Faculty Profile

Richard Forrester

Associate Professor of Mathematics (2002), Department Chair

Contact Information

forrestr@dickinson.edu

Tome Scientific Building Room 235
717.245.1668
http://users.dickinson.edu/~forrestr

Bio

His research is in the field of operations research, with particular interest in discrete optimization. His teaching interests primarily center around applied mathematics, including statistics, operations research, and numerical analysis.

Education

  • B.A., Alfred University, 1995
  • M.S., Clemson University, 1997
  • Ph.D., 2002

2014-2015 Academic Year

Fall 2014

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

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.

COMP 131 Computer Science I w/Lab
An introduction to Computer Science as a major scientific discipline. Special emphasis is placed on problem solving and experimentation via programming in Java. Topics covered include the design of objects and the use of flow-of-control constructs, along with techniques for testing software. Three hours classroom and two hours laboratory a week. This course fulfills either the DIV III lab science distribution requirement or QR graduation requirement. Offered every semester.

MATH 170 Single Variable Calculus
The study of real-valued functions, including transcendental functions, limits, derivatives, and their applications, the definition of the Reimann integral, and the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus.Three hours of classroom and one and a half hour of lab per week. Prerequisite: 151 or departmental placement. This course fulfills the QR graduation requirement. Offered every semester.

MATH 170 Single Variable Calculus
The study of real-valued functions, including transcendental functions, limits, derivatives, and their applications, the definition of the Reimann integral, and the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus.Three hours of classroom and one and a half hour of lab per week. Prerequisite: 151 or departmental placement. This course fulfills the QR graduation requirement. Offered every semester.

MATH 211 Discrete Mathematics
An introduction to fundamental mathematical concepts used in mathematics as well as computer science, with an emphasis on writing mathematical arguments. The course presents the principles of mathematical logic and methods of proof such as direct and indirect proofs and mathematical induction. Other topics include sets, functions, relations, matrix algebra, and techniques from elementary combinatorics and graph theory. Prerequisite: 170 or COMP 131 or departmental placement. This course fulfills the WR graduation requirement. This course fulfills the QR graduation requirement. Offered every semester.

MATH 211 Discrete Mathematics
An introduction to fundamental mathematical concepts used in mathematics as well as computer science, with an emphasis on writing mathematical arguments. The course presents the principles of mathematical logic and methods of proof such as direct and indirect proofs and mathematical induction. Other topics include sets, functions, relations, matrix algebra, and techniques from elementary combinatorics and graph theory. Prerequisite: 170 or COMP 131 or departmental placement. This course fulfills the WR graduation requirement. This course fulfills the QR graduation requirement. Offered every semester.

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.

COMP 332 Analysis of Algorithms
Completion of both COMP 251 and COMP 332 fulfills the WR Requirement.