**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.**

#### Senior Independent Study Theses from 2016

Infinity & Beyond: Logicism and the Continuum Hypothesis, Tom Ames

Department: Mathematics; Philosophy

A Comparative Analysis of Photon and Electron Wave Functions in Spherically Symmetric Potentials, Michael Bush

Department: Mathematics; Physics

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

Department: Mathematics

Optimal Placement of Family Planning Centers, Kiera Dobbs

Department: Mathematics

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

Department: Mathematics

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

Department: Mathematics

The Ineffability of Nothingness, Melissa M. Griffith

Department: Mathematics; Philosophy

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

Department: Mathematics

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

Department: Mathematics

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

Department: Economics; Mathematics

Legalization of Prostitution and its Impact on the Market for Human Trafficking, Varunavi Newar

Department: Business Economics; Mathematics

Dirichlet Tessellations, Nakesha Newsome

Department: Mathematics

An Experimental and Mathematical Study of Avalanche Behavior in a Critical Conical Bead Pile, Paroma Palchoudhuri

Department: Mathematics; Physics

An Experimental and Mathematical Study of Avalanches in a Critical Conical Bead Pile, Paroma Palchoudhuri

Department: Physics; Mathematics

An Investigation of the Burning Number of Graphs and Trees, Michael Sokolich

Department: Computer Science; Mathematics

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

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

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

Department: Mathematics

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

Department: Mathematics

Conquering Carcassonne, Andrew E. Hoover

Department: Computer Science; Mathematics

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

Department: Education; Mathematics

Matrix-Analytic Methods in Queueing Theory, Anqi Huang

Department: Mathematics

Beyond ß: An Analysis of Alternative Risk Measures, Jai Kedia

Department: Business Economics; Mathematics

Modifying the Virasoro-Shapiro Amplitude to Correspond to the Glueball Trajectory, Brian Forrest Maddock

Department: Mathematics; Physics

Modeling Crime Using Social Interaction, Daniel Patrick Miller

Department: Mathematics; Economics

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

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

Department: Mathematics

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

Department: Mathematics

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

Department: Mathematics; Physics

Solitons and their Symmetries: A Mathematical Analysis, Amanda Lynn Steinhebel

Department: Mathematics; Physics

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

Department: Mathematics

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

Department: Mathematics

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

Department: Mathematics; Physics

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

Department: Mathematics

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

Department: Mathematics

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

Department: Mathematics

#### Senior Independent Study Theses from 2014

The Black-Scholes Options Pricing Model and its Implications on the Underlying Security Market, Steven D. Hagen

Department: Business Economics; Mathematics

Airline Fleet Assignment, Sheharyar Khushnood

Department: Mathematics

Twitter Can Predict Stocks, Kazuki Kyotani

Department: Computer Science; Mathematics

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

Department: Mathematics

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

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

Department: Mathematics

Applying Markov Chains to Baseball, Jarrod A. Mancine

Department: Mathematics

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

Department: Mathematics

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

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

Department: Computer Science; Mathematics

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

Department: Mathematics

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

Department: Mathematics

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

Department: Mathematics

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

Department: Mathematics; Russian Studies

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

Department: Mathematics; Physics

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

Department: Mathematics; Physics

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

Department: Mathematics

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

Department: Mathematics

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

Department: Mathematics

A Bayesian Model of Fertility Decisions in Relationship to Female Labor Force Participation, Rebecca C. Wardrop

Department: Economics; Mathematics

Evolving Lambda-Calculus Functions Using Genetic Programming, Xiaomeng Ye

Department: Computer Science; Mathematics

#### Senior Independent Study Theses from 2013

The Entanglement and Relaxation of Liquid Crystal Shaped Granular Media, Theresa Albon

Department: Mathematics; Physics

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

Department: Mathematics

// : Study of the Gravitational Interaction Between Two Line Masses, Andrew Blaikie

Department: Mathematics; Physics

The Torus and Graph Theory, Kyla Davis

Department: Mathematics

Quaternions and Octonions, Erin Davison

Department: Mathematics

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

Department: Mathematics

The Machete Number, David Freund

Department: Mathematics

Optimizing Arithmetic for Public Key Cryptography, Spencer W. Hall

Department: Computer Science; Mathematics

An Agent-Based Model of Influenza Within a College Population, Matthew A. Lambert

Department: Computer Science; Mathematics

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

Department: Economics; Mathematics

A Theoretical and Experimental Pattern Analysis of Electrohydrodynamic Convection in a Liquid Crystal System, Matthew Fritz Schmitthenner

Department: Mathematics; Physics

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

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

Department: Mathematics

A Study of Modern Geometries and Felix Klein's Erlanger Programm, Ashley Stopka

Department: Chinese Studies; Mathematics

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

Department: Mathematics

ξ: Spring Dot, Philip Wales

Department: Mathematics; Physics

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

Department: Mathematics

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

The Golden Ratio, Emily Williams

Department: Mathematics

Exercise Intention and Motivation: Intrapersonal Relationships, Feedback, and Personality, Kendal Wong

Department: Mathematics; Psychology

#### Senior Independent Study Theses from 2012

Parity-Based Measurement and Control of the Spatial Wave Function of Photons, Mohammad Ahmad

Department: Mathematics; Physics

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

Department: Mathematics

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

Department: Mathematics

Multivariate Statistics, Joshua A. Dailey

Department: Mathematics

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

Department: Mathematics

Exploration of Hyperbolic Geometry/ Mathematics and Studio Art, Rachel Frank

Department: Art and Art History; Mathematics

Exploring Opinion Dynamics From a Computational Science Perspective, Trisha Fultz

Department: Mathematics; Computer Science

Data Mining and Its Applications, Yanlong Hu

Department: Mathematics; Computer Science

Quantum Gravity: Exploring the Causal Dynamical Triangulation Approach, Norman Israel

Department: Mathematics; Physics

Modeling Human Papillomavirus With Vaccination, Meredith Kiefer

Department: Mathematics

Is Efficiency Optional, Andrew Licking

Department: Economics; Mathematics

Elements of Understanding: Mathematics, Literature, and Nicolas Bourbaki, Daniel Pierce

Department: French and Francophone Studies; Mathematics

Topical Web Crawlers, Evan Radkoff

Department: Mathematics; Computer Science

Monte Carlo Simulations of the Clumpy Torus in Active Galactic Nuclei, Kemal Ramic

Department: Mathematics; Physics

Iteration Digraphs, Hannah Roberts

Department: Mathematics

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

Department: History; Mathematics

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

Department: Mathematics

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

Department: Mathematics

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

Department: Economics; Mathematics

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

Department: Mathematics

Traffic Flow Theory, Andrew Valeriane

Department: Mathematics

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

Tighten Up: a Preliminary Study of Knots, Louisa Catalano

Department: Mathematics; Physics