https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/api.php?action=feedcontributions&user=Juliettebruce&feedformat=atomMath - User contributions [en]2019-07-18T19:08:43ZUser contributionsMediaWiki 1.28.3https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php?title=Colloquia&diff=17517Colloquia2019-07-13T09:27:39Z<p>Juliettebruce: /* Spring 2020 */</p>
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<div>= Mathematics Colloquium =<br />
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All colloquia are on Fridays at 4:00 pm in Van Vleck B239, '''unless otherwise indicated'''.<br />
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==Fall 2019==<br />
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|Sept 6<br />
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|Sept 13<br />
| Jan Soibelman (Kansas State)<br />
|[[# TBA| TBA ]]<br />
| Caldararu<br />
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|Sept 16 '''Monday Room 911'''<br />
| Alicia Dickenstein (Buenos Aires)<br />
|[[# TBA| TBA ]]<br />
| Craciun<br />
|<br />
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|Sept 20<br />
| Jianfeng Lu (Duke)<br />
|[[#TBA | TBA]]<br />
| Qin<br />
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|Sept 27<br />
|Elchnanan Mossel (MIT) Distinguished Lecture<br />
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|Oct 4<br />
| Matt Baker (Georgia Tech)<br />
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|Oct 11<br />
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|Oct 18<br />
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|Oct 25<br />
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|Possibly reserved for job talk?<br />
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|Nov 8<br />
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|Nov 29<br />
|Thanksgiving<br />
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==Spring 2020==<br />
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|March 27<br />
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|April 3<br />
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|April 10<br />
| Sarah Koch (Michigan)<br />
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| Bruce (WIMAW)<br />
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|April 17<br />
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|April 24<br />
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|May 1<br />
|Robert Lazarsfeld (Stony Brook)<br />
|Distinguished lecture<br />
|Erman<br />
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== Abstracts ==<br />
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== Past Colloquia ==<br />
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[[Colloquia 2012-2013#Fall 2012|Fall 2012]]</div>Juliettebrucehttps://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php?title=Colloquia&diff=17516Colloquia2019-07-13T09:26:58Z<p>Juliettebruce: /* Spring 2020 */</p>
<hr />
<div>= Mathematics Colloquium =<br />
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All colloquia are on Fridays at 4:00 pm in Van Vleck B239, '''unless otherwise indicated'''.<br />
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==Fall 2019==<br />
{| cellpadding="8"<br />
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|Sept 6<br />
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|-<br />
|Sept 13<br />
| Jan Soibelman (Kansas State)<br />
|[[# TBA| TBA ]]<br />
| Caldararu<br />
|<br />
|-<br />
|Sept 16 '''Monday Room 911'''<br />
| Alicia Dickenstein (Buenos Aires)<br />
|[[# TBA| TBA ]]<br />
| Craciun<br />
|<br />
|-<br />
|Sept 20<br />
| Jianfeng Lu (Duke)<br />
|[[#TBA | TBA]]<br />
| Qin<br />
|<br />
|-<br />
|Sept 27<br />
|Elchnanan Mossel (MIT) Distinguished Lecture<br />
|-<br />
|Oct 4<br />
| Matt Baker (Georgia Tech)<br />
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|Oct 11<br />
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|Oct 18<br />
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|Oct 25<br />
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|Nov 1<br />
|Possibly reserved for job talk?<br />
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|Nov 8<br />
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|Nov 15<br />
|Reserved for job talk<br />
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|Nov 29<br />
|Thanksgiving<br />
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==Spring 2020==<br />
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|Jan 31<br />
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|Feb 7<br />
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|Feb 14<br />
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|Feb 28<br />
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|March 6<br />
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|March 13<br />
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|March 20<br />
|Spring break<br />
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|March 27<br />
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|April 3<br />
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|-<br />
|April 10<br />
| Sarah Koch (Michigan)<br />
| Bruce (WIMAW)<br />
|April 17<br />
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|-<br />
|April 24<br />
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|-<br />
|May 1<br />
|Robert Lazarsfeld (Stony Brook)<br />
|Distinguished lecture<br />
|Erman<br />
|}<br />
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== Abstracts ==<br />
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===Person (Institution)===<br />
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Title:<br />
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Abstract:<br />
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== Past Colloquia ==<br />
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[[Colloquia/Blank|Blank]]<br />
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[[Colloquia/Spring2019|Spring 2019]]<br />
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[[Colloquia/Fall2017|Fall 2017]]<br />
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[[Colloquia/Spring2017|Spring 2017]]<br />
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[[Archived Fall 2016 Colloquia|Fall 2016]]<br />
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[[Colloquia/Spring2016|Spring 2016]]<br />
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[[Colloquia/Fall2015|Fall 2015]]<br />
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[[Colloquia/Spring2014|Spring 2015]]<br />
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[[Colloquia/Fall2014|Fall 2014]]<br />
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[[Colloquia/Spring2014|Spring 2014]]<br />
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[[Colloquia/Fall2013|Fall 2013]]<br />
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[[Colloquia 2012-2013|Spring 2013]]<br />
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[[Colloquia 2012-2013#Fall 2012|Fall 2012]]</div>Juliettebrucehttps://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php?title=Algebra_and_Algebraic_Geometry_Seminar_Fall_2019&diff=17498Algebra and Algebraic Geometry Seminar Fall 20192019-06-15T13:35:22Z<p>Juliettebruce: </p>
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<div>The seminar meets on Fridays at 2:25 pm in room TBA.<br />
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Here is the schedule for [[Algebra and Algebraic Geometry Seminar Spring 2019 | the previous semester]], for [[Algebra and Algebraic Geometry Seminar Spring 2020 | the next semester]], and for [[Algebra and Algebraic Geometry Seminar | this semester]].<br />
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==Algebra and Algebraic Geometry Mailing List==<br />
*Please join the [https://admin.lists.wisc.edu/index.php?p=11&l=ags AGS Mailing List] to hear about upcoming seminars, lunches, and other algebraic geometry events in the department (it is possible you must be on a math department computer to use this link).<br />
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== Fall 2019 Schedule ==<br />
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{| cellpadding="8"<br />
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|September 6<br />
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|September 13<br />
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| Reserved (Juliette)<br />
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|September 27<br />
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|November 29<br />
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| Thanksgiving Break<br />
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== Abstracts ==<br />
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===Speaker===<br />
'''Title: '''<br />
Abstract:</div>Juliettebrucehttps://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php?title=Algebra_and_Algebraic_Geometry_Seminar_Fall_2019&diff=17497Algebra and Algebraic Geometry Seminar Fall 20192019-06-15T13:34:11Z<p>Juliettebruce: /* Fall 2019 Schedule */</p>
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<div>The seminar meets on Fridays at 2:25 pm in room TBA.<br />
<br />
Here is the schedule for [[Algebra and Algebraic Geometry Seminar Fall 2018 | the previous semester]], for [[Algebra and Algebraic Geometry Seminar Fall 2019 | the next semester]], and for [[Algebra and Algebraic Geometry Seminar | this semester]].<br />
<br />
==Algebra and Algebraic Geometry Mailing List==<br />
*Please join the [https://admin.lists.wisc.edu/index.php?p=11&l=ags AGS Mailing List] to hear about upcoming seminars, lunches, and other algebraic geometry events in the department (it is possible you must be on a math department computer to use this link).<br />
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== Fall 2019 Schedule ==<br />
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{| cellpadding="8"<br />
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|September 6<br />
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|September 13<br />
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| Reserved (Juliette)<br />
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|September 20<br />
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|September 27<br />
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|November 22<br />
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|November 29<br />
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| Thanksgiving Break<br />
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|December 6<br />
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|December 13<br />
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== Abstracts ==<br />
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===Speaker===<br />
'''Title: '''<br />
Abstract:</div>Juliettebrucehttps://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php?title=Algebra_and_Algebraic_Geometry_Seminar_Fall_2019&diff=17496Algebra and Algebraic Geometry Seminar Fall 20192019-06-15T13:33:41Z<p>Juliettebruce: Created page with "The seminar meets on Fridays at 2:25 pm in room TBA. Here is the schedule for the previous semester, for Algebra and..."</p>
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<div>The seminar meets on Fridays at 2:25 pm in room TBA.<br />
<br />
Here is the schedule for [[Algebra and Algebraic Geometry Seminar Fall 2018 | the previous semester]], for [[Algebra and Algebraic Geometry Seminar Fall 2019 | the next semester]], and for [[Algebra and Algebraic Geometry Seminar | this semester]].<br />
<br />
==Algebra and Algebraic Geometry Mailing List==<br />
*Please join the [https://admin.lists.wisc.edu/index.php?p=11&l=ags AGS Mailing List] to hear about upcoming seminars, lunches, and other algebraic geometry events in the department (it is possible you must be on a math department computer to use this link).<br />
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== Fall 2019 Schedule ==<br />
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{| cellpadding="8"<br />
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!align="left" | host(s) <br />
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|September 6<br />
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|November 29<br />
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| Thanksgiving Break<br />
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== Abstracts ==<br />
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===Speaker===<br />
'''Title: '''<br />
Abstract:</div>Juliettebrucehttps://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php?title=Algebra_and_Algebraic_Geometry_Seminar_Spring_2019&diff=16838Algebra and Algebraic Geometry Seminar Spring 20192019-02-06T01:24:02Z<p>Juliettebruce: /* Spring 2019 Schedule */</p>
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<div>The seminar meets on Fridays at 2:25 pm in room B235.<br />
<br />
Here is the schedule for [[Algebra and Algebraic Geometry Seminar Fall 2018 | the previous semester]], for [[Algebra and Algebraic Geometry Seminar Fall 2019 | the next semester]], and for [[Algebra and Algebraic Geometry Seminar | this semester]].<br />
<br />
==Algebra and Algebraic Geometry Mailing List==<br />
*Please join the [https://admin.lists.wisc.edu/index.php?p=11&l=ags AGS Mailing List] to hear about upcoming seminars, lunches, and other algebraic geometry events in the department (it is possible you must be on a math department computer to use this link).<br />
<br />
<br />
== Spring 2019 Schedule ==<br />
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{| cellpadding="8"<br />
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|January 25<br />
|[http://www.math.utah.edu/~smolkin/ Daniel Smolkin (Utah)]<br />
|Symbolic Powers in Rings of Positive Characteristic<br />
|Daniel<br />
|-<br />
|February 1<br />
|Juliette Bruce<br />
|Asymptotic Syzgies for Products of Projective Spaces<br />
|Local<br />
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|February 8 (B135)<br />
|[http://www.mit.edu/~ivogt/ Isabel Vogt (MIT)]<br />
| Low degree points on curves<br />
|Wanlin and Juliette<br />
|-<br />
|February 15<br />
|Pavlo Pylyavskyy (U. Minn)<br />
|Zamolodchikov periodicity and integrability<br />
|Paul Terwilliger<br />
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|February 22<br />
|Michael Brown (Wisconsin)<br />
|Chern-Weil theory for matrix factorizations<br />
|Local<br />
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|March 1<br />
|Shamgar Gurevich (Wisconsin)<br />
|Harmonic Analysis on GLn over finite fields, and Random Walks<br />
|Local<br />
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|March 8<br />
|Jay Kopper (UIC)<br />
|TBD<br />
|Daniel<br />
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|March 15<br />
|TBD<br />
|TBD<br />
|TBD<br />
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|March 22<br />
|No Meeting<br />
|Spring Break<br />
|TBD<br />
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|March 29<br />
|[https://math.berkeley.edu/~ceur/ Chris Eur (UC Berkeley)]<br />
|TBD<br />
|Daniel<br />
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|April 5<br />
|TBD<br />
|TBD<br />
|TBD<br />
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|April 12<br />
|[http://www-personal.umich.edu/~ecanton/ Eric Canton (Michigan)]<br />
|TBD<br />
|Michael<br />
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|April 19<br />
|[http://www-personal.umich.edu/~grifo/ Elo&iacute;sa Grifo (Michigan)]<br />
|TBD<br />
|TBD<br />
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|April 26<br />
|TBD<br />
|TBD<br />
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|May 3<br />
|TBD<br />
|TBD<br />
|TBD<br />
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== Abstracts ==<br />
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===Daniel Smolkin===<br />
'''Symbolic Powers in Rings of Positive Characteristic'''<br />
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The n-th power of an ideal is easy to compute, though difficult to describe geometrically. In contrast, symbolic powers of ideals are difficult to compute while having a natural geometric description. In this talk, I will describe how to compare ordinary and symbolic powers of ideals using the techniques of positive-characteristic commutative algebra, especially in toric rings and Hibi rings. This is based on joint work with Javier Carvajal-Rojas, Janet Page, and Kevin Tucker. Graduate students are encouraged to attend!<br />
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===Juliette Bruce===<br />
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'''Title: Asymptotic Syzygies for Products of Projective Spaces'''<br />
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I will discuss results describing the asymptotic syzygies of products of projective space, in the vein of the explicit methods of Ein, Erman, and Lazarsfeld’s non-vanishing results on projective space.<br />
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===Isabel Vogt===<br />
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'''Title: Low degree points on curves'''<br />
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In this talk we will discuss an arithmetic analogue of the gonality of a curve over a number field: the smallest positive integer e such that the points of residue degree bounded by e are infinite. By work of Faltings, Harris--Silverman and Abramovich--Harris, it is well-understood when this invariant is 1, 2, or 3; by work of Debarre--Fahlaoui these criteria do not generalize to e at least 4. We will study this invariant using the auxiliary geometry of a surface containing the curve and devote particular attention to scenarios under which we can guarantee that this invariant is actually equal to the gonality . This is joint work with Geoffrey Smith.<br />
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===Pavlo Pylyavskyy===<br />
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'''Zamolodchikov periodicity and integrability'''<br />
<br />
T-systems are certain discrete dynamical systems associated with quivers. They appear in several different contexts: quantum affine algebras and Yangians, commuting transfer matrices of vertex models, character theory of quantum groups, analytic Bethe ansatz, Wronskian-Casoratian duality in ODE, gauge/string theories, etc. Periodicity of certain T-systems was the main conjecture in the area until it was proven by Keller in 2013 using cluster categories. In this work we completely classify periodic T-systems, which turn out to consist of 5 infinite families and 4 exceptional cases, only one of the infinite families being known previously. We then proceed to classify T-systems that exhibit two forms of integrability: linearization and zero algebraic entropy. All three classifications rely on reduction of the problem to study of commuting Cartan matrices, either of finite or affine types. The finite type classification was obtained by Stembridge in his study of Kazhdan-Lusztig theory for dihedral groups, the other two classifications are new. This is joint work with Pavel Galashin. <br />
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===Shamgar Gurevich===<br />
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'''Harmonic Analysis on GLn over finite fields, and Random Walks'''<br />
<br />
There are many formulas that express interesting properties of a group G in terms of sums over its characters. For evaluating or estimating these sums, one of the most salient quantities to understand is the {\it character ratio}: <br />
<br />
$$<br />
trace(\rho(g))/dim(\rho),<br />
$$<br />
<br />
for an irreducible representation $\rho$ of G and an element g of G. For example, Diaconis and Shahshahani stated a formula of this type for analyzing G-biinvariant random walks on G. It turns out that, for classical groups G over finite fields (which provide most examples of finite simple groups), there is a natural invariant of representations that provides strong information on the character ratio. We call this invariant {\it rank}. This talk will discuss the notion of rank for GLn over finite fields, and apply the results to random walks. This is joint work with Roger Howe (Yale and Texas AM).</div>Juliettebrucehttps://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php?title=Algebra_and_Algebraic_Geometry_Seminar_Spring_2019&diff=16659Algebra and Algebraic Geometry Seminar Spring 20192019-01-20T22:34:16Z<p>Juliettebruce: /* Abstracts */</p>
<hr />
<div>The seminar meets on Fridays at 2:25 pm in room B235.<br />
<br />
Here is the schedule for [[Algebra and Algebraic Geometry Seminar Fall 2018 | the previous semester]] and for [[Algebra and Algebraic Geometry Seminar Fall 2019 | the next semester]]<br />
<br />
==Algebra and Algebraic Geometry Mailing List==<br />
*Please join the [https://admin.lists.wisc.edu/index.php?p=11&l=ags AGS Mailing List] to hear about upcoming seminars, lunches, and other algebraic geometry events in the department (it is possible you must be on a math department computer to use this link).<br />
<br />
<br />
== Spring 2019 Schedule ==<br />
<br />
{| cellpadding="8"<br />
!align="left" | date<br />
!align="left" | speaker<br />
!align="left" | title<br />
!align="left" | host(s) <br />
<br />
|-<br />
|January 25<br />
|[http://www.math.utah.edu/~smolkin/ Daniel Smolkin (Utah)]<br />
|TBD<br />
|Daniel<br />
|-<br />
|February 1<br />
|Juliette Bruce<br />
|Asymptotic Syzgies for Products of Projective Spaces<br />
|Local<br />
|-<br />
|February 8<br />
|[http://www.mit.edu/~ivogt/ Isabel Vogt (MIT)]<br />
| Low degree points on curves<br />
|Wanlin and Juliette<br />
|-<br />
|February 15<br />
|Pavlo Pylyavskyy (U. Minn)<br />
|TBD<br />
|Paul Terwilliger<br />
|-<br />
|February 22<br />
|Michael Brown<br />
|Chern-Weil theory for matrix factorizations<br />
|Local<br />
|-<br />
|March 1<br />
|TBD<br />
|TBD<br />
|TBD<br />
|-<br />
|March 8<br />
|Jay Kopper (UIC)<br />
|TBD<br />
|Daniel<br />
|-<br />
|March 15<br />
|TBD<br />
|TBD<br />
|TBD<br />
|-<br />
|March 22<br />
|No Meeting<br />
|Spring Break<br />
|TBD<br />
|-<br />
|March 29<br />
|[https://math.berkeley.edu/~ceur/ Chris Eur (UC Berkeley)]<br />
|TBD<br />
|Daniel<br />
|-<br />
|April 5<br />
|TBD<br />
|TBD<br />
|TBD<br />
|-<br />
|April 12<br />
|TBD<br />
|TBD<br />
|TBD<br />
|-<br />
|April 19<br />
|[http://www-personal.umich.edu/~grifo/ Elo&iacute;sa Grifo (Michigan)]<br />
|TBD<br />
|TBD<br />
|-<br />
|April 26<br />
|TBD<br />
|TBD<br />
|TBD<br />
|-<br />
|May 3<br />
|TBD<br />
|TBD<br />
|TBD<br />
|}<br />
<br />
== Abstracts ==<br />
<br />
===Juliette Bruce===<br />
<br />
'''Title: Asymptotic Syzygies for Products of Projective Spaces'''<br />
<br />
I will discuss results describing the asymptotic syzygies of products of projective space, in the vein of the explicit methods of Ein, Erman, and Lazarsfeld’s non-vanishing results on projective space.<br />
<br />
===Isabel Vogt===<br />
<br />
'''Title: Low degree points on curves'''<br />
<br />
In this talk we will discuss an arithmetic analogue of the gonality of a curve over a number field: the smallest positive integer e such that the points of residue degree bounded by e are infinite. By work of Faltings, Harris--Silverman and Abramovich--Harris, it is well-understood when this invariant is 1, 2, or 3; by work of Debarre--Fahlaoui these criteria do not generalize to e at least 4. We will study this invariant using the auxiliary geometry of a surface containing the curve and devote particular attention to scenarios under which we can guarantee that this invariant is actually equal to the gonality . This is joint work with Geoffrey Smith.</div>Juliettebrucehttps://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php?title=Algebra_and_Algebraic_Geometry_Seminar_Spring_2019&diff=16658Algebra and Algebraic Geometry Seminar Spring 20192019-01-20T22:33:02Z<p>Juliettebruce: /* Isabel Vogt */</p>
<hr />
<div>The seminar meets on Fridays at 2:25 pm in room B235.<br />
<br />
Here is the schedule for [[Algebra and Algebraic Geometry Seminar Fall 2018 | the previous semester]] and for [[Algebra and Algebraic Geometry Seminar Fall 2019 | the next semester]]<br />
<br />
==Algebra and Algebraic Geometry Mailing List==<br />
*Please join the [https://admin.lists.wisc.edu/index.php?p=11&l=ags AGS Mailing List] to hear about upcoming seminars, lunches, and other algebraic geometry events in the department (it is possible you must be on a math department computer to use this link).<br />
<br />
<br />
== Spring 2019 Schedule ==<br />
<br />
{| cellpadding="8"<br />
!align="left" | date<br />
!align="left" | speaker<br />
!align="left" | title<br />
!align="left" | host(s) <br />
<br />
|-<br />
|January 25<br />
|[http://www.math.utah.edu/~smolkin/ Daniel Smolkin (Utah)]<br />
|TBD<br />
|Daniel<br />
|-<br />
|February 1<br />
|Juliette Bruce<br />
|Asymptotic Syzgies for Products of Projective Spaces<br />
|Local<br />
|-<br />
|February 8<br />
|[http://www.mit.edu/~ivogt/ Isabel Vogt (MIT)]<br />
| Low degree points on curves<br />
|Wanlin and Juliette<br />
|-<br />
|February 15<br />
|Pavlo Pylyavskyy (U. Minn)<br />
|TBD<br />
|Paul Terwilliger<br />
|-<br />
|February 22<br />
|Michael Brown<br />
|Chern-Weil theory for matrix factorizations<br />
|Local<br />
|-<br />
|March 1<br />
|TBD<br />
|TBD<br />
|TBD<br />
|-<br />
|March 8<br />
|Jay Kopper (UIC)<br />
|TBD<br />
|Daniel<br />
|-<br />
|March 15<br />
|TBD<br />
|TBD<br />
|TBD<br />
|-<br />
|March 22<br />
|No Meeting<br />
|Spring Break<br />
|TBD<br />
|-<br />
|March 29<br />
|[https://math.berkeley.edu/~ceur/ Chris Eur (UC Berkeley)]<br />
|TBD<br />
|Daniel<br />
|-<br />
|April 5<br />
|TBD<br />
|TBD<br />
|TBD<br />
|-<br />
|April 12<br />
|TBD<br />
|TBD<br />
|TBD<br />
|-<br />
|April 19<br />
|[http://www-personal.umich.edu/~grifo/ Elo&iacute;sa Grifo (Michigan)]<br />
|TBD<br />
|TBD<br />
|-<br />
|April 26<br />
|TBD<br />
|TBD<br />
|TBD<br />
|-<br />
|May 3<br />
|TBD<br />
|TBD<br />
|TBD<br />
|}<br />
<br />
== Abstracts ==<br />
<br />
===Isabel Vogt===<br />
<br />
'''Title: Low degree points on curves'''<br />
<br />
In this talk we will discuss an arithmetic analogue of the gonality of a curve over a number field: the smallest positive integer e such that the points of residue degree bounded by e are infinite. By work of Faltings, Harris--Silverman and Abramovich--Harris, it is well-understood when this invariant is 1, 2, or 3; by work of Debarre--Fahlaoui these criteria do not generalize to e at least 4. We will study this invariant using the auxiliary geometry of a surface containing the curve and devote particular attention to scenarios under which we can guarantee that this invariant is actually equal to the gonality . This is joint work with Geoffrey Smith.</div>Juliettebrucehttps://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php?title=Algebra_and_Algebraic_Geometry_Seminar_Spring_2019&diff=16657Algebra and Algebraic Geometry Seminar Spring 20192019-01-20T22:32:41Z<p>Juliettebruce: </p>
