Sat June 19, 2015

Math Lab schedule for this summer is posted from Professor Raguimov’s MATH 3171 page.

Bethune College is organizing four-day review sessions this August for review of high school math concepts. Registration is required through Passport York.

For the 2015 graduates

(From the Math Department Facebook via Spiked Math:) Compute x k s x 2 y k x k 2 k x \lim_{x \to k} \frac {s x^2 y \sin{k - x}} {k^2 - k x)

Congratulations to our graduates! Félicitations!

End of Winter 2015, towards Fall 2015

Update: June 19, 2015

Extended office hours
Tuesday June 23, 2015, 14:00 to 15:00
Thursday, June 25, 2015, 12:00 to 14:00

Edit, May 2015 for Summer 2015

Please drop in whenever an executive is in the lounge Monday to Friday during the early afternoon, or make an appointment by email or on Facebook.

Nearby events

Due to the Pan Am/Parapan Am this summer, please plan ahead and take note of Toronto 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Road and Parking Notices. If you commute, refer to the Pan Am/Parapan Am Games: transit, driving and traffic routes, from the Ministry of Transportation (MTO).
(From Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics) Poet-Tree: The Poetry of Sports & the Sport of Poetry / Projet de réalisation d’un Arbre des Poètes panaméricains et parapanaméricains: La Poésie du sport et Le Sport de la Poésie / “Árbol de Poesía”: La poesía de deportes & el deporte de la poesía / “Árvore de Poesia”: A poesia do desporto e o desporto da poesia, July 11, 2015; A contest runs monthly February to August 2015
Pan Am Info Session for Local Residents and Business Owners, June 2, 2015

Twitter posts related to the Toronto Pan Am/Parapan Am or York.

Just a reminder that tomorrow, Friday April 17th will be the last day Club Infinity will be open to sell exams until the Fall term. Good luck on your exams! :)

Elections 2015

The votes are in! The executive council for 2015-2016 are as follows:
President: Mark Shuldiner
Vice-President: Charlotte Baker
Director of Examination Sales: Jamie, Lynne Lin
Treasurer: Saurabh
Webmaster: Sujaan Kunalan
Event Planner: Ushieja
Secretary: Scholarstica Okarike
Directors at Large: Maha, Nataly Beribisky, Mohammed
Congratulations to everyone! :)
Attention members:

If you would like to be more active in the club and want to become part of the Club Infinity Executive Council for next year, then drop by the club whenever we're open and sign up for a position. We will have our elections to determine who will form the Executive Council for 2015-2016 school year on Wednesday April 15, 2015.

Dr Salisbury on Probability and Disorder

A big thanks to Professor Salisbury for his interesting talk on "Probability and Disorder"! :)

Pictures are up on our Facebook™ page, and more upcoming. Photos by Patrick Sin and Sujaan Kunalan. Captions by Patrick Sin.

(Pictures are in the news archive.)

Professor Salisbury has generously offered to give a talk on probability. :)

Probability and Disorder

“Mathematicians have been calculating probabilities for hundreds of years, but the rigorous theory of Probability only started in the 1930's. In the early days, people studied random variables. In time, stochastic process became the main focus of attention, and now much of that theory is well understood. Much of the most interesting research nowadays concerns large-scale disordered systems. I'll try to give a sense of the range of the subject, illustrating it with some examples of models that York faculty have worked on.”
The talk will happen on April 2 at the Ross North 620 and will start at 2:30. Food and refreshments will be served. Probability is not something learned by chance — come to the talk. :D

Pearson’s Birthday Party

A big thank you to those who came to Pearson’s Party despite the strike. Photos and captions by Patrick Sin.

(Pictures are in the news archive.)
Portrait of Karl Pearson.jpg "Portrait of Karl Pearson" by Elliott & Fry - N.P.G.: Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.

Are you positively correlated with pizza? Come to Club Infinity, located at Ross N537, to find out when you celebrate Karl Pearson's birthday with us on March 27 at 12 pm! Karl Pearson is a notable statistician who is credited for founding the coefficient of determination. To see his other contributions to stats, check out Wikipedia's article on this individual.

Pi Day 2015

Happy Pi Day!

Unfortunately due to the strike, we will not be giving out pizza and pie today, but worry not — we will most likely have a Pi Day celebration later this year once the strike has ended. Once we know for sure, the details will be posted here.

The image about Pi Day is from Spiked Math comics.

Distracted Driving PSA

While we can make many predictions, one we don't want is being a victim of distracted driving; ‪#‎live2see20‬ Don't text and drive! (Though "beyond 20" is a much better phrasing.)


“York Region EMS says keep your eyes on the road; not on your phone ”. By York Region and York Region EMS. Aug 27, 2014.
If you are near Durham Region, explore the Teen Lounge at Pickering Town Centre! March 13-22, 2015.

CUPE 3903 Strike, 2015

Update, Tuesday, March 31, 2015: Classes resume on April 1, 2015

Update, Wednesday, March 18, 2015: The club will be reopened with our regular hours starting today.

