UW-S lecture to unravel math word problems

Math problems often involve more than just numbers. The dreaded math story problems with real life applications, often present a real challenge for students as they require both logic and creative ability to solve.

When UW-Sheboygan Associate Math Professor, Yongjun Yang assisted with testing at Sheboygan North High School, he noticed that students often struggled the most with solving story problems – especially those related to prime numbers.

Yang will provide some insights along with helpful information when he presents, “The Stories of Prime Numbers – Past, Present and Future” on Tuesday, April 4 at 7 p.m. at UW-Sheboygan.

Those attending will learn what these story problems bring to us and why they are so important in the study of mathematics.

Yang will also explain why math is more than just acquiring knowledge, but “teaches students how to think.”

As technology advances, he’ll also explain how the study of math also needs to change, requiring improved new tools to determine solutions.

Yang who teaches College Algebra, Calculus and Analytical Geometry as well as Ordinary Differential Equations at the UW-Sheboygan campus, completed his undergraduate degree at Fudan University in Shanghai and his Ph.D. in Mathematics at the Colorado School of Mines near Denver.

In addition to his interest in prime numbers, Yang has a strong interest in numerical analysis. His research focuses on finding more efficient ways to estimate solutions for problems that are so extremely complex that real solutions are too difficult or time-consuming to solve.

The one-hour lecture takes place in the Wombat Room (Room 2114) on the UW-Sheboygan campus, located at One University Drive in Sheboygan.

The Speaker’s Series presents a new topic each month (September – May) that is discussed in an open forum format. Admission and parking are free.

For directions to the campus or more information, visit www.sheboygan.uwc.edu.

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