About: It all began in 1894 with the American Mathematical Monthly - and ever since, the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) has been providing mathematicians with the best expository articles, engaging problems and articles devoted to teaching collegiate mathematics. In 1915, the organization officially became the MAA. Now, it is more than 20,000 members strong, made up of faculty, students, practitioners and people who simply love math. Most important of all, they are colleagues.
The Mathematical Association of America is the largest professional society that focuses on mathematics accessible at the undergraduate level. Our members include university, college and high school teachers; graduate and undergraduate students; pure and applied mathematicians; computer scientists; statisticians; and many others in academia, government, business and industry.
The Math Club (Mathematical Association of America Student Chapter, MAA) had a busy year, meeting every two weeks with 10-20 students. At most meetings we played math-related games, but also had themed meetings such as Thanksgiving pumpkin carving, Pi-day and an Easter Fibonacci theme. At the Fibonacci meetings, we looked at his original introduction of the “rabbit pairs” problem that lead to defining the well-known Fibonacci numbers; then, we explored how this would change if the rabbits didn’t live forever. We determined that if the rabbits mature in one month, then reproduce each month for 3 months before they die, then the number of pairs of bunnies each month (starting with one young pair) are 1, 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 9, 13, 19, 28, etc. After working on this at the next PSG meetings also, we were able to prove that these numbers should satisfy the relation Tn+1=Tn+Tn-1-Tn-4 after the fifth term.
New Math Club officers for the 2012-13 year are:
Anna Payne, President
Jenny Evans, Vice-President
Stacee King, Secretary
Kylee Ziegler, Treasurer
Emily Marconi, Freshman Representative
Faculty advisors are: Drs. Gordon Swain and Christopher Swanson