Thu., Feb. 11: 4:00 - 5:30pm|
Welcome Back Nacho Social
Never let it be said that a snow storm stops us from an informal opportunity to welcome back everyone in the AMS family!
Brown Building Atrium
Fri., Feb. 12: 3:00
Candace Berrett, Dept. of Statistics, Brigham Young University
Venus Fly Traps Can Count
So, no, don't expect to see one in your math class tomorrow. However, there have been some fairly incredible studies involving this plant that will make you stop and think. The most recent is a study in the journal Current Biology in which researchers have determined that the fly trap actually counts movements of its prey to determine when to close the trap, when to begin the digestive process and when to open the trap anew -- creepy, huh?
Beyond that, there have also been studies into the movement of the Venus flytrap -- long regarded as one of the most amazing examples of movement in the animal kingdom. The closure of the trap represents one of the fastest movements in the plant kingdom. This movement consists of nonlinear dynamics that are still not well understood.
Maybe Audrey Jr. wasn't so imaginary after all....
Spotlight on AMS
So You Want to Minor in Math?
And really, who doesn't?
With most students, math is really a love-hate relationship -- they love to hate it. In actuality mathematics and statistics are viewed as a valuable skill regardless of your major. A strong mathematics background implies a logical approach to problems while a strong statistics background carries with it the ability to interpret the massive amounts of data that we are confronted with on a daily basis.
We currently offer a minor in Statistics and two minors in Mathematics. Our Statistics minor begins with Probability & Statistics and continues through courses covering Spatial Statistics and Survivor Analysis. Our minors in Mathematics begin with Differential Equations and, for the Mathematical Science minor, follows with your choice of 5 additional courses as varied as your interests allow. Our minor in Computational & Applied Mathematics is a bit more focused on those applied courses that may be helpful in your engineering pursuits.
For more information, check out our Undergraduate offerings! or stop by our main office in Chauvenet 141. We're happy to answer any questions you have.
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