<hr />
<div>The seminar meets on Fridays at 2:25 pm in room B235.<br />
<br />
Here is the schedule for [[Algebra and Algebraic Geometry Seminar Fall 2018 | the previous semester]] and for [[Algebra and Algebraic Geometry Seminar Fall 2019 | the next semester]]<br />
<br />
==Algebra and Algebraic Geometry Mailing List==<br />
*Please join the [https://admin.lists.wisc.edu/index.php?p=11&l=ags AGS Mailing List] to hear about upcoming seminars, lunches, and other algebraic geometry events in the department (it is possible you must be on a math department computer to use this link).<br />
<br />
<br />
== Spring 2019 Schedule ==<br />
<br />
{| cellpadding="8"<br />
!align="left" | date<br />
!align="left" | speaker<br />
!align="left" | title<br />
!align="left" | host(s) <br />
<br />
|-<br />
|January 25<br />
|[http://www.math.utah.edu/~smolkin/ Daniel Smolkin (Utah)]<br />
|TBD<br />
|Daniel<br />
|-<br />
|February 1<br />
|Juliette Bruce<br />
|Asymptotic Syzgies for Products of Projective Spaces<br />
|Local<br />
|-<br />
|February 8<br />
|[http://www.mit.edu/~ivogt/ Isabel Vogt (MIT)]<br />
| Low degree points on curves<br />
|Wanlin and Juliette<br />
|-<br />
|February 15<br />
|Pavlo Pylyavskyy (U. Minn)<br />
|TBD<br />
|Paul Terwilliger<br />
|-<br />
|February 22<br />
|Michael Brown<br />
|Chern-Weil theory for matrix factorizations<br />
|Local<br />
|-<br />
|March 1<br />
|TBD<br />
|TBD<br />
|TBD<br />
|-<br />
|March 8<br />
|Jay Kopper (UIC)<br />
|TBD<br />
|Daniel<br />
|-<br />
|March 15<br />
|TBD<br />
|TBD<br />
|TBD<br />
|-<br />
|March 22<br />
|No Meeting<br />
|Spring Break<br />
|TBD<br />
|-<br />
|March 29<br />
|[https://math.berkeley.edu/~ceur/ Chris Eur (UC Berkeley)]<br />
|TBD<br />
|Daniel<br />
|-<br />
|April 5<br />
|TBD<br />
|TBD<br />
|TBD<br />
|-<br />
|April 12<br />
|TBD<br />
|TBD<br />
|TBD<br />
|-<br />
|April 19<br />
|[http://www-personal.umich.edu/~grifo/ Elo&iacute;sa Grifo (Michigan)]<br />
|TBD<br />
|TBD<br />
|-<br />
|April 26<br />
|TBD<br />
|TBD<br />
|TBD<br />
|-<br />
|May 3<br />
|TBD<br />
|TBD<br />
|TBD<br />
|}<br />
<br />
== Abstracts ==<br />
<br />
===Isabel Vogt===<br />
<br />
'''Title: Low degree points on curves'''<br />
<br />
In this talk we will discuss an arithmetic analogue of the gonality of a curve over a number field: the smallest positive integer e such that the points of residue degree bounded by e are infinite. By work of Faltings, Harris--Silverman and Abramovich--Harris, it is well-understood when this invariant is 1, 2, or 3; by work of Debarre--Fahlaoui these criteria do not generalize to e at least 4. We will study this invariant using the auxiliary geometry of a surface containing the curve and devote particular attention to scenarios under which we can guarantee that this invariant is actually equal to the gonality . This is joint work with Geoffrey Smith.</div>Juliettebrucehttps://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php?title=Algebra_and_Algebraic_Geometry_Seminar_Spring_2019&diff=16656Algebra and Algebraic Geometry Seminar Spring 20192019-01-20T22:31:47Z<p>Juliettebruce: </p>
<hr />
<div>The seminar meets on Fridays at 2:25 pm in room B235.<br />
<br />
Here is the schedule for [[Algebra and Algebraic Geometry Seminar Fall 2018 | the previous semester]] and for [[Algebra and Algebraic Geometry Seminar Fall 2019 | the next semester]]<br />
<br />
==Algebra and Algebraic Geometry Mailing List==<br />
*Please join the [https://admin.lists.wisc.edu/index.php?p=11&l=ags AGS Mailing List] to hear about upcoming seminars, lunches, and other algebraic geometry events in the department (it is possible you must be on a math department computer to use this link).<br />
<br />
<br />
== Spring 2019 Schedule ==<br />
<br />
{| cellpadding="8"<br />
!align="left" | date<br />
!align="left" | speaker<br />
!align="left" | title<br />
!align="left" | host(s) <br />
<br />
|-<br />
|January 25<br />
|[http://www.math.utah.edu/~smolkin/ Daniel Smolkin (Utah)]<br />
|TBD<br />
|Daniel<br />
|-<br />
|February 1<br />
|Juliette Bruce<br />
|Asymptotic Syzgies for Products of Projective Spaces<br />
|Local<br />
|-<br />
|February 8<br />
|[http://www.mit.edu/~ivogt/ Isabel Vogt (MIT)]<br />
| Low degree points on curves<br />
|Wanlin and Juliette<br />
|-<br />
|February 15<br />
|Pavlo Pylyavskyy (U. Minn)<br />
|TBD<br />
|Paul Terwilliger<br />
|-<br />
|February 22<br />
|Michael Brown<br />
|Chern-Weil theory for matrix factorizations<br />
|Local<br />
|-<br />
|March 1<br />
|TBD<br />
|TBD<br />
|TBD<br />
|-<br />
|March 8<br />
|Jay Kopper (UIC)<br />
|TBD<br />
|Daniel<br />
|-<br />
|March 15<br />
|TBD<br />
|TBD<br />
|TBD<br />
|-<br />
|March 22<br />
|No Meeting<br />
|Spring Break<br />
|TBD<br />
|-<br />
|March 29<br />
|[https://math.berkeley.edu/~ceur/ Chris Eur (UC Berkeley)]<br />
|TBD<br />
|Daniel<br />
|-<br />
|April 5<br />
|TBD<br />
|TBD<br />
|TBD<br />
|-<br />
|April 12<br />
|TBD<br />
|TBD<br />
|TBD<br />
|-<br />
|April 19<br />
|[http://www-personal.umich.edu/~grifo/ Elo&iacute;sa Grifo (Michigan)]<br />
|TBD<br />
|TBD<br />
|-<br />
|April 26<br />
|TBD<br />
|TBD<br />
|TBD<br />
|-<br />
|May 3<br />
|TBD<br />
|TBD<br />
|TBD<br />
|}<br />
<br />
== Abstracts ==<br />
<br />
===Isabel Vogt===<br />
<br />
'''Title: Kaledin's noncommutative degeneration theorem and topological Hochschild homology'''<br />
<br />
In this talk we will discuss an arithmetic analogue of the gonality of a curve over a number field: the smallest positive integer e such that the points of residue degree bounded by e are infinite. By work of Faltings, Harris--Silverman and Abramovich--Harris, it is well-understood when this invariant is 1, 2, or 3; by work of Debarre--Fahlaoui these criteria do not generalize to e at least 4. We will study this invariant using the auxiliary geometry of a surface containing the curve and devote particular attention to scenarios under which we can guarantee that this invariant is actually equal to the gonality . This is joint work with Geoffrey Smith.</div>Juliettebrucehttps://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php?title=Algebra_and_Algebraic_Geometry_Seminar_Spring_2019&diff=16655Algebra and Algebraic Geometry Seminar Spring 20192019-01-20T22:30:36Z<p>Juliettebruce: /* Spring 2019 Schedule */</p>
<hr />
<div>The seminar meets on Fridays at 2:25 pm in room B235.<br />
<br />
Here is the schedule for [[Algebra and Algebraic Geometry Seminar Fall 2018 | the previous semester]] and for [[Algebra and Algebraic Geometry Seminar Fall 2019 | the next semester]]<br />
<br />
==Algebra and Algebraic Geometry Mailing List==<br />
*Please join the [https://admin.lists.wisc.edu/index.php?p=11&l=ags AGS Mailing List] to hear about upcoming seminars, lunches, and other algebraic geometry events in the department (it is possible you must be on a math department computer to use this link).<br />
<br />
<br />
== Spring 2019 Schedule ==<br />
<br />
{| cellpadding="8"<br />
!align="left" | date<br />
!align="left" | speaker<br />
!align="left" | title<br />
!align="left" | host(s) <br />
<br />
|-<br />
|January 25<br />
|[http://www.math.utah.edu/~smolkin/ Daniel Smolkin (Utah)]<br />
|TBD<br />
|Daniel<br />
|-<br />
|February 1<br />
|Juliette Bruce<br />
|Asymptotic Syzgies for Products of Projective Spaces<br />
|Local<br />
|-<br />
|February 8<br />
|[http://www.mit.edu/~ivogt/ Isabel Vogt (MIT)]<br />
| Low degree points on curves<br />
|Wanlin and Juliette<br />
|-<br />
|February 15<br />
|Pavlo Pylyavskyy (U. Minn)<br />
|TBD<br />
|Paul Terwilliger<br />
|-<br />
|February 22<br />
|Michael Brown<br />
|Chern-Weil theory for matrix factorizations<br />
|Local<br />
|-<br />
|March 1<br />
|TBD<br />
|TBD<br />
|TBD<br />
|-<br />
|March 8<br />
|Jay Kopper (UIC)<br />
|TBD<br />
|Daniel<br />
|-<br />
|March 15<br />
|TBD<br />
|TBD<br />
|TBD<br />
|-<br />
|March 22<br />
|No Meeting<br />
|Spring Break<br />
|TBD<br />
|-<br />
|March 29<br />
|[https://math.berkeley.edu/~ceur/ Chris Eur (UC Berkeley)]<br />
|TBD<br />
|Daniel<br />
|-<br />
|April 5<br />
|TBD<br />
|TBD<br />
|TBD<br />
|-<br />
|April 12<br />
|TBD<br />
|TBD<br />
|TBD<br />
|-<br />
|April 19<br />
|[http://www-personal.umich.edu/~grifo/ Elo&iacute;sa Grifo (Michigan)]<br />
|TBD<br />
|TBD<br />
|-<br />
|April 26<br />
|TBD<br />
|TBD<br />
|TBD<br />
|-<br />
|May 3<br />
|TBD<br />
|TBD<br />
|TBD<br />
|}</div>Juliettebrucehttps://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php?title=Algebra_and_Algebraic_Geometry_Seminar_Spring_2019&diff=16608Algebra and Algebraic Geometry Seminar Spring 20192019-01-14T15:07:12Z<p>Juliettebruce: /* Spring 2019 Schedule */</p>
<hr />
<div>The seminar meets on Fridays at 2:25 pm in room B235.<br />
<br />
Here is the schedule for [[Algebra and Algebraic Geometry Seminar Fall 2018 | the previous semester]] and for [[Algebra and Algebraic Geometry Seminar Fall 2019 | the next semester]]<br />
<br />
==Algebra and Algebraic Geometry Mailing List==<br />
*Please join the [https://admin.lists.wisc.edu/index.php?p=11&l=ags AGS Mailing List] to hear about upcoming seminars, lunches, and other algebraic geometry events in the department (it is possible you must be on a math department computer to use this link).<br />
<br />
<br />
== Spring 2019 Schedule ==<br />
<br />
{| cellpadding="8"<br />
!align="left" | date<br />
!align="left" | speaker<br />
!align="left" | title<br />
!align="left" | host(s) <br />
<br />
|-<br />
|January 25<br />
|[http://www.math.utah.edu/~smolkin/ Daniel Smolkin (Utah)]<br />
|TBD<br />
|Daniel<br />
|-<br />
|February 1<br />
|Juliette Bruce<br />
|TBD<br />
|Local<br />
|-<br />
|February 8<br />
|[http://www.mit.edu/~ivogt/ Isabel Vogt (MIT)]<br />
|TBD<br />
|Wanlin and Juliette<br />
|-<br />
|February 15<br />
|Pavlo Pylyavskyy (U. Minn)<br />
|TBD<br />
|Paul Terwilliger<br />
|-<br />
|February 22<br />
|Michael Brown<br />
|Chern-Weil theory for matrix factorizations<br />
|Local<br />
|-<br />
|March 1<br />
|TBD<br />
|TBD<br />
|TBD<br />
|-<br />
|March 8<br />
|Jay Kopper (UIC)<br />
|TBD<br />
|Daniel<br />
|-<br />
|March 15<br />
|TBD<br />
|TBD<br />
|TBD<br />
|-<br />
|March 22<br />
|No Meeting<br />
|Spring Break<br />
|TBD<br />
|-<br />
|March 29<br />
|[https://math.berkeley.edu/~ceur/ Chris Eur (UC Berkeley)]<br />
|TBD<br />
|Daniel<br />
|-<br />
|April 5<br />
|TBD<br />
|TBD<br />
|TBD<br />
|-<br />
|April 12<br />
|TBD<br />
|TBD<br />
|TBD<br />
|-<br />
|April 19<br />
|[http://www-personal.umich.edu/~grifo/ Elo&iacute;sa Grifo (Michigan)]<br />
|TBD<br />
|TBD<br />
|-<br />
|April 26<br />
|TBD<br />
|TBD<br />
|TBD<br />
|-<br />
|May 3<br />
|TBD<br />
|TBD<br />
|TBD<br />
|}</div>Juliettebrucehttps://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php?title=Algebra_and_Algebraic_Geometry_Seminar_Spring_2019&diff=16416Algebra and Algebraic Geometry Seminar Spring 20192018-11-16T21:46:03Z<p>Juliettebruce: /* Spring 2019 Schedule */</p>
<hr />
<div>The seminar meets on Fridays at 2:25 pm in room B235.<br />
<br />
Here is the schedule for [[Algebra and Algebraic Geometry Seminar Fall 2018 | the previous semester]] and for [[Algebra and Algebraic Geometry Seminar Fall 2019 | the next semester]]<br />
<br />
==Algebra and Algebraic Geometry Mailing List==<br />
*Please join the [https://admin.lists.wisc.edu/index.php?p=11&l=ags AGS Mailing List] to hear about upcoming seminars, lunches, and other algebraic geometry events in the department (it is possible you must be on a math department computer to use this link).<br />
<br />
<br />
== Spring 2019 Schedule ==<br />
<br />
{| cellpadding="8"<br />
!align="left" | date<br />
!align="left" | speaker<br />
!align="left" | title<br />
!align="left" | host(s) <br />
<br />
|-<br />
|January 25<br />
|[http://www.math.utah.edu/~smolkin/ Daniel Smolkin (Utah)]<br />
|TBD<br />
|Daniel<br />
|-<br />
|February 1<br />
|Juliette Bruce<br />
|TBD<br />
|Local<br />
|-<br />
|February 8<br />
|Reserved<br />
|TBD<br />
|Wanlin and Juliette<br />
|-<br />
|February 15<br />
|TBD<br />
|TBD<br />
|TBD<br />
|-<br />
|February 22<br />
|TBD<br />
|Local speaker needed (no hotels)<br />
|TBD<br />
|-<br />
|March 1<br />
|TBD<br />
|TBD<br />
|TBD<br />
|-<br />
|March 8<br />
|Jay Kopper (UIC)<br />
|TBD<br />
|Daniel<br />
|-<br />
|March 15<br />
|TBD<br />
|TBD<br />
|TBD<br />
|-<br />
|March 22<br />
|No Meeting<br />
|Spring Break<br />
|TBD<br />
|-<br />
|March 29<br />
|[https://math.berkeley.edu/~ceur/ Chris Eur (UC Berkeley)]<br />
|TBD<br />
|Daniel<br />
|-<br />
|April 5<br />
|TBD<br />
|TBD<br />
|TBD<br />
|-<br />
|April 12<br />
|TBD<br />
|TBD<br />
|TBD<br />
|-<br />
|April 19<br />
|[http://www-personal.umich.edu/~grifo/ Elo&iacute;sa Grifo (Michigan)]<br />
|TBD<br />
|TBD<br />
|-<br />
|April 26<br />
|TBD<br />
|TBD<br />
|TBD<br />
|-<br />
|May 3<br />
|TBD<br />
|TBD<br />
|TBD<br />
|}</div>Juliettebrucehttps://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php?title=Madison_Math_Circle&diff=16107Madison Math Circle2018-10-02T17:25:43Z<p>Juliettebruce: /* Off-Site Meetings */</p>
<hr />
<div>[[Image:logo.png|right|440px]]<br />
<br />
For the site in Spanish, visit [[Math Circle de Madison]]<br />
=What is a Math Circle?=<br />
The Madison Math Circle is a weekly series of mathematically based activities aimed at interested middle school and high school students. It is an outreach program organized by the UW Math Department. Our goal is to provide a taste of exciting ideas in math and science. In the past we've had talks about plasma and weather in outer space, video game graphics, and encryption. In the sessions, students (and parents) are often asked to explore problems on their own, with the presenter facilitating a discussion. The talks are independent of one another, so new students are welcome at any point.<br />
<br />
The level of the audience varies quite widely, including a mix of middle school and high school students, and the speakers generally address this by considering subjects that will be interesting for a wide range of students.<br />
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<br />
[[Image: MathCircle_2.jpg|500px]] [[Image: MathCircle_4.jpg|500px]] <br />
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After each talk we'll have pizza provided by the Mathematics Department, and students will have an opportunity to mingle and chat with the speaker and with other participants, to ask questions about some of the topics that have been discussed, and also about college, careers in science, etc.<br />
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'''The Madison Math circle was featured in Wisconsin State Journal:''' [http://host.madison.com/wsj/news/local/education/local_schools/school-spotlight-madison-math-circle-gives-young-students-a-taste/article_77f5c042-0b3d-11e1-ba5f-001cc4c03286.html check it out]!<br />
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=All right, I want to come!=<br />
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We have a weekly meeting, <b>Monday at 6pm in 3255 Helen C White Library</b>, during the school year. <b>New students are welcome at any point! </b> There is no fee and the talks are independent of one another, so you can just show up any week, but we ask all participants to take a moment to register by following the link below:<br />
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[https://uwmadison.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_e9WdAs2SXNurWFD '''Math Circle Registration Form''']<br />
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All of your information is kept private, and is only used by the Madison Math Circle organizer to help run the Circle. <br />
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If you are a student, we hope you will tell other interested students about these talks, and speak with your parents or with your teacher about organizing a car pool to the UW campus. If you are a parent or a teacher, we hope you'll tell your students about these talks and organize a car pool to the UW (all talks take place in 3255 Helen C White Library, on the UW-Madison campus, right next to the Memorial Union).<br />
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==Directions and parking==<br />
Our meetings are held on the 3rd floor of Helen C. White Hall in room 3255.<br />
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[[File: Helencwhitemap.png|400px]]</div><br />
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'''Parking.''' Parking on campus is rather limited. Here is as list of some options:<br />
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*There is a parking garage in the basement of Helen C. White, with an hourly rate. Enter from Park Street.<br />
*A 0.5 mile walk to Helen C. White Hall via [http://goo.gl/cxTzJY these directions], many spots ('''free starting 4:30pm''') [http://goo.gl/maps/Gkx1C in Lot 26 along Observatory Drive].<br />
*A 0.3 mile walk to Helen C. White Hall via [http://goo.gl/yMJIRd these directions], many spots ('''free starting 4:30pm''') [http://goo.gl/maps/vs17X in Lot 34]. <br />
*A 0.3 mile walk to Helen C. White Hall via [http://goo.gl/yMJIRd these directions], 2 metered spots (25 minute max) [http://goo.gl/maps/ukTcu in front of Lathrop Hall].<br />
*A 0.2 mile walk to Helen C. White Hall via [http://goo.gl/b8pdk2 these directions] 6 metered spots (25 minute max) around [http://goo.gl/maps/6EAnc the loop in front of Chadbourne Hall] .<br />
*For more information, see the [http://transportation.wisc.edu/parking/parking.aspx UW-Madison Parking Info website].<br />
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==Email list==<br />
The best way to keep up to date with the what is going is by signing up for our email list. Send an empty email to join-mathcircle@lists.wisc.edu<br />
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==Contact the organizers==<br />
The Madison Math Circle is organized by a group of professors and graduate students from the [http://www.math.wisc.edu Department of Mathematics] at the UW-Madison. If you have any questions, suggestions for topics, or so on, just email the '''organizers''' [mailto:mathcircleorganizers@lists.wisc.edu here]. We are always interested in feedback!<br />
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File:de.jpg|[https://www.math.wisc.edu/~derman/ Prof. Daniel Erman]<br />
File:Betsy.jpg|[http://www.math.wisc.edu/~stovall/ Prof. Betsy Stovall]<br />
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<gallery widths=500px heights=250px mode="packed"><br />
File:juliettebruce.jpg|[http://www.math.wisc.edu/~juliettebruce/ Juliette Bruce]<br />
File:Ee.jpg|[http://www.math.wisc.edu/~evaelduque/ Eva Elduque]<br />
File:mrjulian.jpg|[http://www.math.wisc.edu/~mrjulian/ Ryan Julian]<br />
File:soumyasankar.jpg|[http://www.math.wisc.edu/~soumyasankar Soumya Sankar]<br />
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==Donations==<br />
Please consider donating to the Madison Math Circle. As noted in our [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/images/Math_Circle_Newsletter.pdf annual report], our main costs consist of pizza and occasional supplies for the speakers. So far our costs have been covered by donations from the UW Mathematics Department as well as a generous gifts from a private donor. But our costs are rising, primarily because this year we expect to hold more meetings than in any previous year. In fact, this year, we expect to spend at least $2500 on pizza and supplies alone.<br />
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So please consider donating to support your math circle! The easiest way to donate is to go to the link:<br />
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[http://www.math.wisc.edu/donate Online Donation Link]<br />
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There are instructions on that page for donating to the Math Department. <b> Be sure and add a Gift Note saying that the donation is intended for the "Madison Math Circle"!</b> The money goes into the Mathematics Department Annual Fund and is routed through the University of Wisconsin Foundation, which is convenient for record-keeping, etc.<br />
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Alternately, you can bring a check to one of the Math Circle Meetings. If you write a check, be sure to make it payable to the "WFAA" and add the note "Math Circle Donation" on the check. <br />
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Or you can just pay in cash, and we'll give you a receipt.<br />
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==Help us grow!==<br />
If you like Math Circle, please help us continue to grow! Students, parents, and teachers can help by:<br />
*Posting our [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/images/MMC_Flyer_2016.pdf '''flyer'''] at schools or anywhere that might have interested students<br />
*Discussing the Math Circle with students, parents, teachers, administrators, and others<br />
*Making an announcement about Math Circle at PTO meetings<br />
*Donating to Math Circle<br />
Contact the organizers if you have questions or your own ideas about how to help out.<br />
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=Meetings for Fall 2018=<br />
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Unless specified talks start at '''6pm in room 3255 of Helen C. White Library''', unless otherwise noted.<br />
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! colspan="3" style="background: #e8b2b2;" align="center" | Fall 2018<br />
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! Date !! Speaker !! Topic<br />
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| September 17, 2018 || Sun Woo Park || Why are Donuts and Cream Puffs "different"?<br />
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| September 24, 2018 || Ben Bruce || Three Cottages Problem<br />
|-<br />
| October 1, 2018 || Kit Newton || How to calculate Pi if all you can do is throw things<br />
|-<br />
| October 8, 2018 || Connor Simpson || TBD<br />
|-<br />
| October 15, 2018 || Jean-Luc Thiffeault || TBD<br />
|-<br />
| October 22, 2018 || TBD || TBD<br />
|-<br />
| October 29, 2018 || TBD || TBD<br />
|-<br />
| November 5, 2018 || Christian Geske || Josephus Problem<br />
|-<br />
| November 12, 2018 || TBD || TBD<br />
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| November 19, 2018 || TBD || TBD<br />
|-<br />
|}<br />
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=Off-Site Meetings=<br />
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We will hold some Math Circle meetings at local high schools on early release days. If you are interesting in having us come to your high school, please contact us!<br />
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! colspan="5" style="background: #e8b2b2;" align="center" | Fall 2017<br />
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! Date !! Time !! Location !! Speaker !! Topic <br />
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| October 29th || 2:45pm|| East High School - Madison, WI || TBD || TBD <br />
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| December 3rd || 2:45pm|| East High School - Madison, WI || TBD || TBD<br />
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=Useful Resources=<br />
==Annual Reports==<br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/images/Math_Circle_Newsletter.pdf 2013-2014 Annual Report]<br />
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== Archived Abstracts ==<br />
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[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_2016-2017 2016 - 2017 Math Circle Page]<br />
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[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts_2016-2017 2016 - 2017 Abstracts]<br />
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[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_2015-2016 2015 - 2016 Math Circle Page]<br />
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[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Math_Circle_de_Madison_2015-2016 2015 - 2016 Math Circle Page (Spanish)]<br />
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[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts_2015-2016 2015 - 2015 Abstracts]<br />
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[[Archived Math Circle Material]]<br />
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==Link for presenters (in progress)==<br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Math_Circle_Presentations Advice For Math Circle Presenters]<br />
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[http://www.mathcircles.org/content/lesson-plans Sample Lesson Plans]<br />
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[http://www.mathcircles.org/content/circle-box "Circle in a Box"]</div>Juliettebrucehttps://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php?title=Algebra_and_Algebraic_Geometry_Seminar_Fall_2018&diff=16103Algebra and Algebraic Geometry Seminar Fall 20182018-10-02T17:09:26Z<p>Juliettebruce: /* Fall 2018 Schedule */</p>
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<div>The seminar meets on Fridays at 2:25 pm in room B235.<br />
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Here is the schedule for [[Algebra and Algebraic Geometry Seminar Spring 2018 | the previous semester]], [[Algebra and Algebraic Geometry Seminar Spring 2019 | the next semester]], and for [[Algebra and Algebraic Geometry Seminar | this semester]].<br />
<br />
==Algebra and Algebraic Geometry Mailing List==<br />
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<br />
*Please join the [https://admin.lists.wisc.edu/index.php?p=11&l=ags AGS Mailing List] to hear about upcoming seminars, lunches, and other algebraic geometry events in the department (it is possible you must be on a math department computer to use this link).<br />
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== Fall 2018 Schedule ==<br />
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{| cellpadding="8"<br />
!align="left" | date<br />
!align="left" | speaker<br />
!align="left" | title<br />
!align="left" | host(s) <br />
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|-<br />
|September 7<br />
|Daniel Erman<br />
|Big Polynomial Rings<br />
|Local<br />
|-<br />
|September 14<br />
|Akhil Mathew (U Chicago)<br />
|Kaledin's noncommutative degeneration theorem and topological Hochschild homology<br />
|Andrei<br />
|-<br />
|September 21<br />
|Andrei Caldararu<br />
|Categorical Gromov-Witten invariants beyond genus 1<br />
|Local<br />
|-<br />
|September 28<br />
|Mark Walker (Nebraska)<br />
|Conjecture D for matrix factorizations<br />
|Michael and Daniel<br />
|-<br />
|October 5<br />
|-<br />
|-<br />
|-<br />
|-<br />
|October 12<br />
|Jose Rodriguez (Wisconsin)<br />
|TBD<br />
|Local<br />
|-<br />
|October 19<br />
|Oleksandr Tsymbaliuk (Yale)<br />
