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Mathematics

School of Science & Engineering

Students in mathematics at Anderson University are taught how to solve problems and see how mathematics changes the way that we look at the world. As a student progresses through the major, students learn how to do complex calculations and the theorems behind these calculations.

Program Overview

Mathematics

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Options

AU offers two degrees in mathematics.
  • BA in Mathematics
  • BS in Mathematics
  • Both can be completed in as little as 3 years.
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Classes

  • Calculus I, II, and III
  • Linear Algebra
  • Problem Seminar

For the B.A. degree, there will be 30 hours of coursework with additional courses in mathematics. These are chosen to complement the student’s mathematics interests and objectives through consultation with the student’s department advisor. View the courses required for the Mathematics, B.A. For the B.S. degree, there will be 47 hours of coursework that includes courses in physics, chemistry, and programming and prepares students for graduate-level study. View the courses required for the Mathematics, B.S.

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Mathematics Facilities

Located on the third floor of Decker Hall, the AU Department of Mathematics is an open and inviting space.  Four faculty offices open into a common area with whiteboard walls. All who pass through can see mathematics being done.

Decker 338 is a classroom that has been specially designed for mathematics courses. Distinctive features include floor to ceiling whiteboard walls and easily movable furniture. Tables in the room provide ample space for notebooks, textbooks, and a laptop. The versatile nature of the furniture allows the room to be transformed to accommodate lectures with 35 students, students working in groups, and smaller seminar based courses.

Decker 330 serves as the department’s mathematics lab. This room is used for tutoring, seminar space, and a place where students can work on projects together.

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Mathematics Student Research

The Anderson University Department of Mathematics offers a unique, hands-on research experience.   Undergraduate students work alongside faculty to conduct original research in mathematics.  This exciting research into new mathematics is presented in a variety of venues.  These have included poster sessions and invited talks at other universities.  Opportunities such as these advance our knowledge about God’s creation and develop skills that are essential for students furthering their studies at the graduate level.

Here are samples of the projects that are currently underway:

Adventures in the Quantum Polynomial Ring:  Linear Algebra Computations in C Abstract:

  • The p-polynomials appear as the elements of transition matrices used to convert a special class of bases to the standard basis within the quantum polynomial ring. We examined computational methods for generating p-polynomials. An algorithm for finding a p-polynomial has been known; however, the implementation of this algorithm was not sufficiently fast. Through algorithmic analysis, a change in the implementation language, and the adoption of matrix-based algorithms, significant improvements in speed were realized. Optimization of this process has led to a speedup of over 140,000 times.
  • Linear Algebra Computations in C Research Project [PDF]

Adventures in the Quantum Polynomial Ring: Patterns in the p-Polynomials Abstract:

  • The p-polynomials appear as the elements of transition matrices used to convert a special class of bases to the standard basis within the quantum polynomial ring. The purpose of this study is to analyze these polynomials for patterns and eventually catalog these newly generated p-polynomials for future analysis. The initial strategy for finding these patterns will take advantage of generalized rules from the modified R-polynomials and Kazhdan-Lusztig polynomials. Additional strategies arise by observing new patterns from the list of computer-generated polynomials. We also examine a special class of p-polynomials that are generated by the longest word in the symmetric group and describe patterns in the coefficients of these polynomials.
  • Patterns in the p-Polynomials [PDF]

On the Creation of Rank Two Centrosymmetric Matrices

  • For any square matrix B, we can create a centrosymmetric matrix A = B+JBJ where J is the skew identity matrix. If the matrix B is created as the outer product of two vectors v and h, the resulting centrosymmetric matrix has a maximal rank of 2. However, not all such rank two matrices can be written in this form. In this work, we fully examine when a 3 x 3 centrosymmetric matrix can be created from two vectors and generalize our results to larger matrices.
  • Creation of Rank Two Centrosymmetric Matrices [PDF]

If you have difficulty accessing the information in the above PDF files, please contact us.

