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Jonathan Lee Merzel, PhD

Professor of Mathematics

Phone: 949-480-4033

Fax: 949-480-4263

Email: jmerzel@soka.edu

Faculty - Full-Time

Education

  • Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
  • M.A., University of California, Berkeley
  • B.S., University of Maryland

Positions Held

  • At SUA since 2000
  • 1999 - 2000, Visiting Professor, Mills College (joint appointment w/Holy Names College)
  • 1994 - 2000, Professor, Holy Names College
  • 1984 - 1994, Associate Professor, Holy Names College
  • 1980 - 1984, Assistant Professor, Holy Names College

Research Interests

  • Valuation Theory, Ordered Fields and Quadratic Forms
  • Ducci Sequences and Related Recursions

Selected Papers, Publications & Lectures

  • "The length of Ducci's four-number game," (w/Ron Brown) Rocky Mountain Journal of Mathematics, to appear
  • "Limiting behavior in Ducci sequences," (w/Ron Brown) Periodica Mathematica Hungarica, 2003
  • "Rational places on algebraic function fields over generalized closed fields,'" (w/Ron Brown) Journal of Algebra, 1995
  • "Separating hyperplanes for convex sets over ordered fields," Rocky Mountain Journal of Mathematics, 1984
  • "Quadratic forms over fields with finitely many orderings," Contemporary Mathematics, 1982

Courses Taught at SUA

  • Liberal Arts Mathematics
  • Calculus I
  • Topics in Mathematics: Symbolic Logic
  • Probability and Statistics
  • Linear Algebra and Differential Equations
  • Special Study: Introduction to Analysis
  • Core 100: Enduring Questions of Humanity
  • Inquiry 100: Modes of Inquiry
  • Learning Clusters: California Energy Crisis, Water and Energy Issues, Mathematical Modeling

Selected Honors & Awards

  • Faculty Mentor Award, 1988