Professor, Mathematics

864.294.3632
Riley Hall 205G
mark.woodard@furman.edu

  • Current disciplinary research interests

      I am interested in topology and knot theory as well as what is commonly referred to as recreational mathematics. These are not really related to sustainability.

  • Interest in connecting sustainability to research

      I’m also interested in understanding and promoting the use of mathematical models related to environmental and sustainability concerns. I am interesting in working with students on projects related to these topics.

  • Sustainability courses taught

      I have started to use some applications in courses like calculus and finite mathematics that are related to sustainability. I don’t teach any whole courses related to sustainability, however. I am incorporating some of the basic mathematical modeling ideas into my low-level courses. For example, in my recent finite mathematics course, I did a unit on the mathematics related to the dynamics of renewable resources, using examples such as the fishing industry to discuss things like the equilibrium population size, and the maximum sustainable yield. We also looked at topics related to non-renewable resources, and looked at predictions related to how long certain resources would last under various assumptions.

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