UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls

  • Calc-2 Class
  • Langford Elementary Ed Class
  • Langford Teaching Elementary Ed
  • Clac-2 Class
  • Coffman Teaching Calc I
  • Chelsea Nelson participating in a math grant workshop.
  • Calc-2 Class
  • Keith Nabb teaching Calc-2
  • Math Tutor Hali Tasler

Mathematics

Mathematics

Welcome to the Mathematics Department at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls!

At River Falls, our mathematics instruction is dedicated to nurturing and developing students' creative mathematical talents as problem-solvers. The River Falls mathematics faculty has diverse backgrounds and research interests, including combinatorics, differential equations, number theory, functional analysis, mathematics education, numerical analysis, probability, and statistics.

Students who major in mathematics at UWRF follow many satisfying careers. The UWRF mathematics minor is a excellent choice for students majoring in sciences, social sciences, business and education.

The Mathematics Department is arranged so that many faculty have study spaces directly outside their offices providing an environment of easy accessibility to professors. The department supports a Math Study Room where students work and informally interact with one another, and a Math Help Center which is staffed with upper level students who can provide help and insights to students studying mathematics in their first two years.

 Brammer, Hiebert, Luedtke

UWRF Math Modeling Team Finalist Winners of COMAP 2019 Contest

Trevor Brammer, Lindsey Hiebert and Hannah Luedtke, pictured above share their research results as part of the events at the Third Annual Integration Bee. They wrote a paper addressing problem A, Game of Ecology. They wrote code in MatLab and R to implement several allometric equations that enabled them to determine food requirements for fictional dragons, with either migratory or non-migratory patterns, and thus recommend appropriate dragon ecology. They included a discussion of how their fictional dragon models could be applied to analyze dinosaur habitats and to inform scientists working to protect endangered species.  Of the 14,108 international competitors, 25 teams were designated Finalists and 17 were Outstanding winners, placing Trevor, Lindsey and Hannah in the top 0.3% of all competitors.

Wang, Barman

UWRF Math Modeling Team Meritorious Winners of COMAP 2019 Contest

Team members Victor Wang and Danielle Barman, pictured above share their research results as part of the events at the Third Annual Integration Bee.  Along with team member, Jaclyn O'Brien (not pictured) they wrote a paper to address problem B, Send in the Drones: Developing an Aerial Disaster Relief Response System. They used ideas from matrix theory, packing algorithms and Hamiltonian cycles to model storage and transportation of medical packages by drones throughout the island of Puerto Rico after a devastating hurricane. The Meritorious designation places them in the top 6.8% of the 14,108 teams that competed this year.

Henderson, Mattson

UWRF Math Modeling Team Successful Participants in COMAP 2019 Contest

Team members Zachary Henderson and Blake Mattson, pictured above share their research results as part of the events at the Third Annual Integration Bee.  Along with team member, Matthew Kaiser (not pictured) they wrote a paper to address problem A, Game of Ecology.  They modeled dragon weight as a function of age and then applied Kleiber’s Law, by comparing fictional dragons to real crocodilians, to determine dragon food requirements, which in turn enabled them to recommend an appropriate dragon habitat.

Mathematics Events
 

Math Placement Test (for current UWRF students)

All students who have not taken college-level courses in math are required to take the Wisconsin Regional Placement Test before registering for a math class.

There are 3 diferent tools that we use and allow for placement in a first math course at UWRF:

  • ACT Math subscore
  • Wisconsin Placement Test for Math (MAFOR)
  • ALEKS PPL (Placement Preparation and Learning)

Testing Options:

  • In Person Placement Tests  Available:
    • April 7
    • 4:00pm - 5:30pm
    • North Hall 205 (socially distanced)
    • Must scroll down and send an email or call to make a reservation.
    • Other Dates: April 22, 11am-12:30pm or April 22, 1:00pm-2:30pm
  • Online Testing: With UW System (Free). Offered any time day or night.
    • For more information schroll down to contact Andrea.  
  • Online Placement Preparation & Learning With ALEKS PPL (Cost is about $20) & 3 chances to learn & test for the best course for you)

Information about the test: It applies to students testing in person as well as students testing online.
The test includes four components: elementary algebra, intermediate algebra, college algebra, and trigonometry.  Your placement will be based on three math scores, which will be used in combination to determine your optimal math placement.  The test is designed to determine placement for levels from remedial math to calculus.  You are allowed 90 minutes to take the test and a few additional minutes to fill out paperwork.

Test information and a Practice Mathematics Placement Test

Online Testing

An electronic version of the Math Placement Test continues to be available any day and any time.  . 

For helpful information to know before and after taking the test, email andrea.scharfbillig@uwrf.edu.

Login here to take the online test:
Regional Testing Options 

FYI: It may take up to 2 weeks before you can find your MAFOR score in eSIS.

Questions?

Contact Andrea Scharfbillig
andrea.scharfbillig@uwrf.edu
715-425-4584 (Direct)
715-425-3326 (Math Dept.)

 

Math Test-Outs


Spring 2021 Test-Outs

Date/Time: Mid Semester

Test Out Information Sheet

Must sign up to assure the availability of a test.

Test-Outs available for:
Math 146: College Algebra
Math 147: College Algebra/Trigonometry
Math 156: Calculus for Business/Social Science
Math 166: Calculus I
Math 167: Calculus II

Testing is mid semester.

Must be signed up to take a test (No Drop Ins)
For more information or to sign up contact:

Andrea Scharfbillig
207 North Hall
andrea.scharfbillig@uwrf.edu
715-425-4584 (Direct)
715-425-3326 (Math Dept.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Contact Us

 

Department of Mathematics
Laurel Langford, Department Chair
Email
715-425-3326
207 North Hall
410 S. 3rd Street, River Falls, WI 54022-5001

 

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