Mike Hvidsten received his PhD in 1985. His thesis work was in the area of minimal surfaces, a subfield within the field of differential geometry. Perhaps he was attracted to the study of minimal surfaces due to his love of blowing soap bubbles. If you take a piece of wire, wrap it into a loop, and dip it into soap film, the resulting surface will minimize area subject to the wire boundary -- you will form a minimal surface.
Mike joined the Gustavus faculty in the fall of 1987, after spending two years in a post-doctoral research position at Michigan State University. Mike has taught almost every math course offered by the Gustavus Math and Computer Science department, as well as several computer science courses. He has received six National Science Foundation grants and has given over thirty invited or contributed presentations at regional and national mathematics meetings.
Mike is the author of a college textbook on Geometry and is the programmer behind the software project "Geometry Explorer." This program allows students to actively explore Euclidean and Non-Euclidean environments on the computer.
In 2005 Mike received the Gustavus Faculty Scholarship Award and in 2007 he received the Meritorious Service Award from the North Central Section of the Mathematical Association of America.
In his spare time, Mike is actively involved in Amnesty International, enjoys reading and writing science fiction, and loves to tinker with gadgets in his basement workshop.
B.A. St. Olaf College (1981); M.S. in Applied Mathematics, University of Illinois (1984); Ph.D. in Mathematics, University of Illinois (1985)
Areas of Expertise
MCS-201 (Math Foundtns-MS Tchrs) and MCS-355 (Scientific Computing)
|Synonym||Title||Times Taught||Terms Taught|
|MCS-303||Geometry||12||2015/FA, 2014/SP, 2013/SP, 2012/SP, 2008/FA, 2007/FA, 2006/FA, 2005/FA, 2003/FA, 2001/FA, 2000/FA, and 1999/FA|
|MCS-177||Introduction to Computer Science I Lab||10||2015/FA, 2014/FA, 2009/SP, 2006/FA, 2005/FA, 2005/SP, 2003/FA, and 2000/SP|
|MCS-222||Multivariable Calculus||10||2015/FA, 2015/SP, 2013/FA, 2011/FA, 2011/SP, 2009/SP, 2007/SP, 2004/FA, and 2001/FA|
|MCS-121||Calculus I||9||2015/SP, 2014/FA, 2010/FA, 2008/FA, 2007/SP, 2005/SP, 2004/FA, 2002/SP, and 1999/SP|
|MCS-122||Calculus II||8||2013/SP, 2011/SP, 2010/FA, 2008/SP, 2006/SP, 2004/FA, and 2001/FA|
|MCS-300||Mathematics Seminar||6||2004/SP, 2001/FA, 2001/SP, 2000/FA, 2000/SP, and 1999/FA|
|FTS-100||FTS:Computing||4||2013/FA, 2012/FA, 2008/FA, and 2006/FA|
|MCS-355||Scientific Computing||4||2012/SP, 2008/SP, 2001/SP, and 1999/SP|
|MCS-178||Introduction to Computer Science II Lab||4||2009/SP, 2006/FA, 2000/SP, and 1999/FA|
|MCS-221||Linear Algebra||4||2007/FA, 2006/SP, 2004/SP, and 2003/FA|
|MCS-350||Honors Thesis||3||2014/SP, 2008/FA, and 2007/JN|
|MCS-119||Calculus with Precalculus Review 1B||3||2014/SP, 2013/SP, and 2011/FA|
|MCS-115||The Nature of Math||3||2012/FA and 2012/SP|
|MCS-170||Nature of Computer Science||3||2006/SP, 2005/FA, and 2005/SP|
|MCS-344||Topics in Advanced Mathematics: Differential Geometry||2||2011/FA and 2007/FA|
|PHY-235||Robotics Workshop||2||2011/JN and 2008/JN|
|MCS-177||Introduction to Computer Science I||2||2009/SP and 2000/FA|
|MCS-321||Elementary Theory of Complex Variables||2||2007/SP and 2002/SP|
|MCS-170||Nature of Computer Science Lab||2||2005/FA and 2005/SP|
|MCS-120||Pre-Calculus||2||2004/JN and 2001/JN|
|MCS-236||Relation-Based Structures||2||2002/SP and 2001/SP|
|MCS-118||Calculus with Precalculus Review 1A||1||2011/SP|
|MCS-273||Introduction to C++ Programming||1||2009/JN|
|MCS-399||Mathematics and Computer Science Seminar||1||2008/SP|
|MCS-394||Topic in Advanced Mathematics: Computer Graphics||1||2004/SP|
|MCS-501||Teaching Geometry with Software||1||2000/SU|
|MCS-313||Modern Algebra I||1||2000/SP|
|MCS-358||Mathematical Model Building||1||2000/JN|
Courses prior to Spring semester 1999 are not displayed.