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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 Helholtz Equation for the Pseudosohere, 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 solvemthem
  • Make inferences and generalizations

Majors are expected to have developed an understanding of:

  • The different areas of mathematical study and how at least some of them are applied in various fields
  • The importance of mathematics in our society
  • The problem‐solving process
  • The importance of academic integrity
  • The uses and limitations of technology

Mathematics /Secondary Mathematics Education 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

Majors are expected to have developed an understanding of:

  • The different areas of mathematical study and how at least some of them are applied in various fields
  • The importance of mathematics in our society
  • The problem‐solving process
  • The importance of academic integrity
  • The uses and limitations of technology
  • The mathematical areas necessary for secondary education
  • The role that the history of mathematics played in shaping the current subject
Terrence Burns
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Terrence Burns

Terrence
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Domenic Quadrini
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Domenic Quadrini

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Robert Petteruti
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Robert Petteruti

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Paula Bailey
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Paula Bailey

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Annalisa Marchesseault
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Annalisa Marchesseault

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April Backman
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April Backman

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Robert Jacobson, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
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(401) 254-3216
MNS 245
Areas of Expertise: 
Several Complex Variables, Complex Analysis

Robert Jacobson

Robert
Jacobson
Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
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(401) 254-3216
MNS 245
Areas of Expertise: 
Several Complex Variables, Complex Analysis

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 topics that would make great research projects:

Hubert Noussi Kamdem, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Mathematics
Ph.D. in Mathematics, New Mexico State University
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Areas of Expertise: 
Mathematical Biology, Dynamical Systems and Control Theory

Hubert Noussi Kamdem

Hubert
Noussi Kamdem
Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Mathematics
Ph.D. in Mathematics, New Mexico State University
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Areas of Expertise: 
Mathematical Biology, Dynamical Systems and Control Theory
Fields of interest: Mathematical Biology, Dynamical Systems, Control Theory.
 
Research: I am interested in the interaction of microorganisms in a laboratory device and a mathematical model called the chemostat. The applications of the chemostat are numerous and include waste water treatment process, systems for ecotoxicology, host-parasite evolution, natural selection, cell cycle dynamics, consumer-resource dynamics, trophic interaction, species coexistence, interspecific competition, and ecosystem structure and function.
 
Potential Student Research Projects: Competition of microorganisms, the competitive exclusion principle, mathematical modeling of infectious diseases, population models (discrete and continuous), and predator-prey models.
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

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Koray Ozer, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Mathematics
B.S. Koc University Istanbul, Turkey, M.S., Ph.D. Louisiana State University
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x5541
MNS 245
Areas of Expertise: 
Numerical Methods for Partial Differential Equations, Stochastic Evolution Equations, Integro-Differential Equations, Operator Semigroups

Koray Ozer

Koray
Ozer
Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Mathematics
B.S. Koc University Istanbul, Turkey, M.S., Ph.D. Louisiana State University
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x5541
MNS 245
Areas of Expertise: 
Numerical Methods for Partial Differential Equations, Stochastic Evolution Equations, Integro-Differential Equations, Operator Semigroups