89th j'gar, issue 2 Published since 1915 by the students ofXavier University week o/AUGUST 27.2003 www.xti.edu/newswire/ New math courses ayailable in the sprin BY MELISSA MOSKO SeniorNews Editor After five years of research, plan¬ ning and proposals, the mathemat¬ ics and computer science depart¬ ment has added a new course to its curriculum, which offers a new per¬ spective on matheniatics. "Mathematical Perspectives" (MATH 125) will appear iii the course catalog this spring, offering seven sections, all with different focuses that ask the big questions. "It is similar to Literature and the Moral Imagination," said Dr. Bernd Rossa of the math/computer science department. "There will be focuses for each ofthe sections that offer a different mathematical per¬ spective." For an undergraduate degree, each student must complete six hours of mathematics, and each course will fulfill three of those hours. Students with prescribed courses for their math requirement will not be able to use them for the six required hoiirs. If a student's department allows, a student may take two different sections of MATH 125 to fulfill all six required hours of mathetnatics. One ofthe focuses offered in the spring is Mathematicial Perspec 20012002 Mattiematics Doctorate Fields Caloulus Statfetics. 26% Fall 2003 lOOLevel Math Courses statistics 23% Calculus 53% GRAPHIC COURTESY OF XAVIER MATH DEPARTMENT GRAPHIC COURTESY OFXAVIER MATH DEPARTMENT These graphs show the disparity between the field of Mathematics as a whole and the 100level course offerings at Xavier. Sixtysix percent of doctoral recipients in 20012002 work in fields other than calciiliis and statistics/while 76"peixeht of 100level mathematics courses are.calculus or statistics based. tives: Women and Mathematics, which focuses on work done by women mathematicians in fields like number theory, algebra, analy¬ sis and geometry, and quilting and South African design. This course was previously of¬ fered as MATH 114: Women in Mathematics, and has been assimi¬ lated into MATH 125. Other focuses offered will be Topics in Applied Mathematics, Mathematics and Creativity, The Fourth Dimension, and Knots and Otiier Visual Mathematics. "The goal of this new course of¬ fering is not skill," said Sarah Marie Belcastro of the math/com¬ puter science. "The goal is to an¬ swer the question, 'What is Math?'" "Mathematics is as much an art as it is a science," she added. She notes the use of math as a tool in other disciplines, such as business, psychology, sociology aiid other sciences. "This course is designed to teach math for math's sake," she said, "rather than as a service course for other disciplines." Another hiotivation for this new course offering is a chance for stu¬ dents of other disciplines to see how mathematicians think. A survey of the 960 Mathemat¬ ics Doctoral recipients in 2001 and 2002 shows a need for this type of perspective. According to the American Mathematical Society, only nine percent of Math Doctorates work iri the field of calculuslike math¬ ematics, and only 26 percent work in statistics. However, nearly all of Xavier's core math classes fall into these two categories. "There is a certain logic used in every problem you see, and we want to present more ofthis perspective," said Belcastro. There is also great anticipation within the faculty surrounding this course, and most are very excited to begin teaching MATH 125. "Professors can choose a theme they respond to and make the course more their own," Rossa said. "When the faculty are this excited, we know it's going to be a good course." The energy has now turned to informing advisors of this course, so they can discuss possibilities with their students. The math/computer science de¬ partment has set up a Web site as a reference for students and advisors, http://www.cs.xu.edu/math/ matiil25.html. Possible MATH 125 FOR SPRING 2004 Mathematical Perspectives: Women in Mathematics Work done by women mathematicians in fields like number theory, algebra, analysis, and geometry; quilting and South African design Mathematical Perspectives: Topics ih Applied Mathematics Models of human interaction in situations of conflict and cooperation: game theory, voting, measurements of voting power, utility theory Mathematical Perspectives: Mathematics and Creativity Mathematics as an Art, as opposed to a Science; reading and discussion explore the creative side of mathematical thinking Mathematical Perspectives: The Fourth Dimension Exploring the differences and similarities between two, three and four dimensional worlds Mathematical Perspectives: Knots and other Visual Mathematics Knots, graphs and surfaces, and their interconnections PHOTO TAKEN BY MEUSSA MOSKO The class of 2007 moved in this last weekend, with a huge amount of help from the Manresa staff. To read more about the movein, see page 2. . ' '¦ ' . . ©2002 THE XAVIER NEWSWIRE All rights reserved Neimrbphi^§5'?f/(5J3K,74'5MlM Advertising (513) 7453561 EditorinChief (513) 7453607 NEWS: Freshmen's first days PAGE 2 OPED: Construction Confusion PAGE 4 DIVERSIONS: Horror fans should be excited PAGES SPORTS: Fall Sports Preview PAGE 6 ::f^m\ymu:l^:]]]:^Qy'^.:/Tvm^
