Albion College Mathematics and Computer Science


The Mathematics and Computer Science Department at Albion College includes the disciplines of pure and applied mathematics, computer science, and statistics. The department offers majors and minors in Mathematics and Computer Science. See our links on the left for more details.

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David Seely, Acting Chair
Department of Mathematics and Computer Science
Albion College
Albion, Michigan 49224-5013
(517) 629-0361

Mathematics and the Ocean

The ocean is vitally important to all of us -- as a principal driving force of the climate, a source of food and a means of transportation, among many reasons. As a consequence, scientists strive to describe the ocean -- its circulation patterns, currents, and motion -- and then to use that knowledge to predict the behavior of the ocean and assess its effects on our lives. These scientific studies rest on the use of mathematics. The above image shows effective invariant manifolds plotted for eddies detaching from the Loop Current of the Gulf of Mexico in June 1998. The manifolds delineate the eddies and orchestrate the transport in and out of their cores. Mathematicians have created the framework that enables us to model the fluid motion and temperature changes of the ocean and, using complex computational codes, to simulate these processes. Visit the 2001 Mathematics Awareness Website for more information.

April is Mathematics Awareness Month. Each year the mathematics community celebrates the importance of mathematics in our lives. The theme for 2001 was "Mathematics and the Ocean".

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