Mathematics and Computer Science Department

Tuesday, October 13, 2015, 11:30 AM
Math and Computer Science Colloquium: Faculty Interests
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Dr. Hulsizer Recognized by the Mathematical AssociationDr. Hulsizer Recognized by the Mathematical Association
Assistant Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science Heidi Hulsizer was recently honored by the Mathematical Association of America as this year's winner of the Trevor Evans Award for her article, "A 'Mod'ern Mathematical Adventure in Call of Duty: Black Ops", which was published in Math Horizons in February of 2014. Hulsizer will be acknowledged at MAA MathFest 2015, which will be held from August 5-8 in Washington, D.C. 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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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?