Original post, March 3: The club lounge is closed until further notice, due to the CUPE strike. Our activities, including Pi Day, are currently delayed.

Please check with your professors and event organizers for other things happening on campus.

York's updates will be posted here:
The York Federation of Students updates are here:
For information on some of the underlying issues, see

Math and Stats at 50, and Quote of the Week

Math and Stats at 50 is on March 3, as part of the Faculty of Science celebrations. Check out the department's anniversary website.

Second Edit, March 20 at 12:17:28 pm: “The event will be rescheduled at a later date. To be notified of the revised date, please register here.”

Edit, from the celebration's website, March 3, 11:00am: “This evening's Math & Stats Day activities at York University are being postponed and rescheduled to a future date, yet to be determined.”

Quote of the week:
"Nothing is impossible, the word itself says 'I'm possible'!" — reportedly from Audrey Hepburn
(In light of recent and upcoming developments)

While you're at it, have a peek at Celebrating YorkU WomenInSTEM.

Forum on Undergraduate Programs in Mathematics and Statistics at York

Thursday, March 19, 12:30 to 2 pm at Ross N620
Co-ordinator: Ann-Marie Carless, Administrative Assistant

NOTE: This may be rescheduled if classes have not resumed because of the strike.

Throwback Exams

Happy Lunar New Year, kung hei fat choi, or ōǐလ!

If you have aced the latest practice exams and have the urge to try new flavour of questions, you can also check out our extensive database from years earlier, as early as 2000! Bear in mind it is still a work in progress.

New website redesign

As Club continues into its 20th year (Check out the History page!), the website has been redesigned to make it more informative and accessible. The previous site will still be used for news. Any compliments/criticisms/ideas with explanations are appreciated, or grab a hold of Patrick).

In other news, if you know someone in high school, the Perimeter Institute in Waterloo is having a Women-in-Science event for women in high school in early March. (Sorry guys! :( ).

Departmental Program Review

“The Department of Mathematics and Statistics is trying to recruit some enthusiastic Math or Stats major students and/or alumni to help us plan improvements to our programs by taking part in a student forum.” This has been scheduled for Wednesday, February 4, 1-3pm. The location is tentatively in the lounge, Ross N620. A free meal will be provided. Please email execs Sujaan <lnlog (at) yorku (dot) ca> or Li <zl8977 (at) yorku (dot) ca> if you are interested to come. Thank you.

If you cannot make it but still wish to express your opinion, you are welcome to email Professor Gibson at PCGIBSON (at) yorku (dot) ca.

Original message below:

The Department of Mathematics and Statistics is currently preparing for the review of its programs mandated by the provincial government to take place once every eight years. As part of this preparation, we are very interested in learning what our current and former students think needs improving and what they think we are doing well. Of course, this is also an opportunity to maintain contact with our alumni and find out how they are doing.

With this in mind, I would like to invite you to attend a focus group organized by the department so that you can have your say. The focus group will be held on campus from 2:00-3:00 on Wednesday, February 4, location to be confirmed. You will have an opportunity to meet current and former students during a lunch that will be served before the focus group from 1:00 to 2:00. The focus group will be conducted by expert facilitators from the Teaching Commons. Please respond directly to Yelin Su at ysu (at) yorku (dot) ca.

If you are unable to attend, but would like to submit written comments, they can be sent directly to the Undergraduate Program Coordinator, Prof. Gibson, at pcgibson (at) yorku (dot) ca.

Here are some specific questions relevant to the departmental program review:

  1. How did students decide on the program in which they are studying? How did they choose their major? Teacher's advice? Friends? Parents? Internet?
  2. What are (or were) their expectations of the program? Career? Graduate school? General knowledge?
  3. What is their experience with departmental advising? What are their suggestions for improvement? What is their experience with Faculty of Science advising?
  4. What courses were missing from the program? What courses were not useful? Is the common core useful?
  5. What skills were not addressed in their program? Writing? Computing?
  6. Are students interested in continuing to network with the department? Would they link their Facebook of LinkedIn page to our departmental pages? Would they like to serve on some departmental committees after graduation?

Blue Monday

Last Monday was supposedly the most depressing day of the year. Why not enjoy some math jokes to liven up your day?

Winter 2015 Office Hours!

Welcome everyone to Winter 2015! During these hours we are available to sell previous math midterm and final exams for different courses, and are glad to answer any questions you may have.

Office Hours Winter 2015

A printer-friendly version of the schedule is available.
Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
9:00-9:30 Nate
11:30-12:00 Heidi, Li Mark Blessing
12:30-13:00 Sujaan, James Sujaan
13:00-13:30 Chris Sujaan, Charlotte, Andre, James
13:30-14:00 Charlotte, Andre, James
14:00-14:30 James
14:30-15:00 Patrick Lynn
16:30-17:00 Blessing

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