Seunghun (Hun) Hong Assistant Professor of Mathematics

Seunghun (Hun)Hong

Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University
M.A., Tufts University
M.S., Tufts University
B.S., Seoul National University (South Korea)

VPH 120

Prior to joining Northwestern's faculty, Dr. Seunghun (Hun) Hong served as a postdoctoral researcher at the Mathematisches Institut of Georg-August-Universität Göttingen in Germany. He earned a bachelor's degree in physics from Seoul National University, master's degrees in mathematics and physics from Tufts University, and a doctorate in mathematics from Penn State. During his doctoral and postdoctoral years, he taught various undergraduate and graduate mathematics courses. His research interest is in functional analysis in the broader context of mathematical physics.

MAT090 - Basic Algebra

This course covers basic concepts of numbers (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division in the integers, rational numbers and real numbers), basic properties of exponents, linear equations in two variables and their applications in problem solving, inequalities, the use of formulas and an introduction to the rectangular coordinate system and graphing. Note: Counts toward full-time student status but is not included in grade point averages. Credit attempted in Basic Algebra does not count toward graduation. Does not count toward a math major or minor. Does not fulfill the math requirement or any graduation requirement. (2 credits)

MAT116QR - Statistics for the Natural and Social Sciences

This course is designed to introduce topics in probability and statistics with an emphasis on problems in the sciences. We will study discrete and continuous distributions, estimation and hypothesis testing, p-values, correlation, and simple linear regression. There will be three main sections in this course, examining descriptive statistics (the nature of data and how to summarize it), basic probability concepts (the mathematical study of uncertainty), and inferential statistics (making claims or decisions based on one or more sets of data). Note: Students may receive credit for only one course among MAT116QR, MAT117QR andMAT208QR.Prerequisites: C- or better in MAT090, an ACT math score of 20 or above (SAT 480 or above), a passing score on the basic algebra placement exam, or permission of instructor.(3 credits)(NWCore option under Quantitative Reasoning)

MAT127 - Patterns, Functions and Algebra for Elementary Teachers

MAT127 is designed to help you understand and teach the aspects of algebrathat are highly relevant to elementary and middle school classrooms.Throughout the course, topics are explored through rich problems andinvestigations, enabling you to deepen your conceptual understanding ofalgebraic concepts and to enhance your pedagogical practices. Coursediscussions, activities, projects, and explorations will focus on thefollowing topics:-Problem Solving-Solving Equations-Patterns & Sequences-Representing Functional Relationships-Quadratic Functions-Exponential Functions-Properties of Numbers and Operations-Algebraic Proof Note: This course is limited to elementary education majors only. Does notcount toward a math major or minor. Prerequisites: C- or better in MAT090 or ACT math score of 20 or above(SAT480 or above), or passing score on the MAT090 placement exam. (3credits)

MAT212 - Calculus III

A study of the cylindrical and spherical coordinate systems, vectors in two dimensions and three dimensions, vector valued functions, functions of several variables, multiple integration, and vector calculus.Note: Meets four days per week. Prerequisite: C- or better in MAT211 or permission of instructor. (4 credits)

MAT317 - Linear Algebra

A study of the algebra of matrices and vector spaces including matrix operations, systems of equations, determinants, properties of real vector spaces, eigenvalues and eigenvectors. Prerequisite: C- or better inMAT112QR, 180 or permission of instructor. (3 credits)

MAT412 - Real Analysis

A study of real-value functions including such topics as continuity, sequences and series, differentiation and integration. Students will also be introduced to the concept of a general metric space. Prerequisite: C- or better inMAT180WI, 211, or permission of instructor. (3 credits, alternate years, consult department)

MAT419 - Introduction to Abstract Algebra

A study of groups, normal groups and factor groups, Cayley's Theorem, rings, ideals, homomorphisms, integral domains, fields, polynomial rings, field extensions and zeros of polynomials. Prerequisite: C- or better in MAT317 or permission of instructor. (3 credits, alternate years, consult department)

Journal article, "A Lie-algebraic approach to the local index theorem on compact homogeneous spaces," Advances in Mathematics 296 (Jun 2016)

Journal article, "Harish-Chandra's volume formula via Weyl's law and Euler-Maclaurin formula," Differential Geometry and Its Applications 38 (Feb 2015)

Postdoctoral researcher, Mathematisches Institut of Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Germany

Research assistant, Mathematics Department, Pennsylvania State University

Charles H. Hoover Memorial Award, Mathematics Department, Penn State, 2012

The Korean Honor Scholarship, Ambassador of Korea in the USA, 2003