Wartburg College Department of Mathematics, Computer Science, & Physics

Wartburg College Department of Mathematics, Computer Science, & Physics

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Congratulations to the new members of Kappa Mu Epsilon and Sigma Pi Sigma
#WartburgWorthIt #UKnightDay

MCSP Department Faculty showing off their UKnightDay shirts. Join us on March 24, 2022.
For all our teaching friends. Share the news.
For today's #tbt installment of "Where are they now?" please enjoy two photos of MCSP alum Dr. David Kordahl '08, a Physics-Math-English-Music quadruple(!!)-major.
The Student Success Center is hosting the Virtual Winter Career Expo on Thursday, Feb. 17, from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Students should log into Handshake and create their profile before the Expo. Students are encouraged to polish up their resume, dress for success, and engage with professionals.
Sam Van Fleet came back to campus to discuss his PhD research. (Degree to be completed in July 2022.)

This is the official page for the MCSP Department at Wartburg College.

Operating as usual

Photos from Wartburg College Department of Mathematics, Computer Science, & Physics's post 04/10/2022

Congratulations to the new members of Kappa Mu Epsilon and Sigma Pi Sigma

03/11/2022



MCSP Department Faculty showing off their UKnightDay shirts. Join us on March 24, 2022.

Timeline photos 03/04/2022

For all our teaching friends. Share the news.

Thanks to the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, we are giving away FREE math on-the-go kits to Title 1 schools. Sign up here: https://jrmf.org/festival-favors.

Mobile uploads 02/26/2022

Mobile uploads

Photos from Wartburg College Department of Mathematics, Computer Science, & Physics's post 02/24/2022

For today's installment of "Where are they now?" please enjoy two photos of MCSP alum Dr. David Kordahl '08, a Physics-Math-English-Music quadruple(!!)-major.

Photos from Wartburg College Education Department's post 02/17/2022

Photos from Wartburg College Education Department's post

02/11/2022

The Student Success Center is hosting the Virtual Winter Career Expo on Thursday, Feb. 17, from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Students should log into Handshake and create their profile before the Expo. Students are encouraged to polish up their resume, dress for success, and engage with professionals.

02/08/2022

Sam Van Fleet came back to campus to discuss his PhD research. (Degree to be completed in July 2022.)

Opinion: Sea shanties written for the digital age 01/22/2022

Opinion: Sea shanties written for the digital age

A little something for all the IT graduates

https://www.npr.org/2022/01/22/1074964815/opinion-sea-shanties-written-for-the-digital-age

Opinion: Sea shanties written for the digital age Scott Simon imagines a world where beleaguered IT workers gained the recognition they deserve through the use of sea shanties.

Learn how to make a sonobe unit in origami – and unlock a world of mathematical wonder 01/06/2022

Learn how to make a sonobe unit in origami – and unlock a world of mathematical wonder

Learn how to make a sonobe unit in origami – and unlock a world of mathematical wonder I’m a mathematician whose hobby is origami. It has inspired mathematicians to solve problems once thought impossible, and create folding telescope lenses, airbags and solar panels.

12/28/2021

12/24/2021

It wouldn't be Christmas without a binary tree joke. (Credit: xkcd) Happy holidays! 🎄

Binary tree: https://fal.cn/3kTNh.
Heap: https://fal.cn/3kTNi

Make German Stars for Christmas 12/20/2021

Make German Stars for Christmas

Here's a mathematical craft to do with your family for Christmas.

https://www.carlaschauer.com/make-german-stars-for-christmas/

Make German Stars for Christmas Despite looking complicated, you can make German stars in under 5 minutes. Ornaments are made from 4 colored paper strips and a few simple repeated folds.

Experts crack the secret to last letter of Mary, Queen of Scots before her execution 12/15/2021

Experts crack the secret to last letter of Mary, Queen of Scots before her execution

More codebreaking.

Experts crack the secret to last letter of Mary, Queen of Scots before her execution Before envelopes existed, Mary, Queen of Scots used an elaborate technique known as the spiral lock to protect her letters from prying eyes.

December Commencement 2021 12/13/2021

Jack Palen is an Actuarial Science major who will be starting a career at Athene in January.

Congratulations to our December graduates! At December Commencement on Sunday, Dec. 12, we welcomed our newest alumni as they received their degrees in Wartburg Chapel. The ceremony also honored Dr. Ann Henninger and Shirley Walker, who received the Wartburg Medal for their service to the college. To see dozens more photos that you can download, go to www.wartburg.edu/galleries.

12/13/2021

Quality advice recently seen on an MCSP Department whiteboard. (Tip of the hat to Dr. Mariah Birgen.)

11/16/2021

The most important journalism I've done.

Timeline photos 11/12/2021

Timeline photos

Reminder! The JRMF Math Circle is tomorrow. We'll have breakout rooms of small groups of students so that everyone, no matter your skill level or background, can find a welcoming community to support your mathematical explorations. Register now to join! http://ow.ly/EZlb50GIrJ5

IITSEC STEM 2021 11/10/2021

IITSEC STEM 2021

Free opportunity to learn more about Mathematical Modeling and the Real World:

https://www.flstemconnect.com/iitsec-stem-2021

IITSEC STEM 2021 Please join the National Training and Simulation Association (NTSA) as we host STEM Week at the IITSEC conference. Concurrent with IITSEC, we are planning a week of STEM Activities for teachers and students across the country.

11/09/2021

Brandon Bloebaum at the MCSP Seminar discussing his summer internship.

