At the 2002 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 the California Institute of
Technology on March 16, 2002.
Bakersfield College accounted for five of the 20 poster projects and was
one of two community colleges that had students participate in the
session. Other participants were from
CSU’s, UC’s, and fouryear private colleges.
Colon Cancer Among Hispanics
Kathy Aleman
My project consists of highlighting
the disparities of colon cancer among Hispanics by looking at previous colon
cancer statistics (19791999) and the newly released statistics for 2001. I am specifically looking to see if health
care coverage and cancer risk factors are related to clinical outcomes. I am also directly looking at my community
statistics to see if the trend is similar.
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Applications of Mathematics to Waterslides

Waterslides
have always represented fun and adventure.
The faster the slide, the more thrilling the experience. This is in fact what we will investigate,
the different structures and paths of waterslides that yield the maximum
velocity. Using AutoCAD drawings we
will examine two types of slides, a speed slide and a banked slide, and will
come up with equations for the curves.
By applying the principles involved in the solution to the
brachistochrone problem we will also find the curve of shortest time. 
Adriana Magana and Candace Golike
Fractional Calculus
This work
explores several derivations and properties of basic fractional calculus. 

Michael Rios, Brandon McNaughton,
and Benjamin Samudio (Benjamin is not pictured)
Note: Brandon is a BC alumni; Brandon, Michael, and Benjamin are
students at California State University, Bakersfield.
Whirling Worldviews

This
project investigates the derivation and analysis of rotational matrices and
their applications. 
Daniel Rife
Modeling Brain Images
Science has inspired many
people to attempt to describe nature; however, computer software tends to
depict nature during some situations. For
example, computer images are presented in pixels, or several closely spaced
dots. In contrast, when the human brain
presents an image, as in a thought or dream, it is doubtful that this image is
displayed in the same manner a computer displays a JPEG. I f scientists can measure radiation that
describes images displayed in a flow of thought, then it is possible to draw a
picture of what you are imagining now as you read this passage.
Tadeu Pauletto Szpoganicz
For additional information
contact the faculty advisor, Becky Head, at 3954050 or rhead@bc.cc.ca.us.