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SJSU Problem Solvers Fall 2018

The new challenge for the semester is up on SJSU Problem Solvers (and on the 3rd floor wall in Macquarie Hall). We will also now begin to meet in person on Thursdays 10:30-11:30 AM in MH 426 to work on problems together and prepare SJSU for the Putnam Competition. Please contact the organizers if you want to join!

SJSU Students Awarded for Actuarial Team Competition!

A team of three San Jose State University MS Statistics students and one UC Berkeley Applied Math undergraduate student won an award for best solution and presentation overall in the Retirement category in the California Actuarial League Ninth Annual Case Competition held on April 15, at UC Berkeley. The team, consisting of SJSU students Andree (Hsiaochun) Hsu, Jeffrey Lee, Thu Huong Vu, and UC Berkeley student Jessie Clare Wang, competed against 17 other teams from UCLA, UC Berkeley and UC Santa Barbara. The problems that the teams competed on were posed in the three actuarial tracks of Health, Property and Casualty, and Retirement. This year, the competition problems were posed by professional actuaries at Beam Dental, CSAA Insurance group, and Aon. The finalist teams were able to present their solutions in front of a panel of professional actuaries and recruiters from top insurance and consulting firms around the Bay Area.

Engr 100W Reminder

Math/Stat majors are encouraged to take Engr 100W for their upper-level writing course since it satisfies both the Area R and the Area Z requirements.  Math/Stat majors need an add code to sign up for Engr 100W during advance registration.  An add code can be obtained by emailing the Engr 100W course coordinator Barbara Murphy-Wesley at  There are other 100W courses that Math/Stat majors can take but they will usually only satisfy the Area Z requirement.  Contact your advisor or Dr. Blockus if you have questions about other 100W courses that can be taken by Math/Stat majors.  

Math Placement Update

There are some upcoming updates to placement into Calculus courses. See top of for updates; expect an overhaul of the Calculus sections in the future.