Mathematics & Statistics 2019-11-19T12:58:41+00:00

Mathematics and Statistics Committee

Every fall since 1978, the Mathematics and Statistics Committee has held a conference designed specifically to attract the interest of undergraduate students.

MSCS

a

October 25th-27th, 2019
Dalhousie University
Halifax, Nova Scotia

Conference Website 
2019 Math & Stats Award Winners
Math & Stats Award Descriptions

Past Conferences

Past Conferences and Award Winners

.

Resources

a

..The Mathematics and Statistics Committee
..have published a variety of papers and
..reports, a booklet to help students
..prepare for university calculus and a book.

..Preparing for University Calculus
..Gateway Tests

Blundon Lectures and Competitions BookletExperiences in Problem Solving

Committee Chair

a

..Dr. Andrea Burgess

University of New Brunswick, Saint John
Contact: andrea.burgess@unb.ca
All committee members

About

Every fall since 1978, the Mathematics and Statistics Committee has held a conference designed specifically to attract the interest of undergraduate students. Universities from Atlantic Canada send teams to compete in a competition held in conjunction with this conference. The key note address is named after Professor W. J. Blundon, head of the mathematics department at Memorial University for almost 30 years and a founding member of our committee. The first sixteen Blundon lectures and first nineteen mathematics competitions were published in 1997 and copies are still available.

Our committee takes a vigorous interest in issues related to the mathematics curriculum in schools and universities. We have solicited two commentaries 1995 (.pdf) and 2001 (.pdf) on the state of the curricula in the schools of Atlantic Canada at various times in the past. In 2002, in response to a request from the Chair of Science Atlantic, the Committee prepared a report on the mathematics curriculum (.pdf) which is being implemented in Atlantic Canada and worrying universities because of possible negative effects on the preparedness of students for university level calculus. After the report was released, several Atlantic Canada university faculty began studying the textbooks which have been written to accompany the new curriculum and became very alarmed at what they saw. These people—Robert Dawson, David Hamilton and Maureen Tingley—prepared a 40+ page report (.pdf) documenting numerous inaccuracies, misleading statements and other “errata”, and including suggestions for improvement. The document should be of special interest to teachers, parents and others who are forced to confront the new curriculum.