Mathematics and Computer Science Department

H-S 2014-2015 Journal of Sciences ReleasedH-S 2014-2015 Journal of Sciences Released
The Hampden-Sydney Journal of the Sciences is now in its fourth year as a student-run publication and its second year of producing a print version. The Journal is a showcase of the wide variety of scientific research being conducted at Hampden-Sydney by its students. The work in the Journal represents the products of summer research experiences, departmental honors work, classroom projects, and other ventures that show the central importance of research to a complete Hampden-Sydney scientific education. Full Story...


Hilary Term at OxfordHilary Term at Oxford
Adam Witham ‘16
It is near the end of Hilary term at Oxford, and I thankfully have made it through the Fifth Week "Blues." Fifth Week is generally the most intense week of every term from the sheer number of assignments. My work continues to focus on maths at St Edmund Hall. I currently have tutorials in further linear algebra, groups and group actions, and vector calculus. Vector calculus remains my personal favorite because of the mix between calculation-type problems as well as analysis and proofs. Though I find that the workload this term is heightened in comparison to last, I am still enjoying my time at the Mathematical Institute. Full Story...


At the heart of a liberal arts education, mathematics offers a solid foundation for students going into business, industry, the sciences, research, and technology. Hampden-Sydney's Mathematics department offers several majors to meet individual talents and interests including applied mathematics, computer science, and joint majors with economics and the natural sciences. The department has two laboratory classrooms that run Mathematica, MATLAB, Minitab, and Maple software as well as a variety of programming languages.

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Problem of the Month
- See Rules and other Problems on the Blog.
For an example, here is problem #20, from April of 2012

13 pirates find a treasure chest filled with gold coins.  When they try to divide the coins evenly amongst themselves, there is one coin left over.  In the ensuing fight over the last coin, one pirate is slain.  When the 12 remaining pirates try to divide the coins evenly, there is still one coin left over.  Once again the pirates fight and a pirate is slain.  When the 11 surviving pirates try to divide the coins, they are relieved to discover that  the coins can now be evenly divided.  What is the smallest number of coins that could have been in the treasure chest?