Math Club Events

Fall 2018

Thursday, August 30, 5-6 pm in 351 Avery Hall: Math Modeling: a Collaborative Exploration of Real-World Problems

Presentation by graduate student Elizabeth Carlson.

Modeling is a process that uses math to provide insight into real world phenomena; see this video for a quick introduction. Come see how you can apply the math that you know and get involved in math modeling activities right here at UNL.

Thursday, September 13, 5-6 pm in 351 Avery Hall: Building spheres using puzzle pieces

Presentation by professor Alex Zupan.

Topologists like to break up complicated objects into small, manageable pieces. As a simple example, a natural way to split the surface of the earth is to divide it into two pieces, the Northern and Southern Hemispheres. Of course, the earth's surface can also be cut into many more components, and a natural question is to determine how each of these decompositions is related to any other. We consider the problem of cutting up a sphere into topological puzzle pieces in dimension two, three, and four, describing some recent progress (joint with Jeffrey Meier) on a big, unsolved problem in this area.

Friday, October 19 4-5 pm in 115 Avery Hall: 12-th annual Pi Mu Epsilon Lecture

A New Look at an Old Calculus

Presented by professor Robert Ghrist - Andrea Mitchell professor at the University of Pennsylvania.

Calculus has been around for centuries and has a long tradition of applications spanning the modern history of science. However, the current age is characterized by a sweeping array of new potential applications—to machine learning, AI, robotics, neuroscience, genetics, and much more. In addition, both our curricula and our default modes of instruction (chalk, paper, 4-color texts) are not keeping pace with innovation. This talk will be an argument for updating both the content and the mode of visualization of calculus. There will be lots of pictures, new applications, and even a little bit of the mathematics that lies beyond calculus.

Friday - Saturday, October 19-27: Student Competition Using Differential Equation Modeling SCUDEM III 2018

The Student Competition Using Differential Equation Modeling (SCUDEM) is open for three member teams of students at the undergraduate or lower level. SCUDEM takes place over a week-long period that begins on a Friday at each team’s individual home campus and culminates on Competition Saturday at a regional host site in the United States and beyond. UNL will be hosting SCUDEM III in October 2018.

Math Club will organize training sessions for these contests for interested students.

Thursday, October 25 5-6 pm in 351 Avery Hall: Course Preview for Spring 2019

Come find out about upper level math classes for the Spring 2019 semester from the instructors teaching these classes.

Thursday, November 15: 29th annual UNL Math Day

Saturday, December 1st: The William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition

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