Faculty Profile

Lorelei Koss

Professor of Mathematics (1998)

Contact Information

koss@dickinson.edu

Tome Scientific Building Romom 241
717.245.1334
http://users.dickinson.edu/~koss/

Bio

Her scholarship concentrates on ergodic theory and complex dynamical systems. Her current research focuses on the parametrized dynamics of meromorphic functions.

Education

  • B.A., Columbia University, 1989
  • M.A, 1992
  • Ph.D., University of North Carolina, 1998

2017-2018 Academic Year

Fall 2017

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 271 Differential Equations
Elementary methods of solutions of selected types of differential equations; solutions of systems of linear differential equations with constant coefficients; and a brief introduction to numerical methods and series solutions. Includes a strong emphasis on applications.Prerequisite: 171 and 270. Offered in odd numbered fall semesters.

Spring 2018

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. 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. Offered every semester.

MATH 270 Integration & Infinite Series
The study of methods of integration, applications of the integral, elementary differential equations, and infinite sequences and series.Prerequisite: 171 or departmental placement. Offered every spring.