Welcome to the

TAMU Math Circle!

12/8

Spring's Meetings :

1/26, 2/2, 2/9, 2/16, 2/23, 3/2, 3/23, 3/30, 4/13, 4/27, 5/4

The next Math Circle meeting is December, 1st at 2:00 in BLOC 220. Please register and pay now. If the $100 registration fee would be a hardship, see the registration page about getting a waiver. The Beginner group will be in BLOC 220, the Intermediate group will be in BLOC 203, and the Advanced group will be in BLOC 202.

Parking: The Northside Garage is available for parking.

We meet on the second floor of the Blocker Building, Room 220, on the Texas A&M Campus from 2:00 to 4:00 PM on Saturdays. From 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM we have an optional problem-solving session. Below are the details of the Math Circle Activities for the upcoming Saturday.

This Week:

Beginner Group: BLOC 220 (in Pre-Algebra and below)

Speaker: Maurice Rojas, Texas A&M University

Title: Protecting Your Data II

Abstract: Last weekend, we saw the basics of modular arithmetic, and a connection to music. This weekend, we'll continue learning more about modular arithmetic: specifically, division and exponentiation. We'll then see how this is related to secret codes used now on the internet. Time permitting, we'll also see a cute puzzle related to error correcting codes. The latter kind of code is important for transmitting data in a noisy environment.


Intermediate Group: BLOC 203 (in Algebra 1 or above)

Speaker: JD Kim, Texas A&M University

Title: Slope of a Line and Its Applications

Abstract: In this talk we will discuss the slope of a line and how we can use it for numerical PDE problems. As an application, I will demonstrate coding for simple PDE problems and introduce the Front Tracking method for the Parachute model.


Advanced Group: BLOC 202 (in Algebra 2 or above)

Speaker: John Weeks, Texas A&M University

Title: Construction of the Real Numbers

Abstract: A set is, roughly speaking, a collection of objects. You may have heard that the abstract notion of a set currently resides as a basis for all we do in mathematics. But how do we understand numbers in terms of sets? We will discuss John von Neumann's (1903-1957) set-theoretic definition of a number and relate it to the axiomatic structure of the counting numbers given by Giuseppe Peano (1858-1932). We then continue onward (but backward in history!) to construct the real number system from the rational numbers using the methods of Augustin-Louis Cauchy (1789-1857).


Problem-Solving Beginner Group: BLOC 205

Instructor: Dr. Shilin Yu, Texas A&M University


Problem-Solving Intermediate Group: BLOC 203

Instructor: Dr. Hao Guo, Texas A&M University


Problem-Solving Advanced Group: BLOC 202

Instructors: Dr. Zhizhang Xie and Dr. Guoliang Yu, Texas A&M University


Below is the May 12, 2018 graduation. (Photo taken by JJ)