Kevin J. Mitchell

Ph.D., Brown University, 1980

Department of Mathematics and Computer Science
Hobart and William Smith Colleges
Geneva, New York 14456

Office: Lansing 305 
Phone:  (315) 781-3619
Fax:    (315) 781-3860


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Graduation 2015
Graduation 2015: Nan Zhang, Danyu Li, Pamela Eck, and Alana Kilcullen

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An Introduction to Biostatistics, 3rd Ed (Waveland Press) is an accessible and complete introduction for students to the use of statistics in the biological sciences. Designed for sophomore- and junior-level students, there are examples throughout the text taken from many areas in the life sciences, including genetics, physiology, ecology, agriculture, and medicine. This text emphasizes the relationships among probability, probability distributions, and hypothesis testing. We have highlighted the expected value of various test statistics under the null and research hypotheses as a way to understand the methodology of hypothesis testing. In addition, we have incorporated nonparametric alternatives to many situations along with the standard parametric analysis. New with this edition is an online companion guide to using R, a free online statistical program, with the text. The text is also available in a Chinese language edition. Look here for the earlier hardcover edition.

Foundations of Analysis, Second Edition is published by Dover Publications (ISBN-10: 048646296X, ISBN-13: 978-0486462967) and is available at at the link above. The text was originally published by Prentice-Hall (Pearson Education, Inc., ISBN 013326679-6). This is a revised, corrected edition with different pagination.

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This text is an introduction to basic analysis. It presents a careful development of the real number system and the theory of calculus on the real line followed by extensions of the theory to the real and the complex planes. The text is designed to be a first encounter with rigorous, formal mathematics for serious mathematics students with a year of calculus. A desire to investigate how calculus is put together and what makes it tick is the primary prerequisite for reading this book. Among the text's student-friendly features are extended discussions of key ideas, detailed proofs of difficult theorems, and reinforcement of basic ideas through repeated exposure to them in different contexts.

Foundations of Analysis has been used for more than a decade in a course at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. The course has calculus and linear algebra as prerequisites and is generally taken by sophomores and juniors.

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Revised article on the use of the Point-Centered Quarter Method to calculate plant density. This document is an introduction to the use of the point-centered quarter method. It briefly outlines its history, its methodology, and some of the practical issues that inevitably arise with its use in the field. Additionally this paper shows how data collected using point-centered quarter method sampling may be used to determine importance values of different species of trees and describes several methods of estimating plant density and corresponding confidence intervals.

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Information and Resources for the Queensland, Australia Term (2001)

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Attempting to identify fish in the Coral Gardens at Lady Elliott Island while directing the Term Abroad Program for HWS in Queensland, Australia.

Hobart and William Smith Colleges: Department of Mathematics and Computer Science