Thurmon Whitley, Ph.D.

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Professor Emeritus

Department of Mathematics and Physics
College of Arts and Sciences

Ph.D. (Mathematics), Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 1969

M.A. (Mathematics), University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1966

B.S. (Cum laude), Stetson University, 1963

About Thurmon

Dr. Whitley joined the University of New Haven in September 1979, and has served as chair of Mathematics Department during 1979-1984 and 1995-2007. He has led and participated in faculty-student seminars in Chaos and Fractals (twice), Computer Programming in PASCAL, and The Mathematics of Rubik's Cube. He is a past chair of the Northeastern Section of the Mathematical Association of America.

Besides thinking about and doing mathematics and teaching mathematics, Dr. Whitley likes to read (science fiction and history mostly), hike, and take photographs.

Some Deep Thoughts: Dr. Whitley went into mathematics because he likes the challenge of solving difficult problems, and because it is constantly changing.  He enjoys learning new things and developing new skills.  He became a teacher because he really enjoys working with young people.  Life is a constant learning process.  One of the most important goals of education should be to help people learn how to learn and to help them learn how to adapt to new situations.

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Published Books and Articles

"Deleted Products of Spaces Which are Unions of Two Simplexes"  Trans. AMS 157 (June, 1971), 99 – 111.
"Homotopy Types of the Deleted Product of Unions of  Two Simplexes"  Proc. AMS 33 (May, 1972), 151 – 155.

"A Note on f-ideals in Rings of Continuous Functions" Proc. W. Va. Acad. Sci. 45 (1973),  No. 4,  345 – 346.

"Another Characterization of Semiprime Ideals in C (X)" American Math. Mon. 83 (May, 1976), No. 5, 349 – 350.

"Five Applications of Max-Min Theory From Calculus" Undergraduate Mathematics Applications Project, Unit 341, 1979.

"Some Applications of Exponential and Logarithmic Functions" Undergraduate Mathematics Applications Project, Unit 444, 1981.

"Response to Query Number 7" Two-Year College Mathematics  Journal 12  (June, 1981), No. 3,  211.

"The Lifeguard Problem" UMAP Journal 10.2  (1989),  179 – 187.

"In Praise of Students" Reflections in Arts and Sciences (University of New Haven),   Spring 1989. (not peer reviewed)

"A Question of Averages" Connecticut Mathematics Journal,  Spring, 1989.

"Do Our Students Study Enough – A University of New Haven Survey"  Reflections in Arts and Sciences, Fall, 1989. (not peer reviewed)

"How Well Are We Doing?  A Study of University of New Haven Graduation Rates"  Reflections in Arts and Sciences, Fall, 1990. (not peer reviewed)

"Animated Transformations" Demos With Positive Impact with David Hill, James Uebelacker, February, 2003 This is computer demo of matrices and linear transformations at the Demos With Positive Impact website.

"The Article That Wasn’t" Reflections in Arts and Sciences, Fall, 2003 (not peer reviewed).

"Goodbye Old Blue" Reflections in Arts and Sciences, Fall, 2006 (not peer reviewed).