Faculty Profile

Jeffrey Forrester

Assistant 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

2014-2015 Academic Year

Fall 2014

FYSM 100 First-Year Seminar
The First-Year Seminar (FYS) introduces students to Dickinson as a "community of inquiry" by developing habits of mind essential to liberal learning. Through the study of a compelling issue or broad topic chosen by their faculty member, students will: - Critically analyze information and ideas - Examine issues from multiple perspectives - Discuss, debate and defend ideas, including one's own views, with clarity and reason - Develop discernment, facility and ethical responsibility in using information, and - Create clear academic writing The small group seminar format of this course promotes discussion and interaction among students and their professor. In addition, the professor serves as students' initial academic advisor. This course does not duplicate in content any other course in the curriculum and may not be used to fulfill any other graduation requirement.

MATH 225 Probability and Statistics I
An introduction to the core topics of probability and statistics. Topics include discrete and continuous random variables, joint distributions, expectation, variance, random sampling from populations, hypothesis tests, and confidence intervals.Prerequisite: 171. This course fulfills the QR graduation requirement. Offered in even numbered fall semesters.

MATH 500 Independent Study

Spring 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. This course fulfills the QR distribution requirement. 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. This course fulfills the QR distribution requirement. Offered every semester.

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.