Spring 2015  
Course  Comments 
Math
373 9:0010:15 TuTh 
Please see the Laulima web site for the course for the syllabus, assignments, and other information. 
Math
644 3:004:15 TuTh 
Please see the Laulima web site for the course for the syllabus, assignments, and other information. 
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Citizenship
 Logic
 Credit
by Exam
International
Student Service  Math
Department
Essays 

Shark Attacks in Hawaii (posted 12/12/2013)  
(Traditional)
Exact Confidence Intervals for the Binomial Distribution (posted 4/5/2005, pdf format; revised very slightly, 5/6/2011; mahalo to Hong Zhang for a careful reading) 

Convexity
of the Binomial Distribution (posted 4/5/2005, pdf format) 

How Not To Define Surface Area: an 1890 Example Due to H. A. Schwartz (posted 11/08/2004, in pdf format). I learned this example from T. W. Korner's book, "A Companion to Analysis", page 218. Schwartz produced a simple triangulation of a cylinder for which the sum of the areas of the triangles converges to any chosen number greater than the true surface area, or even converges to infinity.  
New! How many people have ever lived? Keyfitz's computation is updated. This page on demography was written at the behest of Prof. Glen Paige for his new book, "NonKilling Political Science."  


Youth Economics 
Relative
to male high school
graduates, the college wage premium soared from 35 percent to 93
percent between 1973 and 1992 (page 177, The
Future of
Capitalism, by Lester Thurow).
However, the standard deviations are also quite large:

Social Security Reform 
Perhaps
the most responsible review
of social security issues is "The Coming Generational Storm" by
Laurence J. Kotlikoff and Scott Burns. Here is an outline of their
proposal, from page 156:
Kotlikoff and Burns personally believe that there is no chance that Congress will implement a reform plan such as this, but they offer the plan as proof that we don't have to let a financial crisis happen. 