Presenter: Norm Eggert

  • Date: Monday, May 8
  • Time: 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.
  • Location: Holiday Inn

People sometimes say, “I have not used calculus since college.” Mathematicians always disagree. This side trip will demonstrate how all of us (even our beloved canine companions!) use calculus every day.

No mathematical knowledge is required for full participation in this program. The instructor asks only that participants suppress “math anxiety,” if they have this common ailment, to the best of their ability. This program will rely on open-minded audience participation.

Where will we begin? With the pleasantly familiar idea of a ball thrown by a pitcher – and caught by a dog. 

EbbertNorm Eggert is a Professor Emeritus of Mathematics at Montana State University. After earning his PhD in mathematics from the University of Colorado, he joined the faculty at MSU, where he taught for 30 years. Upon retiring in 1998, he taught for a year in Almaty, Kazakhstan. At MSU he worked with graduate students and advanced undergraduate students. Although his students primarily came from math and sciences, he has long been interested in bringing mathematics to a wider audience.


MSU Wonderlust is a high-quality community resource for lifelong learning for the Bozeman area.  Here is university-quality instruction by experts in a huge number of subjects, some multi-week courses, some one-off events.  These offerings come free of homework, exams, or papers: The MSU Wonderlust experience is just a chance to learn new things or review things we’d already studied.  It's also an opportunity to meet people with a wide variety of interests.

The Winter/Spring offerings begin with a reception at the Pilgrim Congregational Church from 4 to 6pm.  It's a chance to meet with the course instructors and side-trip presenters; find out more about their plans.  

Gerry Wheeler, President of Friends of Wonderlust