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Oxford Studies SAMPLE Critique _5

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Unformatted text preview: 1451902 Critique 3 Word Count: 611 Mathematics Awareness Month, Lecture This event took places on Wednesday, April 8, 2009 in Williams Hall. Mr. Paul Oser, a lecturer and director of the math center here at Oxford College of Emory, gave a V memorable presentation on mathematics and its relationship with things that affect our lives. One relationship was with the milking of cows. Another was with climate change and global warming. The last relationship was with stocks and the economy. All three examples were interesting and very informative. Dr. Oser first began the lecture with a short tale of a farmer. The farmer was in a dilemma with his cows. He had plenty of cows but none of them wanted to or could produce any milk. The poor farmer was trapped and did not know how or what to do. When the farmer approached a mathematician, the mathematician reassurineg said that he would be able to help the farmer with his problem. So the mathematician began to work on this problem and came to a solution and thought that this would surely help the poor man. So when he tried to apply the formula to the cows the mathematician then realized that the cows were not spheres. Unfortunately for the farmer the formula could not be applied to his problems with the cows. The moral of the story was that mathematics could only be applied to certain situations if they had the correct criteria. During this seminar we were shown how applicable math is to real life situations. We were shown that math is very complicated and to applying it the economy, earth and cows would not be very time friendly. Because of time constraints Mr. Oser showed us more basic and simple models that were visually appealing and were intellectually arousing. One of the examples that stood out to me the most was the one of the ozone. There were two variables that were both related to each other and to the weather. Mr. Oser represented these variables with a black flower and a white flower. The formulas that were given to us were very simple and had basic relationships. They were nothing too detailed but they drew a very nice picture in which I was able to see the relationship between the greenhouse gases and heat. Another thing that I learned about mathematicians, which I was not aware of was that mathematicians are happy to see an unexpected result because it shows that there is still something left to learn. Being an economics major I know that there is a strong relationship between math and the economy. But the example that was shown to us was something that was very interesting. There was the option of investing in two stocks, which were terribly failing on their own. One would go up slowly and then drop but the other one would constantly fall. Individually they were horrible investments. But together there was a slight increase every time an investment was made. I thought that this was interesting and highly applicable. In my opinion I think that Dr. Oser did a wonderful job trying to explain what mathematics was and what it was capable of doing. He kept us on'the edge of our seats with his formulas and pictures and made us want to learn more. In all honesty it was the shortest and one of the most enjoyable Oxford Studies that l have been to in the past three semesters. Also, I am not usually know'n for giving so much praise for a math topic, considering my strong dislike for math. I think that Mr. Oser should host this event multiple times a year, just not during mathematics awareness week. ...
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