Chair, Department of Mathematics

Bruce Torrence came to Randolph-Macon in 1993 after serving as a visiting Professor at Georgetown University for two years. He received his Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of Virginia in 1991. His dissertation is in cobordism theory, a branch of algebraic topology. He also received his masters and bachelors degrees in mathematics, from the University of Maryland and Tufts University, respectively. His research interests include algebraic topology, graph theory, and combinatorics.

Professional offices and awards include:

- Program co-chair and Proceedings co-editor (with Eve Torrence) for the Bridges organization, 2016. Bridges explores connections between mathematics and the arts.
- The article “The fundamental theorem of algebra for artists,” coauthored with Bahman Kalantari, was included in
*The Best Writing on Mathematics 2014*. This article first appeared in*Math Horizons*(April 2013, pp 26–29). - Organized Mathematics Awareness Month 2014 with Eve Torrence and Colm Mulcahy.
- A pair of articles on stereographic photography, coauthored with David Swart, were included in The Best Writing on Mathematics 2012.
- Co-editor of
*Math Horizons*, 2009 - 2013. - Recipient: John M. Smith award for excellence in mathematics teaching, 2008.
- Coauthor, with spouse and colleague Prof. Eve Torrence, of The Student's Introduction to
*Mathematica*- A Handbook for Precalculus, Calculus, and Linear Algebra", available from Cambridge University Press. Now in its second edition, it is available at Amazon. - Co-director of the Honors Program at Randolph-Macon, 1997-2000.
- Recipient: NSF Grant for the creation of a computer classroom for the Mathematics Department, 1996.

Off campus, Prof. Torrence enjoys photography, jazz, and cycling. While he's not yet explored ways to combine jazz or cycling with mathematics, he has done so with his photography. You can view some of Dr. Torrence's mathematical photos on flickr, and you can read about them here.

Dr. Torrence has been an avid cyclist (both on- and off-road) for his entire adult life, and he's led a number of rides and events from campus. In the summer of 2002, he and four other crazy people cycled the entire 469 mile length of the Blue Ridge Parkway in four days. In 2008 he completed the Shenandoah Mountain 100, a one-day, hundred-mile mountain bike race. He served as the faculty advisor to the Cycling Club for over a decade.

Yes, Dr. Torrence is married to the other Dr. Torrence. They spent the Spring of 2002 at the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands, studying mathematics education and computer algebra systems.

Dr. Torrence developed a course on the mathematics of 3D-printing, which was first offered in the spring of 2016 as an honors course. It will be offered again in the spring of 2017.

Courses taught at R-MC include:

Math 451 - Topology,

Math 442 - Numerical Analysis,

Math 421 - Real Analysis,

Math 372 - Statistics,

Math 371 - Probability,

Math 350 - Game Theory,

Math 330 - Graph Theory,

Math 321 - Modern Algebra,

Math 317 - Number Theory,

Math 307 - Differential Equations,

Math 215 - Math ROCS (Resources, Opportunities, Careers Seminar)

Math 213 - Linear Algebra,

Math 220 - Discrete Mathematics,

Math 203 - Multivariable Calculus,

Math 132 - Calculus II,

Math 131 - Calculus I,

Math 120 - Introduction to Logic,

Math 113 - Introduction to Statistics,

Math 111 - Introduction to Statistics,

Math 107 - Introduction to Mathematical Modeling,

Math 105 - Finite Mathematics,

Honr 254 - *Mathematica*!,

Honr 204 - Geometry of the Universe

Honr 111 - The Mathematics of 3D Printing,

FYEC 105 and 106 - The Human Genome (First Year Seminar, team-taught with Prof. Falls of the Biology dept.)

RMCS 106 - Mathematical Problem Solving (freshman seminar)

On the climb to the Stelvio pass in the Dolomites, in northern Italy, Summer 2009

Updated Feb. 25, 2014.