Janet L. Beery
Professor of Mathematics
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Many people who have never had occasion to learn what mathematics
is confuse it with arithmetic and consider it a dry and arid science. In
actual fact it is the science which demands the utmost imagination. One
of the foremost mathematicians of our century says very justly that it
is impossible to be a mathematician without also being a poet in spirit.
. . . It seems to me that the poet must see what others do not see, must
see more deeply than other people. And the mathematician must do the
same.- Sofya Kovalevskaya, 1890
Dr. Beery has
been working on implementing computer use and interactive learning in
and II and Linear Algebra.
She has given talks at national mathematics meetings on innovations in calculus
and linear algebra courses, coordinated workshops on calculus reform, and
obtained an NSF-ILI grant
to set up two computer classrooms in Hentschke Hall and, later, Appleton Hall.
Dr. Beery has introduced an activity-based elementary mathematics history course,
MATH 115, Mathematics
through Its History. She also has introduced sophomore-level
courses in Graph Theory and in Discrete Mathematical Structures. In addition to
the courses already listed, she teaches Finite Mathematics, History of
Mathematics, Number Theory, Probability Theory,
Abstract Algebra, Real
Analysis, Point Set Topology, and Senior Research
Seminar, and directs independent studies in related fields.
Dr. Beery's research
specialty is finite permutation group theory, approached via representation
and character theory and via combinatorial methods. More recently, she has been
interested in the history of mathematics. She is editor of the MAA online
journal, Convergence, about the
history of mathematics and its use in teaching.
Figures (used in online article:
Sums of Powers of Positive Integers)
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