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2016-2017 Seminar Series

SPRING 2017

Wednesday, February 15th

Speaker: Vladimir Ginzburg, International Rolling Mill Consultants
Time:  2:00 - 3:00 pm 
Location:  College Hall 446
Title: Introduction to a Toryx - One Step Beyond Elementary Math

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Friday, February 24th

Speaker: James Ricci, Daemen College
Time:  TBD
Location:  College Hall 446
Title: Searching for Solutions to Polynomial Equations: A Survey of Results from Euclid to Present Day

Abstract:The quadratic formula can give us a false sense of understanding of just how difficult it can be to find solutions to polynomial equations. Looking at higher degree polynomials or multivariable equations quickly complicates matters. Even restricting our attention to only whole number solutions makes some natural questions very difficult to solve: Can you list all of the numbers that arise as the sum of two squares? This list will include all of the perfect squares, but also includes numbers like 1+4=5 or 4+9=13. So, can you classify every number that can be written in this way? These kinds of problems have intrigued mathematicians for centuries and have been studied by some of the most famous mathematicians in history including Euclid, Pythagoras, Gauss, and Fermat. This talk will give a brief history of these types of questions and survey some of the results obtained from Ancient Greece to present day. Only a basic knowledge of polynomials and precalculus will be assumed!

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Wednesday, March 22nd

Speaker: Thomas Dean, U. of Illinois at Chicago
Time:  2:00- 3:00
Location:  College Hall 446
Title: Forcing and the Continuum Hypothesis

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FALL 2016

Thursday, September 15th

Speaker: Barry Minemyer, The Ohio State University 
Time:  3:10 - 4:00 pm   
Location:  College Hall 439
Title: The geometry of n-dimensional triangles via edge length

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Wednesday, September 28th

Speaker: Tyelr Gaona and Donovan Ramsey, Duquesne University
Time: 2:00 - 3:00 pm
Location: College Hall 446
Title: TBA

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Wednesday, October 12th

Speaker: Dr. Ben Linowitz, Oberlin College
Time: 2:00 - 3:00 pm
Location: College Hall 446
Title: TBA

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Monday, October 24th

Speaker: Dr. Chris Rasmussen, Wesleyan University
Time: 11:00 - 11:50 am
Location: College Hall 446
Title: TBA

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Friday, November 4th

Speaker: Dr. Katie Haymaker, Villanova University
Time: 11:00 am
Location: College Hall 446
Title: Winning a bet using error-correcting codes

Abstract: This talk will introduce two known historical instances in which betting games could be "won" by using error-correcting codes. The first is a football pool challenge, in which a bet consists of predicting the outcome of a list of games, where each game can result in a Win, a Loss, or a Draw. The second example is a more recent lottery game that involves choosing 6 numbers between 1 and 46. An error-correcting code is a subset of an n-dimensional vector space with some special properties. In this talk we will see how codes arise naturally in the setting of lottery tickets and football pools. We'll outline the connections between these games and particular codes, and talk about how codes can be used to win.

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