David Molnar

dmolnar at ups dot edu

Department of Mathematics and Computer Science
University of Puget Sound

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At UPS 2006-2008 I taught Introduction to Contemporary Mathematics, Pre-Calculus, Elements of Applied Statistics, and Calculus I and II.

At Saint John's (MN) 2005-2006 I taught Math Explorations, Introductory Probability & Statistics, Calculus I, and Abstract Algebra.

At Gustavus Adolphus 2004-2005 I taught Nature of Mathematics, Precalculus, Calculus II, Problem Solving, Linear Algebra, Pell's Equation, and Discrete Calculus.

At Saint Olaf College 2000-2004 I taught Gateways to Mathematics, Calculus I & II, Combinatorial Games, Linear Algebra, Discrete Mathematics, Structures of Higher Mathematics, Elementary Real Analysis, Abstract Algebra, Problem Solving, and Combinatorics.

I have a daughter, Ava, who is 16, and a son, Christos, who is 4.


My research interests include Combinatorics, Number Theory, and Ergodic Theory. Some of the work I have done with my advisor Andrew Haas lies at the intersection of the latter two areas. Our papers are The distribution of Jager pairs for continued fraction like mappings of the interval, (Pacific J. of Math., Volume 217, No. 1 (2004), 101-114) and Metrical diophantine approximation for continued fraction like maps of the interval, (Trans. Amer. Math. Soc. 356 (2004), 2851-2870). I believe this makes my Erdös number 5. I have also worked with students in Combinatorial Game Theory, Combinatorics, and continued fractions.

Problem Solving

This year (2007-2008) I am running the Problem Solving Seminar (Math 295) which is a 0-credit class meeting once a week to solve problems not unlike those on the Putnam Exam. Now that we have a bulletin board, I have also started a problem of the week.

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My Top Ten Albums of 2007

Coil - Black Antlers
Tim Hecker - Harmony in Ultraviolet
Jesu - Conqueror
Pansonic - Katodivaihe (Cathodephase)
Sigh - Hangman's Hymn
Foetus - Vein
Matmos - For Alan Turing
The Young Gods - Ultraready/Fragmente
Throbbing Gristle - Part Two the Endless Not
M.I.A - Kala

(2-10 in no particular order)

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