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Rawdon, Eric

Associate Professor
Degree
Ph.D., University of Iowa
Office
OSS 216
Hours
Phone
(651) 962-5558
Fax
651-962-5670
Mail
OSS 201

Dr. Rawdon is a knot theorist with specific interest in understanding
knotting in physical systems.  He is currently focusing on knotting
in open arcs, like those found in knotted proteins.

Education
  1992-1997 The University of Iowa, Mathematics PhD, August 1997

  Thesis advisor: Jonathan Simon
  Dissertation title: Thickness of Polygonal Knots
  1988-1992 St. Olaf College, Mathematics, BA, May 1992
 
Awards and Distinctions

 National Science Foundation Grant, RUI: Theory and simulations of
 knotting in physical and biological systems ranging from proteins to
 glueballs, DMS #1115722 (2011-2014).

 National Science Foundation Grant, RUI: Structure of Entanglement  in Macromolecules, DMS #0810415 (2008-2011).

 Distinguished Faculty Mentor of Undergraduate Mathematics  Students Award, Allegheny Mountain Section of the MAA (2006)

Research Interests
 
 Physical knot theory, polymers, knotted proteins, random knots,
 tight knots, ropelength, knotting in physical systems.

Fall 2014 Courses

Fall 2014 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
MATH 101 - 02 Finite Mathematics M - W - F - - 0935 - 1040 OWS 275
CRN: 40219 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Eric J. Rawdon Elementary set theory, linear equations and matrices, linear programming, finite probability, applications primarily in business and the social sciences. Prerequisite: A satisfactory score on the mathematics placement examination or successful completion of MATH 005.

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MATH 240 - 02 Linear Algebra M - W - F - - 1055 - 1200 OSS 230
CRN: 41711 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Eric J. Rawdon 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

J-Term 2015 Courses
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Spring 2015 Courses

Spring 2015 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
MATH 128 - 01 Intro to Discrete Math M - W - F - - 1055 - 1200 BEC LL03
CRN: 20214 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Eric J. Rawdon A survey of basic discrete mathematical concepts. Topics include: Boolean algebra, logic, analysis of algorithms, mathematical induction and matrices. Focus on applications to computer science. Prerequisite: MATH 111 or 113 or 109 (may be taken concurrently with consent of the instructor)

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MATH 420 - 01 Topology M - W - F - - 0935 - 1040 BEC LL03
CRN: 21127 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Eric J. Rawdon Properties of Euclidean spaces; general spaces; mappings; separation properties; connectedness; compactness; metrizable spaces. Prerequisite: A grade of C- or above in MATH 240, or permission of instructor

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