|TBD<br />
|Paul Terwilliger<br />
|-<br />
|October 26<br />
|[https://juliettebruce.github.io Juliette Bruce]<br />
|Covering Abelian Varieties and Effective Bertini<br />
|Local<br />
|-<br />
|November 2<br />
|[http://sites.nd.edu/b-taji/ Behrouz Taji] (Notre Dame)<br />
|TBD<br />
|Botong Wang<br />
|-<br />
|November 9<br />
|Saved<br />
|TBD<br />
|Local<br />
|-<br />
|November 16<br />
|Wanlin Li<br />
|TBD<br />
|Local<br />
|-<br />
|November 23<br />
|Thanksgiving<br />
|No Seminar<br />
|<br />
|-<br />
|November 30<br />
|[http://www-personal.umich.edu/~grifo/ Eloísa Grifo] (Michigan)<br />
|TBD<br />
|Daniel<br />
|-<br />
|December 7<br />
|Michael Brown<br />
|TBD<br />
|Local<br />
|-<br />
|December 14<br />
|John Wiltshire-Gordon<br />
|TBD<br />
|Local<br />
|-<br />
|}<br />
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== Abstracts ==<br />
<br />
===Akhil Mathew===<br />
<br />
'''Title: Kaledin's noncommutative degeneration theorem and topological Hochschild homology'''<br />
<br />
For a smooth proper variety over a field of characteristic<br />
zero, the Hodge-to-de Rham spectral sequence (relating the cohomology<br />
of differential forms to de Rham cohomology) is well-known to<br />
degenerate, via Hodge theory. A "noncommutative" version of this<br />
theorem has been proved by Kaledin for smooth proper dg categories<br />
over a field of characteristic zero, based on the technique of<br />
reduction mod p. I will describe a short proof of this theorem using<br />
the theory of topological Hochschild homology, which provides a<br />
canonical one-parameter deformation of Hochschild homology in<br />
characteristic p.<br />
<br />
===Andrei Caldararu===<br />
'''Categorical Gromov-Witten invariants beyond genus 1'''<br />
<br />
In a seminal work from 2005 Kevin Costello defined numerical invariants associated to a <br />
Calabi-Yau A-infinity category. These invariants are supposed to generalize the classical<br />
Gromov-Witten invariants (counting curves in a target symplectic manifold) when the category<br />
is taken to be the Fukaya category. In my talk I shall describe some of the ideas involved in Costello's<br />
approach and recent progress (with Junwu Tu) on extending computations of these invariants<br />
past genus 1.<br />
<br />
===Mark Walker===<br />
'''Conjecture D for matrix factorizations'''<br />
<br />
Matrix factorizations form a dg category whose associated homotopy category is equivalent to the stable category of maximum Cohen-Macaulay modules over a hypersurface ring. In the isolated singularity case, the dg category of matrix factorizations is "smooth" and "proper" --- non-commutative analogues of the same-named properties of algebraic varieties. In general, for any smooth and proper dg category, there exist non-commutative analogues of Grothendieck's Standard Conjectures for cycles on smooth and projective varieties. In particular, the non-commutative version of Standard Conjecture D predicts that numerical equivalence and homological equivalence coincide for such a dg category. Recently, Michael Brown and I have proven the non-commutative analogue of Conjecture D for the category of matrix factorizations of an isolated singularity over a field of characteristic 0. In this talk, I will describe our theorem in more detail and give a sense of its proof.<br />
<br />
<br />
===Juliette Bruce===<br />
'''Covering Abelian Varieties and Effective Bertini'''<br />
<br />
I will discuss recent work showing that every abelian variety is covered by a Jacobian whose dimension is bounded. This is joint with Wanlin Li.</div>Juliettebrucehttps://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php?title=Algebra_and_Algebraic_Geometry_Seminar_Fall_2018&diff=16102Algebra and Algebraic Geometry Seminar Fall 20182018-10-02T17:08:47Z<p>Juliettebruce: /* Abstracts */</p>
<hr />
<div>The seminar meets on Fridays at 2:25 pm in room B235.<br />
<br />
Here is the schedule for [[Algebra and Algebraic Geometry Seminar Spring 2018 | the previous semester]], [[Algebra and Algebraic Geometry Seminar Spring 2019 | the next semester]], and for [[Algebra and Algebraic Geometry Seminar | this semester]].<br />
<br />
==Algebra and Algebraic Geometry Mailing List==<br />
<br />
<br />
*Please join the [https://admin.lists.wisc.edu/index.php?p=11&l=ags AGS Mailing List] to hear about upcoming seminars, lunches, and other algebraic geometry events in the department (it is possible you must be on a math department computer to use this link).<br />
<br />
== Fall 2018 Schedule ==<br />
<br />
{| cellpadding="8"<br />
!align="left" | date<br />
!align="left" | speaker<br />
!align="left" | title<br />
!align="left" | host(s) <br />
<br />
|-<br />
|September 7<br />
|Daniel Erman<br />
|Big Polynomial Rings<br />
|Local<br />
|-<br />
|September 14<br />
|Akhil Mathew (U Chicago)<br />
|Kaledin's noncommutative degeneration theorem and topological Hochschild homology<br />
|Andrei<br />
|-<br />
|September 21<br />
|Andrei Caldararu<br />
|Categorical Gromov-Witten invariants beyond genus 1<br />
|Local<br />
|-<br />
|September 28<br />
|Mark Walker (Nebraska)<br />
|Conjecture D for matrix factorizations<br />
|Michael and Daniel<br />
|-<br />
|October 5<br />
|-<br />
|-<br />
|-<br />
|-<br />
|October 12<br />
|Jose Rodriguez (Wisconsin)<br />
|TBD<br />
|Local<br />
|-<br />
|October 19<br />
|Oleksandr Tsymbaliuk (Yale)<br />
|TBD<br />
|Paul Terwilliger<br />
|-<br />
|October 26<br />
|Juliette Bruce<br />
|TBD<br />
|Local<br />
|-<br />
|November 2<br />
|[http://sites.nd.edu/b-taji/ Behrouz Taji] (Notre Dame)<br />
|TBD<br />
|Botong Wang<br />
|-<br />
|November 9<br />
|Saved<br />
|TBD<br />
|Local<br />
|-<br />
|November 16<br />
|Wanlin Li<br />
|TBD<br />
|Local<br />
|-<br />
|November 23<br />
|Thanksgiving<br />
|No Seminar<br />
|<br />
|-<br />
|November 30<br />
|[http://www-personal.umich.edu/~grifo/ Eloísa Grifo] (Michigan)<br />
|TBD<br />
|Daniel<br />
|-<br />
|December 7<br />
|Michael Brown<br />
|TBD<br />
|Local<br />
|-<br />
|December 14<br />
|John Wiltshire-Gordon<br />
|TBD<br />
|Local<br />
|-<br />
|}<br />
<br />
== Abstracts ==<br />
<br />
===Akhil Mathew===<br />
<br />
'''Title: Kaledin's noncommutative degeneration theorem and topological Hochschild homology'''<br />
<br />
For a smooth proper variety over a field of characteristic<br />
zero, the Hodge-to-de Rham spectral sequence (relating the cohomology<br />
of differential forms to de Rham cohomology) is well-known to<br />
degenerate, via Hodge theory. A "noncommutative" version of this<br />
theorem has been proved by Kaledin for smooth proper dg categories<br />
over a field of characteristic zero, based on the technique of<br />
reduction mod p. I will describe a short proof of this theorem using<br />
the theory of topological Hochschild homology, which provides a<br />
canonical one-parameter deformation of Hochschild homology in<br />
characteristic p.<br />
<br />
===Andrei Caldararu===<br />
'''Categorical Gromov-Witten invariants beyond genus 1'''<br />
<br />
In a seminal work from 2005 Kevin Costello defined numerical invariants associated to a <br />
Calabi-Yau A-infinity category. These invariants are supposed to generalize the classical<br />
Gromov-Witten invariants (counting curves in a target symplectic manifold) when the category<br />
is taken to be the Fukaya category. In my talk I shall describe some of the ideas involved in Costello's<br />
approach and recent progress (with Junwu Tu) on extending computations of these invariants<br />
past genus 1.<br />
<br />
===Mark Walker===<br />
'''Conjecture D for matrix factorizations'''<br />
<br />
Matrix factorizations form a dg category whose associated homotopy category is equivalent to the stable category of maximum Cohen-Macaulay modules over a hypersurface ring. In the isolated singularity case, the dg category of matrix factorizations is "smooth" and "proper" --- non-commutative analogues of the same-named properties of algebraic varieties. In general, for any smooth and proper dg category, there exist non-commutative analogues of Grothendieck's Standard Conjectures for cycles on smooth and projective varieties. In particular, the non-commutative version of Standard Conjecture D predicts that numerical equivalence and homological equivalence coincide for such a dg category. Recently, Michael Brown and I have proven the non-commutative analogue of Conjecture D for the category of matrix factorizations of an isolated singularity over a field of characteristic 0. In this talk, I will describe our theorem in more detail and give a sense of its proof.<br />
<br />
<br />
===Juliette Bruce===<br />
'''Covering Abelian Varieties and Effective Bertini'''<br />
<br />
I will discuss recent work showing that every abelian variety is covered by a Jacobian whose dimension is bounded. This is joint with Wanlin Li.</div>Juliettebrucehttps://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php?title=AMS_Student_Chapter_Seminar&diff=16101AMS Student Chapter Seminar2018-10-02T17:07:22Z<p>Juliettebruce: /* October 3, Juliette Bruce */</p>
<hr />
<div>The AMS Student Chapter Seminar is an informal, graduate student-run seminar on a wide range of mathematical topics. Pastries (usually donuts) will be provided.<br />
<br />
* '''When:''' Wednesdays, 3:20 PM – 3:50 PM<br />
* '''Where:''' Van Vleck, 9th floor lounge (unless otherwise announced)<br />
* '''Organizers:''' [https://www.math.wisc.edu/~malexis/ Michel Alexis], [https://www.math.wisc.edu/~drwagner/ David Wagner], [http://www.math.wisc.edu/~nicodemus/ Patrick Nicodemus], [http://www.math.wisc.edu/~thaison/ Son Tu]<br />
<br />
Everyone is welcome to give a talk. To sign up, please contact one of the organizers with a title and abstract. Talks are 30 minutes long and should avoid assuming significant mathematical background beyond first-year graduate courses.<br />
<br />
The schedule of talks from past semesters can be found [[AMS Student Chapter Seminar, previous semesters|here]].<br />
<br />
== Fall 2018 ==<br />
<br />
<br />
=== September 26, Vladimir Sotirov ===<br />
<br />
Title: Geometric Algebra<br />
<br />
Abstract: Geometric algebra, developed at the end of the 19th century by Grassman, Clifford, and Lipschitz, is the forgotten progenitor of the linear algebra we use to this day developed by Gibbs and Heaviside.<br />
In this short introduction, I will use geometric algebra to do two things. First, I will construct the field of complex numbers and the division algebra of the quaternions in a coordinate-free way. Second, I will derive the geometric interpretation of complex numbers and quaternions as representations of rotations in 2- and 3-dimensional space. <br />
<br />
=== October 3, Juliette Bruce ===<br />
<br />
Title: Kissing Conics<br />
<br />
Abstract: Have you every wondered how you can easily tell when two plane conics kiss (i.e. are tangent to each other at a point)? If so this talk is for you, if not, well there will be donuts.<br />
<br />
=== October 10, Kurt Ehlert ===<br />
<br />
Title: How to bet when gambling<br />
<br />
Abstract: When gambling, typically casinos have the edge. But sometimes we can gain an edge by counting cards or other means. And sometimes we have an edge in the biggest casino of all: the financial markets. When we do have an advantage, then we still need to decide how much to bet. Bet too little, and we leave money on the table. Bet too much, and we risk financial ruin. We will discuss the "Kelly criterion", which is a betting strategy that is optimal in many senses.<br />
<br />
=== October 17, Bryan Oakley ===<br />
<br />
Title: Mixing rates<br />
<br />
Abstract: Mixing is a necessary step in many areas from biology and atmospheric sciences to smoothies. Because we are impatient, the goal is usually to improve the rate at which a substance homogenizes. In this talk we define and quantify mixing and rates of mixing. We present some history of the field as well as current research and open questions.<br />
<br />
=== October 24, TBD ===<br />
<br />
Title: TBD<br />
<br />
Abstract: TBD<br />
<br />
=== October 31, TBD ===<br />
<br />
Title: TBD<br />
<br />
Abstract: TBD<br />
<br />
=== November 7, TBD ===<br />
<br />
Title: TBD<br />
<br />
Abstract: TBD<br />
<br />
=== November 14, Soumya Sankar ===<br />
<br />
Title: TBD<br />
<br />
Abstract: TBD<br />
<br />
=== November 21, Cancelled due to Thanksgiving===<br />
<br />
Title: TBD<br />
<br />
Abstract: TBD<br />
<br />
=== November 28, Niudun Wang ===<br />
<br />
Title: TBD<br />
<br />
Abstract: TBD<br />
<br />
=== December 5, TBD ===<br />
<br />
Title: TBD<br />
<br />
Abstract: TBD<br />
<br />
=== December 12, TBD ===<br />
<br />
Title: TBD<br />
<br />
Abstract: TBD</div>Juliettebrucehttps://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php?title=AMS_Student_Chapter_Seminar&diff=16100AMS Student Chapter Seminar2018-10-02T17:06:47Z<p>Juliettebruce: /* October 3, Juliette Bruce */</p>
<hr />
<div>The AMS Student Chapter Seminar is an informal, graduate student-run seminar on a wide range of mathematical topics. Pastries (usually donuts) will be provided.<br />
<br />
* '''When:''' Wednesdays, 3:20 PM – 3:50 PM<br />
* '''Where:''' Van Vleck, 9th floor lounge (unless otherwise announced)<br />
* '''Organizers:''' [https://www.math.wisc.edu/~malexis/ Michel Alexis], [https://www.math.wisc.edu/~drwagner/ David Wagner], [http://www.math.wisc.edu/~nicodemus/ Patrick Nicodemus], [http://www.math.wisc.edu/~thaison/ Son Tu]<br />
<br />
Everyone is welcome to give a talk. To sign up, please contact one of the organizers with a title and abstract. Talks are 30 minutes long and should avoid assuming significant mathematical background beyond first-year graduate courses.<br />
<br />
The schedule of talks from past semesters can be found [[AMS Student Chapter Seminar, previous semesters|here]].<br />
<br />
== Fall 2018 ==<br />
<br />
<br />
=== September 26, Vladimir Sotirov ===<br />
<br />
Title: Geometric Algebra<br />
<br />
Abstract: Geometric algebra, developed at the end of the 19th century by Grassman, Clifford, and Lipschitz, is the forgotten progenitor of the linear algebra we use to this day developed by Gibbs and Heaviside.<br />
In this short introduction, I will use geometric algebra to do two things. First, I will construct the field of complex numbers and the division algebra of the quaternions in a coordinate-free way. Second, I will derive the geometric interpretation of complex numbers and quaternions as representations of rotations in 2- and 3-dimensional space. <br />
<br />
=== October 3, Juliette Bruce ===<br />
<br />
Title: Kissing Conics<br />
<br />
Abstract: Have you every wondered how you can easily tell when two plane conics kiss (i.e. are tangent to each other at a point)? If so this talk is for you, well there will be donuts.<br />
<br />
=== October 10, Kurt Ehlert ===<br />
<br />
Title: How to bet when gambling<br />
<br />
Abstract: When gambling, typically casinos have the edge. But sometimes we can gain an edge by counting cards or other means. And sometimes we have an edge in the biggest casino of all: the financial markets. When we do have an advantage, then we still need to decide how much to bet. Bet too little, and we leave money on the table. Bet too much, and we risk financial ruin. We will discuss the "Kelly criterion", which is a betting strategy that is optimal in many senses.<br />
<br />
=== October 17, Bryan Oakley ===<br />
<br />
Title: Mixing rates<br />
<br />
Abstract: Mixing is a necessary step in many areas from biology and atmospheric sciences to smoothies. Because we are impatient, the goal is usually to improve the rate at which a substance homogenizes. In this talk we define and quantify mixing and rates of mixing. We present some history of the field as well as current research and open questions.<br />
<br />
=== October 24, TBD ===<br />
<br />
Title: TBD<br />
<br />
Abstract: TBD<br />
<br />
=== October 31, TBD ===<br />
<br />
Title: TBD<br />
<br />
Abstract: TBD<br />
<br />
=== November 7, TBD ===<br />
<br />
Title: TBD<br />
<br />
Abstract: TBD<br />
<br />
=== November 14, Soumya Sankar ===<br />
<br />
Title: TBD<br />
<br />
Abstract: TBD<br />
<br />
=== November 21, Cancelled due to Thanksgiving===<br />
<br />
Title: TBD<br />
<br />
Abstract: TBD<br />
<br />
=== November 28, Niudun Wang ===<br />
<br />
Title: TBD<br />
<br />
Abstract: TBD<br />
<br />
=== December 5, TBD ===<br />
<br />
Title: TBD<br />
<br />
Abstract: TBD<br />
<br />
=== December 12, TBD ===<br />
<br />
Title: TBD<br />
<br />
Abstract: TBD</div>Juliettebrucehttps://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php?title=Algebra_and_Algebraic_Geometry_Seminar_Fall_2018&diff=16010Algebra and Algebraic Geometry Seminar Fall 20182018-09-19T01:14:37Z<p>Juliettebruce: /* Fall 2018 Schedule */</p>
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<div>The seminar meets on Fridays at 2:25 pm in room B235.<br />
<br />
Here is the schedule for [[Algebra and Algebraic Geometry Seminar Spring 2018 | the previous semester]], [[Algebra and Algebraic Geometry Seminar Spring 2019 | the next semester]], and for [[Algebra and Algebraic Geometry Seminar | this semester]].<br />
<br />
==Algebra and Algebraic Geometry Mailing List==<br />
<br />
<br />
*Please join the [https://admin.lists.wisc.edu/index.php?p=11&l=ags AGS Mailing List] to hear about upcoming seminars, lunches, and other algebraic geometry events in the department (it is possible you must be on a math department computer to use this link).<br />
<br />
== Fall 2018 Schedule ==<br />
<br />
{| cellpadding="8"<br />
!align="left" | date<br />
!align="left" | speaker<br />
!align="left" | title<br />
!align="left" | host(s) <br />
<br />
|-<br />
|September 7<br />
|Daniel Erman<br />
|Big Polynomial Rings<br />
|Local<br />
|-<br />
|September 14<br />
|Akhil Mathew (U Chicago)<br />
|Kaledin's noncommutative degeneration theorem and topological Hochschild homology<br />
|Andrei<br />
|-<br />
|September 21<br />
|Andrei Caldararu<br />
|Categorical Gromov-Witten invariants beyond genus 1<br />
|Local<br />
|-<br />
|September 28<br />
|Mark Walker (Nebraska)<br />
|TBD<br />
|Michael and Daniel<br />
|-<br />
|October 5<br />
|-<br />
|-<br />
|-<br />
|-<br />
|October 12<br />
|Jose Rodriguez (Wisconsin)<br />
|TBD<br />
|Local<br />
|-<br />
|October 19<br />
|Oleksandr Tsymbaliuk (Yale)<br />
|TBD<br />
|Paul Terwilliger<br />
|-<br />
|October 26<br />
|Juliette Bruce<br />
|TBD<br />
|Local<br />
|-<br />
|November 2<br />
|Behrouz Taji (Notre Dame)<br />
|TBD<br />
|Botong Wang<br />
|-<br />
|November 9<br />
|Saved<br />
|TBD<br />
|Local<br />
|-<br />
|November 16<br />
|Wanlin Li<br />
|TBD<br />
|Local<br />
|-<br />
|November 23<br />
|Thanksgiving<br />
|No Seminar<br />
|<br />
|-<br />
|November 30<br />
|[http://www-personal.umich.edu/~grifo/ Eloísa Grifo] (Michigan)<br />
|TBD<br />
|Daniel<br />
|-<br />
|December 7<br />
|Michael Brown<br />
|TBD<br />
|Local<br />
|-<br />
|December 14<br />
|John Wiltshire-Gordon<br />
|TBD<br />
|Local<br />
|-<br />
|}<br />
<br />
== Abstracts ==<br />
<br />
===Akhil Mathew===<br />
<br />
'''Title: Kaledin's noncommutative degeneration theorem and topological Hochschild homology'''<br />
<br />
For a smooth proper variety over a field of characteristic<br />
zero, the Hodge-to-de Rham spectral sequence (relating the cohomology<br />
of differential forms to de Rham cohomology) is well-known to<br />
degenerate, via Hodge theory. A "noncommutative" version of this<br />
theorem has been proved by Kaledin for smooth proper dg categories<br />
over a field of characteristic zero, based on the technique of<br />
reduction mod p. I will describe a short proof of this theorem using<br />
the theory of topological Hochschild homology, which provides a<br />
canonical one-parameter deformation of Hochschild homology in<br />
characteristic p.<br />
<br />
===Andrei Caldararu===<br />
'''Categorical Gromov-Witten invariants beyond genus 1'''<br />
<br />
In a seminal work from 2005 Kevin Costello defined numerical invariants associated to a <br />
Calabi-Yau A-infinity category. These invariants are supposed to generalize the classical<br />
Gromov-Witten invariants (counting curves in a target symplectic manifold) when the category<br />
is taken to be the Fukaya category. In my talk I shall describe some of the ideas involved in Costello's<br />
approach and recent progress (with Junwu Tu) on extending computations of these invariants<br />
past genus 1.</div>Juliettebrucehttps://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php?title=Madison_Math_Circle&diff=15994Madison Math Circle2018-09-15T14:11:08Z<p>Juliettebruce: /* Meetings for Fall 2018 */</p>
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<div>[[Image:logo.png|right|440px]]<br />
<br />
For the site in Spanish, visit [[Math Circle de Madison]]<br />
=What is a Math Circle?=<br />
The Madison Math Circle is a weekly series of mathematically based activities aimed at interested middle school and high school students. It is an outreach program organized by the UW Math Department. Our goal is to provide a taste of exciting ideas in math and science. In the past we've had talks about plasma and weather in outer space, video game graphics, and encryption. In the sessions, students (and parents) are often asked to explore problems on their own, with the presenter facilitating a discussion. The talks are independent of one another, so new students are welcome at any point.<br />
<br />
The level of the audience varies quite widely, including a mix of middle school and high school students, and the speakers generally address this by considering subjects that will be interesting for a wide range of students.<br />
<br />
<br />
[[Image: MathCircle_2.jpg|500px]] [[Image: MathCircle_4.jpg|500px]] <br />
<br />
<br />
After each talk we'll have pizza provided by the Mathematics Department, and students will have an opportunity to mingle and chat with the speaker and with other participants, to ask questions about some of the topics that have been discussed, and also about college, careers in science, etc.<br />
<br />
'''The Madison Math circle was featured in Wisconsin State Journal:''' [http://host.madison.com/wsj/news/local/education/local_schools/school-spotlight-madison-math-circle-gives-young-students-a-taste/article_77f5c042-0b3d-11e1-ba5f-001cc4c03286.html check it out]!<br />
<br />
=All right, I want to come!=<br />
<br />
We have a weekly meeting, <b>Monday at 6pm in 3255 Helen C White Library</b>, during the school year. <b>New students are welcome at any point! </b> There is no fee and the talks are independent of one another, so you can just show up any week, but we ask all participants to take a moment to register by following the link below:<br />
<br />
[https://uwmadison.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_e9WdAs2SXNurWFD '''Math Circle Registration Form''']<br />
<br />
All of your information is kept private, and is only used by the Madison Math Circle organizer to help run the Circle. <br />
<br />
If you are a student, we hope you will tell other interested students about these talks, and speak with your parents or with your teacher about organizing a car pool to the UW campus. If you are a parent or a teacher, we hope you'll tell your students about these talks and organize a car pool to the UW (all talks take place in 3255 Helen C White Library, on the UW-Madison campus, right next to the Memorial Union).<br />
<br />
<br />
==Directions and parking==<br />
Our meetings are held on the 3rd floor of Helen C. White Hall in room 3255.<br />
<br />
<div class="center" style="width:auto; margin-left:auto; margin-right:auto;"><br />
[[File: Helencwhitemap.png|400px]]</div><br />
<br />
'''Parking.''' Parking on campus is rather limited. Here is as list of some options:<br />
<br />
*There is a parking garage in the basement of Helen C. White, with an hourly rate. Enter from Park Street.<br />
*A 0.5 mile walk to Helen C. White Hall via [http://goo.gl/cxTzJY these directions], many spots ('''free starting 4:30pm''') [http://goo.gl/maps/Gkx1C in Lot 26 along Observatory Drive].<br />
*A 0.3 mile walk to Helen C. White Hall via [http://goo.gl/yMJIRd these directions], many spots ('''free starting 4:30pm''') [http://goo.gl/maps/vs17X in Lot 34]. <br />
*A 0.3 mile walk to Helen C. White Hall via [http://goo.gl/yMJIRd these directions], 2 metered spots (25 minute max) [http://goo.gl/maps/ukTcu in front of Lathrop Hall].<br />
*A 0.2 mile walk to Helen C. White Hall via [http://goo.gl/b8pdk2 these directions] 6 metered spots (25 minute max) around [http://goo.gl/maps/6EAnc the loop in front of Chadbourne Hall] .<br />
*For more information, see the [http://transportation.wisc.edu/parking/parking.aspx UW-Madison Parking Info website].<br />
<br />
==Email list==<br />
The best way to keep up to date with the what is going is by signing up for our email list. Send an empty email to join-mathcircle@lists.wisc.edu<br />
<br />
==Contact the organizers==<br />
The Madison Math Circle is organized by a group of professors and graduate students from the [http://www.math.wisc.edu Department of Mathematics] at the UW-Madison. If you have any questions, suggestions for topics, or so on, just email the '''organizers''' [mailto:mathcircleorganizers@lists.wisc.edu here]. We are always interested in feedback!<br />
<center><br />
<gallery widths=480px heights=240px mode="packed"><br />
File:de.jpg|[https://www.math.wisc.edu/~derman/ Prof. Daniel Erman]<br />
File:Betsy.jpg|[http://www.math.wisc.edu/~stovall/ Prof. Betsy Stovall]<br />
</gallery><br />
<br />
<gallery widths=500px heights=250px mode="packed"><br />
File:juliettebruce.jpg|[http://www.math.wisc.edu/~juliettebruce/ Juliette Bruce]<br />
File:Ee.jpg|[http://www.math.wisc.edu/~evaelduque/ Eva Elduque]<br />
File:mrjulian.jpg|[http://www.math.wisc.edu/~mrjulian/ Ryan Julian]<br />
File:soumyasankar.jpg|[http://www.math.wisc.edu/~soumyasankar Soumya Sankar]<br />
</gallery><br />
</center><br />
<br />
==Donations==<br />
Please consider donating to the Madison Math Circle. As noted in our [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/images/Math_Circle_Newsletter.pdf annual report], our main costs consist of pizza and occasional supplies for the speakers. So far our costs have been covered by donations from the UW Mathematics Department as well as a generous gifts from a private donor. But our costs are rising, primarily because this year we expect to hold more meetings than in any previous year. In fact, this year, we expect to spend at least $2500 on pizza and supplies alone.<br />
<br />
So please consider donating to support your math circle! The easiest way to donate is to go to the link:<br />
<br />
[http://www.math.wisc.edu/donate Online Donation Link]<br />
<br />
There are instructions on that page for donating to the Math Department. <b> Be sure and add a Gift Note saying that the donation is intended for the "Madison Math Circle"!</b> The money goes into the Mathematics Department Annual Fund and is routed through the University of Wisconsin Foundation, which is convenient for record-keeping, etc.<br />
