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Loe, Melissa Shepard

Associate Professor, Associate Chair
Degree
Ph.D., University of Minnesota
Office
OSS 212
Phone
(651) 962-5534
Toll Free
(800) 328-6819, Ext. 2-5534
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).

Summer 2018 Courses

Summer 2018 Courses
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Fall 2018 Courses

Fall 2018 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
MATH 113 - 02 Calculus I M - W - F - - 0815 - 0920 OSS 226

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M - W - F - -

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0815 - 0920

Location:

OSS 226

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.

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MATH 317 - D01 Real Analysis M - W - F - - 1055 - 1200 OSS 214

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1055 - 1200

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OSS 214

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

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