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Taking a different Trangle on Train Tracks

Everyone learns basic principles of math, which include addition, subtraction, multiplying, and division. However, math becomes more complicated once people move to the next grade. Many people feel discouraged when math gets tough, but Rebeca Bowen and Julia Graham didn’t back down from presenting “Trangles and Train Tracks” at the 2020 Piedmont Symposium.

“As a beginning researcher, it’s nice to work on something original, but yet closely related to your advisor’s research,” said Rebecca Bowen, senior mathematics major at Piedmont College. “I really fell in love with this topic.”

Bowen proved that Trangles are equivalent to polyhexes, which is an assemblage of regular hexagons with adjoining sides. Graham discovered how train tracks work but breaking it down to its purest form.

 “The main problem I encountered was trying to come up with conjectures or proofs, because train tracks have not to my knowledge been researched, so there was a lot that was unknown,” said Julia Graham, senior physics major at Piedmont College.

Having the drive to push through and explain a topic that would leave many clueless can be stressful, but they got plenty of help from their professor Dr. Torrance.

“Of course, Dr. Torrance helped a lot with the formulation of the proof, but it’s a spectacular feeling to prove something that nobody’s ever proven before,” she said.

The complex topic was born once Dr. Torrance and his son were building toy train tracks and then continued to do further research. Once he developed more questions for his capstone students, he was excited to give them the task to do their research.  

“Working one-on-one with students on interesting math problems is hands down my favorite part of my job. Seeing how they tackled these problems was exciting” said Dr. Torrance, assistant professor of mathematics at Piedmont College.

Learning how to use a certain platform to present their information was another problem they had to face. The team of three worked many weeks learning two different things that would bring everything together.

“I learned a lot about LaTeX in the process of preparing my research for a presentation. Using LaTeX is fantastic, but it’s challenging at first,” said Bowen.

After learning two new things, Rebecca and Julia were ready to present their work. However, all the research they found couldn’t be presented at the Symposium, because they got way more information than intended.

“Coming up with the proof took longer than I would’ve imagined. I was hoping to prove several results, but research is a lot different from regular classwork,” said Graham.

The amount of research that Bowen and Graham had to find would have anyone’s brain burnt out, but with the help of Dr. Torrance, they felt like they conquered the world. Even though this math challenge is complete, they are excited to increase her knowledge even more.

“I was thrilled with the whole research process, and I’m looking forward to continuing to think about Trangles and exploring other new topics in mathematics in the future,” said Bowen.

Overcoming failure, Brain Gawne is the definition of determination

“My childhood growing up, was dysfunctional,” said Brain Gawne, throws coach of Piedmont College Track and Field team.

Battling the game of life, Brain Gawne didn’t let the dark times hold him back. Having parents that didn’t graduate high school and living among five siblings, Gawne taught himself by trial and error. During his time as a kid, he could only be perfect, or there was a chance of being hit. Everything changed once someone finally started to believe in him.

“One of my favorite teachers asked me to do wrestling, and he believed in me, which my parents never did,” he said.

Finally, having someone believe in him ignited the spark to become something great. Other sports wanted him to participate in their sports programs, and from middle school to high school, Gawne collected numerous accolades. After graduating, he used his knowledge to teach youth and coach in a variety of sports until he retired.

“I was miserable at home, and part of being a man is your job,” he said, discussing retired life.

Gawne’s wife made him come out of retirement and challenge himself to find a new job. The new job is Piedmont College, where he already led his throwers to a conference championship and is preparing to win another. Through all the tough times, Gawne appreciates sports being a part of his life.

“I have been very blessed with the coaches I had, they gave structure I didn’t have in the house,” he said.

School and sports were Gawne’s happy place where he learned and got the support he needed to be successful in life. Without sports Gawne wouldn’t be the man he is today.

“You have to find something you like to do and play with passion.”

Cameron Graham: My Story

My name is Cameron Graham, and my life is full of surprises. Every day I wake up, I’m always amazed at the things I have accomplished. I remember the time my dad asked me what I wanted to be when I got older. Once I said comedian, my dad said words I can’t type on this website.

I was born in Tampa, Fl, but in second grade, I moved with grandparents to Augusta, Ga. Moving to Augusta was a big adjustment for me. Everyone is friendly, saying hello, and waving. In Florida, people would think you are trying to do something to them if you stare at them. I remember once I moved to Augusta; I met my second-grade teacher Mrs.Best. She asked me was I ready for second grade, and I responded by saying, “yea.” Well, that didn’t flow with Mrs.Best, so she corrected me quickly. Once again, adjusting to Georgia was difficult for me, because apparently, you can’t say “yea” to teachers.

Once I started middle school, I started living on the wild side. I got in trouble every other week and stayed in my room reading books all the time. My dad would take everything out of my room except for my bed and clothes. I was basically in prison, but with better living conditions. In 7th grade, I had terrible grades, and that made my dad upset. He had a meeting with all my teacher, so I could have my desk sit right next to their desk until my grades improved. Now you might be thinking if my grades improved right. Well, of course, it was either that or death. Around this time of my life, my dad and my stepmother began talking. My beautiful sisters came into my life, as well. When they came into my life, track & field was something I took seriously. Track & field helped me throughout middle school, keeping me away from trouble. I was the best High jumper in the county and performed well in other events.

During High school, I mainly focused on getting my diploma and running track in college. The only fun thing was meeting my best friend in 10th grade. My High school track career was good. I went to the state track & field meet three years, won many medals, and a three-time county champ. Fast forward to the present day; i’m a junior mass communications major. In track, I currently hold multiple records, and I’m a two-time conference champ. Now, if you would’ve told me years ago I would be doing all of this stuff, I would laugh at your face.