<br />
Alternately, you can bring a check to one of the Math Circle Meetings. If you write a check, be sure to make it payable to the "WFAA" and add the note "Math Circle Donation" on the check. <br />
<br />
Or you can just pay in cash, and we'll give you a receipt.<br />
<br />
==Help us grow!==<br />
If you like Math Circle, please help us continue to grow! Students, parents, and teachers can help by:<br />
*Posting our [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/images/MMC_Flyer_2016.pdf '''flyer'''] at schools or anywhere that might have interested students<br />
*Discussing the Math Circle with students, parents, teachers, administrators, and others<br />
*Making an announcement about Math Circle at PTO meetings<br />
*Donating to Math Circle<br />
Contact the organizers if you have questions or your own ideas about how to help out.<br />
<br />
=Meetings for Fall 2018=<br />
<br />
<center><br />
<br />
Unless specified talks start at '''6pm in room 3255 of Helen C. White Library''', unless otherwise noted.<br />
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{| style="color:black; font-size:120%" border="1" cellpadding="14" cellspacing="0"<br />
|-<br />
! colspan="3" style="background: #e8b2b2;" align="center" | Fall 2018<br />
|-<br />
! Date !! Speaker !! Topic<br />
|-<br />
| September 17, 2018 || Sun Woo Park || TBD<br />
|-<br />
| September 24, 2018 || Ben Bruce || Three Cottages Problem<br />
|-<br />
| October 1, 2018 || Kit Newton || How to calculate Pi if all you can do is throw things<br />
|-<br />
| October 8, 2018 || Connor Simpson || TBD<br />
|-<br />
| October 15, 2018 || TBD || TBD<br />
|-<br />
| October 22, 2018 || TBD || TBD<br />
|-<br />
| October 29, 2018 || TBD || TBD<br />
|-<br />
| November 5, 2018 || Christian Geske || Josephus Problem<br />
|-<br />
| November 12, 2018 || TBD || TBD<br />
|-<br />
| November 19, 2018 || TBD || TBD<br />
|-<br />
|}<br />
<br />
</center><br />
<br />
=Off-Site Meetings=<br />
<br />
We will hold some Math Circle meetings at local high schools on early release days. Our schedule for 2018-2019has not yet been determined. If you are interesting in having us come to your high school, please contact us!<br />
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{| style="color:black; font-size:120%" border="1" cellpadding="14" cellspacing="0"<br />
|-<br />
! colspan="5" style="background: #e8b2b2;" align="center" | Fall 2017<br />
|-<br />
|-<br />
! Date !! Time !! Location !! Speaker !! Topic <br />
|-<br />
| October 2nd || 2:45pm|| East High School - Madison, WI || [http://www.math.wisc.edu/~moises/ Moisés Herradón] || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#October_2_2017_.28East_High_School.29 How to make it as a Hackenbush player in the planet Zubenelgenubi 4] <br />
|-<br />
| November 2nd || 9:30am || Wisconsin Institute for Discovery - Madison, WI || [http://www.math.wisc.edu/~rzachariah/ Alisha Zachariah] || <br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#November_2_2017_.28WID.29_-_1 Fractals, Fractions and Fibonnaci.]<br />
|-<br />
| November 2nd (Canceled) || 11:00am || Wisconsin Institute for Discovery - Madison, WI || [http://zachcharles.wordpress.com Zach Charles] || <br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#November_2_2017_.28WID.29_-_2 1+1 = 10 or "How does my computer do anything?"]<br />
|-<br />
| November 2nd || 6:00pm || Whitewater High School - Whitewater, WI || [http://www.math.wisc.edu/~juliettebruce Juliette Bruce] || <br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#November_2_2017_.28Whitewater.29 Doodling Daydreams]<br />
|-<br />
| November 3rd || 10:30am || KM Global - Wales, WI || [http://www.math.wisc.edu/~stovall/ Betsy Stovall] ||<br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#November_3_2017_.28KM_Global.29 Recent discoveries in mathematics]<br />
|-<br />
| November 27th || 2:45pm|| JMM High School - Madison, WI || [http://www.math.wisc.edu/~juliettebruce Juliette Bruce] || <br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#November_27_2017_.28JMM_High_School.29 Is any knot not the unknot?]<br />
|-<br />
| December 11th || 2:45pm|| East High School - Madison, WI || [https://sites.google.com/wisc.edu/jwg John Wiltshire-Gordon] ||<br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#December_11_2017_.28East_High_School.29 What if seven is zero?]<br />
|-<br />
<br />
! colspan="5" style="background: #e8b2b2;" align="center" | Spring 2018<br />
|-<br />
|-<br />
! Date !! Time !! Location !! Speaker !! Topic <br />
|-<br />
| February 19th || 2:45pm|| East High School - Madison, WI || Jordan Ellenberg || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#February_19_2018_.28East_High_School.29 Is math destroying the right to vote?] <br />
|-<br />
| March 1st || 9:30am || Wisconsin Institute for Discovery - Madison, WI || Wanlin Li || <br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#March_1_2018_.28WID.29_-_1 From Patterns to Functions?]<br />
|-<br />
| March 1st || 10:45am || Wisconsin Institute for Discovery - Madison, WI || Daniel Erman || <br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#March_1_2018_.28WID.29_-_2 What does math research look like?]<br />
|-<br />
| March 5th || 2:45pm|| JMM High School - Madison, WI || Zach Charles || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#March_5_2018_.28JMM_High_School.29 1+1 = 10 or "How does my computer do anything?"]<br />
|-<br />
| March 19th || 2:45pm|| East High School - Madison, WI || Phil Wood || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#March_19_2018_.28East_High_School.29 The Mathematics of Winning Strategies ] <br />
|-<br />
| April 30th || 2:45pm|| JMM High School - Madison, WI || Juliette Bruce || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#April_30_2018_.28JMM_High_School.29 From Books to Mars]<br />
|-<br />
|}<br />
</center><br />
--><br />
<br />
=Useful Resources=<br />
==Annual Reports==<br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/images/Math_Circle_Newsletter.pdf 2013-2014 Annual Report]<br />
<br />
== Archived Abstracts ==<br />
<br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_2016-2017 2016 - 2017 Math Circle Page]<br />
<br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts_2016-2017 2016 - 2017 Abstracts]<br />
<br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_2015-2016 2015 - 2016 Math Circle Page]<br />
<br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Math_Circle_de_Madison_2015-2016 2015 - 2016 Math Circle Page (Spanish)]<br />
<br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts_2015-2016 2015 - 2015 Abstracts]<br />
<br />
[[Archived Math Circle Material]]<br />
<br />
==Link for presenters (in progress)==<br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Math_Circle_Presentations Advice For Math Circle Presenters]<br />
<br />
[http://www.mathcircles.org/content/lesson-plans Sample Lesson Plans]<br />
<br />
[http://www.mathcircles.org/content/circle-box "Circle in a Box"]</div>Juliettebrucehttps://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php?title=Madison_Math_Circle&diff=15978Madison Math Circle2018-09-13T14:14:50Z<p>Juliettebruce: /* Meetings for Fall 2018 */</p>
<hr />
<div>[[Image:logo.png|right|440px]]<br />
<br />
For the site in Spanish, visit [[Math Circle de Madison]]<br />
=What is a Math Circle?=<br />
The Madison Math Circle is a weekly series of mathematically based activities aimed at interested middle school and high school students. It is an outreach program organized by the UW Math Department. Our goal is to provide a taste of exciting ideas in math and science. In the past we've had talks about plasma and weather in outer space, video game graphics, and encryption. In the sessions, students (and parents) are often asked to explore problems on their own, with the presenter facilitating a discussion. The talks are independent of one another, so new students are welcome at any point.<br />
<br />
The level of the audience varies quite widely, including a mix of middle school and high school students, and the speakers generally address this by considering subjects that will be interesting for a wide range of students.<br />
<br />
<br />
[[Image: MathCircle_2.jpg|500px]] [[Image: MathCircle_4.jpg|500px]] <br />
<br />
<br />
After each talk we'll have pizza provided by the Mathematics Department, and students will have an opportunity to mingle and chat with the speaker and with other participants, to ask questions about some of the topics that have been discussed, and also about college, careers in science, etc.<br />
<br />
'''The Madison Math circle was featured in Wisconsin State Journal:''' [http://host.madison.com/wsj/news/local/education/local_schools/school-spotlight-madison-math-circle-gives-young-students-a-taste/article_77f5c042-0b3d-11e1-ba5f-001cc4c03286.html check it out]!<br />
<br />
=All right, I want to come!=<br />
<br />
We have a weekly meeting, <b>Monday at 6pm in 3255 Helen C White Library</b>, during the school year. <b>New students are welcome at any point! </b> There is no fee and the talks are independent of one another, so you can just show up any week, but we ask all participants to take a moment to register by following the link below:<br />
<br />
[https://uwmadison.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_e9WdAs2SXNurWFD '''Math Circle Registration Form''']<br />
<br />
All of your information is kept private, and is only used by the Madison Math Circle organizer to help run the Circle. <br />
<br />
If you are a student, we hope you will tell other interested students about these talks, and speak with your parents or with your teacher about organizing a car pool to the UW campus. If you are a parent or a teacher, we hope you'll tell your students about these talks and organize a car pool to the UW (all talks take place in 3255 Helen C White Library, on the UW-Madison campus, right next to the Memorial Union).<br />
<br />
<br />
==Directions and parking==<br />
Our meetings are held on the 3rd floor of Helen C. White Hall in room 3255.<br />
<br />
<div class="center" style="width:auto; margin-left:auto; margin-right:auto;"><br />
[[File: Helencwhitemap.png|400px]]</div><br />
<br />
'''Parking.''' Parking on campus is rather limited. Here is as list of some options:<br />
<br />
*There is a parking garage in the basement of Helen C. White, with an hourly rate. Enter from Park Street.<br />
*A 0.5 mile walk to Helen C. White Hall via [http://goo.gl/cxTzJY these directions], many spots ('''free starting 4:30pm''') [http://goo.gl/maps/Gkx1C in Lot 26 along Observatory Drive].<br />
*A 0.3 mile walk to Helen C. White Hall via [http://goo.gl/yMJIRd these directions], many spots ('''free starting 4:30pm''') [http://goo.gl/maps/vs17X in Lot 34]. <br />
*A 0.3 mile walk to Helen C. White Hall via [http://goo.gl/yMJIRd these directions], 2 metered spots (25 minute max) [http://goo.gl/maps/ukTcu in front of Lathrop Hall].<br />
*A 0.2 mile walk to Helen C. White Hall via [http://goo.gl/b8pdk2 these directions] 6 metered spots (25 minute max) around [http://goo.gl/maps/6EAnc the loop in front of Chadbourne Hall] .<br />
*For more information, see the [http://transportation.wisc.edu/parking/parking.aspx UW-Madison Parking Info website].<br />
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==Email list==<br />
The best way to keep up to date with the what is going is by signing up for our email list. Send an empty email to join-mathcircle@lists.wisc.edu<br />
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==Contact the organizers==<br />
The Madison Math Circle is organized by a group of professors and graduate students from the [http://www.math.wisc.edu Department of Mathematics] at the UW-Madison. If you have any questions, suggestions for topics, or so on, just email the '''organizers''' [mailto:mathcircleorganizers@lists.wisc.edu here]. We are always interested in feedback!<br />
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File:de.jpg|[https://www.math.wisc.edu/~derman/ Prof. Daniel Erman]<br />
File:Betsy.jpg|[http://www.math.wisc.edu/~stovall/ Prof. Betsy Stovall]<br />
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File:juliettebruce.jpg|[http://www.math.wisc.edu/~juliettebruce/ Juliette Bruce]<br />
File:Ee.jpg|[http://www.math.wisc.edu/~evaelduque/ Eva Elduque]<br />
File:mrjulian.jpg|[http://www.math.wisc.edu/~mrjulian/ Ryan Julian]<br />
File:soumyasankar.jpg|[http://www.math.wisc.edu/~soumyasankar Soumya Sankar]<br />
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==Donations==<br />
Please consider donating to the Madison Math Circle. As noted in our [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/images/Math_Circle_Newsletter.pdf annual report], our main costs consist of pizza and occasional supplies for the speakers. So far our costs have been covered by donations from the UW Mathematics Department as well as a generous gifts from a private donor. But our costs are rising, primarily because this year we expect to hold more meetings than in any previous year. In fact, this year, we expect to spend at least $2500 on pizza and supplies alone.<br />
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So please consider donating to support your math circle! The easiest way to donate is to go to the link:<br />
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[http://www.math.wisc.edu/donate Online Donation Link]<br />
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There are instructions on that page for donating to the Math Department. <b> Be sure and add a Gift Note saying that the donation is intended for the "Madison Math Circle"!</b> The money goes into the Mathematics Department Annual Fund and is routed through the University of Wisconsin Foundation, which is convenient for record-keeping, etc.<br />
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Alternately, you can bring a check to one of the Math Circle Meetings. If you write a check, be sure to make it payable to the "WFAA" and add the note "Math Circle Donation" on the check. <br />
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Or you can just pay in cash, and we'll give you a receipt.<br />
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==Help us grow!==<br />
If you like Math Circle, please help us continue to grow! Students, parents, and teachers can help by:<br />
*Posting our [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/images/MMC_Flyer_2016.pdf '''flyer'''] at schools or anywhere that might have interested students<br />
*Discussing the Math Circle with students, parents, teachers, administrators, and others<br />
*Making an announcement about Math Circle at PTO meetings<br />
*Donating to Math Circle<br />
Contact the organizers if you have questions or your own ideas about how to help out.<br />
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=Meetings for Fall 2018=<br />
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Unless specified talks start at '''6pm in room 3255 of Helen C. White Library''', unless otherwise noted.<br />
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! colspan="3" style="background: #e8b2b2;" align="center" | Fall 2018<br />
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! Date !! Speaker !! Topic<br />
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| September 17, 2018 || Sun Woo Park || TBD<br />
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| September 24, 2018 || Ben Bruce || Three Cottages Problem<br />
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| October 1, 2018 || TBD || TBD<br />
|-<br />
| October 8, 2018 || TBD || TBD<br />
|-<br />
| October 15, 2018 || TBD || TBD<br />
|-<br />
| October 22, 2018 || TBD || TBD<br />
|-<br />
| October 29, 2018 || TBD || TBD<br />
|-<br />
| November 5, 2018 || Christian Geske || Josephus Problem<br />
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| November 12, 2018 || TBD || TBD<br />
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| November 19, 2018 || TBD || TBD<br />
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|}<br />
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=Off-Site Meetings=<br />
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We will hold some Math Circle meetings at local high schools on early release days. Our schedule for 2018-2019has not yet been determined. If you are interesting in having us come to your high school, please contact us!<br />
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! Date !! Time !! Location !! Speaker !! Topic <br />
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| October 2nd || 2:45pm|| East High School - Madison, WI || [http://www.math.wisc.edu/~moises/ Moisés Herradón] || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#October_2_2017_.28East_High_School.29 How to make it as a Hackenbush player in the planet Zubenelgenubi 4] <br />
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| November 2nd || 9:30am || Wisconsin Institute for Discovery - Madison, WI || [http://www.math.wisc.edu/~rzachariah/ Alisha Zachariah] || <br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#November_2_2017_.28WID.29_-_1 Fractals, Fractions and Fibonnaci.]<br />
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| November 2nd (Canceled) || 11:00am || Wisconsin Institute for Discovery - Madison, WI || [http://zachcharles.wordpress.com Zach Charles] || <br />
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| November 2nd || 6:00pm || Whitewater High School - Whitewater, WI || [http://www.math.wisc.edu/~juliettebruce Juliette Bruce] || <br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#November_2_2017_.28Whitewater.29 Doodling Daydreams]<br />
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| November 3rd || 10:30am || KM Global - Wales, WI || [http://www.math.wisc.edu/~stovall/ Betsy Stovall] ||<br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#November_3_2017_.28KM_Global.29 Recent discoveries in mathematics]<br />
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| November 27th || 2:45pm|| JMM High School - Madison, WI || [http://www.math.wisc.edu/~juliettebruce Juliette Bruce] || <br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#November_27_2017_.28JMM_High_School.29 Is any knot not the unknot?]<br />
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| December 11th || 2:45pm|| East High School - Madison, WI || [https://sites.google.com/wisc.edu/jwg John Wiltshire-Gordon] ||<br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#December_11_2017_.28East_High_School.29 What if seven is zero?]<br />
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! Date !! Time !! Location !! Speaker !! Topic <br />
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| February 19th || 2:45pm|| East High School - Madison, WI || Jordan Ellenberg || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#February_19_2018_.28East_High_School.29 Is math destroying the right to vote?] <br />
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| March 1st || 9:30am || Wisconsin Institute for Discovery - Madison, WI || Wanlin Li || <br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#March_1_2018_.28WID.29_-_1 From Patterns to Functions?]<br />
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| March 1st || 10:45am || Wisconsin Institute for Discovery - Madison, WI || Daniel Erman || <br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#March_1_2018_.28WID.29_-_2 What does math research look like?]<br />
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| March 5th || 2:45pm|| JMM High School - Madison, WI || Zach Charles || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#March_5_2018_.28JMM_High_School.29 1+1 = 10 or "How does my computer do anything?"]<br />
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| March 19th || 2:45pm|| East High School - Madison, WI || Phil Wood || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#March_19_2018_.28East_High_School.29 The Mathematics of Winning Strategies ] <br />
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| April 30th || 2:45pm|| JMM High School - Madison, WI || Juliette Bruce || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#April_30_2018_.28JMM_High_School.29 From Books to Mars]<br />
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=Useful Resources=<br />
==Annual Reports==<br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/images/Math_Circle_Newsletter.pdf 2013-2014 Annual Report]<br />
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== Archived Abstracts ==<br />
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[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_2016-2017 2016 - 2017 Math Circle Page]<br />
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[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts_2016-2017 2016 - 2017 Abstracts]<br />
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[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_2015-2016 2015 - 2016 Math Circle Page]<br />
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[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Math_Circle_de_Madison_2015-2016 2015 - 2016 Math Circle Page (Spanish)]<br />
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[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts_2015-2016 2015 - 2015 Abstracts]<br />
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[[Archived Math Circle Material]]<br />
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==Link for presenters (in progress)==<br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Math_Circle_Presentations Advice For Math Circle Presenters]<br />
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[http://www.mathcircles.org/content/lesson-plans Sample Lesson Plans]<br />
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[http://www.mathcircles.org/content/circle-box "Circle in a Box"]</div>Juliettebrucehttps://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php?title=Reading_Seminar_2018-19&diff=15927Reading Seminar 2018-192018-09-07T19:34:53Z<p>Juliettebruce: </p>
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<div>==Overview==<br />
My (Daniel's) experience has been that reading seminars have diminishing returns: they run out of steam after about 8 lectures on a certain book, as everyone starts falling behind, etc. I was thinking aim broader (rather than deeper), covering 3 books, but with fewer lectures. My idea is to partly cover: Beauville's "Complex Algebraic Surfaces"; Atiyah's "K-theory" (1989 edition); and Harris and Morrison's "Moduli of Curves". We would do about 6-8 lectures on each. This allows us to reboot every two months, which I hope will be mentally refreshing and will allow people who have lost the thread of the book to rejoin. Anyways, it's an experiment!<br />
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Some notes:<br />
<ul><br />
<li>Here is lecture notes from Ravi Vakil on Complex Algebraic Surfaces "http://math.stanford.edu/~vakil/02-245/index.html"<br />
<li> Each book will have a co-organizer: Wanlin Li for Beauville's book; Michael Brown for Atiyah's book; and Rachel Davis for Harris and Mumford's book. Thanks!</li><br />
<li>I left some "Makeup" dates in the schedule with the idea that we would most likely take a week off on those dates. But if we need to miss another date (because of a conflict with a special colloquium or some other event), then we can use those as makeup slots.</li><br />
</ul><br />
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We are experimenting with lots of new formats in this year's seminar. If you aren't happy with how the reading seminar is going, please let one of the organizers (Daniel, Wanlin, Michael, or Rachel) know and we will do our best to get things back on a helpful track.<br />
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==Time and Location==<br />
Talks will be on Fridays from 11:45-12:35 in B325. This semester, Daniel is planning to keep a VERY HARD watch on the clock.<br />
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== Talk Schedule ==<br />
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{| cellpadding="8"<br />
!align="left" | date<br />
!align="left" | speaker<br />
!align="left" | sections<br />
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|-<br />
|September 7<br />
|Wanlin Li<br />
|Beauville I<br />
|-<br />
|September 14<br />
|Rachel Davis<br />
|Beauville II<br />
|-<br />
|September 21<br />
|Brandon Boggess<br />
|Beauville II and III<br />
|-<br />
|September 28<br />
|??<br />
|Beauville III<br />
|-<br />
|October 5<br />
|Soumya Sankar<br />
|Beauville IV<br />
|-<br />
|October 12<br />
|??<br />
|Beauville V<br />
|-<br />
|October 19<br />
|??<br />
|Beauville V and VI<br />
|-<br />
|October 26<br />
|Dan Corey<br />
|Beauville VII and VIII<br />
|-<br />
|November 2<br />
|??<br />
|Makeup Beauville<br />
|-<br />
|November 9<br />
|Michael Brown<br />
|Atiyah 1 (Overview of goals of the seminar, Section 2.1) <br />
|-<br />
|November 16<br />
|??<br />
|Atiyah 2 (Section 2.2)<br />
|-<br />
|November 23<br />
|NO MEETING<br />
|Thanksgiving<br />
|-<br />
|November 30<br />
|??<br />
|Atiyah 3 (Section 2.5)<br />
|-<br />
|SEMESETER BREAK<br />
|No meetings<br />
|<br />
|-<br />
|January 29<br />
|??<br />
|Atiyah 4 (Section 2.3, Part 1)<br />
|-<br />
|February 1<br />
|??<br />
|Atiyah 5 (Section 2.3, Part 2)<br />
|-<br />
|February 8<br />
|??<br />
|Atiyah 6 (Section 2.6)<br />
|-<br />
|February 15<br />
|??<br />
|Atiyah 7 (Section 2.7, up to the Thom Isomorphism Theorem)<br />
|-<br />
|February 22<br />
|??<br />
|Makeup<br />
|-<br />
|March 1<br />
| Juliette Bruce<br />
|Moduli 1<br />
|-<br />
|March 8<br />
|??<br />
|Moduli 2<br />
|-<br />
|March 15<br />
|??<br />
|Moduli 3<br />
|-<br />
|March 22<br />
|??<br />
|Moduli 4<br />
|-<br />
|March 29<br />
|??<br />
|Moduli 5<br />
|-<br />
|April 5<br />
|??<br />
|Moduli 6<br />
|-<br />
|April 12<br />
|??<br />
|Moduli 7<br />
|-<br />
|April 19<br />
|??<br />
|Makeup<br />
|}<br />
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==How to plan your talk==<br />
One key to giving good talks in a reading seminar is to know how to refocus the material that you read. Instead of going through the chapter lemma by lemma, you should ask: What is the main idea in this section? It could be a theorem, a definition, or even an example. But after reading the section, decide what the most important idea is and be sure to highlight early on.<br />
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You will probably need to skip the proofs--and even the statements--of many of the lemmas and other results in the chapter. This is a good thing! The reason someone attends a talk, as opposed to just reading the material on their own, is because they want to see the material from the perspective of someone who has thought it about carefully.<br />
