Richard B. Thompson



Associate Professor, Emeritus

Department of Mathematics

University of Arizona

Tucson, Arizona 85721


Office: Room 240D, Mathematics East Building

Office Hours: By appointment

Phone: (520) 323-0284

Fax: (520) 621-8322


Mathematics Department:


Mathematics for Business Decisions

Educational Background

Selected Publications

Other Interests

Girl Scout Project


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Mathematics for Business Decisions.

            I have written a series of two electronic texts, Mathematics for Business Decisions Parts 1 and 2, that are designed for lower division students majoring in business.  These texts, which are copyrighted to the Arizona Board of Regents, are published and distributed by the Mathematical Association of America.

            For information on the electronic texts visit

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Educational Background.

B.A. University of Northern Iowa, Mathematics and Physics, 1961

M.S. University of Wisconsin (Madison), Mathematics, 1963.

Ph.D. University of Wisconsin (Madison), Mathematics, 1967.

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Selected Publications.


            1. Equilibrium Bidding Strategies in Common-Value Sealed-Bid Auctions, with A. Larry Wright,  2004. Download PDF version.

            2. Global Positioning System: The Mathematics of GPS Receivers, Mathematics Magazine, Vol. 71, No. 4, October, 1998, pp. 260-269. Download PDF version.

            3. Designing a Baseball Cover, The College Mathematics Journal, Vol. 29, No. 1, January, 1998, pp. 48-61. Download PDF version.

            4. Discovering Differential Equations in Optics, with Bill Mueller, The College Mathematics Journal, Vol. 28, No. 3, May, 1997, pp. 217-223.

            5. Teachers Doing Mathematics: A Lower Division Mathematics Colloquium. FOCUS, Vol. 16, No. 2, April, 1996, pp. 28 - 30.

            6. Competency Unit Testing With Limited Repetitions, Mathematics in College, Instructional Resource Center CUNY, Winter 1983, pp. 6-15.

            7. Reporting College Placement Scores and Grades to High Schools, The Mathematics Teacher, Vol. 74, No. 4, 1981.

            8. Student Pacing or Instructor Pacing (with J. McCoy), American Mathematical Monthly, Vol. 86, No. 3, pp. 217-221, 1979.

            9. PSI in College Mathematics (with M. Hassett), American Mathematical Monthly, Vol. 85, No. 9, pp. 760-763, 1978.


            1. College Algebra, Prindle, Weber, and Schmidt, 1978.

            2. Intermediate Algebra, Prindle, Weber, and Schmidt, 1976.

Electronic Textbooks

            1. Mathematics for Business Decisions Part 1, Standard and Alternative releases 1.5 and 1.5a, Mathematical Association of America, 2005 (with Christopher G. Lamoureux)

            2. Mathematics for Business Decisions Part 2, Mathematical Association of America, 2003 (with Christopher G. Lamoureux)

MAA Southwest Section Meeting Tucson, Arizona, 2006 Notes

            Discovering New Mathematics While You Teach,  Download a self-extracting Zipped file containing Word and Mathcad files with full notes for a presentation by Richard B. Thompson.


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Other Interests.

            Family: I am married to Sharon L. Thompson, and have two sons, Bruce and Curtis.

            Ocean Sailing: Shari and I have sailed yachts in Tahiti, the French Riviera, the Caribbean, Maine, Australia and along the West Coast of the U. S. and Canada. Look at streaming video and pictures.

            Backcountry: I have skied the Haute Route in the Alps; and Shari and I have made trips in Colorado, Wyoming, and Canada. Look at streaming video.

            Music: I play the drums in an 18-piece big band. Look at streaming video.

            Video: Shari and I create DVD's from digital video shot during our travels.

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