2010


Happy Thanksgiving! After the holiday is the final push, so please catch up and prepare projects, study for finals, etc. Do visit your teachers. They appreciate it.

Please register if you haven’t done so already. Please email me or the teacher if you have any questions about any of the courses. I would like more math/cs students in my Creating User Interfaces class. The NME section is full.   Seniors: remember to register for senior seminar AND senior project.

Reading ideas:

Radiation dangers: Radiation of airport scans less than the dose in flight

http://www.tampabay.com/news/politifact-radiation-of-airport-scans-less-than-the-dose-in-flight/1135857

Good read about use and mis-use of numbers in the news: Proofiness by Charles Seife.

See review and also read the excerpt: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/19/books/review/Strogatz-t.html?ref=books

I heard Seife speak at an NYU event and he told several interesting stories.

Lastly, the plug:  HTML5 is the latest new thing in Web development. Check out my book, the Essential Guide to HTML5:  Using games to learn HTML5 and JavaScript:  http://www.friendsofed.com/book.html?isbn=9781430233831

It is available on Amazon and elsewhere.

Benoit Mandelbrot has died. See http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/17/us/17mandelbrot.html?hp

Now, please comment on the title of my post: did Mandelbrot invent or discover the thing he named ‘fractal’ ?

The term has started. Please come see me and/or your advisor and/or any faculty member if you need advice or just to chat.

Believe it or not, we need to finalize the Spring, 2011 schedule.  The lower level courses will be the usual ones:  PreCalculus, Introduction to Statistics, Programming Games, Creating Web Documents, Calculus II, Computer Science I and Computer Science II. At this time, it looks like the upper level courses will be Linear Algebra, Games for Change and probably Creating User Interfaces. We may offer Networking and Security. Please comment or come see me if you have strong (or even mild) feelings on the schedule and do it ASAP.

My favorite political blog, on polls and other quantitative topics, has moved over to the New York Times: http://fivethirtyeight.blogs.nytimes.com/.

Even if you are not interested in politics and the midterm elections (and how could that be), this always is a good read for math/cs students.

Hello, all. There is less than two weeks before the Fall, 2010 semester starts and faculty have meetings next week.

Please contact me (and/or other faculty) if you need advice for registration.

There was potential big news in mathematics and computing: a proof that the class of algorithms/problems denoted as P was less than the class denoted as NP. At the moment, folks say that proof has holes. See http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/17/science/17proof.html

for discussion of the use of on-line tools for collaboration.

This would have been very exciting, but I am somewhat relieved that I don’t need to understand the proof for the Computability class.

CS1 and CS2 are currently taught using the Processing programming language http://processing.org/. Students have an opportunity to work on different projects. Here is an example of final CS1 project created by Josh Mackler in December 2009, Runner. Josh created an animation which if enlarged can be used as a wall installation.
More projects to come!

Congratulations to our seniors who just took their theses to the library:
Anthony Delgado (Oblong Graphs, sponsor Dr. M. Lewinter)
Will Farrell (double major in New Media and Math/CS, Cybernetic Garden, sponsor Dr. P. Ohring)
Ingrida Gobbins (The Independence Number of a Graph, sponsor Dr. M. Lewinter)
Tim Herger (‘Extreme’ Math: An Introduction to Optimization Theory, sponsor Dr. I. Shablinsky)
Aaron Herold (Use of Processing Language on Mobile Devices, sponsor Dr. I. Shablinsky)
Izrael Ortiz (2D games Implementation Flash vs. Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 C#, Sponsor Dr. J. Meyer)
Jason Redman (Graph Theory: Perfect Matching, sponsor Dr. M. Lewinter)
Monami Seki (The History of Mathematics in Japan, sponsor Dr. M. Lewinter)
Senior Procession Pictures

The Robotics course, MAT/NME3670, typically taught every other year, closed with a session of presentations of the Lego Mindstorms building projects.  Go to http://gallery.me.com/ishablinsky/100037 for a set of photographs taken by Professor Shablinsky.  Go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l0cuQA-VdcY to see a tank that fires projectiles when the ultrasonic sensor indicates an object.  You can go to my page (http://faculty.purchase.edu/jeanine.meyer) for information on this and other courses, including lecture notes, set of summaries of building projects.

Columbia University is starting a new program combining computing and journalism.  See http://www.wired.com/epicenter/2010/04/will-columbia-trained-code-savvy-journalists-bridge-the-mediatech-divide/

This will not start until Fall 2011.

What do you think?

Mathematics is in the news all the time! Please feel free to make a comment/reply when you come across something of interest.

For your entertainment and education, please check out Steven Strogatz’s blog on topics in mathematics.  Here is one on calculus:

http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/04/11/change-we-can-believe-in/?scp=1&sq=Calculus&st=cse

There is a hint that this may be the last one, on the Hilbert Hotel: http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/05/09/the-hilbert-hotel/?hp

The Cantor diagonalization argument is similar to ones I will be showing in the Computability course.

Purchase College Career Development Center presents…
2010 PURCHASE COLLEGE JOB & INTERNSHIP FAIR
Wednesday, MARCH 24th, 2010
At the Purchase College Performing Arts Center
11:00 AM – 3:00 PM

For the complete list of participating employers and their available opportunities visit:

https://www.purchase.edu/sharedmedia/careerdevelopment/participating%20employers%202010.pdf

v Bring your resumes (art samples, etc.)

v Dress in “smart” neat attire to meet and network with employers at this special event

v Students can expect refreshments, great door prizes, and other give-a-ways!

(Purchase Student ID, Resume, or Proof of Graduation required for entry)

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