Posts tagged with math modeling

Tuesday, August 9th, 2011

Presenting math

Recently, I have been asked a number of times for a list of talks that I present on mathematics. While the list will grow, as I’m even creating a new talk next week for a conference on integrating social issues into the curriculum, this can give a reader a sense of topics I present. For […]

Tuesday, July 5th, 2011

A model for the community

Service-learning offers unique educational opportunities for students to apply their learning to issues of community interest. This post will discuss how I have integrated service-learning into a final project used in a discrete math modeling course. The course teaches such topics as Monte Carlo simulation, queuing theory, Markov Chains, and optimization. The capstone group project […]

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

Creating distance with Google

The Traveling Salesman Problem (TSP) is an NP-hard problem in combinatorial optimization. Given a list of cities and the distance between each pair of cities, the TSP requires finding a shortest possible tour that visits each city exactly once and returns to the starting point. The TSP is one of the most intensely studied problems […]

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011

X Games: X is for Math

Over the past 6 months, I’ve periodically been contacted by the ESPN program Sport Science, which airs pieces on the science behind sports, to give mathematical advice related to developing segments. This past summer and fall, I helped with pieces related to the World Cup and the Home Run Derby. Just over a week ago, […]

Tuesday, August 17th, 2010

Flipped out accuracy

Interested in math and baseball? golf? football? soccer? basketball? Check out the newly released Mathematics and Sports book edited by Joe Gallian! My work on math and soccer, which includes a contributed article in that book, led me to help with the ESPN show, Sports Science, during the 2010 World Cup. This post is about […]

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

Getting graphic

Today, a new header image (the old was simply the default image) appeared on this blog. It seems appropriate to explain the images as the collage is meant to represent the various ways I move mathematically. Let’s start at the left and move our way to the right. Almost hidden in the lower left and […]

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010

Jabulani math

Given the last blog entry detailed my input on the Sports Science piece on home runs, it seems only appropriate to give the details of how my connections with Sports Science started.  The week before the World Cup began, I was in NYC with my family. The trip combined work and fun activities in the […]

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010

Home Run math

It was a simple enough meal. I was sitting with my children eating fast food when suddenly my cellphone rang, which isn’t alarming in itself. Suddenly, I noticed the caller wasn’t my wife or parents. In fact, I didn’t even recognize the area code. It’s important to realize, if you haven’t already, that I’m not […]