Math Club / Pi Mu Epsilon

  Pi Mu Epsilon (PME) Membership Information
2013-2014 Math Club & Pi Mu Epsilon Officers:
President: Chelsey Riehl
Vice President: Phil Novak
Secretary: Kailey Dani
Treasurer: Noah Armstrong
RSO Representative: Ally Muenzenmeyer
2013-2014 Events
Fall 2013 Events:
October 31 - Talk by Professor James Turner on Platonic Solids as window to higher dimensions.

November 15 - Volume formulas and origami boxes

Game Day was held every other Friday in the Math Department at 3 p.m.


Spring 2013 Events:

Our spring activities include a career talk from Biostatistician II Andrew Borgman, and other career talks from AQ alumni. We are also planning a large, collaborative drawing project for department decoration. In May we will have almost 20 math majors graduating! The annual Pi Mu Epsilon party in April will be expanded to include this group of amazing people.

Club News
Calculus Art Contest Winning Entry

We did it again! The PME Journal offered a Calculus Art contest and Aquinas was one of two winners. No prize, but our entry was printed in the Fall 2011 issue. At left is how our stereoscopic pair looks in color. (The print in the issue is black and white.) To get the depth effect, focus above the pair and get the two little dark dots to align. You’re trying to get the left image to go to your left eye and the right image to your right eye. >See the published results in the PME Journal (pdf)



The Math Club's entry won the Pi Mu Epsilon Anniversary Badge contest! Their winning design is pictured at right. >More


Description of the symbolism on the badge: The six gold arcs are orthogonal to the inner circle and each other, forming a regular hyperbolic hexagon, if we take the inner circle for the boundary. The three lavender arcs pass through pairs of antipodal points on the outer circle (though this relationship might be lost when the badges are mounted.) The lavender arcs also form a Realeaux triangle inside the inner circle. The inner circle has half the area of the outer circle, (Euclidean measure). The Euclidean equilateral triangle in violet anchors the entire structure and the Greek letters down the middle of the triangle are meant to invoke the PME Key. One of our students remarked about the position of the letters ME, "That's me in the honor society!"

PME Winning Badge
Andrew Borgman and Dr. Balog




The Math Club's entry in Fall Fest, Andrew Borgman as a Mocko Jumbie with Scale Factor 1.5 was the winner.


Andrew is pictured at left shaking hands with Dr. Ed Balog.

There must be something about being Math Club President because our last three have had some good math rewards in their lives. Former pres. Sara Schmidt (Koster) scored a job with the Dept of Defense. Former pres. Paul T. Wood has passed the first five Actuarial Exams and he's with Gabriel, Roeder, Smith and Co. in Chicago. Val Kunde, won a prestigious Miriam Schaefer scholarship. Past president, Jeanne Gilewski, is in med school having completed her triple major of math, chemistry and biology at AQ.
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Math Club Projects
We have a series of images of mostly math topics, done stereoscopically. We use AutoDesk's 3DStudio to set up virtual cameras viewing a mesh object similar to the way a person's two eyes would view the object. Using a stereoscopic viewer, one can then fool the brain into thinking the object exists and is being viewed in depth, just the way a Viewmaster works. The images below require a device to project one image onto each eye separately, unless the viewer is willing to try to focus eyes separately until the images become one. Such viewing is possible, with practice. To see a page which has some excellent stereoscopic images and has free-viewing helpers, try 3dArtist.
For the easiest results, get the $2 viewer (stock number 2018, $3 shipping) from Reel3D. Then, print the images you want to use, cut them out and place them next to each other while looking through the viewer. You will soon see the intended stereoscopic image. The viewer also works on the computer screen for some people; but using prints is best.
The image pair at left is a five-crossing knot built in a box. (There are some trivial crossings present. The knot is a "paramecium" knot, as described by Jozef Przytycki of The George Washington University.)
The two pairs at right are from a model of a finite geometry. The model has 10 points, 10 lines and illustrates Desargues's Theorem. (The purple line is the polar of the lowest blue point.)

Pi Mu Epsilon

Membership Requirements
Neither a math major or minor is required to be in PME; but taking the calculus sequence and beyond usually means one of these has happened. Membership is most difficult at the sophomore level, where the prospective member must be a math major with at least three math courses taken, including Calculus I. The sophomore must have a 4.0 in math and be in the top fourth of that student's class.
For students above sophomore level, the requirements are more adaptable. Four math courses including the calculus sequence is the big hurdle because the calculus sequence is three courses long. The prospective member must have a B average in math and must be in the top third of the class. One further requirement for all prospective PME members: you must be a Math Club member as well. The Math Club contains the honor society as well as providing participants with mathematical activities outside the classroom. To be a member of the Math Club, all you have to do is attend three Math Club meetings! So, for you successful math students at Aquinas College, check it out! You might just be able to increase your mathematics enjoyment, boost your resume and have some fun all at the same time. >>Learn more about the installation of PME