Discover the Fun Side of Math with MHCC Dead Mathematicians’ Society

Posted: November 7, 2011


There is more to math than what you learn in the classroom. The Dead Mathematicians’ Society at Mt. Hood Community College (MHCC), invites the public to a free series of entertaining and engaging presentations on math.

Each year, the College’s math department schedules the Infinite Enrichment Series to show some of the interesting and engaging topics of mathematics that aren’t included in the normal curriculum.

From Toys to Fruit

This term, MHCC instructors will use fruit, Play-Doh and scissors as teaching tools. In another, participants will use rule-based coloring to figure out how a single tree can burn in a forest, where all of its neighbors are left in pristine condition.

Presentations will be held 3:15 – 4:30 p.m. on the following days: Nov. 10, Room AC2606 (proof by Play-Doh and fruit), Nov. 15, Room AC2606 (Pure chaos); and Nov. 29, Room AC2554 (forest fires). Each presentation is free and open to the public and held on the Gresham Campus, 26000 S.E. Stark St.

Society Formed in 1986

Jon Spindor, MHCC math instructor, has led the Dead Mathematicians’ Society since 2005. Two MHCC math instructors, now retired, were instrumental in forming the Society in about 1986 to make math fun and interesting: Bill Covell, who teaches part-time at MHCC, and Paul Porch.

Parking permits are required and may be purchased for $3 at ticket kiosks located by the flagpoles and gym.

Individuals requiring accommodations due to a disability may contact the MHCC Disability Services Office at 503-491-6923 or 503-491-7670 (TDD). Please call at least two weeks prior to the event to ensure availability.

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