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Also, make sure to give clear examples.<br />
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<br />
==Feedback on talks==<br />
One of the goals for this semester is to help the speakers learn to give better talks. Here is our plan:<br />
<br />
<li> Feedback session: This is like a streamlined version of what creative writing workshops do. Every week, we reserve 15 minutes (12:35-12:50) for the entire audience to critique that week’s speaker. Comments will be friendly and constructive. A key rule is that the speaker is not allowed to speak until the last 5 minutes.</li><br />
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<li> Partner: We assign a “partner” each week (usually the previous week's speaker). The partner will meet for 20-30 minutes with the speaker in advance to:<br />
<ol> Discuss a plan for the talk. Here the speaker can outline what they see as the main ideas, and the partner can share any wisdom gleaned from their experience the previous week. </ol><br />
<ol> Ask the speaker if there are any particular things that the speaker would like feedback on (e.g. pacing, boardwork, clarity of voice, etc.). </ol><br />
The partner would also take notes during the feedback session, to give the speaker a record of the conversation.<br />
</li><br />
<br />
This is very much an experiment, and while it might be intimidating at first, I actually think it could really help everyone (the speakers and the audience members too).</div>Juliettebrucehttps://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php?title=Algebra_and_Algebraic_Geometry_Seminar_Fall_2018&diff=15926Algebra and Algebraic Geometry Seminar Fall 20182018-09-07T19:34:07Z<p>Juliettebruce: </p>
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<div>The seminar meets on Fridays at 2:25 pm in room B235.<br />
<br />
Here is the schedule for [[Algebra and Algebraic Geometry Seminar Spring 2018 | the previous semester]].<br />
<!--, [[Algebraic Geometry Seminar Spring 2018 | the next semester]], and for [[Algebraic Geometry Seminar | this semester]]. --><br />
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==Algebra and Algebraic Geometry Mailing List==<br />
<br />
<br />
*Please join the [https://admin.lists.wisc.edu/index.php?p=11&l=ags AGS Mailing List] to hear about upcoming seminars, lunches, and other algebraic geometry events in the department (it is possible you must be on a math department computer to use this link).<br />
<br />
== Fall 2018 Schedule ==<br />
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{| cellpadding="8"<br />
!align="left" | date<br />
!align="left" | speaker<br />
!align="left" | title<br />
!align="left" | host(s) <br />
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|-<br />
|September 7<br />
|Daniel Erman<br />
|Big Polynomial Rings<br />
|Local<br />
|-<br />
|September 14<br />
|Akhil Mathew (U Chicago)<br />
|TBA<br />
|Andrei<br />
|-<br />
|September 21<br />
|Andrei Caldararu<br />
|TBA<br />
|Local<br />
|-<br />
|September 28<br />
|Mark Walker (Nebraska)<br />
|TBD<br />
|Michael and Daniel<br />
|-<br />
|October 5<br />
|-<br />
|-<br />
|-<br />
|-<br />
|October 12<br />
|Jose Rodriguez (Wisconsin)<br />
|TBD<br />
|Local<br />
|-<br />
|October 19<br />
|Oleksandr Tsymbaliuk (Yale)<br />
|TBD<br />
|Paul Terwilliger<br />
|-<br />
|October 26<br />
|<br />
|<br />
|<br />
|-<br />
|November 2<br />
|Behrouz Taji (Notre Dame)<br />
|TBD<br />
|Botong Wang<br />
|-<br />
|November 9<br />
|Juliette Bruce<br />
|TBD<br />
|Local<br />
|-<br />
|November 16<br />
|Wanlin Li<br />
|TBD<br />
|Local<br />
|-<br />
|November 23<br />
|Thanksgiving<br />
|No Seminar<br />
|<br />
|-<br />
|November 30<br />
|John Wiltshire-Gordon<br />
|TBD<br />
|Local<br />
|-<br />
|December 7<br />
|Michael Brown<br />
|TBD<br />
|Local<br />
|-<br />
|December 14<br />
|-TBD<br />
|-TBD<br />
|-TBD<br />
|-<br />
|}<br />
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== Abstracts ==<br />
<br />
===Akhil Mathew===<br />
<br />
'''Title: Kaledin's noncommutative degeneration theorem and topological<br />
Hochschild homology'''<br />
<br />
For a smooth proper variety over a field of characteristic<br />
zero, the Hodge-to-de Rham spectral sequence (relating the cohomology<br />
of differential forms to de Rham cohomology) is well-known to<br />
degenerate, via Hodge theory. A "noncommutative" version of this<br />
theorem has been proved by Kaledin for smooth proper dg categories<br />
over a field of characteristic zero, based on the technique of<br />
reduction mod p. I will describe a short proof of this theorem using<br />
the theory of topological Hochschild homology, which provides a<br />
canonical one-parameter deformation of Hochschild homology in<br />
characteristic p.</div>Juliettebrucehttps://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php?title=Algebra_and_Algebraic_Geometry_Seminar_Fall_2018&diff=15925Algebra and Algebraic Geometry Seminar Fall 20182018-09-07T19:32:54Z<p>Juliettebruce: </p>
<hr />
<div>The seminar meets on Fridays at 2:25 pm in room B235.<br />
<br />
Here is the schedule for [[Algebra and Algebraic Geometry Seminar Spring 2018 | the previous semester]].<br />
<!--, [[Algebraic Geometry Seminar Spring 2018 | the next semester]], and for [[Algebraic Geometry Seminar | this semester]]. --><br />
<br />
==Algebra and Algebraic Geometry Mailing List==<br />
<br />
<br />
*Please join the [https://admin.lists.wisc.edu/index.php?p=11&l=ags AGS Mailing List] to hear about upcoming seminars, lunches, and other algebraic geometry events in the department (it is possible you must be on a math department computer to use this link).<br />
<br />
== Fall 2018 Schedule ==<br />
<br />
{| cellpadding="8"<br />
!align="left" | date<br />
!align="left" | speaker<br />
!align="left" | title<br />
!align="left" | host(s) <br />
<br />
|-<br />
|September 7<br />
|Daniel Erman<br />
|Big Polynomial Rings<br />
|Local<br />
|-<br />
|September 14<br />
|Akhil Mathew (U Chicago)<br />
|TBA<br />
|Andrei<br />
|-<br />
|September 21<br />
|Andrei Caldararu<br />
|TBA<br />
|Local<br />
|-<br />
|September 28<br />
|Mark Walker (Nebraska)<br />
|TBD<br />
|Michael and Daniel<br />
|-<br />
|October 5<br />
|-<br />
|-<br />
|-<br />
|-<br />
|October 12<br />
|Jose Rodriguez (Wisconsin)<br />
|TBD<br />
|Local<br />
|-<br />
|October 19<br />
|Oleksandr Tsymbaliuk (Yale)<br />
|TBD<br />
|Paul Terwilliger<br />
|-<br />
|October 26<br />
|<br />
|<br />
|<br />
|-<br />
|November 2<br />
|Behrouz Taji (Notre Dame)<br />
|TBD<br />
|Botong Wang<br />
|-<br />
|November 9<br />
|-Juliette Bruce<br />
|-TBD<br />
|-Local<br />
|-<br />
|November 16<br />
|Wanlin Li<br />
|TBD<br />
|Local<br />
|-<br />
|November 23<br />
|Thanksgiving<br />
|No Seminar<br />
|<br />
|-<br />
|November 30<br />
|John Wiltshire-Gordon<br />
|TBD<br />
|Local<br />
|-<br />
|December 7<br />
|Michael Brown<br />
|TBD<br />
|Local<br />
|-<br />
|December 14<br />
|-TBD<br />
|-TBD<br />
|-TBD<br />
|-<br />
|}<br />
<br />
== Abstracts ==<br />
<br />
===Akhil Mathew===<br />
<br />
'''Title: Kaledin's noncommutative degeneration theorem and topological<br />
Hochschild homology'''<br />
<br />
For a smooth proper variety over a field of characteristic<br />
zero, the Hodge-to-de Rham spectral sequence (relating the cohomology<br />
of differential forms to de Rham cohomology) is well-known to<br />
degenerate, via Hodge theory. A "noncommutative" version of this<br />
theorem has been proved by Kaledin for smooth proper dg categories<br />
over a field of characteristic zero, based on the technique of<br />
reduction mod p. I will describe a short proof of this theorem using<br />
the theory of topological Hochschild homology, which provides a<br />
canonical one-parameter deformation of Hochschild homology in<br />
characteristic p.</div>Juliettebrucehttps://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php?title=Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts&diff=15471Madison Math Circle Abstracts2018-04-26T18:48:14Z<p>Juliettebruce: /* April 30 2018 (JMM High School) */</p>
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== September 18 2017 ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Daniel Erman'''<br />
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Abstract: At the Madison Math Circle, we aim to give a flavor for the creative type of thinking that goes into mathematical research. In this week's interactive activity, students will explore questions related to Mobius strips, developing their own conjectures.<br />
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== September 25 2017 ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Betsy Stovall'''<br />
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| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: Math is a game!'''<br />
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When mathematicians are working to solve a theoretical problem, it often helps to imagine that we are playing a game: What could our opponent do to make our job as difficult as possible, and what is our strategy to defeat them no matter what move they make? In this session, we will try this out by playing several games and trying to come up with winning strategies. <br />
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== October 2 2017 ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Rachel Davis'''<br />
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| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: Thinking outside the box'''<br />
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Abstract: We will try some geometric puzzles related to area, volume, and dimension using techniques such as drawing diagrams, looking at special cases, using symmetry, and changing perspective.<br />
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== October 9 2017 ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Solly Parenti'''<br />
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| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: Hackenbush'''<br />
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Abstract: I come from an alien world where we spend all of our time playing a game called hackenbush. I'd like to introduce y'all to this game so you don't embarass yourself if you come visit my planet.<br />
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== October 16 2017 ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Mihaela Ifrim'''<br />
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| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: Escape of the Clones!'''<br />
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Abstract: We wish to find an invariant (an invariant is a quantity that doesn't change no matter how the process plays out). By playing couple of games will help us find some! The main game we will play is Escape of the Clones! Promise you will like it!<br />
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== October 23 2017 ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Ryan Julian'''<br />
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| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: Recursion for Fun and Profit'''<br />
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Abstract: Beginning with the classic Towers of Hanoi puzzle, we'll explore several puzzles whose solutions can often be found by thinking recursively. We'll also discover how recursion and related methods of simplifying problems can be used to create efficient algorithms to solve a variety of practical problems.<br />
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== October 30 2017 ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''John Wiltshire-Gordon'''<br />
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| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: Euler Characteristic'''<br />
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Abstract: The most important invariant associated to a collection of featureless points is their number, which can be found using a process called "counting". We explain a generalization of counting that works for other, more interesting shapes. For example, we will count a circle and a sphere. We recall typical counting arguments, and try to apply them to shapes.<br />
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== November 6 2017 ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Wanlin Li'''<br />
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| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: How to Outsmart a State Test?'''<br />
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Abstract: A common problem in a state test is given a sequence of numbers like 4, 9, 16, 25, 36... ask what the next number to expect. I used to dislike these problems up until a teacher taught me a cool trick. In this talk, I want to share this trick and discuss the math behind this.<br />
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== November 13 2017 ==<br />
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|-Jean-Luc Thiffeault<br />
| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: Goldbug Variations'''<br />
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Abstract<br />
I'll discuss the motion of little mathematical bugs: they hop around the positive integers, flipping direction arrows as they go. How many such bugs drop off the line at -1, and how many escape to infinity? Next, we tackle a similar problem in the plane, and discover beautiful geometrical patterns, known as Propp Circles.<br />
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== November 20 2017 ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Ethan Beihl'''<br />
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| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: Boomerang Sequences'''<br />
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I don't know what will happen in this talk. No, I don't mean that in the sense that math teachers often use, where they say "I don't know, why don't you try it!" but really secretly they know what's going to happen. I mean that in the most literal sense. I will introduce sequences of numbers that (sometimes) bounce back, and you will explore them, and I might learn something, because I don't know what will happen. We'll have a blast, and maybe we'll discover something that no-one ever has before.<br />
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== February 5 2018 ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Ben Wright'''<br />
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| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: Mobius Band Magic'''<br />
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If you fold a loop of paper in half and cut it down the middle, how many loops of paper do you end up with? 2? Would you believe me if I said 1? How is this possible? A magician would never reveal the secret, but a mathematician will. We will learn to draw & construct loops & Mobius bands and explore their intrinsic & extrinsic properties.<br />
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== February 12 2018 ==<br />
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== February 19 2018 ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Brandon Boggess'''<br />
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| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: Towers of Hanoi'''<br />
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An old legend tells of a mysterious temple located in Hanoi, Vietnam containing three pegs and 64 golden disks. Since the beginning of the world, priests have been moving these disks across the pegs according to rules handed down by an ancient prophecy. The legend states that when the final disk is placed, the world will come to an end. We will examine these rules and decide whether we should be worried by this legend.<br />
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== February 26 2018 ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Becky Eastham'''<br />
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| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: No Pigeons Will Be Harmed During This Talk'''<br />
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The Pigeonhole Principle is the statement that if you have if you have (n) pigeonholes, and you want to stuff (n+1) pigeons into these holes, then one of the holes will have at least two pigeons in it (why mathematicians want to stuff pigeons into holes at all is a excellent question for another time). While the Pigeonhole Principle might seem obvious, it can be used to prove things that are not at all obvious with relative ease! We’ll explore how to use this simple fact to solve a variety of problems. <br />
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== March 5 2018 ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Juliette Bruce'''<br />
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| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: Doodling Dreams'''<br />
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As a high schooler I occasionally got bored, would zone out, and doodle on my paper. Often repeatedly tracing around something on my paper creating doodles like this:<br />
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In this bored state my mind would often wandered, and I would wonder about important things like "Will I have a date for prom?" or "What is the cafeteria serving for lunch?", but germane to this talk were my wonderings about, "What’s happening to the shape of this doodle?" It turns out that these idle daydreams and doodles provide a good taste for how mathematicians "do" math. We will start by doodling and asking questions, and then we'll see where these lead us mathematically.<br />
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== March 12 2018 ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Solly Parenti'''<br />
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| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: Tangled up in Two'''<br />
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Every tangled cord you have ever encountered is secretly a number. Once you learn how to count these cords, cleaning your room will be as easy as 1-2-3.<br />
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== March 19 2018 ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Edwin Baeza'''<br />
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We'll learn about sound waves by hearing and seeing them in action. We'll start by seeing a different way to think about sound and how to manipulate it. With this new knowledge we can explore some elements of modern sound design.<br />
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== April 2 2018 ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Carrie Chen'''<br />
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| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Help! Important data lost due to ink stains!'''<br />
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John and Mary have a [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/images/Ledger.pdf ledger card] for office supplies, however their cat broke the ink bottle and got the card stained. Let’s help them recover those numbers with Chinese Remainder theorem! <br />
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== April 9 2018 ==<br />
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= Off-Site Meetings =<br />
== October 2 2017 (East High School) ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Speaker TBD'''<br />
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| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: How to make it as a Hackenbush player in the planet Zubenelgenubi 4'''<br />
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Abstract: In the distant planet of Zubenelgenubi 4, we live our life without numbers. I know, how do we pass our time if we can't construct a smartphone without numbers? The answer is that we have invented an extremely violent sport about chopping down trees called Hackenbush, and playing this game is an essential social skill in Zubenelgenubi 4. I will teach you how to play the pen and paper version of Hackenbush, and hint at how learning this game leads to a kind of math that is highly illegal in 254,233 planetary systems.<br />
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== November 2 2017 (WID) - 1 ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Speaker: Alisha Zacharia'''<br />
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| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: Fractals, Fractions and Fibonnaci.'''<br />
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Abstract: Let’s go on a history tour! We’ll visit some math objects that intrigued generations of mathematicians and explore connections between them. We'll observe something that happens a lot in modern mathematics: discovering connections among seemingly unrelated things! Through this talk I hope to introduce you to how vital it is for mathematicians today to be able to effectively communicate with and teach each other even if they work in very different branches of mathematics.<br />
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== November 2 2017 (WID) - 2 ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Speaker: Zach Charles'''<br />
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| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: 1+1 = 10 or "How does my computer do anything?"'''<br />
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Abstract: Computers perform all sorts of complex tasks, from playing videos to running internet browsers. Secretly, computers do everything through numbers and mathematics. Even weirder, they do all of this with "bits", numbers that are only 0 or 1. We will talk about bits and how we use them to do the mathematics we're familiar with as humans. If we have enough time, we will discuss "addition chains" and how computers use them to speed up their computations.<br />
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== November 2 2017 (Whitewater) ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Speaker: Juliette Bruce'''<br />
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| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: Doodling Daydreams'''<br />
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Abstract: As a high schooler I occasionally got bored, would zone out, and doodle on my paper. Often repeatedly tracing around something on my paper creating doodles like this:<br />
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File:doodle.jpg<br />
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In this bored state my mind would often wandered, and I would wonder about important things like "Will I have a date for prom?" or "What is the cafeteria serving for lunch?", but germane to this talk were my wonderings about, "What’s happening to the shape of this doodle?" It turns out that these idle daydreams and doodles provide a good taste for how mathematicians "do" math. We will start by doodling and asking questions, and then we'll see where these lead us mathematically.<br />
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== November 3 2017 (KM Global) ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Speaker: Betsy Stoval'''<br />
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| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: Recent discoveries in mathematics'''<br />
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Abstract: So much wonderful and useful mathematics was discovered centuries ago that it can seem as though we must know everything by now. To the contrary, thousands of research mathematicians around the world are working to develop new mathematical theories every day. I will talk about some exciting recent discoveries in math and some tantalizing unsolved problems. To make matters more concrete, students will develop a solution to the Erdős Discrepancy Problem, which was only completely solved in 2015, in a simple case.<br />
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== November 27 2017 (JMM High School) ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Speaker: Juliette Bruce'''<br />
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| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: Is any knot not the unknot'''<br />
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You're walking home from school, and you pull your headphones out to listen to some tunes. However, inevitably they are a horribly tangled mess, but are they really a knot? We'll talk about what exactly is a knot, and how we can tell when something is not the unknot.<br />
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== December 11 2017 (East High School) ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Speaker: John Wiltshire-Gordon'''<br />
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| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: What if seven is zero?'''<br />
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Abstract: We take as axiomatic the usual laws of arithmetic, along with a new law: 7=0. Evidently, this new law challenges certain widespread intuitions about numbers. Will all of mathematics crumble?<br />
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== February 19 2018 (East High School) ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Speaker: Jordan Ellenberg'''<br />
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| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: Is math destroying the right to vote?'''<br />
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Abstract: The Supreme Court is deciding whether or not Wisconsin’s way of electing the State Assembly violates the Constitution by depriving Wisconsinites of their right to representation. The key issues in this case are really about math, and how legislators armed with powerful algorithms can design electoral districts so that they choose the voters, rather than the voters choosing them. On the other hand, we can use math to find unfairness in maps and suggest better ones — I’ll talk a little bit about how.<br />
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== March 1 2018 (WID) - 1 ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Speaker: Wanlin Li'''<br />
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| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: From Patterns to Functions?'''<br />
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What is a pattern? What's the next number in the sequence 1,2,3,4,5? What about 1,4,9,16,25? Why that number? In this talk we'll talk about how to find the next number in many sequences, and where it comes from. In addition we'll consider the relations between functions an patterns.<br />
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== March 1 2018 (WID) - 2 ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Speaker: Daniel Erman'''<br />
