The full text of Senior Independent Study Theses submitted during and after 2012 are available to download only by College of Wooster users. Unless listed as an exemplar, all other theses are restricted.

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Senior Independent Study Theses from 2016

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Infinity & Beyond: Logicism and the Continuum Hypothesis, Tom Ames
Department: Mathematics; Philosophy

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A Comparative Analysis of Photon and Electron Wave Functions in Spherically Symmetric Potentials, Michael Bush
Department: Mathematics; Physics

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Applying Modern Portfolio Theory to Optimal Portfolio Construction, Adam J. Coppock
Department: Mathematics

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Optimal Placement of Family Planning Centers, Kiera Dobbs
Department: Mathematics

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Bees in the Trap: A Mathematical Approach to Modeling the Mutualism between Flowering Plants and Honey Bees, Katelyn R. French
Department: Mathematics

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Shooters vs Goalies: Analyzing Shootouts in the NHL with Game Theory, Jeffrey W. Giegold
Department: Mathematics

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The Ineffability of Nothingness, Melissa M. Griffith
Department: Mathematics; Philosophy

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Hall of Fame Classification Using Logistic Regression Analysis, Robert P. Handloser
Department: Mathematics

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The Extra Point Rule Change and its Effects on Decision-Making for Coaches in the NFL, Lucas J. Hunt
Department: Mathematics

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Holding Hands Against the Unknown: Using Markov Chains to Model Informal Insurance Arrangements in Developing Societies, Sayantan Mitra
Department: Economics; Mathematics

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Legalization of Prostitution and its Impact on the Market for Human Trafficking, Varunavi Newar
Department: Business Economics; Mathematics

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Dirichlet Tessellations, Nakesha Newsome
Department: Mathematics

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An Experimental and Mathematical Study of Avalanche Behavior in a Critical Conical Bead Pile, Paroma Palchoudhuri
Department: Mathematics; Physics

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An Experimental and Mathematical Study of Avalanches in a Critical Conical Bead Pile, Paroma Palchoudhuri
Department: Mathematics; Physics

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An Investigation of the Burning Number of Graphs and Trees, Michael Sokolich
Department: Computer Science; Mathematics

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To Blend or Not To Blend: Understanding the Impact of Technology in Mathematics Education, Jacob Solomon
Department: Education; Mathematics

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2015

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Glory, Glory Fan United!: A study of the relationship between fan loyalty and team performance in English Premier League Football, Priyanka Datta
Department: Business Economics; Mathematics

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An Examination of the Golden Ratio in Nature and Music, Marjorie Rose E. Etheridge
Department: Mathematics

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The Cost of a Child: A Bayesian Model of the Fertility Decision of Women in Academia, Christine Hagan
Department: Mathematics

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Conquering Carcassonne, Andrew E. Hoover
Department: Computer Science; Mathematics

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To Flip or Not to Flip? A Study of the Effectiveness of the Flipped Classroom Model for Teaching Mathematics, Lindy Howard
Department: Education; Mathematics

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Matrix-Analytic Methods in Queueing Theory, Anqi Huang
Department: Mathematics

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Beyond ß: An Analysis of Alternative Risk Measures, Jai Kedia
Department: Business Economics; Mathematics

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Modifying the Virasoro-Shapiro Amplitude to Correspond to the Glueball Trajectory, Brian Forrest Maddock
Department: Mathematics; Physics

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Modeling Crime Using Social Interaction, Daniel Patrick Miller
Department: Mathematics; Economics

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XH-π bonding in systems of indole and benzene using IBBCEAS and a bioinformatics analysis of protein secondary structure using graph theory, Meredith Schervish
Department: Chemistry; Mathematics

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Set Theory: Building Numbers From Nothing, Philip H. Sizek
Department: Mathematics

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I Don't Play Chess: A Study of Chess Piece Generating Polynomials, Stephen R. Skoch
Department: Mathematics

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Topological Defects in Nematic Liquid Crystals and the Behavior Induced by Adding Polystyrene Microspheres to 5CB, Joseph R. Smith
Department: Mathematics; Physics

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Solitons and their Symmetries: A Mathematical Analysis, Amanda Lynn Steinhebel
Department: Mathematics; Physics

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Stopping Segregation: Using a Mathematical Model to Racially Balance Schools in the 1970s, Paula Trautvetter
Department: Mathematics

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The Mental Game: An Analysis of Game Theory and Baseball, Ian M. Vernier
Department: Mathematics

