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Loe, Melissa Shepard

Associate Professor, Associate Chair
Degree
Ph.D., University of Minnesota
Office
OSS 212
Hours
Phone
(651) 962-5534
Fax
651-962-5670
Mail
OSS 201

Professional Interests
topology
mathematics education
Twin Cities Math Teachers' Circle

Education
B.A. St. Olaf College
M.S., Ph.D. University of Minnesota

Recent Publications
The Mathematics of Helaman Ferguson's Four Canoes" by Loe and Borovsky in  Mathematics Magazine vol. 81, #3, June 2008.

Links to interesting math sites:

Brunnian links:  http://knotplot.com/brunnian/
    
COMAP:  http://www.comap.com/
    
Conway's Game of Life:  http://www.ibiblio.org/lifepatterns/
    
Geometry and Topology:  http://www.msp.warwick.ac.uk/gt/2007/11/
    
An Introduction to Symmetry: Teacher Resources: http://www.geom.uiuc.edu/~demo5337/s97a/teacher.html

Knots on the Web:  http://www.earlham.edu/~peters/knotlink.htm
    
MAA:  http://www.maa.org/
    
The Math Forum:  http://mathforum.org/
    
Mathematics ArXiv:  http://front.math.ucdavis.edu/
    
Venn Diagram Survey:  http://www.theory.cs.uvic.ca/%7Ecos/venn/VennEJC.html


Poems for Pi--March 14 is Pi Day

Various poems and phrases have been employed to encode the decimal expansion of pi. Below are two poems that encode the digits of pi to 14 and 31 digits respectively. Simply count the number of letters in each word of the poem. For example the words in the phrase How I love pi! have three, one, four, and two letters each; while the decimal expansion of pi to the nearest thousandth is 3.142.

A Short Poem
(14 digits)

How I wish I could recollect
of circle round
the exact relation
Archimede? unwound.

    
A Longer Poem
(31 digits)

Sir, I send a rhyme excelling
In sacred truth and rigid spelling.
 Numerical sprites elucidate for me
 The lexicons full weight.
 If Nature gain,
 Who can complain,
 Tho' Dr. Johnson fulminate?

The two poems above appeared in the magazine Omni in the mid-seventies.
If you know the source of these poems, please send e-mail.


The great mathematician's name is misspelled. It's Archimedes.

Pi to 101 digits
3.14159 26535 89793 23846
26433 83279 50288 41971
69399 37510 58209 74944
59230 78164 06286 20899
86280 34825 34211 70680
    

Links to Other Pi Sites


These links were found by searching on the phrase "How I wish I could recollect" at Google.
  
Mnemonics for Numbers has a couple of lines of Pi poems and phrases
  
La page de Pi (yes, it's in French)- consists of general information about p along with several poems in French, German, and English. The longest (in French) gives Pi to 127 digits!
  
The Pi Webring- a site that has links to 17 Pi web pages and 10 general interest math pages.
  
A Tribute to Pi- has a good chronology of Pi (in English this time).

Fall 2014 Courses

Fall 2014 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
MATH 108 - P1 Calculus with Review I M - W - F - - 1055 - 1200 AQU 301
CRN: 40831 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Melissa S. Loe The first course of a two-course sequence designed to integrate introductory calculus material with the algebraic and trigonometric topics necessary to support that study. Review topics include: number systems, basic algebra, functions, the Cartesian coordinate system and graphing. Calculus topics include limits, continuity, derivatives for algebraic functions, applications of derivatives and more graphing. This course is intended only for students planning to take MATH 109 and does not satisfy the mathematics requirement in the core curriculum. Prerequisite: A satisfactory score on the mathematics placement examination or successful completion of MATH 006. NOTE: Students who receive credit for MATH 108 may not receive credit for MATH 105, 111, or 113.

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MATH 240 - 01 Linear Algebra M - W - F - - 0815 - 0920 OSS 333
CRN: 40834 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Melissa S. Loe An introductory course in linear algebra, beginning with linear equations and matrix algebra. Subsequent topics include study of vector spaces, orthogonality, eigenvectors and inner products. The course combines theoretical and applied perspectives, including concepts of rigorous proof. Offered every semester. Prerequisite: A grade of C- or above in MATH 200 may be taken concurrenlty

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J-Term 2015 Courses

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Spring 2015 Courses

Spring 2015 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
MATH 109 - 02 Calculus with Review II M - W - F - - 1055 - 1200 OWS LL54
CRN: 20203 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Melissa S. Loe The second course of a two-course sequence designed to integrate introductory calculus material with the algebraic and trigonometric topics necessary to support that study. Review topics include: exponential and logarithmic functions, trigonometric functions and their inverses and associated graphs. Calculus topics include: derivatives of the transcendental functions, applications of those derivatives and an introduction to integration. Prerequisite: a grade of C- or better in MATH 108 NOTE: Students who receive credit for MATH 109 may not receive credit for MATH 105, 111, or 113.

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MATH 301 - 02 Abstract Algebra I M - W - F - - 0815 - 0920 OSS 226
CRN: 21313 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Melissa S. Loe Properties of sets, relations and mappings; introduction to groups, rings and fields. Offered every spring semester. Prerequisite: A grade of C- or above in MATH 240

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MATH 313 - 01 Probability M - W - - - - 1335 - 1510 OWS 257
CRN: 20438 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Melissa S. Loe Probability theory in discrete and continuous sample spaces; random variables and distribution functions; moments; the moment-generating function; functions of random variables; law of large numbers; central limit theorem. Offered in spring semester. Prerequisites: A grade of C- or above in MATH 200 (may be taken concurrently with consent of instructor) NOTE: Students who receive credit for MATH 313 may not receive credit for MATH 303.

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