Loe, Melissa Shepard
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 PiMarch 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 midseventies.
If you know the source of these poems, please send email.
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 2018 Courses
Course  Section  Title  

MATH 113  02  Calculus I  
Description of course Genetics B/ Lab: 
Course Registration Number:40228 (View in ClassFinder) Credit Hours:4 Credit Hours Instructor:Melissa S. Loe An introductory course in calculus: limits; derivatives and integrals of algebraic, exponential, logarithmic and trigonometric functions of one real variable; applications of the derivative in engineering and the natural sciences. Offered Fall, Spring and Summer. Prerequisite: a grade of C or above in MATH 105 or placement at MATH 113 or above. Four years of high school mathematics, including college algebra and trigonometry, also are recommended as background for this course. NOTE: Students who receive credit for MATH 113 may not receive credit for MATH 108, 109, or 111. Schedule Details


MATH 317  D01  Real Analysis  
Description of course Genetics B/ Lab: 
Course Registration Number:40236 (View in ClassFinder) Credit Hours:4 Credit Hours Instructor:Melissa S. Loe Topology of the real numbers. Functions of one real variable. Rigorous development of continuity and uniform continuity; differentiability; uniform convergence. Sequences and series. Offered Fall. Prerequisites: A grade of C or above in MATH 240 Schedule Details

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Spring 2019 Courses
Course  Section  Title  

MATH 109  03  Calculus with Review II  
Description of course Genetics B/ Lab: 
Course Registration Number:20147 (View in ClassFinder) Credit Hours:4 Credit Hours Instructor:Melissa S. Loe The second course of a twocourse 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. Offered Fall, Spring and Summer. 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. Schedule Details


MATH 128  01  Intro to Discrete Math  
Description of course Genetics B/ Lab: 
Course Registration Number:20154 (View in ClassFinder) Credit Hours:4 Credit Hours Instructor:Melissa S. Loe 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. Offered Fall and Spring.Prerequisite: A C‐ or better in either Math 109, Math 111, or Math 113 and a C‐ or better in either CISC 130 or CISC 131, or instructor permission Schedule Details
