Mathematics & Computer Science
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.
Department hosts annual programming contest
Longwood's Department of Computer Science and Mathematics held its third annual intercollegiate programming contest on Saturday, Oct. 19th. Seven teams from three schools competed. Each team consisted of three undergraduate students who tried to solve as many programming problems as possible before the five hour time limit expired. Ties were broken by considering the total time it took to solve all completed problems.
Longwood seniors Nick Pastore, Richie Noble, and freshman Andrew Brogan placed first in the contest by solving five problems with a time penalty of only 511 minutes. Second place went to a Washington and Lee team composed of senior Richard Marmorstein and freshmen Jamie White and Lauren Revere. A Longwood team (seniors Will Hollingsworth, Brandon Toney, and Justin Lafferty) also took third place.
Two majors present at JMU SUMS Conference
Double mathematics/computer science majors Joseph Gills and William Hollingsworth traveled to the JMU SUMS conference on Saturday, September 28. Joe presented his research on "Differential Invariants of Curves and Surfaces in Nil3," and Will presented his work on "Using Affine Matrices to Navigate a Virtual Space." Also representing Longwood were Dr. Phillip Poplin, Dr. David Shoenthal, and Dr. Tom Wears.
Junior Faculty Award winner
Congratulations to Dr. Leah Shilling-Traina, Assistant Professor of Mathematics Education, who was awarded the Junior Faculty Award at Convocation on September 12, 2013. The award is intended for junior faculty who excel in all areas of teaching, research, and service.
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).
30 January: Partitions and Young Diagrams
Dr. Rebecca Jayne
Assistant Professor of Mathematics
Colloquium November 14, 2013
Majors Joe Gills and Karen Green presented their work from the LU-PRISM program on November 14.
MAA Sectional Meeting November 1-2, 2013
In conjunction with Hampden-Sydney College, the department hosted the Fall Sectional meeting of the Maryland-DC-Virginia Section of the Mathematical Association of America on November 1-2. Featured speakers and a full schedule are available at the meeting website.
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.