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Mathematics

The Senior Program

Mathematics majors begin the senior year with a senior seminar. These small seminars focus on different areas of mathematics and are devoted largely to presentations by students and intensive discussion. Then, in the spring semester, students may elect to write a thesis, working independently but under close faculty supervision. The senior thesis is a culmination of each student's undergraduate experience; it synthesizes coursework, research and discussion into a focused statement of intellectual growth and insight. Strong student papers sometimes are published in scholarly journals — a remarkable accomplishment at the undergraduate level.

Recent projects in mathematics include:

  • What are numbers?
  • Getting to the roots of Newton’s method
  • The pre-gaming paradox: consuming alcohol in anticipation of further alcohol consumption
  • Splitting some (but not all) polynomials over a field
  • Singled Out: Game Theory in Dating Shows
  • Approximating π using Buffon’s needle
  • Divisibility tests in other bases
  • How do four years at college change students? An analysis of a NESCAC alcohol survey
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