"May you have love in your homes, friendships, meaningful work, lives well-lived." ---Jean Stonehouse, Commencement Ceremonies, Bridgewater State University
Welcome to the homepage of Dr. Laura K. Gross, Associate Professor in the Departments of Mathematics and Computer Science at Bridgewater State University (BSU), part of the state-university system in Massachusetts. I am currently on sabbatical. Send me e-mail at laura dot gross at bridgew dot edu or profgross at gmail dot com, or leave me voicemail at 508 531-2391.
Classes I have taught at BSU include Programming and Computer Algebra (COMP 203), Elements of Precalculus (MATH 140), Precalculus with Trigonometry (MATH 150), Calculus I (MATH 151), Single Variable Calculus II (MATH 162), Calculus III (MATH 251), Applied Calculus for Business (MATH 144), Differential Equations (MATH 316), Introduction to Analysis I (MATH 401), Applied Mathematics (MATH 416), and Honors in Action (INTD 151). Other classes I have taught include linear algebra, algebra with business applications, mathematics for liberal arts, and Advanced Engineering Mathematics I and II at The University of Akron.
I have taught mathematical writing in an upper-level elective Applied Mathematics (MATH 416) at BSU, according to this Word-file syllabus. In particular, the assignments alternated between traditional problems sets and formal write-ups of problems from the previous problem set, as described in the syllabus. Scaffolding included writing up classnotes, applying LaTeX templates, considering conventions of mathematical discourse, discussing in-text citation, and giving and receiving peer feedback. The final writing assignment required applying writing techniques to the content of other courses and considering a different audience.
My research interests involve modeling a variety of physical systems using differential equations. I apply analytical and numerical techniques to study nonlinear dynamics, especially of reaction-diffusion equations, free-boundary-value problems, and dynamical systems. You can download .pdf versions of my publications or look at my whole curriculum vitae.
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