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Mathematics & Computer Science

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We offer courses in computer science, mathematics, and mathematics education.  Our students major in mathematics or computer science, and our mathematics education program is nationally recognized by NCATE.

Our faculty scholars are engaged in excellent teaching, mentoring, and advising within a student-oriented department.


Featured News

Mathematics faculty and student present at Joint Mathematics Meetings
This January, the Joint Mathematics Meetings were held in San Antonio, Texas.  Dr. Leigh Lunsford, Professor of Mathematics, presented Helping Statistical Concepts "Click" with Students and co-taught the MAA mini-course Teaching Introductory Statistics (for instructors new to teaching statistics).  Dr. Wendy Smith, Associate Professor of Mathematics Education, presented Turbo-charging freshman engagement in introductory courses through a 2-lecture motivational seminar on how and why to succeed at college mathematics.  Dr. Thomas Wears, Assistant Professor of Mathematics, presented Lorentzian Ricci Solitons On Nilpotent Lie Groups.  Joseph Gills, a double major in mathematics and computer science, presented his poster A Structured Approach to Finding Surfaces of Mean Curvature Zero -- Nil3 and Sol3 Joe's poster is a summation of his work with Dr. Wears as part of the LU-PRISM program.  Dr. Jackie Hall and Dr. Bob Webber also attended the meetings.

Dr. Marmorstein presents in CCSC Conference
Dr. Robert Marmorstein, Associate Professor of Computer Science, presented a paper, "Teaching Semaphores Using . . . Semaphores" at the Consortium for Computing Sciences in Colleges Eastern Region Conference on November 15.  The article will be published in the Journal of Computing Sciences in Colleges.

Mathematics Education Faculty present at NCTM Regional Conference
Dr. Maria Timmerman, Associate Professor of Mathematics, along with Drs. Virginia Lewis and Leah Shilling-Traina, Assistant Professors of Mathematics Education, presented at the NCTM regional conference on November 13-14.  Their presentations, respectively, were titled "Using Formative Assessment Techniques in K-8 Classrooms," "Exploring Compound Events through Games and Simulations," and "Not All Definitions are Created Equal (for the Elementary Classroom)."

Drs. Lunsford and Shoenthal give colloquia at Randolph-Macon
On October 17, Dr. Leigh Lunsford, Professor of Mathematics, presented the colloquium π=4 at Randolph-Macon College.  On October 24, Dr. David Shoenthal, Associate Professor of Mathematics, presented the colloquium The Root of the Problem at Randolph-Macon.



Colloquium Series

All colloquia are from 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. in Ruffner 356.  Be sure to join us for a social before the colloquium starting at 3:30 in the Mathematics and Computer Science Department lounge (Ruffner 300A).

19 March: TBA

Ms. Elizabeth Creath '09
Mathematics Lecturer
University of North Carolina Wilmington


Problem of the Month

February 2015

Febuary Problem (pdf)

Problem Status: DUE FEB 24.

Previous problems


Recent Events

Colloquium February 24, 2015

Dr. David Clark (Randolph-Macon College) discussed Japanese Temple Geometry: A Tale of Math, Art, Religion, and History as the fifth colloquium of the 2014-15 academic year.



Fractal Art Display


The department is displaying several pieces of artwork by Longwood alumna Judith Moffitt (1977). These digital pigment prints are part of the Virginia Artists Collection of the Longwood Center for the Visual Arts and were a gift of the artist in memory of Benoit Mandelbrot. The photos on this site are by Taylor Dabney.