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Avalanches on a Critical Conical Bead Pile: Exploration of Tuning Parameter Space and Mathematical Foundations, Elliot Wainwright
Department: Mathematics; Physics

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The Scope of Fractals: Geometry, Iteration, Application, Sebastian E. Weber
Department: Mathematics

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The Use of Data and Statistical Analysis to Predict an Outcome, Colin G. Woodward
Department: Mathematics

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Vector Space Modeling: An Intuitive Approach to Information Retrieval, Gregory R.P. Yerkes
Department: Mathematics

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2014

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The Black-Scholes Options Pricing Model and its Implications on the Underlying Security Market, Steven D. Hagen
Department: Business Economics; Mathematics

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Airline Fleet Assignment, Sheharyar Khushnood
Department: Mathematics

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Twitter Can Predict Stocks, Kazuki Kyotani
Department: Computer Science; Mathematics

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Mistletoe Marketing: An Analysis of How Christmas Stimuli Affects Consumer Behavior, Julia M. Land
Department: Mathematics

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Creation of a Mathematical Model and Investigation of the Kinetics of the Reaction Between the Oxalic Acid Species and the Hydroxyl Radical, Sarah M. Laper
Department: Chemistry; Mathematics

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Modeling For Our Lives: A Theoretical Study of HIV/AIDS Epidemiology Through Mathematical Modeling, Jacob N. Malone
Department: Mathematics

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Applying Markov Chains to Baseball, Jarrod A. Mancine
Department: Mathematics

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The Analytic Hierarchy Process: A Mathematical Model for Decision Making Problems, Giang Huong Nguyen
Department: Mathematics

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Generalist and Specialist Pollination Syndromes: When are they Favoured? A Theoretical Approach to Predict the Conditions Under which a Generalist or Specialist Pollination Syndrome is Favoured., Tyler L. Poppenwimer
Department: Biology; Mathematics

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Don't Get Boxed In: Connecting the Dots of Game Theory Through Computer Simulations, Trevor L. Pozderac
Department: Computer Science; Mathematics

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Analysis of Factors that Influence the Probability of a Goal in the National Hockey League, Josephine Rey
Department: Mathematics

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Ranking Systems and Their Applications to Sports, Michael A. Ries
Department: Mathematics

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Clarifying Chaos: A Look Into Chaotic Dynamical Systems, Mary Sefcik
Department: Mathematics

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The Soviet War in Afghanistan and the Application of U.S. Special Forces: a Combat Analysis, Zachary M. Sessa
Department: Mathematics; Russian Studies

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Go with the Flow: Developing Computational Fluid Dynamics Simulations According to the Navier-Stokes Equations, Danielle Shepherd
Department: Mathematics; Physics

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Universe From Scratch: Exploring Quantum Gravity in 2+1 Dimensions using the Causal Dynamical Triangulation method, Prakrit Shrestha
Department: Mathematics; Physics

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Problem-Based Learning in Early Childhood Mathematics Education, Kelly Simmons
Department: Mathematics

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Keeping Your Options Open: An Introduction to Pricing Options, Ryan F. Snyder
Department: Mathematics

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Markov Chain Theory with Applications to Baseball, Cal D. Thomay
Department: Mathematics

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A Bayesian Model of Fertility Decisions in Relationship to Female Labor Force Participation, Rebecca C. Wardrop
Department: Economics; Mathematics

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Evolving Lambda-Calculus Functions Using Genetic Programming, Xiaomeng Ye
Department: Computer Science; Mathematics

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2013

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The Entanglement and Relaxation of Liquid Crystal Shaped Granular Media, Theresa Albon
Department: Mathematics; Physics

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Predictive Analytics on First Year Retention at the College of Wooster, John Angelo
Department: Mathematics

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// : Study of the Gravitational Interaction Between Two Line Masses, Andrew Blaikie
Department: Mathematics; Physics

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The Torus and Graph Theory, Kyla Davis
Department: Mathematics

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Quaternions and Octonions, Erin Davison
Department: Mathematics

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Only For Honest Men: A Survey of Voting Theory, Anna C. Easterday
Department: Mathematics

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The Machete Number, David Freund
Department: Mathematics

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Optimizing Arithmetic for Public Key Cryptography, Spencer W. Hall
Department: Computer Science; Mathematics

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An Agent-Based Model of Influenza Within a College Population, Matthew A. Lambert
Department: Computer Science; Mathematics

