Mathematics Student Research
The Anderson University Department of Mathematics offers a unique, hands-on research experience. Undergraduate students work alongside faculty to conduct original research in mathematics. This exciting research into new mathematics is presented in a variety of venues. These have included poster sessions and invited talks at other universities. Opportunities such as these advance our knowledge about God’s creation, and develop skills that are essential for students furthering their studies at the graduate level.
Here are samples of the projects that are currently underway:
Adventures in the Quantum Polynomial Ring: Linear Algebra Computations in C Abstract:
- The p-polynomials appear as the elements of transition matrices used to convert a special class of bases to the standard basis within the quantum polynomial ring. We examined computational methods for generating p-polynomials. An algorithm for finding a p-polynomial has been known; however, the implementation of this algorithm was not sufficiently fast. Through algorithmic analysis, a change in implementation language, and the adoption of matrix based algorithms, significant improvements in speed were realized. Optimization of this process has led to a speedup of over 140,000 times.
- Linear Algebra Computations in C Research Project [PDF]
Adventures in the Quantum Polynomial Ring: Patterns in the p-Polynomials Abstract:
- The p-polynomials appear as the elements of transition matrices used to convert a special class of bases to the standard basis within the quantum polynomial ring. The purpose of this study is to analyze these polynomials for patterns and eventually catalog these newly generated p-polynomials for future analysis. The initial strategy for finding these patterns will take advantage of generalized rules from the modified R-polynomials and Kazhdan-Lusztig polynomials. Additional strategies arise by observing new patterns from the list of computer-generated polynomials. We also examine a special class of p-polynomials that are generated by the longest word in the symmetric group and describe patterns in the coefficients of these polynomials.
- Patterns in the p-Polynomials [PDF]