Tag: Department of Mathematics
A computer model to help clinicians predict Parkinson’s disease progression has landed two Rochester undergraduates and their faculty mentor a top honor from the Michael J. Fox Foundation.
After being named professor emeritus in 1995, Raimi became active in efforts to reform K–12 math education. Considered one of the top education experts in the country, he was a mathematics curriculum consultant to states across the country.
Twenty years ago, the idea of students doing homework online and receiving immediate feedback was a game-changer. Today, more than 700 colleges and high schools and using the WeBWorK system developed by Rochester math professors Arnold Pizer and Michael Gage.
The team was inspired by the theoretical work of Allan Greenleaf, a professor of mathematics at the University of Rochester in New York.
Oddly enough, but not that surprising considering the prevalence of pi in nature, researchers from the University of Rochester reached the same formula while they were computing the quantum mechanical energy stats of hydrogen.
[Carl] Hagen turned to his colleague, mathematics professor Tamar Friedmann, who found that they could derive Wallis’s infinite product from the ratio of the approximate energies to the exact energies.
A pair of quantum scientists calculating the energy levels of a hydrogen atom at the University of Rochester have discovered a 360-year-old formula for pi in their equations.
I had planned for part 2 of this series about p to be about the classical area formula for the circle, but then something new came up. Well, by new I mean a new proof of something old, and it’s a surprising proof using physics.
When most people think about pi, they associate the mathematical constant with arcs and circles. Mathematicians, however, are accustomed to seeing it in a variety of fields. But two University physicists were still surprised to find it lurking in a quantum mechanics formula for the energy states of the hydrogen atom.
The AMS awards fellowships to recognize “members who have made outstanding contributions to the creation, exposition, advancement, communication, and utilization of mathematics.” Greenleaf is being singled out for his “contributions to inverse problems with applications to cloaking, as well as for service to AMS.”