The CSUN Math Club is seeking students interested in a club that combines a common interest of math with social activities and learning opportunities.’
The Math Club had their first meeting Nov. 25 to prepare for the upcoming year.’
Mathematics professor Mark F. Schilling gave a presentation on sequential partitioning titled ‘How to cut a cake when you don’t know how many servings you’ll need.’
‘We are very fortunate to have professor Schilling speak to us today,’ said graduate student Oleg Melnikov, president of the club.’ With coffee and cake to go along with Schilling’s lecture, potential math club students attended the presentation.
The club has been a group on campus for many years, but this year they are trying to re-vamp the club and get it up and running again after a year off.’
‘We want there to be a critical mass to bring people with common interests together,’ said Melnikov.’ He said that it is sometimes hard to bring students together.’ Undergraduate students are often reluctant to join a group because they are shy, and graduate students have no time for extra curricular activities.’
Melnikov realizes that there will be different levels of education among students so he wants to blend the activities and presentations to accommodate students of all class standings.’ ‘ ‘
In order to make this club educational and fun, they plan to mix math with social activities so students can meet people with a common interest and help each other with their other classes.’
There will be regular meetings throughout the year, however meetings will not be mandatory because students have so many responsibilities.
‘Students will have a chance to shape this club,’ said Melnikov.’
The club postponed the meeting to ensure they could bring enough students in.
Math Club Secretary Clinton Bowen, 22, a math major said that he was surprised with the turnout of students that attended the meeting.’ ‘I like math and it is fun to participate in this club,’ said Bowen.’
The club welcomes both graduate and undergraduate students to come and help shape what the club will be in the future. The club is not only for math majors, but also for all majors on campus and there are no pre-requisites.’ They will continue to accept members throughout the year.’
Silvia Hernandez, the Math Club advisor and a full time math professor said, ‘Look for our schedule for next semester.’ The club wants to generate a wider audience with presentations and social events, as well as volleyball games, and there are hopes to plan a ski trip.
Hernandez said there will be an event March 14 honoring Pi, a mathematical term that is equal to 3.14.
The CSUN Math Club also has a Facebook page with more information on how to sign up.