At the 2001 MAA Southern California Spring Meeting
Six Bakersfield College Math
Students presented poster sessions at the Mathematical Association of America (MAA)
Southern California Spring Meeting at Cal State Fullerton on March 17,
2001. Bakersfield College accounted for
six of the 26 poster projects.
Ebola Sudan: A
National Threat
Kathryn Brinkley
I completed a project that
concerns the Ebola virus and the United States. I had ten infected hosts arrive in New York and tracked the
spread of the disease throughout the United States.
Kathryn’s project won the
award of Best Poster.
Project: Mars
Dan Cronquist

Almost
400 years ago, the astronomer Johannes Kepler observed how the tail of a
comet was blown across the sky as if by a solar wind. He reasoned that one day ships could be constructed
to sail this “wind’ and move across the heavens. Today this 400yearold idea is more than science fiction. It is well within our grasp. Pushed by the force of light from the sun,
solar sail ships could travel between planets near the speed of light. This project explores the basic design
considerations needed to sail a ship from Earth to Mars. Using the physical laws of gravity,
luminosity, motion, and acceleration of a solar ship. During the course of the project, a number
of solving methods were used including an 8^{th}order RungeKutta
method in conjunction with the mathematical software Maple. 
Dan also presented Project:
Mars at the National MAA conference in San Diego (January 2002).
Fuzzy Logic: Not Just for
Politicians
Lee Hyatt
I am
studying to be an electrical engineer, so I have chosen to compare how fuzzy
logic and PID loops are used in control processes. To do this I looked at the mathematics required by the two
systems to control an inverted pendulum. 

Angel Cortez and
Lee Hyatt
Explorations in Multiple Derivative Equations

This
research deals with describing and proving elementary equations that allow
for taking multiple derivatives. 
Brandon McNaughton
Triangular Perfect Squares
Daniel Rife

A
triangular number is half of the product of two consecutive integers. There are numerous relationships between
triangular numbers and perfect squares.
This project investigates some of these relationships. 
When a Protected Mountain Lion Eats an Endangered Bighorn
Sheep
This project is designed to
show the declining population levels of both the mountain lion and the bighorn sheep
due to the loss of territory, hunting, and sharing land with domesticated
sheep. The project hypothesis will
focus on how the lives of both species may be enhanced, without detrimental
consequences to the other. This will be
done through a series of statistical, trigonometric, and differential
equations.
Jeaninne Trimmer
Rick Darke, Becky Head,
Thomas Mieh, and Joe Saldivar were involved as advisors to the projects.
For additional information
contact Becky Head at 3954050 or rhead@bc.cc.ca.us.