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Explore the future of prediction at Math Awareness Week

MathAwareness-NCWant to know the shortest route to make good blueberry muffins? How about the numbers behind your Facebook page or how much that loan will really cost you?

All this and much more can be discovered during Palm Beach State College’s 11th annual Math Awareness Week April 4- 7.

More than 50 workshops, classroom exercises, lectures, competitions, games and more will be held on the Boca Raton, Palm Beach Gardens and Lake Worth campuses. The events are free and open to the public. The theme is “The Future of Prediction.”

The week features two authors: Dr. Ron Larson, a professor of mathematics at Penn State Behrend and the author of more than 400 math textbooks, and Mario Triola, a professor emeritus of mathematics at Dutchess Community College and the author of the Triola Statistics Series.

A few of Larson’s calculus textbooks and one of Triola’s statistics textbooks are currently used by PBSC students. Both authors will give presentations on all three campuses.

Other events include:
• Presentation titled “So You Think You Can’t Math?” by PBSC Associate Professor Carrie Stevens from 5 to 6:15 p.m. April 4 in HT 103 on the Boca Raton campus.
• Presentation titled “We Know Who You Are and We Know What You Did,” by Michael Merker, director of PBSC technology infrastructure, from 2 to 3 p.m. April 5 in BB 111 on the Palm Beach Gardens campus.
• Presentation titled “Design Your Future in Engineering” by PBSC Adjunct Instructor Arthur Garcia at 9:30 a.m. April 6 in NS 129 on the Lake Worth campus.
• Presentation titled “Have you ever Walked Out the Door without Checking the Weather” by WPTV Meteorologist Tyler Mauldin from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. April 6 in BB 111 on the Palm Beach Gardens campus.
• Presentation titled “Predicting Weight Loss and/or Weight Gain” by PBSC Professor Trish Froehlich at 12:30 p.m. April 7 in NS 129 on the Lake Worth campus.

To see a full list of events, visit

The College’s Math Awareness Week coincides with Math Awareness Month, which is sponsored annually in April by The American Mathematical Society, the American Statistical Association, the Mathematical Association of America and the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics.

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