Park University Mathematics Colloquium

In Fall 2013 the Park University Mathematics Colloquium will meet Wednesdays at 4:30pm (note the change) in the Findlay-Wakefield Science Hall, room 110The prerequisite knowledge for each talk is listed. 

For more information or to book a slot to give a talk, please contact the organizer, Dr. Samuel Chamberlin at samuel.chamberlin@park.edu

                                                Fall 2013 Schedule


Date

Speaker

 Title and Information


9/18

David McCune, Ph.D.

William Jewell College

Title: Some Interesting Unsolved Problems

Prerequisite: None
 
   

11/13
 
        Lori McCune, Ph.D.

Missouri Western State University

 
 Title: Visualizing Probability with Applets

Prerequisite: Basic Probability


 
         
       11/20


  
Available
 

12/4


  
Available


Previous Talks Fall 2011

 
Date


 Speaker
 
Title and Abstract

 Thursday,

Sept 8
 
Dincer Guler, Ph.D.

Park University

Title: What is a Curved Space and Curvature


Prerequisite: One Year of Calculus


 Thursday,

Sept 22

 
Dincer Guler, Ph.D.

Park University

Title: Curvature and Topology of Riemannian Manifolds

Abstract:
We will describe the various curvature notions that appear in the study of Riemannian manifolds and the effect they have on the function theory and the topology of the manifold. Two special cases will be discussed in more detail: manifolds with non-positive sectional curvature and manifolds with non-negative Ricci curvature.

 Thursday,

Sept 29
 
Azadeh Rafizadeh, Ph.D.

Park University
 
Title: Knot Theory in a Nut-Shell

Prerequisite: None
 

 Thursday,

Oct 6

 Dincer Guler
, Ph.D.

Park University

 
Title: Explicit Calculations of Curvature


 Thursday,

Oct 20

Azadeh Rafizadeh
, Ph.D.

Park University


Title: Graph links and their splice diagrams, Part I

Abstract: D. Eisenbud and W. Neumann have introduced splice diagrams to present graph links. They have also developed a theory that allows one to determine the fiberablity, the Thurston norm, and Alexander polynomial of such links using their splice diagrams.  In this talk, we will introduce some of these concepts.

 Thursday,

Oct 27


Azadeh Rafizadeh
, Ph.D.

Park University



Title: Graph links and their splice diagrams, Part II

Abstract: In this talk, we introduce specific theorems by D. Eisenbud and W. Neumann, and we use them to calculate the Alexander polynomial and the Thurston norm of particular knot $K$, which is contained in a homology sphere different from S^3.
 Thursday,

Nov 3


 Charlie Smith
, Ph.D.

Park University



Title: Historical Background of Irrationality and Transcendence

Prerequisite: None
 


 Thursday,

Nov 10

Charlie Smith
, Ph.D.

Park University



Title: Irrationality of e

Prerequisite: 
One Year of Calculus



 Thursday,

Nov 17

Charlie Smith
, Ph.D.

Park University



Title: Irrationality of pi

Prerequisite: 
One Year of Calculus



 Thursday,

Dec 1

Samuel Chamberlin
, Ph.D.

Park University


Title: Groups and Symmetry

Prerequisite: None


                            Previous Talks Spring 2012



 Date

 
Speaker
 
 Title and Information
 
Thursday,

Jan 26




Samuel Chamberlin, Ph.D. 

Park University
 

Title: More on Groups 

Prerequisite: None
 

Thursday,

Feb 2


 

Erin Martin, Ph.D.

William Jewell College

  
Title: A Foray into Tropical Geometry

Prerequisite: None
  

Thursday,

Feb 9
 

Erin Martin, Ph.D.

William Jewell College

 
Title: Zero Divisor Graphs

Abstract


Thursday,

Feb 16


Dincer Guler
, Ph.D.

Park University

 
Title: The Ham- Salad Sandwich Problem

Prerequisite: None
  



Thursday,

Feb 23

Adam Potthast

Park University
 
Title: Philosophy of Mathematics: What are numbers?


Prerequisite: None
  

Thursday,

Mar 1

Charlie Smith
, Ph.D.

Park University 


  

 Title: Transcendence of ePart I

Prerequisite: 
One Year of Calculus

Thursday,

Mar 8


Charlie Smith
, Ph.D.

Park University 




 Title: Transcendence of e, Part II

Prerequisite: 
One Year of Calculus

Thursday,

Mar 22


 Samuel Chamberlin, Ph.D.

Park University



Title: Matrix Lie Algebras

Prerequisite: Linear Algebra
 

Thursday,

Mar 29


Tim Ridenour, Ph.D.

Northwestern University

 

 Title: An Introduction to Simple Z_n-Graded Lie Algebras

Prerequisite: Linear Algebra and the Previous Talk

Thursday,

Apr 19

 
Ashley Harbin

Park University
 
 Title: From Myth to Music and Music to Math

Prerequisite: None

Thursday,

Apr 26


Charlie Smith, Ph.D.

Park University

Title: Beauty in Mathematics: "A Few of My Favorite Things"


Prerequisite: None


Previous Talks Fall 2012



 Date

 
Speaker
 
Title and Information

 
Monday,

Aug 27



Charlie Smith, Ph.D.

Park University


 Title: Emanuel Lasker Mathematician and Chess Immortal: The Biography

Prerequisite: None


Monday,

Sep 10


David McCune, Ph.D.

William Jewell College

Title: The Hanoi Tower Game and Automata

Prerequisite: College Algebra
Monday,

Sep 17


Lori McCune, Ph.D.

Missouri Western State University



Title: An Introduction to Hilbert Samuel Polynomials

Prerequisite: College Algebra

Monday,

Oct 1

Keith Brandt, Ph.D.

Rockhurst University 
   

Title: Counting Urban Walks

Prerequisite: None

Monday,

Oct 8 

Charlie Smith, Ph.D.

Park University 


Title: Emanuel Lasker Mathematician and Chess Immortal: The Mathematician (Part One)
Prerequisite: One Year of Calculus                         
                                   

Monday,

Oct 22 


  Patrick Johnson, Ph.D.

William Jewell College

Title: Measuring Pi with Matchsticks and Bowling Balls

Prerequisite: None

Monday,

Oct 29


Dincer Guler
, Ph.D.

Park University

Title: Millennium Prize Problems-I: The Riemann Hypothesis 

Prerequisite: TBA


Monday,

Nov 5


James Pearson, Ph.D.

William Jewell College

Title: Philosophy of Mathematics: Laws of Number as Laws of Thought 

Prerequisite: None

Monday,

Nov 19


Charlie Smith, Ph.D.

Park University  

Title: Ideal Operations

Prerequisite: One Year of Calculus

 
Monday,

Dec 3
 
Reisha Fregoe

  Park University
  
 
Title: The Basics of Galois Theory

Prerequisite: None


Spring 2013 Schedule


Date

Speaker

Title and Information

Monday,

April 1

Barbara Herzog
, Ph.D.

Doane College

Title: Calculus on a Doughnut


Prerequisite: Calculus I

Monday,

April 8

Charlie Smith
, Ph.D.

Park University

Title: The Golden Ratio


Prerequisite: None

Monday,

April 15

Charlie Smith, Ph.D.

Park University

Title: The Fibonacci Sequence


Prerequisite: None

Monday,

April 22

Math Movie

Title: Nova's The Proof

Prerequisite: None
 


Monday,

April 29

Jessica Brucker and 
Reisha Fregoe


Park University


Title: Partitions and Symmetric Functions

Prerequisite: None