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The Gift That Keeps on Taking: Modelling the Impact of a Natural Resource Shock on an Economy, Rutendo Ruzvidzo
Department: Economics; Mathematics

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A Theoretical and Experimental Pattern Analysis of Electrohydrodynamic Convection in a Liquid Crystal System, Matthew Fritz Schmitthenner
Department: Mathematics; Physics

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Let's Get in the Mood: An Exploration of Data Mining Techniques to Predict Mood Based on Musical Properties of Songs, Sarah Smith-Polderman
Department: Mathematics

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The Truth About Lie Symmetries: Solving Differential Equations With Symmetry Methods, Ruth A. Steinhour
Department: Mathematics

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A Study of Modern Geometries and Felix Klein's Erlanger Programm, Ashley Stopka
Department: Chinese Studies; Mathematics

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My Ticket to Becoming An Athletic Director, Samuel H. Swartz
Department: Mathematics

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ξ: Spring Dot, Philip Wales
Department: Mathematics; Physics

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Extensions of the Farey Sequence and Ford Circles, Alice C. Webb
Department: Mathematics

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Insights Into the Tectonic Evolution of the Northern Snake Range Metamorphic Core Complex From 40Ar/39Ar Thermochronologic Results, Northern Snake Range, Nevada, Joseph Thomson Wilch
Department: Geology; Mathematics

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The Golden Ratio, Emily Williams
Department: Mathematics

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Exercise Intention and Motivation: Intrapersonal Relationships, Feedback, and Personality, Kendal Wong
Department: Mathematics; Psychology

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2012

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Parity-Based Measurement and Control of the Spatial Wave Function of Photons, Mohammad Ahmad
Department: Mathematics; Physics

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Prediction of Professional Basketball Games Using Artificial Neural Networks and Linear Models, Keshia Butler
Department: Mathematics

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Using Mathematical Models to Evaluate NFL Field Goal Kicking, Kyle Cunningham-Rhoads
Department: Mathematics

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Multivariate Statistics, Joshua A. Dailey
Department: Mathematics

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The Wooster Model: A Staff Scheduling Problem With An Application to Student Activities, Hannah Dauber
Department: Mathematics

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Exploration of Hyperbolic Geometry/ Mathematics and Studio Art, Rachel Frank
Department: Art and Art History; Mathematics

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Exploring Opinion Dynamics From a Computational Science Perspective, Trisha Fultz
Department: Mathematics; Computer Science

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Data Mining and Its Applications, Yanlong Hu
Department: Mathematics; Computer Science

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Quantum Gravity: Exploring the Causal Dynamical Triangulation Approach, Norman Israel
Department: Mathematics; Physics

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Modeling Human Papillomavirus With Vaccination, Meredith Kiefer
Department: Mathematics

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Is Efficiency Optional, Andrew Licking
Department: Economics; Mathematics

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Elements of Understanding: Mathematics, Literature, and Nicolas Bourbaki, Daniel Pierce
Department: French and Francophone Studies; Mathematics

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Topical Web Crawlers, Evan Radkoff
Department: Mathematics; Computer Science

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Monte Carlo Simulations of the Clumpy Torus in Active Galactic Nuclei, Kemal Ramic
Department: Mathematics; Physics

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Iteration Digraphs, Hannah Roberts
Department: Mathematics

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Enigmatic Magic: An Analysis of the Role of Codes and Ciphers Within American Intelligence, Ian Sharp
Department: History; Mathematics

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Two-Person Zero-Sum Game Theory: Batter Vs Pitcher, Joshua Stidham
Department: Mathematics

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Model Looking at the Expected Number of Shots to Hole Out on a Golf Course, Blake Sword
Department: Mathematics

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Making Money, Making Sense: An Analysis of the Modern Portfolio Theory and the Performance of Alternative Risk Measures, Nancy Tinoza
Department: Economics; Mathematics

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Similarly Intriguing and Perspectively Odd: Fractal and Projective Geometry Explored in M.C. Escher's Art, Adam J. Trontz
Department: Mathematics

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Traffic Flow Theory, Andrew Valeriane
Department: Mathematics

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A Theoretical and Experimental Investigation of the Dimerization of Oxalic Acid, a Potential Reaction Within Secondary Organic Aerosols, Melissa Venecek
Department: Chemistry; Mathematics

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2011

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Tighten Up: a Preliminary Study of Knots, Louisa Catalano
Department: Mathematics; Physics