Mathematics

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 >>

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 >>

Randolph honors students with 2017 Academic and Leadership Awards

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Randolph College students were recognized on Wednesday with numerous academic and leadership awards. This annual event honors students who have excelled in their academic performance as well as demonstrated leadership at the College. SEE PHOTOS ON THE RANDOLPH COLLEGE STUDENT LIFE FACEBOOK PAGE Academic Departmental Awards included:   Art and Art History Rachel Trexler Ellis... READ MORE >>

Alumnus returns to Randolph as visiting math professor

Caleb Moxley

As a student at Randolph, Caleb Moxley ’11 experienced great personal and academic growth, in large part due to the close relationships he formed with professors. This semester, he’s getting the opportunity to build those relationships with his own students. In his role as visiting math professor, Moxley is teaching Pre-Calculus, Introduction to Quantitative Reasoning,... READ MORE >>

Randolph student ranks first in state, 12th nationally in math competition

Anh Vo '18 ranked first in Virginia and 12th in the nation at a recent Virginia Tech Regional Mathematics Contest (VTRMC). Here, he is shown working with mathematics professor Marc Ordower on his 2016 Summer Research project to create a competitive, 3-D version of John Conway’s Game of Life.

A Randolph student ranked first in Virginia and 12th in the nation in a recent Virginia Tech Regional Mathematics Contest (VTRMC). Anh Vo ’18 was one of 674 students competing. VTRMC, which began in 1979, is the second-largest undergraduate mathematics competition in the United States. Top institutions such as Harvard, Johns Hopkins, Williams College, Duke,... READ MORE >>

Alumna makes bequest gift to support STEM scholarships for women

When she attended Reunion earlier this year, Johanne Pryor ’61 was overwhelmed by fond memories, like the Odd class traditions, and the many changes on campus. In addition to her support for the College and donating her class ring in the past, the event prompted her to make a sizeable bequest to support scholarships for... READ MORE >>

Making a game out of Summer Research

Anh Vo '18 and mathematics professor Marc Ordower play John Conway's Game of Life.

Anh Vo ’18 has spent the summer playing and developing the Game of Life™ with one of his favorite professors. But this is no Hasbro board game with tiny, plastic cars or fake money—this game is reserved for those with the most advanced skills in mathematics. For Summer Research, Vo is working with mathematics professor... 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 >>

Making Internet security add up

Mathematics professor Jia Wan observes as Mengjin Sun '19 and Nhut Dang '18 study an equation.

Two Randolph students are using Summer Research as an opportunity to examine the critical role that math plays in cybersecurity. Mengjin Sun ’19 and Nhut Dang ’18 are working with mathematics professor Jia Wan to analyze the Diffie-Hellman problem (DHP). The DHP is a mathematical problem first proposed by Whitfield Diffie and Martin Hellman in... READ MORE >>