Faculty Profile

Jeffrey Forrester

Associate Professor of Mathematics (2006)

Contact Information

forresje@dickinson.edu

Tome Scientific Building Room 243
717.245.1410
http://users.dickinson.edu/~forresje

Education

  • B.A., Alfred University, 1992
  • M.S., State University of New York at Binghamton, 1996
  • Ph.D., 2001

2015-2016 Academic Year

Fall 2015

MATH 121 Elementary Statistics
An introduction to the science of collecting, organizing, analyzing, and interpreting data. The focus is on data presentation and statistical reasoning based upon the analysis of data sets. Topics include the study of sampling methods, observational and experimental studies, graphical and numerical summaries of data, probability, sampling distributions, significance testing, estimation, and simple linear regression. Does not count toward the major or minor in mathematics.Students cannot take this course concurrently with 225. Students who have received credit for 225 cannot take this course for credit. Offered every semester.

MATH 121 Elementary Statistics
An introduction to the science of collecting, organizing, analyzing, and interpreting data. The focus is on data presentation and statistical reasoning based upon the analysis of data sets. Topics include the study of sampling methods, observational and experimental studies, graphical and numerical summaries of data, probability, sampling distributions, significance testing, estimation, and simple linear regression. Does not count toward the major or minor in mathematics.Students cannot take this course concurrently with 225. Students who have received credit for 225 cannot take this course for credit. Offered every semester.

MATH 361 Analysis I
A theoretical development of the basic ideas and concepts of real analysis. Topics include a study of real numbers, sequences, limits and continuity, differentiation and integration. Optional topics include infinite series, sequences and series of functions, and an introduction to point-set topology.Prerequisite: 171, 262 and 270. Offered every fall.

Spring 2016

MATH 201 Math Tech in Biological Sci
A survey of techniques for the analysis of complex systems with an emphasis on those occurring in the biological sciences. Topics include enzyme/substrate kinetics, dynamical systems modeling, network analysis, and informatics. Mathematical modeling will be studied using cluster analysis, ordinary differential equations, and stochastic methods, and will include computer simulations of theoretical models. While the focus of the course is on biological networks, many of the techniques have applicability in the social, economic, and environmental sciences.

MATH 481 Topology
An elementary study of topological spaces. Topics include open and closed sets, the Hausdorff property, compactness, connectedness, continuity, homeomorphisms, product spaces, and the classification of spaces. Optional topics include metric spaces, identification spaces, manifolds, and the fundamental group. Prerequisite: 361 and completion of, or concurrent registration in 351. Offered in even numbered spring semesters.

MATH 500 Independent Study