Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Hands-on Learning for Math Majors

When Mike Veatch, professor of mathematics, wanted to give the students in his Operations Research class hands-on learning experiences in the field of math, he took them to Lynn and connected them with the Police Department. His students studied the cost of responding to false burglar alarms and made recommendations on reducing the number of false alarms.
The police chief and many of his staff attended their presentation at the end of the semester and were pleased with their results. “Even though their research was mostly dealing with statistics,” says Veatch, “this was great experience for my students. They interacted with employees from different backgrounds and learned how to deal with a computer data system they weren’t familiar with.”

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