Mount Holyoke College
South Hadley, MA 01075
- 1963-65 T.A. University of Delaware
- 1965-70 T.A., Instructor, and (post doctoral) Assistant
Professor, University of Massachusetts
- 1970-present Assistant Professor, Associate Professor,
Professor, Mount Holyoke College
- 1976-80 Chair of Mathematics, Mount Holyoke College
- 1977-78 Visiting Mathematician, The George Washington
University (worked in combinatorics with Professor Ruth Bari)
- 1983-84 Visiting Faculty Member, University of Maryland,
Dept. of Computer Science (worked in software development and
software engineering with Professor Victor Basili)
- 1984-1990 Chair of Computer Science, Mount Holyoke
- 1996-1997 Acting Chair of Computer Science, Mount
Publications and Other Professional Projects:
- Admissible operations on sample spaces over the free orthogonality
monoid," Colloquium Mathematicum, XXV, Fasc. 2 (1972), pp. 319-324.
- "Closed sets in the free orthogonality monoid," American
Journal of Mathematics, 96, No. 4 (1974), pp. 593-601.
- "Finitary imbeddings of certain generalized sample spaces,"
co-author with Marie A. Gaudard (Mount Holyoke, class of 1973), Trans. Amer.
Math. Soc., (1975), pp. 293-307.
- "Refinement conditions on operations in sample spaces,"
Canadian J. of Mathematics, XXVII, No. 5 (1975), pp. 991-999.
- COMPUCALC, (computer calculus diskette and laboratory manual), Worth
Publishers, Inc., New York, 1985.
- "A visual approach to the Quine-McCluskey tabulation method
for simplifying Boolean functions," in preparation.
- CALCWIN, (calculus software for MS Windows) for our calculus and
other mathematics courses at Mount Holyoke. (1992-1998--current version, 1.8--July,
1998 -- Downloadable from my web site: click here to download).
- LINWIN, (linear transformation software for MS Windows) in preparation,
- Contributing modules for Laboratories
in Mathematical Experimentation: A Bridge to Higher Mathematics, (Springer-Verlag,
New York, 1997), by the Department of Mathematics, Mount Holyoke College.
- The Coloring of Graphs: chromatic polynomials
- Parametric Curve Representations
- Sequences and Series
- Experiments in Periodicity
- Software for the Coloring of Graphs: a program for calculating chromatic
polynomials and counting proper colorings for finite graphs. Version 1.0,
1995; Version 2.1, August, 2001 (Downloadable from my web site: click
here to download).
- "Shifted iterations of functions," (software included)
- Faculty co-leader of NSF-sponsored Undergraduate Faculty Enhancement
workshops at Mount Holyoke College, June 1997 and June 1999, with followup
meetings, January, 1999 (San Antonio, TX), and January, 2001 (New Orleans,
- "An Introduction to Computer Science" -- textbook and
laboratory book for CS 100, jointly with Paul Dobosh, 2003-2006, in progress.
I divide my teaching equally between mathematics and
computer science. My scholarly interests also cross that gap--with
significant parts of my work involving ways in which the computer
can become a major factor in the teaching of mathematics (and
other disciplines). In particular, I am committed to the idea
that we can learn more easily and surely than at any time in the
past with the vastly richer base of mathematical examples that
the computer affords us. With this new and astonishingly powerful
tool we are freed to experiment and to observe new relationships
and structures. (See information on Software)
Mathematically, right now, I'm working on a set of
problems involving an infinite collection of periodic functions
which arise from the composing of standard periodic functions
in an unconventional way--a project that arose for me from just
the kind of computer experimentation I mentioned above. Students
who have had Math 301 could easily move into working in this area.
Our course, Math
251, Laboratory in Mathematical Experimentation, provides
a chance to expose people to this approach--the approach that
involves students in working through mathematical ideas in an
experimental environment. Rather than following the well-developed
track of definition...theorem...proof..., students are encouraged
to make conjectures on the basis of experimentation using the
computer. They can then use deductive arguments to confirm or
refute these conjectures. This course has made a definite difference
in the quality of our major in mathematics!
I have had a long-time interest in lattice theory and
partially ordered sets, and I have several times taught an advanced-level
course in lattice theory ( MA319
) and have taught a First- and Second-year Tutorial in that as
In computer science, my activities are in the areas
of digital logic and computer graphics. Also, I am very interested
in designing and writing mathematical software, with a particular
emphasis on flexible user interface design. The graphics course
( CS331 )
would be a way of preparing students to work in graphics projects
and software design, and, of course, digital logic ( CS321
) would be a fruitful preparation for continuing in the area of
Current Committee Participation and Service
- SummerMath Advisory Committee
- Summermath for Teachers Advisory Committee
- Committee on Planning for Teaching Spaces on Campus
- Mathematics and Statistics Webmaster
This semester, Spring, 2006, I am teaching:
- CS 331, Computer Graphics
- Mathematics 101, Calculus I
Outside Activities and interests:
- Choir Member, Immanuel
Lutheran Church, Amherst.
- Worship Commission, Immanuel Lutheran Church.
- Finance Commission, Immanuel Lutheran Church.
- Choir Director Search Committee.
- I enjoy singing, tree-farming, walking, mountain
- A summer music camp I attended in my youth was The Junior Conservatory
Camp. Its successor, The
Walden School, is still very much in operation and is thriving.
I am becoming involved in planning and promoting the Walden School
- Click here to return to my home
- See my
Office: 404C Clapp Laboratory
You are visitor number (7,488)
Phone: (413) 538-2209
Fax: (413) 538-2239
Copyright, 1998 -
2007, by Robert J. Weaver.
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