Bakersfield College Math Students

At the MAA Southern California Spring Meeting 2000

Seven Bakersfield College Math Students presented poster sessions at the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) Southern California Spring Meeting at UCLA on March 4, 2000.  Bakersfield College students were the only community college students who presented at the conference.  The other student presenters were from four-year schools, and included graduate students and seniors who are math majors.  Bakersfield College had the highest number of students from any single institution and accounted for 6 out of the 31 poster sessions.

Project Coordinator and Faculty Advisor: Becky Head, Mathematics.


Placing a Satellite Around an Extra Solar Planet Using Celestial Mathematics

Olesya Baker and Don Parker

 By applying celestial mathematics, we were able to find the survival zone for a satellite orbiting a planet in the solar system of HD 187123.  A satellite would have to be close enough to a planet in order to be bound to it, and thus not be pulled away by the gravitational pull of other celestial bodies.  We calculated the distance from the planet to that point by using Kepler’s Laws of Motion and Newton’s Law of Gravity.  Our next step was to find the minimum distance above which the satellite would not be torn apart by tidal forces of the planet.  The Roche Limit was used to perform that calculation.  The satellite could survive only in the area between the two numbers.  Our calculations proved that the distance between these two was sufficient, and a satellite would survive in its orbit.


If You Could Fly…

  A comparison of the wingspan, length, and weight of birds in an attempt to predict the wingspan human beings would need in order to fly.








Joseph B. Gaines II


Balloon in Air

One day, I was at my little cousin’s first birthday party and noticed that there were a whole bunch of helium balloons tied together in a rainbow shape for decoration and thought, “What happens to all these balloons after they are used?”  That is how I started my poster.  There are a lot of factors affecting the altitude at which a balloon pops, such as atmospheric pressure, temperature, air density, the maximum internal pressure of the balloon, buoyancy etc.  This poster examines these factors together to mathematically determine the balloon’s maximum height.



                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Hyun-Wook Joo         






Influenza Epidemiology


We take a qualitative and quantitative approach towards the study of influenza and its viral outbreak potential.


Reatanak Kong



 The Energetic Bubble

 This research explores the possibilities of converting the potential energy of the bubbles formed in a multi-flash distiller, used for desalination, into electrical energy.




                                                                                                            Brandon McNaughton




Speedometer and Tire Size

 We find the effect on the speedometer when a new tire size has been installed in a car, and how this is related to the gear ratio of the car.






Mayra Guzman (left)



 Faculty involved

Becky Head (mathematics) was the faculty co-coordinator for the entire poster session project (see Becky with Mayra Guzman in the picture above).

Becky worked with Rob Parsons (Mathematics), Rick Darke (Physics), and Arnold Burr (Applied Science and Technology.)

 For additional information contact Becky Head at 395-4050 or e-mail to