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FullText  THE X A V IE RUN I V E R S I T Y 89th j'gar, issue 2 Published since 1915 by the students ofXavier University week o/AUGUST 27.2003 www.xti.edu/newswire/ New math courses ayailable in the sprin BY MELISSA MOSKO SeniorNews Editor After five years of research, plan¬ ning and proposals, the mathemat¬ ics and computer science depart¬ ment has added a new course to its curriculum, which offers a new per¬ spective on matheniatics. "Mathematical Perspectives" (MATH 125) will appear iii the course catalog this spring, offering seven sections, all with different focuses that ask the big questions. "It is similar to Literature and the Moral Imagination," said Dr. Bernd Rossa of the math/computer science department. "There will be focuses for each ofthe sections that offer a different mathematical per¬ spective." For an undergraduate degree, each student must complete six hours of mathematics, and each course will fulfill three of those hours. Students with prescribed courses for their math requirement will not be able to use them for the six required hoiirs. If a student's department allows, a student may take two different sections of MATH 125 to fulfill all six required hours of mathetnatics. One ofthe focuses offered in the spring is Mathematicial Perspec 20012002 Mattiematics Doctorate Fields Caloulus Statfetics. 26% Fall 2003 lOOLevel Math Courses statistics 23% Calculus 53% GRAPHIC COURTESY OF XAVIER MATH DEPARTMENT GRAPHIC COURTESY OFXAVIER MATH DEPARTMENT These graphs show the disparity between the field of Mathematics as a whole and the 100level course offerings at Xavier. Sixtysix percent of doctoral recipients in 20012002 work in fields other than calciiliis and statistics/while 76"peixeht of 100level mathematics courses are.calculus or statistics based. tives: Women and Mathematics, which focuses on work done by women mathematicians in fields like number theory, algebra, analy¬ sis and geometry, and quilting and South African design. This course was previously of¬ fered as MATH 114: Women in Mathematics, and has been assimi¬ lated into MATH 125. Other focuses offered will be Topics in Applied Mathematics, Mathematics and Creativity, The Fourth Dimension, and Knots and Otiier Visual Mathematics. "The goal of this new course of¬ fering is not skill," said Sarah Marie Belcastro of the math/com¬ puter science. "The goal is to an¬ swer the question, 'What is Math?'" "Mathematics is as much an art as it is a science," she added. She notes the use of math as a tool in other disciplines, such as business, psychology, sociology aiid other sciences. "This course is designed to teach math for math's sake," she said, "rather than as a service course for other disciplines." Another hiotivation for this new course offering is a chance for stu¬ dents of other disciplines to see how mathematicians think. A survey of the 960 Mathemat¬ ics Doctoral recipients in 2001 and 2002 shows a need for this type of perspective. According to the American Mathematical Society, only nine percent of Math Doctorates work iri the field of calculuslike math¬ ematics, and only 26 percent work in statistics. However, nearly all of Xavier's core math classes fall into these two categories. "There is a certain logic used in every problem you see, and we want to present more ofthis perspective," said Belcastro. There is also great anticipation within the faculty surrounding this course, and most are very excited to begin teaching MATH 125. "Professors can choose a theme they respond to and make the course more their own," Rossa said. "When the faculty are this excited, we know it's going to be a good course." The energy has now turned to informing advisors of this course, so they can discuss possibilities with their students. The math/computer science de¬ partment has set up a Web site as a reference for students and advisors, http://www.cs.xu.edu/math/ matiil25.html. Possible MATH 125 FOR SPRING 2004 Mathematical Perspectives: Women in Mathematics Work done by women mathematicians in fields like number theory, algebra, analysis, and geometry; quilting and South African design Mathematical Perspectives: Topics ih Applied Mathematics Models of human interaction in situations of conflict and cooperation: game theory, voting, measurements of voting power, utility theory Mathematical Perspectives: Mathematics and Creativity Mathematics as an Art, as opposed to a Science; reading and discussion explore the creative side of mathematical thinking Mathematical Perspectives: The Fourth Dimension Exploring the differences and similarities between two, three and four dimensional worlds Mathematical Perspectives: Knots and other Visual Mathematics Knots, graphs and surfaces, and their interconnections PHOTO TAKEN BY MEUSSA MOSKO The class of 2007 moved in this last weekend, with a huge amount of help from the Manresa staff. To read more about the movein, see page 2. . ' '¦ ' . . ©2002 THE XAVIER NEWSWIRE All rights reserved Neimrbphi^§5'?f/(5J3K,74'5MlM Advertising (513) 7453561 EditorinChief (513) 7453607 NEWS: Freshmen's first days PAGE 2 OPED: Construction Confusion PAGE 4 DIVERSIONS: Horror fans should be excited PAGES SPORTS: Fall Sports Preview PAGE 6 ::f^m\ymu:l^:]]]:^Qy'^.:/Tvm^ 