This Friday (October 21^{st}), the College of Sciences and Mathematics is hosting a Majors’ Fair for students to learn more about STEM majors and careers. It will be similar to Showcase Saturday in that each department will have a booth set up with departmental representatives ready to interact with students. This event is targeted at freshmen and undecided majors. The even will be on Friday, October 21, 2011, from 11 am to 1 pm in the Ed and Gwen Cole Student Success Center on the first floor of Lumberjack landing. See the flyer: Majors Fair Flyer. There will be pizza, drinks, and giveaways!

### Colloquium 10/17: Student Talks

For colloquium today, we will have a time for students to practice talks for the upcoming Texas Undergraduate Mathematics Conference. There will be time for students to give their talk and have an informal discussion with constructive criticism.

### Colloquium 10/3: P vs. NP – Dr. Jeremy Becnel

On October 3^{rd} at 3:30 PM in Math 357, Dr. Jeremy Becnel will be giving a talk titled “Another Million Dollar Math Problem: P vs. NP”. This talk should be interesting and relevant for all students and faculty.

Abstract: In 2000, the Clay Institute offered a $1 million prize for a solution to one of seven Millennium Problems. The P vs. NP problem was chosen as one of the Millennium Problems and is considered an important unsolved problem in both mathematics and computer science. The basic question is if a problem’s solution can be efficiently checked by a computer, then can the problem’s general solution be found efficiently by a computer. We will discuss the statement and importance of the P vs. NP problem. This talk will be interesting to anyone who has an interest in mathematics: students, faculty, and fans of math.

### Photos – Math Banquet Spring 2011

Check out photos from our Math Banquet last spring on our Facebook page!

### Colloquium 9/26: Secondary Mathematics Laboratory – Meagan Hensley

On September 26^{th} at 3:30 PM in Math 357, Meagan Hensley will give our first Colloquium, titled “Secondary Mathematics Laboratory”. This talk should be accessible and useful to all levels, and all are welcome to attend.

Abstract: In August, I attended the Secondary Mathematics Laboratory (SML) at the University of Michigan. The SML was developed by U of M’s School of Education and the Algebra Project in order to provide an opportunity for a group of future high school students to improve their math skills and a chance for the education community to study an Algebra Project classroom. In this presentation, I will discuss the mathematics seen during the SML by introducing a few activities. We will also discuss the Algebra Project’s mission which involves improving math literacy.

### Putnam Exam – Study Sessions

This year SFA will again be participating in the William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition. It is a rite of passage for math majors and others who want to test their creativity and problem solving skills. A six hour exam, broken into two three-hour sessions of six problems, the Putnam Exam has a median score of zero out of 120. A positive score looks really good to employers and graduate schools! I should also mention that the Department is proud to take all participants to dinner as a reward for their ordeal.

To prepare for the exam, interested faculty and students will meet Fridays at 3pm in 357 Math Building. If you enjoy solving hard and interesting problems, come by and check it out! Snacks will be provided.

### Welcome to Fall 2011!

Greetings, and welcome to the new blog for SFA’s Department of Mathematics and Statistics! Here is an easy place to keep track of announcements and other important goings on here in Nacogdoches!

For this post, a few notes to students about classes….

- Check mySFA/Banner for your room numbers. These are the official ones and may have changed since you last printed out your schedule.
- If all the sections of a class are full, if you’re having trouble registering because of prerequisites, if you’re wondering about transfer credit, or other registration issues, contact the department office at 936-468-3805, not your professors. The professors cannot add seats to their classes for you; that has to be done through the math office.
- The last day to add classes or switch classes is Thursday. If you need to change schedules after that, then you can drop with a W until a week after midterm or withdraw from the university at a later date.
- Our textbook list is posted on our website at http://www2.sfasu.edu/math/courses/books.html.
- Check out our web page at http://www2.sfasu.edu/math. There you’ll find all sorts of information about our department like textbook lists, faculty information, scholarship information, and much more.