# Tom LoFaroFaculty

Thomas LoFaro is the Clifford M. Swanson Professor of Mathematics. Tom earned his B.A. and M.S. in Mathematics from the University of Missouri. He earned his Ph.D. in Mathematics at Boston University in 1994 under the direction of Professor Nancy Kopell. His research interests are in dynamical systems and their applications to mathematical biology. He has published papers in a wide variety of biological disciplines including neuroscience, population dynamics, and genetics.

Tom also has a long history of involvement in differential equations education issues. He was the Principal Investigator of the NSF supported IDEA project (http://www.sci.wsu.edu/idea/), he has written for and reviewed several differential equations textbooks, and is currently involved in the NSF funded CODEE project (http://www.codee.org/) for whom he has conducted two mini-courses at the MAA Annual meeting.

When not teaching or doing mathematics Tom might be found fly fishing for trout in Montana, New Zealand, Missouri, ....

## Education

Ph.D. Boston University, 1994

## Areas of Expertise

## Interests

## Courses Taught

MCS-177 (Introduction to Computer Science I Lab) and MCS-358 (Mathematical Model Building)

Synonym | Title | Times Taught | Terms Taught |
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MCS-121 | Calculus I | 20 | 2019/SP, 2014/FA, 2013/FA, 2012/FA, 2011/SP, 2010/FA, 2006/FA, 2005/FA, 2004/SP, 2003/FA, 2001/FA, 2001/SP, and 2000/FA |

MCS-122 | Calculus II | 16 | 2021/SP, 2020/FA, 2020/SP, 2018/SP, 2016/SP, 2013/FA, 2009/FA, 2007/FA, 2007/SP, 2003/SP, and 2002/SP |

MCS-222 | Multivariable Calculus | 11 | 2023/FA, 2023/SP, 2022/FA, 2022/SP, 2018/SP, 2017/FA, 2017/SP, 2016/FA, 2016/SP, 2002/FA, and 2002/SP |

MCS-358 | Math Model Building | 10 | 2022/JN, 2020/JN, 2018/JN, 2016/JN, 2014/JN, 2012/JN, 2010/JN, 2008/JN, 2006/JN, and 2004/JN |

MCS-253 | Differential Equations | 9 | 2023/FA, 2015/SP, 2010/SP, 2007/SP, 2006/SP, 2005/SP, 2004/SP, 2003/SP, and 2001/SP |

PHY-230 | Applied Mathematics for Physics and Engineering | 9 | 2014/SP, 2010/SP, 2009/SP, 2008/SP, 2006/SP, 2005/SP, 2004/SP, 2003/SP, and 2002/SP |

MCS-357 | Discrete Dynamics | 7 | 2021/FA, 2017/FA, 2015/FA, 2011/FA, 2011/SP, 2008/FA, and 2006/FA |

MCS-115 | The Nature of Math | 6 | 2022/FA, 2016/FA, 2015/FA, 2015/SP, and 2012/FA |

MCS-177 | Introduction to Computer Science I Lab | 6 | 2020/FA, 2017/SP, 2016/FA, 2016/SP, and 2012/SP |

MCS-353 | Continuous Dynamics | 5 | 2022/SP, 2020/SP, 2003/FA, 2002/FA, and 2000/FA |

MCS-321 | Elementary Theory of Complex Variables | 5 | 2021/SP, 2019/SP, 2017/SP, 2011/SP, and 2009/SP |

FTS-100 | FTS:Let's Gamble !? | 5 | 2019/FA, 2014/FA, 2011/FA, 2005/FA, and 2002/FA |

MCS-119 | Calculus with Precalculus Review 1B | 5 | 2012/SP, 2010/FA, 2009/SP, 2008/FA, and 2008/SP |

MCS-350 | Honors Thesis | 4 | 2023/SP, 2012/SP, 2011/SP, and 2009/SP |

MCS-221 | Linear Algebra | 3 | 2014/SP, 2013/FA, and 2001/FA |

MCS-118 | Calculus with Precalculus Review 1A | 3 | 2008/FA, 2007/FA, and 2006/FA |

MCS-268 | Career Exploration | 2 | 2008/JN and 2004/JN |

MCS-300 | Mathematics Seminar | 2 | 2005/SP and 2002/SP |

MCS-354 | Topic: Categorical Data Analy | 1 | 2023/SP |

MCS-355 | Scientific Computing | 1 | 2023/SP |

IDS-244 | ST:Planning for Nobel | 1 | 2020/FA |

MCS-150 | Discrete Mathematics | 1 | 2019/FA |

MCS-177 | Introduction to Computer Science I | 1 | 2019/SP |

MCS-230 | App Math Phy/Engineerng | 1 | 2014/SP |

MCS-231 | Math Methods in Bio | 1 | 2014/SP |

MCS-220 | Intro Analysis | 1 | 2009/FA |

PHY-370 | Advanced Math Methods | 1 | 2007/SP |

MCS-120 | Pre-Calculus | 1 | 2003/JN |