Professor of Mathematics (Vita)
University Distinguished Teaching Professor
Co-Undergraduate Advisor (with Dr. Jianguo Liu)
Classes for Fall 2015
Office Hours for Fall 2015:
and by appointment
Honors Received for Teaching
The links below show my talk “The Mathematics of Music and Language,” which I’ve given to several general audiences.
· Part 1: Modeling real-life phenomena with trigonometric functions, interpreting the amplitude, period, phase shift, and vertical shift.
· Part 2: Musical notes and chords, with an emphasis on frequencies.
· Part 3: Chords, beats, and overtones.
· Part 4: Linguistic and frequencies
· Part 5: Linguistics, spectrographs and Fourier analysis.
My research interests include but are not limited to the use of applied mathematics and probability theory to study the microstructure and effective properties of random heterogeneous materials. As you may guess, my work is quite interdisciplinary in its nature. My vita is available here in PDF format.
Fermat's Last Theorem Riots This one's dedicated to all mathematicians in cyberspace who can still remember the details surrounding Michael Jordan's Chicago Bulls' third straight championship in 6 games over Charles Barkley's Phoenix Suns in the 1993 NBA Finals.
Who Wants To Be A Mathematical Millionaire? This link discusses the seven greatest unsolved problems in mathematics. A correct solution to any one of them is worth $1,000,000.
Before starting as a professor here at UNT, I did my graduate work at Princeton University (MA '94, PhD '97) in the Statistics and Operations Research division of the Department of Civil Engineering and Operations Research; this division has since become the Department of Operations Research and Financial Engineering. My advisor was Salvatore Torquato, who holds a joint appointment with the Department of Chemistry and the Princeton Institute for the Science and Technology of Materials and is also director of the Complex Materials Theory Group.
Before studying at Princeton, I graduated from Grace Brethren Christian School ('88) in Clinton, Maryland, and did my undergraduate work at Stanford (BS '92, MS '92), earning coterminal degrees in Mathematics. I am also an alumnus of the Study of Exceptional Talent.
In the past, I attended the meetings of the Princeton Evangelical Fellowship and Cru at Stanford. These are two student groups, among many others, which seek to disciple Christian students in their faith and to offer opportunities to the student body to examine the claims of Christianity. I also attended Westerly Road Church in Princeton and Peninsula Bible Church in Palo Alto, California.
On the lighter side...
Yakko Warner, lecturing at the Center for Advanced Mathematics:
"Therefore, if we isolate the variable for the quantities unknown, we are left with a quadratic equation for which there are only two real roots: 3 and a -5. It's that simple."
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