Lines to be Mathematics Seminar topic

The Grand Rapids Community College Mathematics Department will host its next Mathematics Seminar on Wednesday, November 13, 3:00 – 4:00 PM in 107 Cook.  Our presenter, GRCC Chemistry Instructor Tom Neils, will discuss fitting lines to sets of data from the point of view of a scientist.

The mathematics in this seminar will be accessible to anyone with a good understanding of slope and equations of lines, and will give attendees a scientist’s perspective on an important topic in mathematics, the sciences and related fields.  Everyone in the greater GRCC community is welcome.

Pop and cookies will be served at 2:45 PM.

“What’s My Line?”

 Many scientific experiments are carried out to determine the mathematical relationship between two or more variables. Graphing the experimental data is often the most effective way of finding this mathematical relationship, because one can determine a curve of best fit for the trend in the data and also obtain a visual of the relationship between the variables. During this interactive seminar we will discuss the extent to which chemists will go to obtain a linear fit for their data and get some practice fitting the slope-intercept formula to various data sets.

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