 

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Careers

  • biomathematics
  • education
  • operations research
  • actuarial science
  • finance
  • mathematical modeling
  • statistics

OUR Mathematics FACULTY

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Dr. Justin Lambright

Associate Professor of Mathematics

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Dr. Justin Lambright

Dr. Lambright teaches almost the entire range of courses offered by the Department of Mathematics, such as Explorations in Mathematics and the Calculus sequence, as well as Mathematical Models and Geometry.

His research interests are related to the fields of combinatorics and algebra, involving special families of polynomials and integer sequences related to them. He is hoping to branch out in the future into areas connected to the intersection of mathematics and political science and the use of computational modeling to predict various outcomes in that field.

Dr. Lambright, along with Drs. Taylor and Van Groningen, has led Anderson University's Research Experiences in Mathematics, a group of students who work on original research alongside faculty members. This work has been supported by grants from both CURM and INSGC, providing the students with opportunities to present their results at other area colleges, as well as at conferences across the country.

Outside of the classroom, Dr. Lambright serves the AU community as the academic advisor for both the eSports & Gaming club and Together in Media. Off campus he is active at Maple Grove Church of God in Anderson, IN, where he serves on the Church Council and as part of a cook team for the Wednesday night inter-generational ministry LOGOS. But most of all he enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter, playing games and reading.

Dr. Justin Lambright has served at Anderson University since 2011.

Contact Dr. Lambright:
jjlambright@anderson.edu
Decker Hall 333
(765) 641-4413

Associate Professor of Mathematics
B.S. Applied Mathematics and Physics, Geneva College
M.S. Mathematics, Western Illinois University
Ph.D. Mathematics, Lehigh University

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Dr. Courtney Taylor

Chair, Department of Mathematics; Professor of Mathematics

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Dr. Courtney Taylor

Dr. Taylor was an undergraduate student at Anderson University and returning to join the faculty in the fall of 2011 was very much like coming home. He has taught nearly every course in the undergraduate mathematics curriculum, and especially enjoys teaching Abstract Algebra and Problem Seminar. He serves as chair of the department.

His research interests fall in the areas of algebraic topology and algebra, particularly the unstable modules over the Steenrod algebra, and he is also interested in how mathematics can inform our understanding of the humanities. He has written an open access e-book on abstract algebra, which may be freely downloaded from bookboon.com.

Dr. Taylor, along with Dr. Lambright and Dr. Van Groningen, has led Anderson University's Research Experiences in Mathematics, in which a group of students actively work on original research. These students have had opportunities to present their results at other area colleges, as well as at conferences across the country.  He is also an advisor for Mathematics honor society Kappa Mu Epsilon and for the men’s service and social club Dativus. He is active at East Side Church of God, where he and his wife teach the college-age fellowship class.

Dr. Taylor enjoys spending time with his wonderful wife and their four children, traveling on epic road trips, and eating barbecue.

Dr. Taylor has served at Anderson University since 2011.

Contact Dr. Taylor:
cktaylor@anderson.edu
Decker Hall 334
(765) 641-4410

Professor of Mathematics
Chair, Department of Mathematics
B.A., Anderson University
M.S., Ph. D., Purdue University

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Dr. Gerard Lee Van Groningen

Associate Professor of Mathematics

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Dr. Gerard Lee Van Groningen

Dr. Van Groningen enjoys the appeal of teaching a wide variety of mathematics classes from Finite Mathematics to the Calculus sequence to Differential Equations.

Dr. Van Groningen considers himself a pure applied mathematician whose main research interest lies within numerical analysis. His primary work is with numerical solvers of differential equations including the method of lines transpose and defect correction methods. However, with the opportunities present at Anderson University, he prefers research projects that can help introduce students to original mathematical research.

Dr. Van Groningen married his beautiful wife Lindsey in July of 2016. Together they actively travel and seek adventure.  Dr. Van Groningen is also an avid hiker, runner, and reader. He is always willing to join in for most sports and board games. Further, he also donates his time to the local food pantry.

Dr. Lee Van Groningen has served at Anderson University since 2012.

Contact Dr. Van Groningen:
glvangroningen@anderson.edu
Decker Hall 332
(765) 641-4412

Associate Professor of Mathematics
B.A.  Mathematics, Chemistry, Trinity Christian College
Ph. D., Mathematics, Michigan State University