Math Club attended a talk by Terence Tao at Stanford back in Fall 2010. Here is a video of essentially the same talk, delivered at UCLA.
The Math Club is officially getting down to business this semester. The last meeting was nonstop planning and brainstorming about upcoming events. The meeting ran long due to the volume of pressing issues that required attention, but the enthusiasm never died down. Treasurer Cindy Luu provided an excellent summary of the Math Club meeting held on March 13th, so, rather than attempt to outdo her, I'll just repost her very thorough rundown of what happened:
Here's a summary of what was discussed in last Tuesday's meeting:
*Movie + Pizza - *Please refer to Aaron's thread/email (sent a couple days
ago) for more details, and to RSVP with your preferred day/time. We're
going to order a few pizzas and watch the movie Cube<
It's kind of a horror/thriller, but we've got a back up movie in case
you're squeamish :)
Come hang out with us and eat some pizza before taking a week off for
spring break! You know you want to.
*Math Awareness Week/Month* (April) - We may be planning a math-related
lecture series. More details coming soon!
*Frisco Day* (April 13th) - This is a day where we get to set up a table in
front of the MUB and promote math and college stuff to high schoolers. We
need people to take shifts manning our booth - let us know if you'd like to
contribute! The type of info you'll be sharing include enrollment info,
department info, placement testing in addition to helping demonstrate
something fun in math :) Basically, we want some mathy fun to show to high
schoolers, and it'd be cool if they can take something home from it but
this isn't necessary.
We're still brainstorming ideas for this part - here's some possible demos
we've thought of so far:
- unit origami
- vacuum marshmallows
- paper airplanes
Let us know if you have any ideas for demonstrations/mini projects we could
use for Frisco Day!
*T-Shirts* - Still in the works! We're kind of split on either black print
on white shirts or white print on black shirts. What do you guys think?
Which would you prefer to wear? Also, check out xkdc comics for possible
panels to get printed on our shirts. If you see any comic that you
particularly like, let us know!
Hope you all have a great weekend!
If you're interested in attending the Math Club movie day, the RSVP link is here.
Sold out! Barely a single passerby could resist the temptation of our cookies, brownies, and cheesecake.
The tent went up on Ram Plaza at around 10 AM and remained there until mid-afternoon. Members of the Math Club pulled shifts every 30 minutes to an hour, rotating as people became available to tend the booth.
In preparation for the Math Club bake sale on February 21st on Ram Plaza, some members of the Math Club met up to get the goods ready. Members in attendance were ICC rep Chris Padilla, treasurer Cindy Luu, webmaster Aaron Piotrowski, baking enthusiast Conor Gelvin, and the host of the festivities, club president Daniel DeLage. Together we prepared brownies, chocolate chip and peanut butter cookies, and cheese cake.
The afternoon/evening involved discussions on mathematical proofs, quantum physics, time travel, cat breading, and infinite series, as well as impromptu hands-on experiments involving gyroscopes and magnets.
Check out the pictures below, and don't forget to stop by Ram Plaza on the CCSF campus this tuesday, February 21st to buy some affordable, delicious delicacies.
The Math Club has officially started its search for a student artist to create a permanent mural on campus! Add to your portfolio, engage in a real-world project, and create a work with an unusual and challenging theme: mathematics. Deadline for submission is March 5th. Check out the Math Mural page for more information: Math Mural Information Page
Here are PDFs of the fractal activities I will hand out during our Math Club meeting.
Unfortunately they seem to have attached in reverse order, so you're better of viewing the last one first.
It was a lovely day for the field trip. I'm going to let the photos speak.
Our next meeting is 10/19, and we'll meet in the classroom of the computer lab, BATL 301. Go into the lab and take a left turn into the classroom. I'll give you an introduction to The Geometer's Sketchpad, and we'll make some fractals.
I'm not yet certain that I will be able to pull off everything that I want to in an hour (probably more like 90 min), but the goal is to get you started making some fractals with geometric objects, and then show you how to make some fractals with pictures. So bring a flash drive with an image that you might want to play with, or email something to yourself.
on Saturday, 15 October, we will visit the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory for their open house. Our tour will be from 12:30–2:00. Information will follow about how/when/where we will meet.
If you are interested in joining us, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. There is limited capacity for this tour, so it's first-come-first-serve, with priority given to those people who have been in the last couple of Math Club meetings.
Twice a year, the American Mathematical Association of Two Year Colleges (AMATYC) holds a contest in the form of a multiple choice exam. It's a fun exam to take. Round 1 of the exam happens in fall semester; Round 2 happens in the spring. This semester, Round 1 will take place in three weeks, on the afternoon of 10/28. There will be two workshops given: one on 10/14 2-3 pm, and the other on 10/21 3-4 pm.