- Linfield College
Department of Mathematics

Math PLUS (Projects with Linfield Undergraduate Students)

The Math PLUS program pairs Linfield College students with students from Yamhill-Carlton Intermediate School to work on a science fair project with significant mathematical content. Projects may include research in areas such as graph theory, number theory, combinatorics, or they may focus on the mathematical modeling or statistical analysis of a scientific question. Students and mentors will learn about different areas of mathematics and brainstorm ideas for science fair projects. Each YCIS participant will then be paired with a Linfield mentor, and have weekly meeting with his or her mentor to work on a project. Projects will be entered in the YCIS Science Fair.

Objectives:

The main objectives of Math PLUS are:

  1. To provide mathematical enrichment for talented students by introducing them to new areas of mathematics.
  2. To provide students an authentic research experience by encouraging them to ask mathematical questions.
  3. To provide students with role models who demonstrate enthusiasm for mathematics and what it is like to study mathematics at the college level.
  4. To provide Linfield undergraduates opportunities to mentor and direct research projects in order to build confidence in pursuing independent work.
  5. To provide Linfield undergraduates opportunities to teach others about the research process based on their mathematics research experiences.
  6. To encourage and promote science fair projects focused on mathematics.

 

Highlights of past Math PLUS projects

  • Fibonacci and Fiibonacci-like sequences and ratios of consecutive terms approaching the golden ratio.
  • Using statistics to decide if ratios of certain facial measurements tend to have a mean of the golden ratio.
  • Using Trigonometry and complex arithmetic to prove symmetric patterns in Julia sets.
  • Using mathematical models to determine the most effective shape for an underwater robot.
  • Proving the power rule in calculus and predicting the derivative of the exponential function.
  • Using statistics to determine if the Eagle Creek fire impacted fish counts the Columbia Gorge.

 

Calendar of Events (Mentors are expected to attend all events):

  • Thursday, Oct. 11, 6 pm- 7:30 pm: Training Session.
  • Saturday, Oct. 20, 10 am-2 pm: Workshop. Lunch provided.
  • Thursday, Oct. 25, 6 pm-7:30 pm: Mentor/ mentee meeting.
  • Thursday, Nov. 8, 6 pm-7:30 pm: Mentor/ mentee meeting.
  • Thursday, Nov. 29, 6 pm-7:30 pm: Mentor/ mentee meeting.
  • Thursday, Jan. 10, 6 pm-7:30 pm: Mentor/ mentee meeting.
  • Thursday, Jan. 17, 6 pm-7:30 pm: Mentor/ mentee meeting.
  • Thursday, Jan. 24, 6 pm-7:30 pm: Mentor/ mentee meeting.
  • Thursday, Feb. 7, YCIS Science Fair.

 

Mentor Application Forms

Applications are due Friday, September 21, 2018.