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| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: What does math research look like?'''<br />
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I’ll try to illustrate the type of thinking that goes in math research by having us all dive into a famous historical problem.<br />
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== March 5 2018 (JMM High School) ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Speaker: Zach Charles'''<br />
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| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: 1+1 = 10 or "How does my computer do anything?" '''<br />
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Computers perform all sorts of complex tasks, from playing videos to running internet browsers. Secretly, computers do everything through numbers and mathematics. Even weirder, they do all of this with "bits", numbers that are only 0 or 1. We will talk about bits and how we use them to do the mathematics we're familiar with as humans. If we have enough time, we will discuss "addition chains" and how computers use them to speed up their computations.<br />
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== March 19 2018 (East High School) ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Speaker: Phil Wood'''<br />
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| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: The Mathematics of Winning Strategies '''<br />
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Strategies are everywhere: how a business decides to deploy resources, how a school district decides on a curriculum plan, how a student decides which material to study for a test. In this Math Circle, we will discuss how mathematical ideas can inform strategies, focusing on simple games where perfect analysis of strategies is possible.<br />
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== April 30 2018 (JMM High School) ==<br />
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I will discuss ways to cleverly send a message so that even if part of the message is lost, the entire message can be recovered.<br />
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For the site in Spanish, visit [[Math Circle de Madison]]<br />
=What is a Math Circle?=<br />
The Madison Math Circle is a weekly series of mathematically based activities aimed at interested middle school and high school students. It is an outreach program organized by the UW Math Department. Our goal is to provide a taste of exciting ideas in math and science. In the past we've had talks about plasma and weather in outer space, video game graphics, and encryption. In the sessions, students (and parents) are often asked to explore problems on their own, with the presenter facilitating a discussion. The talks are independent of one another, so new students are welcome at any point.<br />
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The level of the audience varies quite widely, including a mix of middle school and high school students, and the speakers generally address this by considering subjects that will be interesting for a wide range of students.<br />
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After each talk we'll have pizza provided by the Mathematics Department, and students will have an opportunity to mingle and chat with the speaker and with other participants, to ask questions about some of the topics that have been discussed, and also about college, careers in science, etc.<br />
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'''The Madison Math circle was featured in Wisconsin State Journal:''' [http://host.madison.com/wsj/news/local/education/local_schools/school-spotlight-madison-math-circle-gives-young-students-a-taste/article_77f5c042-0b3d-11e1-ba5f-001cc4c03286.html check it out]!<br />
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=All right, I want to come!=<br />
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We have a weekly meeting, <b>Monday at 6pm in 3255 Helen C White Library</b>, during the school year. <b>New students are welcome at any point! </b> There is no fee and the talks are independent of one another, so you can just show up any week, but we ask all participants to take a moment to register by following the link below:<br />
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[https://uwmadison.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_e9WdAs2SXNurWFD '''Math Circle Registration Form''']<br />
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All of your information is kept private, and is only used by the Madison Math Circle organizer to help run the Circle. <br />
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If you are a student, we hope you will tell other interested students about these talks, and speak with your parents or with your teacher about organizing a car pool to the UW campus. If you are a parent or a teacher, we hope you'll tell your students about these talks and organize a car pool to the UW (all talks take place in 3255 Helen C White Library, on the UW-Madison campus, right next to the Memorial Union).<br />
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==Directions and parking==<br />
Our meetings are held on the 3rd floor of Helen C. White Hall in room 3255.<br />
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'''Parking.''' Parking on campus is rather limited. Here is as list of some options:<br />
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*There is a parking garage in the basement of Helen C. White, with an hourly rate. Enter from Park Street.<br />
*A 0.5 mile walk to Helen C. White Hall via [http://goo.gl/cxTzJY these directions], many spots ('''free starting 4:30pm''') [http://goo.gl/maps/Gkx1C in Lot 26 along Observatory Drive].<br />
*A 0.3 mile walk to Helen C. White Hall via [http://goo.gl/yMJIRd these directions], many spots ('''free starting 4:30pm''') [http://goo.gl/maps/vs17X in Lot 34]. <br />
*A 0.3 mile walk to Helen C. White Hall via [http://goo.gl/yMJIRd these directions], 2 metered spots (25 minute max) [http://goo.gl/maps/ukTcu in front of Lathrop Hall].<br />
*A 0.2 mile walk to Helen C. White Hall via [http://goo.gl/b8pdk2 these directions] 6 metered spots (25 minute max) around [http://goo.gl/maps/6EAnc the loop in front of Chadbourne Hall] .<br />
*For more information, see the [http://transportation.wisc.edu/parking/parking.aspx UW-Madison Parking Info website].<br />
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==Email list==<br />
The best way to keep up to date with the what is going is by signing up for our email list. Send an empty email to join-mathcircle@lists.wisc.edu<br />
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==Contact the organizers==<br />
The Madison Math Circle is organized by a group of professors and graduate students from the [http://www.math.wisc.edu Department of Mathematics] at the UW-Madison. If you have any questions, suggestions for topics, or so on, just email the '''organizers''' [mailto:mathcircleorganizers@lists.wisc.edu here]. We are always interested in feedback!<br />
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File:de.jpg|[https://www.math.wisc.edu/~derman/ Prof. Daniel Erman]<br />
File:Betsy.jpg|[http://www.math.wisc.edu/~stovall/ Prof. Betsy Stovall]<br />
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File:juliettebruce.jpg|[http://www.math.wisc.edu/~juliettebruce/ Juliette Bruce]<br />
File:Ee.jpg|[http://www.math.wisc.edu/~evaelduque/ Eva Elduque]<br />
File:mrjulian.jpg|[http://www.math.wisc.edu/~mrjulian/ Ryan Julian]<br />
File:soumyasankar.jpg|[http://www.math.wisc.edu/~soumyasankar Soumya Sankar]<br />
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==Donations==<br />
Please consider donating to the Madison Math Circle. As noted in our [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/images/Math_Circle_Newsletter.pdf annual report], our main costs consist of pizza and occasional supplies for the speakers. So far our costs have been covered by donations from the UW Mathematics Department as well as a generous gifts from a private donor. But our costs are rising, primarily because this year we expect to hold more meetings than in any previous year. In fact, this year, we expect to spend at least $2500 on pizza and supplies alone.<br />
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So please consider donating to support your math circle! The easiest way to donate is to go to the link:<br />
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[http://www.math.wisc.edu/donate Online Donation Link]<br />
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There are instructions on that page for donating to the Math Department. <b> Be sure and add a Gift Note saying that the donation is intended for the "Madison Math Circle"!</b> The money goes into the Mathematics Department Annual Fund and is routed through the University of Wisconsin Foundation, which is convenient for record-keeping, etc.<br />
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Alternately, you can bring a check to one of the Math Circle Meetings. If you write a check, be sure to make it payable to the "WFAA" and add the note "Math Circle Donation" on the check. <br />
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Or you can just pay in cash, and we'll give you a receipt.<br />
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==Help us grow!==<br />
If you like Math Circle, please help us continue to grow! Students, parents, and teachers can help by:<br />
*Posting our [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/images/MMC_Flyer_2016.pdf '''flyer'''] at schools or anywhere that might have interested students<br />
*Discussing the Math Circle with students, parents, teachers, administrators, and others<br />
*Making an announcement about Math Circle at PTO meetings<br />
*Donating to Math Circle<br />
Contact the organizers if you have questions or your own ideas about how to help out.<br />
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=Meetings for Fall 2017 and Spring 2018=<br />
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Unless specified talks start at '''6pm in room 3255 of Helen C. White Library''', unless otherwise noted.<br />
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| September 18, 2017 || [http://www.math.wisc.edu/~derman/ Daniel Erman] || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#September_18_2017 Welcome to the Madison Math Circle!] <br />
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| September 25, 2017 || [http://www.math.wisc.edu/~stovall/ Betsy Stovall] || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#September_25_2017 Math is a game! ] <br />
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| October 2, 2017 || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/~rdavis/ Rachel Davis] || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#October_2_2017 Thinking outside the box] <br />
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| October 9, 2017 || [http://www.math.wisc.edu/~sparenti/ Solly Parenti] || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#October_9_2017 Hackenbush] <br />
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| October 16, 2017 || Mihaela Ifrim || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#October_16_2017 Escape of the Clones! ] <br />
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| October 23, 2017 || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/~mrjulian/ Ryan Julian] || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#October_23_2017 Recursion for Fun and Profit]<br />
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| October 30, 2017 || [https://sites.google.com/wisc.edu/jwg John Wiltshire-Gordon] || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#October_30_2017 Euler Characteristic ] <br />
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| November 6, 2017 || [https://sites.google.com/site/uwwanlin/ Wanlin Li] || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#November_6_2017 How to Outsmart a State Test? ] <br />
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| November 13, 2017 || Jean-Luc Thiffeault || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#November_13_2017 Goldbug Variations ]<br />
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| November 20, 2017 || Ethan Beihl || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#November_20_2017 Boomerang Sequences ] <br />
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|January 29, 2018 ||No Meeting - Cancelled || <br />
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| February 5, 2018 || Ben Wright || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#February_5_2018 Mobius Band Magic] <br />
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| February 12, 2018 || Daniel Erman || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#February_12_2018 ] <br />
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| February 19, 2018 || Brandon Boggess || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#February_19_2018 Towers of Hanoi] <br />
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| February 26, 2018 || Becky Eastham || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#February_26_2018 No Pigeons Will Be Harmed During This Talk] <br />
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| March 5, 2018 || Juliette Bruce || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#March_5_2018 Doodling Dreams] <br />
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| March 12, 2018 || Solly Parenti || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#March_12_2018 Tangled up in Two] <br />
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| March 19, 2018 || Edwin Baeza || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#March_19_2018 Mathematics and Sound Design] <br />
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| March 26, 2018 || No Meeting - (Spring Break) || <br />
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| April 2, 2018 || Carrie Chen || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#April_2_2018 Help! Important data lost due to ink stains! ] <br />
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| April 9, 2018 || Betsy Stovall <br> Daniel Erman <br> Juliette Bruce || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#April_9_2018 Mini Math Circles] <br> <span style="color:red">End of Year Celebration!!!</span><br />
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=Off-Site Meetings=<br />
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We will hold some Math Circle meetings at local high schools on early release days. Our schedule for 2017-2018 has not yet been determined. If you are interesting in having us come to your high school, please contact us!<br />
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| October 2nd || 2:45pm|| East High School - Madison, WI || [http://www.math.wisc.edu/~moises/ Moisés Herradón] || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#October_2_2017_.28East_High_School.29 How to make it as a Hackenbush player in the planet Zubenelgenubi 4] <br />
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| November 2nd || 9:30am || Wisconsin Institute for Discovery - Madison, WI || [http://www.math.wisc.edu/~rzachariah/ Alisha Zachariah] || <br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#November_2_2017_.28WID.29_-_1 Fractals, Fractions and Fibonnaci.]<br />
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| November 2nd (Canceled) || 11:00am || Wisconsin Institute for Discovery - Madison, WI || [http://zachcharles.wordpress.com Zach Charles] || <br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#November_2_2017_.28WID.29_-_2 1+1 = 10 or "How does my computer do anything?"]<br />
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| November 2nd || 6:00pm || Whitewater High School - Whitewater, WI || [http://www.math.wisc.edu/~juliettebruce Juliette Bruce] || <br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#November_2_2017_.28Whitewater.29 Doodling Daydreams]<br />
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| November 3rd || 10:30am || KM Global - Wales, WI || [http://www.math.wisc.edu/~stovall/ Betsy Stovall] ||<br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#November_3_2017_.28KM_Global.29 Recent discoveries in mathematics]<br />
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| November 27th || 2:45pm|| JMM High School - Madison, WI || [http://www.math.wisc.edu/~juliettebruce Juliette Bruce] || <br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#November_27_2017_.28JMM_High_School.29 Is any knot not the unknot?]<br />
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| December 11th || 2:45pm|| East High School - Madison, WI || [https://sites.google.com/wisc.edu/jwg John Wiltshire-Gordon] ||<br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#December_11_2017_.28East_High_School.29 What if seven is zero?]<br />
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| February 19th || 2:45pm|| East High School - Madison, WI || Jordan Ellenberg || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#February_19_2018_.28East_High_School.29 Is math destroying the right to vote?] <br />
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| March 1st || 9:30am || Wisconsin Institute for Discovery - Madison, WI || Wanlin Li || <br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#March_1_2018_.28WID.29_-_1 From Patterns to Functions?]<br />
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| March 1st || 10:45am || Wisconsin Institute for Discovery - Madison, WI || Daniel Erman || <br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#March_1_2018_.28WID.29_-_2 What does math research look like?]<br />
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| March 5th || 2:45pm|| JMM High School - Madison, WI || Zach Charles || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#March_5_2018_.28JMM_High_School.29 1+1 = 10 or "How does my computer do anything?"]<br />
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| March 19th || 2:45pm|| East High School - Madison, WI || Phil Wood || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#March_19_2018_.28East_High_School.29 The Mathematics of Winning Strategies ] <br />
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| April 30th || 2:45pm|| JMM High School - Madison, WI || Juliette Bruce || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#April_30_2018_.28JMM_High_School.29 From Books to Mars]<br />
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=Useful Resources=<br />
==Annual Reports==<br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/images/Math_Circle_Newsletter.pdf 2013-2014 Annual Report]<br />
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== Archived Abstracts ==<br />
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[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_2016-2017 2016 - 2017 Math Circle Page]<br />
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[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts_2016-2017 2016 - 2017 Abstracts]<br />
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[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_2015-2016 2015 - 2016 Math Circle Page]<br />
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[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Math_Circle_de_Madison_2015-2016 2015 - 2016 Math Circle Page (Spanish)]<br />
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[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts_2015-2016 2015 - 2015 Abstracts]<br />
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[[Archived Math Circle Material]]<br />
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==Link for presenters (in progress)==<br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Math_Circle_Presentations Advice For Math Circle Presenters]<br />
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[http://www.mathcircles.org/content/lesson-plans Sample Lesson Plans]<br />
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[http://www.mathcircles.org/content/circle-box "Circle in a Box"]</div>Juliettebrucehttps://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php?title=Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts&diff=15311Madison Math Circle Abstracts2018-03-30T20:29:48Z<p>Juliettebruce: /* April 2 2018 */</p>
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[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle Main Math Circle Page]<br />
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== September 18 2017 ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Daniel Erman'''<br />
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Abstract: At the Madison Math Circle, we aim to give a flavor for the creative type of thinking that goes into mathematical research. In this week's interactive activity, students will explore questions related to Mobius strips, developing their own conjectures.<br />
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== September 25 2017 ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Betsy Stovall'''<br />
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| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: Math is a game!'''<br />
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When mathematicians are working to solve a theoretical problem, it often helps to imagine that we are playing a game: What could our opponent do to make our job as difficult as possible, and what is our strategy to defeat them no matter what move they make? In this session, we will try this out by playing several games and trying to come up with winning strategies. <br />
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== October 2 2017 ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Rachel Davis'''<br />
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| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: Thinking outside the box'''<br />
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Abstract: We will try some geometric puzzles related to area, volume, and dimension using techniques such as drawing diagrams, looking at special cases, using symmetry, and changing perspective.<br />
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== October 9 2017 ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Solly Parenti'''<br />
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| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: Hackenbush'''<br />
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Abstract: I come from an alien world where we spend all of our time playing a game called hackenbush. I'd like to introduce y'all to this game so you don't embarass yourself if you come visit my planet.<br />
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== October 16 2017 ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Mihaela Ifrim'''<br />
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| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: Escape of the Clones!'''<br />
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Abstract: We wish to find an invariant (an invariant is a quantity that doesn't change no matter how the process plays out). By playing couple of games will help us find some! The main game we will play is Escape of the Clones! Promise you will like it!<br />
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== October 23 2017 ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Ryan Julian'''<br />
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| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: Recursion for Fun and Profit'''<br />
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Abstract: Beginning with the classic Towers of Hanoi puzzle, we'll explore several puzzles whose solutions can often be found by thinking recursively. We'll also discover how recursion and related methods of simplifying problems can be used to create efficient algorithms to solve a variety of practical problems.<br />
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== October 30 2017 ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''John Wiltshire-Gordon'''<br />
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Abstract: The most important invariant associated to a collection of featureless points is their number, which can be found using a process called "counting". We explain a generalization of counting that works for other, more interesting shapes. For example, we will count a circle and a sphere. We recall typical counting arguments, and try to apply them to shapes.<br />
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== November 6 2017 ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Wanlin Li'''<br />
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| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: How to Outsmart a State Test?'''<br />
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Abstract: A common problem in a state test is given a sequence of numbers like 4, 9, 16, 25, 36... ask what the next number to expect. I used to dislike these problems up until a teacher taught me a cool trick. In this talk, I want to share this trick and discuss the math behind this.<br />
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== November 13 2017 ==<br />
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|-Jean-Luc Thiffeault<br />
| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: Goldbug Variations'''<br />
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Abstract<br />
I'll discuss the motion of little mathematical bugs: they hop around the positive integers, flipping direction arrows as they go. How many such bugs drop off the line at -1, and how many escape to infinity? Next, we tackle a similar problem in the plane, and discover beautiful geometrical patterns, known as Propp Circles.<br />
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== November 20 2017 ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Ethan Beihl'''<br />
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| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: Boomerang Sequences'''<br />
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I don't know what will happen in this talk. No, I don't mean that in the sense that math teachers often use, where they say "I don't know, why don't you try it!" but really secretly they know what's going to happen. I mean that in the most literal sense. I will introduce sequences of numbers that (sometimes) bounce back, and you will explore them, and I might learn something, because I don't know what will happen. We'll have a blast, and maybe we'll discover something that no-one ever has before.<br />
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== February 5 2018 ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Ben Wright'''<br />
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| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: Mobius Band Magic'''<br />
