Cool Facts

Check out some of the recent news about the JBU mathematics major:

Application-oriented textbooks

Professors Frank Blume and Calvin Piston wrote "Applied Calculus for Scientists and Engineers," a well designed and application-oriented textbook used within the calculus courses at JBU.

John Brown University math department graduates have also gone on to pursue master's and doctoral degrees at numerous competitive universities around the country in areas including mathematics, computer science, meteorology, business and linguistics.

Students can get involved in the community through many service projects, including tutoring local high school and middle school kids!

The JBU Math team (pictured below) placed third out of 13 2013 JBU Mathematics Teamteams at the 2014 Arkansas Undergraduate Mathematics Competition!  The event was held on Feb. 15, 2014, at the University of the Ozarks in Clarksville, Ark.

Instructors use computer simulations in the classroom to make their lectures more engaging and visually stimulating. The study of complex numbers, for example, can be enhanced by exploring the intricate fractal structures of the Mandelbrot set. The captivating images below (all of which were produced in the JBU math department) show various regions of this set at various levels of resolution. If you check out the gallery, you can see how beautiful math can be:

Mandelbrot Set


Test your problem-solving skills!

Check out the sample problems below to see what kind of mental exercises you'll encounter in your freshman year:

Problem #1: The Kӧnigsberg Bridge Problem:

In 1736, mathematician Leonhard Euler poised the following problem: Two countries are set on both sides of a river, and there are two islands within the river connected to the mainland and each other by seven bridges (see picture below).

Konigsberg Bridge Problem

Is it possible to walk across each bridge only once? (You must walk over the bridge entirely, (i.e. you can't go half-way then turn around) and can't get to the islands by any way except the bridges).

Problem #2: Running a sandwich shop

You have decided to open a sandwich shop, and to keep costs down you want to limit the number of ingredients offered while still providing enough of a variety to customers.

You decided upon offering the following:

  • Meats: ham, turkey, roast beef, and chicken
  • Breads: white, wheat, and flatbread
  • Veggies: lettuce, tomato, olives, onions, peppers, and pickles
  • Sauces: mayo, mustard, vinegar and oil, and chipotle mayo

Assuming that “doubling up” is not considered (i.e. a roast beef, roast beef sandwich is not an option but a roast beef, ham sandwich is) how many options of subs are there?

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