math

Fun times with finite group invariants

Jude Quintero '20 (left) and mathematics professor Michael Penn work on an equation

One of the things Jude Quintero ’20 enjoys most about his Randolph experience is getting to know and work with his professors. This summer, he and mathematics professor Michael Penn are bonding over some advanced algebraic equations. “We’ve had a lot of fun,” Penn said. “If you understand this level of math and the language,... READ MORE >>

Randolph expands online course offerings for summer 2018

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Randolph College is expanding its online course offerings this summer to include communication studies, sport and exercise studies, education, sociology, astronomy, math, and physics. All courses are taught by Randolph faculty and are open to both college and high school students, or anyone else looking to further their education. The courses will be taught over... READ MORE >>

Penn co-authors paper in Journal of Algebra

Michael Penn

Randolph mathematics professor Michael Penn co-authored a paper that will be published in the February 2018 issue of the Journal of Algebra. The paper concludes a series of four articles—three co-authored by Penn—which examine the principal subspaces of level one standard modules of twisted affine Lie algebras using vertex algebraic techniques. Vertex algebras are a... READ MORE >>

Society of Physics Students named Outstanding Chapter for 10th straight year

The annual Science Festival is one of the Randolph Society of Physics Students' biggest events. Here, a Randolph student shows children how to create a circuit.

The Randolph College chapter of the Society of Physics Students (SPS) recently reached a special milestone when it was recognized with an Outstanding Chapter award for the 10th-straight year. Presented by the national SPS organization, the designation honors the group for its activities during the 2016-17 academic year. Fewer than 8 percent of chapters are... READ MORE >>

Penn joins mathematics faculty

Michael Penn

A mathematician who specializes in abstract algebra—and pizza making—is the newest member of Randolph’s mathematics department faculty. In his first semester at Randolph this fall, math professor Michael Penn is teaching Calculus 1 and Linear Algebra and Differential Equations courses. He previously worked as a visiting professor at the University of Tennessee Chattanooga, Bowdoin College,... READ MORE >>

Educational Experience

Igor Ngabo '18 assists teachers in an activity during Randolph's 2017 teaching institute,

Skylar Pippin ’19 knew that teaching was a difficult profession. But after working with local elementary and middle school science teachers during an annual teaching institute at Randolph last week, she has an even stronger appreciation for the preparation that goes into each lesson. “It’s been a different viewpoint because I’m used to seeing education... READ MORE >>

An App for That

Taylor Samuels '18 and mathematics professor Jia Wan

Last summer, mathematics professor Jia Wan served as a master advisor for incoming students. Frustrated by the scheduling software being used, one of her colleagues commented, “There must be an app for this.” That’s when Wan had an idea. “Because I teach programming classes, I thought it would be a perfect project for students to... READ MORE >>

Randolph math teams earn special recognition in international contest

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Two teams of Randolph mathematics and physics students earned special designation as “Successful Participants” in the 2017 Mathematical Contest in Modeling (MCM). The contest included 8,843 participating teams from around the world. “Our students completed their required mission within four long days, but there is still room for them to improve their modeling skills in... READ MORE >>

Making the SUPER program SUPERB

Zhe Chen '17 and physics professor Peter Sheldon discuss their research on the SUPER program.

Since 2010, the Step Up to Physical Science and Engineering at Randolph (SUPER) program has helped the College recruit, train, and retain the nation’s future scientists. This summer, Zhe Chen ’17 is helping SUPER become SUPERB. Chen is analyzing the effectiveness of each aspect of the four-year program for science, technology, engineering, and math students... READ MORE >>

Teaching the teachers

Participants in Randolph's teaching institute work together to build a structure that would be tested on the shake table.

As adjunct education professor William Eggl explained the final steps of the algebraic equation on the white board, one of the middle school teachers in the Martin Science Building lecture hall exclaimed, “Oh, my gosh. It’s so simple!” Eggl was one of several Randolph faculty members sharing new instructional techniques this week at the College’s... READ MORE >>