Colloquium 10/10: Dr. Robert Strader on Computer Arithmetic

On Monday October 10th, at 3:30 PM in Math Building 357 Dr. Robert Strader will be talking about Computer Arithmetic. This talk will be accessible to all levels of students and computer users.

Abstract: Modern computation requires fast and correct operation for applications. The twin goals of performance and correctness are often at odds and require specialized algorithms and circuits for successful implementations. Come join us for an overview of representational systems, algorithmic techniques, and circuit designs. Representational methods include positional (place value system) notation in standard bases, redundant systems such as signed digit representation, and various specialized systems including irrational and logarithmic representations. Specialized algorithms for fast addition, multiplication and division have been developed for algorithmic operation. Extended internal systems can help to reduce errors. Many of these systems have found encodings in circuit designs for fast operation and correct computation. (flyer in PDF form)

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About Us

The Department of Mathematics and Statistics is a friendly and supportive place for our students. Our faculty are committed to excellence and continual improvement in teaching and advising students through our challenging curriculum:

Our math clubs are very active in hosting math talks and participating in conferences, fundraisers, and social activities.

We offer one of the leading certification programs in the state in mathematics teaching. The department proudly produces qualified teachers at all levels.

We offer dual-credit coures to local and rural schools and make visits to speak about mathematics and statistics.

Why study mathematics?

Mathematics is perhaps the most intellectually challenging and practical major you can choose. Some major in math for the enjoyment and beauty of the subject. Others major in math for its practicality and applicability to the sciences, engineering, finance, and even the social sciences. Mathematics develops rigorous analytical thinking skills that are prized in all fields of human endeavor.

Programs offered at SFA
  • Bachelor of Science in Mathematics
  • Bachelor of Science in Mathematics with Secondary Teacher Certification
  • Minor in Mathematics
  • Minor in Applied Statistics
  • Master of Science in Mathematical Sciences with focus in
    • Mathematics
    • Statistics
  • Master of Science in School Mathematics Teaching with focus in
    • Middle-Level Teaching
    • Secondary Teaching
Mission Statement

The purpose of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics is to attract and retain the best available scholars who actively pursue knowledge of mathematics, statistics, and/or mathematics education and who skillfully communicate their knowledge of the subject to their students, colleagues, and the community as a whole.

Specific roles of the Department are:

  1. To provide a sound curriculum for students who wish to pursue a career in mathematics or statistics in business and industry;
  2. To provide service courses for students who are majoring in some other department, but who need mathematics or statistics as a tool or to satisfy general degree requirements;
  3. To offer preparation to those who are planning to pursue a graduate degree;
  4. To prepare teachers for positions in colleges, universities, and public or private schools.