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If you fold a loop of paper in half and cut it down the middle, how many loops of paper do you end up with? 2? Would you believe me if I said 1? How is this possible? A magician would never reveal the secret, but a mathematician will. We will learn to draw & construct loops & Mobius bands and explore their intrinsic & extrinsic properties.<br />
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== February 12 2018 ==<br />
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== February 19 2018 ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Brandon Boggess'''<br />
|-<br />
| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: Towers of Hanoi'''<br />
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An old legend tells of a mysterious temple located in Hanoi, Vietnam containing three pegs and 64 golden disks. Since the beginning of the world, priests have been moving these disks across the pegs according to rules handed down by an ancient prophecy. The legend states that when the final disk is placed, the world will come to an end. We will examine these rules and decide whether we should be worried by this legend.<br />
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== February 26 2018 ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Becky Eastham'''<br />
|-<br />
| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: No Pigeons Will Be Harmed During This Talk'''<br />
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The Pigeonhole Principle is the statement that if you have if you have (n) pigeonholes, and you want to stuff (n+1) pigeons into these holes, then one of the holes will have at least two pigeons in it (why mathematicians want to stuff pigeons into holes at all is a excellent question for another time). While the Pigeonhole Principle might seem obvious, it can be used to prove things that are not at all obvious with relative ease! We’ll explore how to use this simple fact to solve a variety of problems. <br />
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== March 5 2018 ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Juliette Bruce'''<br />
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| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: Doodling Dreams'''<br />
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As a high schooler I occasionally got bored, would zone out, and doodle on my paper. Often repeatedly tracing around something on my paper creating doodles like this:<br />
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In this bored state my mind would often wandered, and I would wonder about important things like "Will I have a date for prom?" or "What is the cafeteria serving for lunch?", but germane to this talk were my wonderings about, "What’s happening to the shape of this doodle?" It turns out that these idle daydreams and doodles provide a good taste for how mathematicians "do" math. We will start by doodling and asking questions, and then we'll see where these lead us mathematically.<br />
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== March 12 2018 ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Solly Parenti'''<br />
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| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: Tangled up in Two'''<br />
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Every tangled cord you have ever encountered is secretly a number. Once you learn how to count these cords, cleaning your room will be as easy as 1-2-3.<br />
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== March 19 2018 ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Edwin Baeza'''<br />
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| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: Mathematics and Sound Design'''<br />
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We'll learn about sound waves by hearing and seeing them in action. We'll start by seeing a different way to think about sound and how to manipulate it. With this new knowledge we can explore some elements of modern sound design.<br />
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== April 2 2018 ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Carrie Chen'''<br />
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| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Help! Important data lost due to ink stains!'''<br />
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John and Mary have a [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/images/Ledger.pdf ledger card] for office supplies, however their cat broke the ink bottle and got the card stained. Let’s help them recover those numbers with Chinese Remainder theorem! <br />
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== April 9 2018 ==<br />
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= Off-Site Meetings =<br />
== October 2 2017 (East High School) ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Speaker TBD'''<br />
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| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: How to make it as a Hackenbush player in the planet Zubenelgenubi 4'''<br />
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Abstract: In the distant planet of Zubenelgenubi 4, we live our life without numbers. I know, how do we pass our time if we can't construct a smartphone without numbers? The answer is that we have invented an extremely violent sport about chopping down trees called Hackenbush, and playing this game is an essential social skill in Zubenelgenubi 4. I will teach you how to play the pen and paper version of Hackenbush, and hint at how learning this game leads to a kind of math that is highly illegal in 254,233 planetary systems.<br />
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== November 2 2017 (WID) - 1 ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Speaker: Alisha Zacharia'''<br />
|-<br />
| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: Fractals, Fractions and Fibonnaci.'''<br />
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Abstract: Let’s go on a history tour! We’ll visit some math objects that intrigued generations of mathematicians and explore connections between them. We'll observe something that happens a lot in modern mathematics: discovering connections among seemingly unrelated things! Through this talk I hope to introduce you to how vital it is for mathematicians today to be able to effectively communicate with and teach each other even if they work in very different branches of mathematics.<br />
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== November 2 2017 (WID) - 2 ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Speaker: Zach Charles'''<br />
|-<br />
| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: 1+1 = 10 or "How does my computer do anything?"'''<br />
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Abstract: Computers perform all sorts of complex tasks, from playing videos to running internet browsers. Secretly, computers do everything through numbers and mathematics. Even weirder, they do all of this with "bits", numbers that are only 0 or 1. We will talk about bits and how we use them to do the mathematics we're familiar with as humans. If we have enough time, we will discuss "addition chains" and how computers use them to speed up their computations.<br />
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== November 2 2017 (Whitewater) ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Speaker: Juliette Bruce'''<br />
|-<br />
| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: Doodling Daydreams'''<br />
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Abstract: As a high schooler I occasionally got bored, would zone out, and doodle on my paper. Often repeatedly tracing around something on my paper creating doodles like this:<br />
<gallery widths=300px heights=150px mode="packed"><br />
File:doodle.jpg<br />
</gallery><br />
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In this bored state my mind would often wandered, and I would wonder about important things like "Will I have a date for prom?" or "What is the cafeteria serving for lunch?", but germane to this talk were my wonderings about, "What’s happening to the shape of this doodle?" It turns out that these idle daydreams and doodles provide a good taste for how mathematicians "do" math. We will start by doodling and asking questions, and then we'll see where these lead us mathematically.<br />
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== November 3 2017 (KM Global) ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Speaker: Betsy Stoval'''<br />
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| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: Recent discoveries in mathematics'''<br />
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Abstract: So much wonderful and useful mathematics was discovered centuries ago that it can seem as though we must know everything by now. To the contrary, thousands of research mathematicians around the world are working to develop new mathematical theories every day. I will talk about some exciting recent discoveries in math and some tantalizing unsolved problems. To make matters more concrete, students will develop a solution to the Erdős Discrepancy Problem, which was only completely solved in 2015, in a simple case.<br />
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== November 27 2017 (JMM High School) ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Speaker: Juliette Bruce'''<br />
|-<br />
| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: Is any knot not the unknot'''<br />
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You're walking home from school, and you pull your headphones out to listen to some tunes. However, inevitably they are a horribly tangled mess, but are they really a knot? We'll talk about what exactly is a knot, and how we can tell when something is not the unknot.<br />
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== December 11 2017 (East High School) ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Speaker: John Wiltshire-Gordon'''<br />
|-<br />
| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: What if seven is zero?'''<br />
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Abstract: We take as axiomatic the usual laws of arithmetic, along with a new law: 7=0. Evidently, this new law challenges certain widespread intuitions about numbers. Will all of mathematics crumble?<br />
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== February 19 2018 (East High School) ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Speaker: Jordan Ellenberg'''<br />
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| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: Is math destroying the right to vote?'''<br />
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Abstract: The Supreme Court is deciding whether or not Wisconsin’s way of electing the State Assembly violates the Constitution by depriving Wisconsinites of their right to representation. The key issues in this case are really about math, and how legislators armed with powerful algorithms can design electoral districts so that they choose the voters, rather than the voters choosing them. On the other hand, we can use math to find unfairness in maps and suggest better ones — I’ll talk a little bit about how.<br />
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== March 1 2018 (WID) - 1 ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Speaker: Wanlin Li'''<br />
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| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: From Patterns to Functions?'''<br />
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What is a pattern? What's the next number in the sequence 1,2,3,4,5? What about 1,4,9,16,25? Why that number? In this talk we'll talk about how to find the next number in many sequences, and where it comes from. In addition we'll consider the relations between functions an patterns.<br />
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== March 1 2018 (WID) - 2 ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Speaker: Daniel Erman'''<br />
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| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: What does math research look like?'''<br />
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I’ll try to illustrate the type of thinking that goes in math research by having us all dive into a famous historical problem.<br />
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== March 5 2018 (JMM High School) ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Speaker: Zach Charles'''<br />
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| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: 1+1 = 10 or "How does my computer do anything?" '''<br />
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Computers perform all sorts of complex tasks, from playing videos to running internet browsers. Secretly, computers do everything through numbers and mathematics. Even weirder, they do all of this with "bits", numbers that are only 0 or 1. We will talk about bits and how we use them to do the mathematics we're familiar with as humans. If we have enough time, we will discuss "addition chains" and how computers use them to speed up their computations.<br />
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== March 19 2018 (East High School) ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Speaker: Phil Wood'''<br />
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| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: The Mathematics of Winning Strategies '''<br />
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Strategies are everywhere: how a business decides to deploy resources, how a school district decides on a curriculum plan, how a student decides which material to study for a test. In this Math Circle, we will discuss how mathematical ideas can inform strategies, focusing on simple games where perfect analysis of strategies is possible.<br />
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== April 30 2018 (JMM High School) ==<br />
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== September 18 2017 ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Daniel Erman'''<br />
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| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: Welcome to the Madison Math Circle!'''<br />
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Abstract: At the Madison Math Circle, we aim to give a flavor for the creative type of thinking that goes into mathematical research. In this week's interactive activity, students will explore questions related to Mobius strips, developing their own conjectures.<br />
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== September 25 2017 ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Betsy Stovall'''<br />
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| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: Math is a game!'''<br />
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When mathematicians are working to solve a theoretical problem, it often helps to imagine that we are playing a game: What could our opponent do to make our job as difficult as possible, and what is our strategy to defeat them no matter what move they make? In this session, we will try this out by playing several games and trying to come up with winning strategies. <br />
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== October 2 2017 ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Rachel Davis'''<br />
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| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: Thinking outside the box'''<br />
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Abstract: We will try some geometric puzzles related to area, volume, and dimension using techniques such as drawing diagrams, looking at special cases, using symmetry, and changing perspective.<br />
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== October 9 2017 ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Solly Parenti'''<br />
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| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: Hackenbush'''<br />
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Abstract: I come from an alien world where we spend all of our time playing a game called hackenbush. I'd like to introduce y'all to this game so you don't embarass yourself if you come visit my planet.<br />
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== October 16 2017 ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Mihaela Ifrim'''<br />
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| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: Escape of the Clones!'''<br />
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Abstract: We wish to find an invariant (an invariant is a quantity that doesn't change no matter how the process plays out). By playing couple of games will help us find some! The main game we will play is Escape of the Clones! Promise you will like it!<br />
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== October 23 2017 ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Ryan Julian'''<br />
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| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: Recursion for Fun and Profit'''<br />
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Abstract: Beginning with the classic Towers of Hanoi puzzle, we'll explore several puzzles whose solutions can often be found by thinking recursively. We'll also discover how recursion and related methods of simplifying problems can be used to create efficient algorithms to solve a variety of practical problems.<br />
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== October 30 2017 ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''John Wiltshire-Gordon'''<br />
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Abstract: The most important invariant associated to a collection of featureless points is their number, which can be found using a process called "counting". We explain a generalization of counting that works for other, more interesting shapes. For example, we will count a circle and a sphere. We recall typical counting arguments, and try to apply them to shapes.<br />
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== November 6 2017 ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Wanlin Li'''<br />
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| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: How to Outsmart a State Test?'''<br />
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Abstract: A common problem in a state test is given a sequence of numbers like 4, 9, 16, 25, 36... ask what the next number to expect. I used to dislike these problems up until a teacher taught me a cool trick. In this talk, I want to share this trick and discuss the math behind this.<br />
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== November 13 2017 ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Speaker'''<br />
|-Jean-Luc Thiffeault<br />
| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: Goldbug Variations'''<br />
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Abstract<br />
I'll discuss the motion of little mathematical bugs: they hop around the positive integers, flipping direction arrows as they go. How many such bugs drop off the line at -1, and how many escape to infinity? Next, we tackle a similar problem in the plane, and discover beautiful geometrical patterns, known as Propp Circles.<br />
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== November 20 2017 ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Ethan Beihl'''<br />
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| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: Boomerang Sequences'''<br />
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I don't know what will happen in this talk. No, I don't mean that in the sense that math teachers often use, where they say "I don't know, why don't you try it!" but really secretly they know what's going to happen. I mean that in the most literal sense. I will introduce sequences of numbers that (sometimes) bounce back, and you will explore them, and I might learn something, because I don't know what will happen. We'll have a blast, and maybe we'll discover something that no-one ever has before.<br />
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== February 5 2018 ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Ben Wright'''<br />
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| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: Mobius Band Magic'''<br />
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If you fold a loop of paper in half and cut it down the middle, how many loops of paper do you end up with? 2? Would you believe me if I said 1? How is this possible? A magician would never reveal the secret, but a mathematician will. We will learn to draw & construct loops & Mobius bands and explore their intrinsic & extrinsic properties.<br />
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== February 12 2018 ==<br />
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== February 19 2018 ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Brandon Boggess'''<br />
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| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: Towers of Hanoi'''<br />
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An old legend tells of a mysterious temple located in Hanoi, Vietnam containing three pegs and 64 golden disks. Since the beginning of the world, priests have been moving these disks across the pegs according to rules handed down by an ancient prophecy. The legend states that when the final disk is placed, the world will come to an end. We will examine these rules and decide whether we should be worried by this legend.<br />
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== February 26 2018 ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Becky Eastham'''<br />
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| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: No Pigeons Will Be Harmed During This Talk'''<br />
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The Pigeonhole Principle is the statement that if you have if you have (n) pigeonholes, and you want to stuff (n+1) pigeons into these holes, then one of the holes will have at least two pigeons in it (why mathematicians want to stuff pigeons into holes at all is a excellent question for another time). While the Pigeonhole Principle might seem obvious, it can be used to prove things that are not at all obvious with relative ease! We’ll explore how to use this simple fact to solve a variety of problems. <br />
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== March 5 2018 ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Juliette Bruce'''<br />
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| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: Doodling Dreams'''<br />
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As a high schooler I occasionally got bored, would zone out, and doodle on my paper. Often repeatedly tracing around something on my paper creating doodles like this:<br />
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File:doodle.jpg<br />
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In this bored state my mind would often wandered, and I would wonder about important things like "Will I have a date for prom?" or "What is the cafeteria serving for lunch?", but germane to this talk were my wonderings about, "What’s happening to the shape of this doodle?" It turns out that these idle daydreams and doodles provide a good taste for how mathematicians "do" math. We will start by doodling and asking questions, and then we'll see where these lead us mathematically.<br />
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== March 12 2018 ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Solly Parenti'''<br />
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| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: Tangled up in Two'''<br />
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Every tangled cord you have ever encountered is secretly a number. Once you learn how to count these cords, cleaning your room will be as easy as 1-2-3.<br />
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== March 19 2018 ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Edwin Baeza'''<br />
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| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: Mathematics and Sound Design'''<br />
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We'll learn about sound waves by hearing and seeing them in action. We'll start by seeing a different way to think about sound and how to manipulate it. With this new knowledge we can explore some elements of modern sound design.<br />
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== April 2 2018 ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Carrie Chen'''<br />
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| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Help! Important data lost due to ink stains!'''<br />
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John and Mary have a ledger card for office supplies, however their cat broke the ink bottle and got the card stained. <br />
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Let’s help them recover those numbers with Chinese Remainder theorem! <br />
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== April 9 2018 ==<br />
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= Off-Site Meetings =<br />
== October 2 2017 (East High School) ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Speaker TBD'''<br />
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| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: How to make it as a Hackenbush player in the planet Zubenelgenubi 4'''<br />
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Abstract: In the distant planet of Zubenelgenubi 4, we live our life without numbers. I know, how do we pass our time if we can't construct a smartphone without numbers? The answer is that we have invented an extremely violent sport about chopping down trees called Hackenbush, and playing this game is an essential social skill in Zubenelgenubi 4. I will teach you how to play the pen and paper version of Hackenbush, and hint at how learning this game leads to a kind of math that is highly illegal in 254,233 planetary systems.<br />
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== November 2 2017 (WID) - 1 ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Speaker: Alisha Zacharia'''<br />
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| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: Fractals, Fractions and Fibonnaci.'''<br />
