The School of Arts & Sciences

Department of Computer Science & Mathematics

Samer Habre

Dr. Samer Habre is an associate professor of mathematics and assistant dean in the School of Arts and Sciences.  

He joined LAU in 1992. In 1998, he received a one-year Fulbright Scholarship grant that he spent at Cornell University in New York. In the fall of 2005, he was a visiting scholar at California Polytechnic State University.

Dr. Habre has numerous publications in various areas of pure mathematics and has published lately in the area of linear iterative systems and Burau representations. He also publishes papers on the teaching of mathematics at the college level, and his primary focus is on the role of visualization and writing in the teaching of mathematics. He is the editor of a book entitled Enhancing Mathematics Understanding through Visualization: The Role of Dynamical Software, published by IGI Global in 2013 (available here).


  1. Students’ Challenges with Polar Functions: Covariational Reasoning and Plotting in the Polar Coordinate System; published in the International Journal of Mathematics Education in Science and Technology (iJMEST), a Taylor and Francis publication, Vol. 48(1), 2017, pp. 48-66.
  2. Effects of Web-Based Homework on Students’ Performance in Freshman Calculus at an American College in Lebanon; published in a special issue of the Turkish Online Journal of Educational Technology, July 2015, pp. 220-229.
  3. Central finite volume schemes on nonuniform grids and applications. Paper co-authored with Dr. Rony and Dr. Dia Zeidan; published in Applied Mathematics and Computation, Vol. 262, 2015, pp. 15-30.
  4. Spin Representations with Negative Indices. Paper co-authored with Dr. Mohammad Abdul Rahim and Madeline Al-Tahan; published in Tamkang Journal of Mathematics, Vol 45(4), 2014, pp. 367-374.
  5. Multi-Parameter Burau Representations. Paper co-authored with Mohammad Abdulrahim and Madeline Al Tahan; Published in Tamkang Journal of Mathematics, Vol. 44(1), 2013, pp. 91-98
  6. Dynamical Mathematical Software: Tools for Learning and Research. Book Chapter published in the book: Enhancing Mathematics Understanding through Visualization: The Role of Dynamical Software; IGI Global, pp. 70-88. Available here.
  7. String Art and Linear Iterative Systems. Book Chapter published in the book: Enhancing Mathematics Understanding through Visualization: The Role of Dynamical Software; IGI Global, pp. 212-221. Available here
  8. Improving Understanding in Ordinary Differential Equations through Writing in a Dynamical Environment. Published in Teaching Mathematics and its Applications, Vol. 31(3), 2012, pp.153-166. (doi:10.1093/teamat/hrs007)
  9. GCD Matrices Defined on GCD-Closed Sets in Principal Ideal Domains. Paper co-authored with A.N. El-Kassar. Published in the International Journal of Applied Mathematics, Vol. 24 (4), 2010, pp. 591-598.
  10. Multiple Representations and the Understanding of Taylor Polynomials. Published in PRIMUS (Problems, Resources, and Issues of Mathematics Undergraduate Studies), Vol. 19 (2), pp. 417-432, 2009.
  11. Borderline Behavior of 2x2 Linear Iterative Systems. Paper co-authored with Professor Jean-Marie McDill of California Polytechnic State University; published in the International Journal of Pure and Applied Mathematics, Vol. 42, No. 4, 2008.
  12. Prospective Mathematics’ Teachers View on the Role of Technology in Mathematics Education; paper co-authored with Dr. Todd Grundmeier, and published in Issues in the Undergraduate Mathematics Preparation of School Teachers: The Journal, Vol. 3, 2007.
  13. Students’ Conceptual Understanding of a Function and its Derivative in an Experimental Calculus Coursepublished in the Journal of Mathematical Behavior, an Elsevier publication, Vol. 25(1), 2006, pp. 57-72.
  14. Investigating Students’ Approval of a Geometric Approach to Differential Equations and Their Solutions. Published in the International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology (iJMEST), Vol.34, No. 5, 2003, pp. 651-66
  15. The Convergence of an Euler Approximation of an Initial Value Problem Is Not Always Obvious. Published in the American Mathematical Monthly, Vol. 108, No. 4, 2001, pp. 326 - 335. 

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