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Mathematics

(See related programs: Applied Mathematics ; Computational Mathematics)

The Mathematics program at Roger Williams University provides preparation for graduate study and for a variety of careers in industry and government. There is enough flexibility in the program to allow a large choice of electives, and the program, when combined with further study in a second area, can provide an excellent foundation for graduate or professional study in the physical sciences, computer science, engineering or business. Our best students have opportunities for undergraduate research, while others write theses, present at national conferences and co-author journal articles with our faculty.

Several factors distinguish Roger Williams University from the competition. For starters, small class size means more personalized attention from our faculty members. Our Math major is made up of only 10 courses, leaving plenty of room for a double major, or to experience a wide variety of electives. Our students are involved on campus—as math tutors and as members of the Mathematics Honor Society. Unlike at other institutions, our talented students get to co-author math publications with our faculty. In fact, our students are currently working on the Numerical Solution of the Helmholtz Equation for the Pseudosphere, and Foundations of General Relativity and some speculations on the Einstein-Grossmann Collaboration. Recently, one of our students was awarded the top prize in the MAA Student Essay in History of Mathematics.

Student Learning Outcomes

Mathematics majors at RWU are expected to have the ability to:

  • Prove classical theorems at the appropriate level of rigor
  • Reason mathematically
  • Read mathematical texts and articles with understanding
  • Write answers, proofs, and papers in appropriate mathematical style
  • Use appropriate technology successfully
  • Analyze problems and choose the correct technique from their repertoire to solve them
  • Make inferences and generalizations

Mathematics /Secondary Education majors at RWU are expected to have the same abilities.

Joseph Simeone
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Joseph Simeone

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Nina Sherman
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Nina Sherman

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Bree Schebel
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Bree Schebel

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Domenic Quadrini
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Robert Petteruti
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Paula Bailey
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April Backman
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Robert Jacobson, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

B.S. Southern Adventist University
Ph.D. Texas A&M University

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(401) 254-3216
MNS 245
Areas of Expertise: 
Several Complex Variables, Complex Analysis, Computer Science

Robert Jacobson

Robert
Jacobson
Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

B.S. Southern Adventist University
Ph.D. Texas A&M University

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(401) 254-3216
MNS 245
Areas of Expertise: 
Several Complex Variables, Complex Analysis, Computer Science

Faculty Website: http://faculty.rwu.edu/rjacobson

Math and Education Blog: http://robertjacobson.herokuapp.com

Student Research

I am always interested in talking with students wanting to do research projects. My primary scholarly interests are in mathematics and computer science, but interdisciplinary projects are also a possibility. Here are some broad areas that are rich with great research projects:

Yajni Warnapala, Ph.D.
Chair, Department of Mathematics, Professor of Mathematics

B.S. Slippery Rock University
M.S. New Mexico State University
Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

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x3097
MNS 224
Areas of Expertise: 
Numerical Analysis, Integral Equations, Helmholtz Equation and Radiosity Equation

Yajni Warnapala

Yajni
Warnapala
Ph.D.
Chair, Department of Mathematics, Professor of Mathematics

B.S. Slippery Rock University
M.S. New Mexico State University
Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

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x3097
MNS 224
Areas of Expertise: 
Numerical Analysis, Integral Equations, Helmholtz Equation and Radiosity Equation

Research

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Ruth A. Koelle, Ed.D.
Professor of Mathematics

B.S., M.S. New York University
Ed.D. Columbia University

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x3306
MNS 229
Areas of Expertise: 
Methods of teaching mathematics for elementary education students; Problems in combinatorics

Ruth A. Koelle

Ruth A.
Koelle
Ed.D.
Professor of Mathematics

B.S., M.S. New York University
Ed.D. Columbia University

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x3306
MNS 229
Areas of Expertise: 
Methods of teaching mathematics for elementary education students; Problems in combinatorics