Wartburg Volleyball vs. Bethel 10-26-21 11/08/2021

Zaiah Quirk is a senior math major and outside hitter on the volleyball team.

10/29/2021

trick XOR treat

Career Fair 10/28/2021

Career Fair

Opportunity for current students, alumni, and friends:

"The Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC) and Science Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM) committee are pleased to announce the 2021 I/ITSEC Career Fair. The career fair is a one-day, combined live and virtual event, concurrent with the conference in November/December, targeted at graduating students and veterans looking to start or continue their career in STEM. The fair will allow participants direct access to recruiters and hiring managers, as well as provide them an opportunity to attend workshops, corporate features, recruiter panels, a resume database, interview engagements, and more. Continuing on the success of last year, the conference will be a combination of live and virtual recruiters in Orlando and across the country. This will continue our broad reach to include colleges, universities, and organizations both within and outside the Central Florida region targeted at modeling, simulation, and training degree programs. In person and virtual participants will have access to all recruiters both online and at the event."

https://www.iitsec.org/education/students-and-teachers/career-fair

Career Fair Career Fair

10/26/2021

Still true today.

10/14/2021

Outfly 2021: Viva Las Vegas

How The Navajo Nation Is Transforming Math Education 10/11/2021

How The Navajo Nation Is Transforming Math Education

How The Navajo Nation Is Transforming Math Education Indigenous groups have demonstrated unwavering interest and talent when it comes to mathematics. Navajo Nation Math Circles present math in the context of Navajo culture, helping students develop their identity as true Navajo mathematicians.

Timeline photos 10/08/2021

Timeline photos

Tomorrow is the JRMF Math Circle! Want to play Cup Stacking (and learn some cool math while doing it?) Register now: https://www.jrmf.org/events/math-circle

Palen's Hat Trick Leads Knights to Homecoming Win - Wartburg College Athletics 10/07/2021

Palen's Hat Trick Leads Knights to Homecoming Win - Wartburg College Athletics

Jack Palen is an Actuarial Science major.

Palen's Hat Trick Leads Knights to Homecoming Win - Wartburg College Athletics WAVERLY, Iowa – Men's soccer got Wartburg's homecoming week off to a great start with a 3-0 win over Hamline University Tuesday, Oct 5 behind a hat trick for Jack Palen.

10/06/2021

Ever wonder what happens to a telescope in an earthquake?
We got hit by an earthquake this evening. I'm in the control room at Gemini North in Hilo, and we felt a sudden sharp shock at 20:39 HST (8:39 PM). It's been listed as a magnitude 4.6, with an epicentre 8 km east of Pāhala, to the southwest of Kīlauea. I'm a little surprised: the hypocentre is reported at 34 km deep, but it was quite a little jolt for that low magnitude and larger depth.
Under normal operation, the telescope's secondary mirror is constantly adjusting its position, what we call "tip/tilt". This allows us to correct for atmospheric fluctuations that cause the image of the star to shake. These fluctuations are what cause stars to "twinkle" when viewed by eye.
The plot I've attached is our tip/tilt chart for the earthquake. The horizontal axis is in time, marked in minutes. The red plot shows the slow tip/tilt motions that are typical for actmospheric fluctuations. You'll note that about four minutes ago (on the chart) there is a sudden bit of chaos on the plot. That's our earthquake! The tip/tilt system tried to compensate for the shocks, making adjustments at a rate of 200 Hertz -- that is to say, 200 times per second.
We did *not* lose our guiding, although one of the other telescopes at the summit did. That's not a huge deal, it just means that the shake was large enough that *their* tip/tilt could not compensate. So they reaquired and moved on. We didn't lose guiding at Gemini, and just kept going.
How's that for exciting?

10/05/2021

On Sunday evening, some students and Dr. Bousquet met with Dr. Figura and his (real) Hawaiian Zoom background to discuss this year's Physics Summer Reading selection, "Higgs: The Invention and Discovery of the 'God Particle'". Great fun was had discussing particle physics, the Gemini Observatory, and exotic birds.

Actuaries get paid to study and pass exams || BECOMING AN ACTUARY 10/02/2021

Actuaries get paid to study and pass exams || BECOMING AN ACTUARY

Actuaries get paid to study and pass exams || BECOMING AN ACTUARY In this video I talk about other benefits of becoming an actuary and the path to becoming a fully qualified actuary. Is the journey worth it?

Timeline photos 10/01/2021

Timeline photos

Want to test our our NEW activity, Cup Stacking? Join us at our Oct. 9 JRMF Math Circle! Register now: https://www.jrmf.org/events/math-circle

09/30/2021

How do Brits measure things?

*Tons and tonnes of exceptions

Symbols 09/27/2021

Symbols

Handy reference table:

Symbols

09/22/2021

Big news for the Knights: Wartburg is adding an esports team to its competitive 23-team Athletic Department roster in the fall of 2022!

"Esports is a growing opportunity for both high school and college students, and we are excited to take our tradition of excellence in athletics and apply it to this new sport," says Ryan Callahan, interim athletic director.

Esports, or video games that are played in an organized and competitive environment, is one of the fastest growing sports in the country, with more than 175 colleges and universities boasting teams that engaged thousands of student-athletes nationwide in 2020, according to the National Association of Collegiate Esports (NACE).

Though the college has yet to determine which games the team will compete in, many collegiate teams compete in League of Legends, Overwatch, Fortnite, Madden NFL and Apex Legends. A search for a head coach will begin immediately.

Learn more at https://go-knights.net/news/2021/9/22/general-wartburg-launching-competitive-esports-team.aspx

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