John Dersch to speak at math seminar today

The Grand Rapids Community College Mathematics Department will host its next Mathematics Seminar on Wednesday, October 15, 3:00-4:00 PM in 215 Cook. Our speaker will be GRCC Mathematics Instructor John Dersch. The title and abstract for John’s talk may be found below.

Did you know that total enrollment in our mathematics classes once stood at 7, and that the cost of running classes with low enrollment has been a concern (to some) for at least 98 years? That we used to have a course called Math X? That during WWII the college nearly closed and we stopped offering Calculus for two years? That one of the most prominent mathematicians in the United States was significantly influenced by someone who helped create GRJC and eventually taught math for us? That the college once had yearbooks, and that in a ten-year a span two of them were dedicated to mathematics instructors? All this and more will be discussed. Expect a talk that is high on history and low on mathematical content; all are welcome.

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

100 Years of Mathematics at GRJC/CC

In Fall 1914 the GRJC Mathematics Department offered one math class, taught by one instructor to fewer than twenty students. One hundred years later we offer 22 courses, taught by approximately 75 faculty to more than 5000 students each semester. We’ll discuss the people and courses that got us to where we are today. Emphasis will be on personalities, course development and anecdotes.

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