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Abstract: Let’s go on a history tour! We’ll visit some math objects that intrigued generations of mathematicians and explore connections between them. We'll observe something that happens a lot in modern mathematics: discovering connections among seemingly unrelated things! Through this talk I hope to introduce you to how vital it is for mathematicians today to be able to effectively communicate with and teach each other even if they work in very different branches of mathematics.<br />
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== November 2 2017 (WID) - 2 ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Speaker: Zach Charles'''<br />
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| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: 1+1 = 10 or "How does my computer do anything?"'''<br />
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Abstract: Computers perform all sorts of complex tasks, from playing videos to running internet browsers. Secretly, computers do everything through numbers and mathematics. Even weirder, they do all of this with "bits", numbers that are only 0 or 1. We will talk about bits and how we use them to do the mathematics we're familiar with as humans. If we have enough time, we will discuss "addition chains" and how computers use them to speed up their computations.<br />
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== November 2 2017 (Whitewater) ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Speaker: Juliette Bruce'''<br />
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| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: Doodling Daydreams'''<br />
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Abstract: As a high schooler I occasionally got bored, would zone out, and doodle on my paper. Often repeatedly tracing around something on my paper creating doodles like this:<br />
<gallery widths=300px heights=150px mode="packed"><br />
File:doodle.jpg<br />
</gallery><br />
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In this bored state my mind would often wandered, and I would wonder about important things like "Will I have a date for prom?" or "What is the cafeteria serving for lunch?", but germane to this talk were my wonderings about, "What’s happening to the shape of this doodle?" It turns out that these idle daydreams and doodles provide a good taste for how mathematicians "do" math. We will start by doodling and asking questions, and then we'll see where these lead us mathematically.<br />
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== November 3 2017 (KM Global) ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Speaker: Betsy Stoval'''<br />
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| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: Recent discoveries in mathematics'''<br />
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Abstract: So much wonderful and useful mathematics was discovered centuries ago that it can seem as though we must know everything by now. To the contrary, thousands of research mathematicians around the world are working to develop new mathematical theories every day. I will talk about some exciting recent discoveries in math and some tantalizing unsolved problems. To make matters more concrete, students will develop a solution to the Erdős Discrepancy Problem, which was only completely solved in 2015, in a simple case.<br />
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== November 27 2017 (JMM High School) ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Speaker: Juliette Bruce'''<br />
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| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: Is any knot not the unknot'''<br />
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You're walking home from school, and you pull your headphones out to listen to some tunes. However, inevitably they are a horribly tangled mess, but are they really a knot? We'll talk about what exactly is a knot, and how we can tell when something is not the unknot.<br />
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== December 11 2017 (East High School) ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Speaker: John Wiltshire-Gordon'''<br />
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| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: What if seven is zero?'''<br />
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Abstract: We take as axiomatic the usual laws of arithmetic, along with a new law: 7=0. Evidently, this new law challenges certain widespread intuitions about numbers. Will all of mathematics crumble?<br />
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== February 19 2018 (East High School) ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Speaker: Jordan Ellenberg'''<br />
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| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: Is math destroying the right to vote?'''<br />
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Abstract: The Supreme Court is deciding whether or not Wisconsin’s way of electing the State Assembly violates the Constitution by depriving Wisconsinites of their right to representation. The key issues in this case are really about math, and how legislators armed with powerful algorithms can design electoral districts so that they choose the voters, rather than the voters choosing them. On the other hand, we can use math to find unfairness in maps and suggest better ones — I’ll talk a little bit about how.<br />
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== March 1 2018 (WID) - 1 ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Speaker: Wanlin Li'''<br />
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| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: From Patterns to Functions?'''<br />
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What is a pattern? What's the next number in the sequence 1,2,3,4,5? What about 1,4,9,16,25? Why that number? In this talk we'll talk about how to find the next number in many sequences, and where it comes from. In addition we'll consider the relations between functions an patterns.<br />
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== March 1 2018 (WID) - 2 ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Speaker: Daniel Erman'''<br />
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| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: What does math research look like?'''<br />
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I’ll try to illustrate the type of thinking that goes in math research by having us all dive into a famous historical problem.<br />
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== March 5 2018 (JMM High School) ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Speaker: Zach Charles'''<br />
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| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: 1+1 = 10 or "How does my computer do anything?" '''<br />
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Computers perform all sorts of complex tasks, from playing videos to running internet browsers. Secretly, computers do everything through numbers and mathematics. Even weirder, they do all of this with "bits", numbers that are only 0 or 1. We will talk about bits and how we use them to do the mathematics we're familiar with as humans. If we have enough time, we will discuss "addition chains" and how computers use them to speed up their computations.<br />
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== March 19 2018 (East High School) ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Speaker: Phil Wood'''<br />
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| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: The Mathematics of Winning Strategies '''<br />
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Strategies are everywhere: how a business decides to deploy resources, how a school district decides on a curriculum plan, how a student decides which material to study for a test. In this Math Circle, we will discuss how mathematical ideas can inform strategies, focusing on simple games where perfect analysis of strategies is possible.<br />
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== April 30 2018 (JMM High School) ==<br />
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== September 18 2017 ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Daniel Erman'''<br />
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| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: Welcome to the Madison Math Circle!'''<br />
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Abstract: At the Madison Math Circle, we aim to give a flavor for the creative type of thinking that goes into mathematical research. In this week's interactive activity, students will explore questions related to Mobius strips, developing their own conjectures.<br />
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== September 25 2017 ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Betsy Stovall'''<br />
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| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: Math is a game!'''<br />
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When mathematicians are working to solve a theoretical problem, it often helps to imagine that we are playing a game: What could our opponent do to make our job as difficult as possible, and what is our strategy to defeat them no matter what move they make? In this session, we will try this out by playing several games and trying to come up with winning strategies. <br />
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== October 2 2017 ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Rachel Davis'''<br />
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| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: Thinking outside the box'''<br />
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Abstract: We will try some geometric puzzles related to area, volume, and dimension using techniques such as drawing diagrams, looking at special cases, using symmetry, and changing perspective.<br />
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== October 9 2017 ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Solly Parenti'''<br />
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| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: Hackenbush'''<br />
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Abstract: I come from an alien world where we spend all of our time playing a game called hackenbush. I'd like to introduce y'all to this game so you don't embarass yourself if you come visit my planet.<br />
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== October 16 2017 ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Mihaela Ifrim'''<br />
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| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: Escape of the Clones!'''<br />
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Abstract: We wish to find an invariant (an invariant is a quantity that doesn't change no matter how the process plays out). By playing couple of games will help us find some! The main game we will play is Escape of the Clones! Promise you will like it!<br />
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== October 23 2017 ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Ryan Julian'''<br />
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| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: Recursion for Fun and Profit'''<br />
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Abstract: Beginning with the classic Towers of Hanoi puzzle, we'll explore several puzzles whose solutions can often be found by thinking recursively. We'll also discover how recursion and related methods of simplifying problems can be used to create efficient algorithms to solve a variety of practical problems.<br />
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== October 30 2017 ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''John Wiltshire-Gordon'''<br />
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| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: Euler Characteristic'''<br />
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Abstract: The most important invariant associated to a collection of featureless points is their number, which can be found using a process called "counting". We explain a generalization of counting that works for other, more interesting shapes. For example, we will count a circle and a sphere. We recall typical counting arguments, and try to apply them to shapes.<br />
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== November 6 2017 ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Wanlin Li'''<br />
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| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: How to Outsmart a State Test?'''<br />
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Abstract: A common problem in a state test is given a sequence of numbers like 4, 9, 16, 25, 36... ask what the next number to expect. I used to dislike these problems up until a teacher taught me a cool trick. In this talk, I want to share this trick and discuss the math behind this.<br />
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== November 13 2017 ==<br />
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|-Jean-Luc Thiffeault<br />
| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: Goldbug Variations'''<br />
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Abstract<br />
I'll discuss the motion of little mathematical bugs: they hop around the positive integers, flipping direction arrows as they go. How many such bugs drop off the line at -1, and how many escape to infinity? Next, we tackle a similar problem in the plane, and discover beautiful geometrical patterns, known as Propp Circles.<br />
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== November 20 2017 ==<br />
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I don't know what will happen in this talk. No, I don't mean that in the sense that math teachers often use, where they say "I don't know, why don't you try it!" but really secretly they know what's going to happen. I mean that in the most literal sense. I will introduce sequences of numbers that (sometimes) bounce back, and you will explore them, and I might learn something, because I don't know what will happen. We'll have a blast, and maybe we'll discover something that no-one ever has before.<br />
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== February 5 2018 ==<br />
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If you fold a loop of paper in half and cut it down the middle, how many loops of paper do you end up with? 2? Would you believe me if I said 1? How is this possible? A magician would never reveal the secret, but a mathematician will. We will learn to draw & construct loops & Mobius bands and explore their intrinsic & extrinsic properties.<br />
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== February 12 2018 ==<br />
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== February 19 2018 ==<br />
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An old legend tells of a mysterious temple located in Hanoi, Vietnam containing three pegs and 64 golden disks. Since the beginning of the world, priests have been moving these disks across the pegs according to rules handed down by an ancient prophecy. The legend states that when the final disk is placed, the world will come to an end. We will examine these rules and decide whether we should be worried by this legend.<br />
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== February 26 2018 ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Becky Eastham'''<br />
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| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: No Pigeons Will Be Harmed During This Talk'''<br />
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The Pigeonhole Principle is the statement that if you have if you have (n) pigeonholes, and you want to stuff (n+1) pigeons into these holes, then one of the holes will have at least two pigeons in it (why mathematicians want to stuff pigeons into holes at all is a excellent question for another time). While the Pigeonhole Principle might seem obvious, it can be used to prove things that are not at all obvious with relative ease! We’ll explore how to use this simple fact to solve a variety of problems. <br />
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== March 5 2018 ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Juliette Bruce'''<br />
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As a high schooler I occasionally got bored, would zone out, and doodle on my paper. Often repeatedly tracing around something on my paper creating doodles like this:<br />
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In this bored state my mind would often wandered, and I would wonder about important things like "Will I have a date for prom?" or "What is the cafeteria serving for lunch?", but germane to this talk were my wonderings about, "What’s happening to the shape of this doodle?" It turns out that these idle daydreams and doodles provide a good taste for how mathematicians "do" math. We will start by doodling and asking questions, and then we'll see where these lead us mathematically.<br />
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== March 12 2018 ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Solly Parenti'''<br />
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Every tangled cord you have ever encountered is secretly a number. Once you learn how to count these cords, cleaning your room will be as easy as 1-2-3.<br />
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== March 19 2018 ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Edwin Baeza'''<br />
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We'll learn about sound waves by hearing and seeing them in action. We'll start by seeing a different way to think about sound and how to manipulate it. With this new knowledge we can explore some elements of modern sound design.<br />
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== April 2 2018 ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Carrie Chen'''<br />
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John and Mary have a ledger card for office supplies, however their cat broke the ink bottle and got the card stained. <br />
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Let’s help them recover those numbers with Chinese Remainder theorem! <br />
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== April 9 2018 ==<br />
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= Off-Site Meetings =<br />
== October 2 2017 (East High School) ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: How to make it as a Hackenbush player in the planet Zubenelgenubi 4'''<br />
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Abstract: In the distant planet of Zubenelgenubi 4, we live our life without numbers. I know, how do we pass our time if we can't construct a smartphone without numbers? The answer is that we have invented an extremely violent sport about chopping down trees called Hackenbush, and playing this game is an essential social skill in Zubenelgenubi 4. I will teach you how to play the pen and paper version of Hackenbush, and hint at how learning this game leads to a kind of math that is highly illegal in 254,233 planetary systems.<br />
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== November 2 2017 (WID) - 1 ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: Fractals, Fractions and Fibonnaci.'''<br />
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Abstract: Let’s go on a history tour! We’ll visit some math objects that intrigued generations of mathematicians and explore connections between them. We'll observe something that happens a lot in modern mathematics: discovering connections among seemingly unrelated things! Through this talk I hope to introduce you to how vital it is for mathematicians today to be able to effectively communicate with and teach each other even if they work in very different branches of mathematics.<br />
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== November 2 2017 (WID) - 2 ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Speaker: Zach Charles'''<br />
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| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: 1+1 = 10 or "How does my computer do anything?"'''<br />
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Abstract: Computers perform all sorts of complex tasks, from playing videos to running internet browsers. Secretly, computers do everything through numbers and mathematics. Even weirder, they do all of this with "bits", numbers that are only 0 or 1. We will talk about bits and how we use them to do the mathematics we're familiar with as humans. If we have enough time, we will discuss "addition chains" and how computers use them to speed up their computations.<br />
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== November 2 2017 (Whitewater) ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Speaker: Juliette Bruce'''<br />
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| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: Doodling Daydreams'''<br />
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Abstract: As a high schooler I occasionally got bored, would zone out, and doodle on my paper. Often repeatedly tracing around something on my paper creating doodles like this:<br />
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In this bored state my mind would often wandered, and I would wonder about important things like "Will I have a date for prom?" or "What is the cafeteria serving for lunch?", but germane to this talk were my wonderings about, "What’s happening to the shape of this doodle?" It turns out that these idle daydreams and doodles provide a good taste for how mathematicians "do" math. We will start by doodling and asking questions, and then we'll see where these lead us mathematically.<br />
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== November 3 2017 (KM Global) ==<br />
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Abstract: So much wonderful and useful mathematics was discovered centuries ago that it can seem as though we must know everything by now. To the contrary, thousands of research mathematicians around the world are working to develop new mathematical theories every day. I will talk about some exciting recent discoveries in math and some tantalizing unsolved problems. To make matters more concrete, students will develop a solution to the Erdős Discrepancy Problem, which was only completely solved in 2015, in a simple case.<br />
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== November 27 2017 (JMM High School) ==<br />
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You're walking home from school, and you pull your headphones out to listen to some tunes. However, inevitably they are a horribly tangled mess, but are they really a knot? We'll talk about what exactly is a knot, and how we can tell when something is not the unknot.<br />
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== December 11 2017 (East High School) ==<br />
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Abstract: We take as axiomatic the usual laws of arithmetic, along with a new law: 7=0. Evidently, this new law challenges certain widespread intuitions about numbers. Will all of mathematics crumble?<br />
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== February 19 2018 (East High School) ==<br />
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Abstract: The Supreme Court is deciding whether or not Wisconsin’s way of electing the State Assembly violates the Constitution by depriving Wisconsinites of their right to representation. The key issues in this case are really about math, and how legislators armed with powerful algorithms can design electoral districts so that they choose the voters, rather than the voters choosing them. On the other hand, we can use math to find unfairness in maps and suggest better ones — I’ll talk a little bit about how.<br />
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== March 1 2018 (WID) - 1 ==<br />
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What is a pattern? What's the next number in the sequence 1,2,3,4,5? What about 1,4,9,16,25? Why that number? In this talk we'll talk about how to find the next number in many sequences, and where it comes from. In addition we'll consider the relations between functions an patterns.<br />
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== March 1 2018 (WID) - 2 ==<br />
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I’ll try to illustrate the type of thinking that goes in math research by having us all dive into a famous historical problem.<br />
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== March 5 2018 (JMM High School) ==<br />
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Computers perform all sorts of complex tasks, from playing videos to running internet browsers. Secretly, computers do everything through numbers and mathematics. Even weirder, they do all of this with "bits", numbers that are only 0 or 1. We will talk about bits and how we use them to do the mathematics we're familiar with as humans. If we have enough time, we will discuss "addition chains" and how computers use them to speed up their computations.<br />
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== March 19 2018 (East High School) ==<br />
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Strategies are everywhere: how a business decides to deploy resources, how a school district decides on a curriculum plan, how a student decides which material to study for a test. In this Math Circle, we will discuss how mathematical ideas can inform strategies, focusing on simple games where perfect analysis of strategies is possible.<br />
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== April 30 2018 (JMM High School) ==<br />
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== September 18 2017 ==<br />
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Abstract: At the Madison Math Circle, we aim to give a flavor for the creative type of thinking that goes into mathematical research. In this week's interactive activity, students will explore questions related to Mobius strips, developing their own conjectures.<br />
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== September 25 2017 ==<br />
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When mathematicians are working to solve a theoretical problem, it often helps to imagine that we are playing a game: What could our opponent do to make our job as difficult as possible, and what is our strategy to defeat them no matter what move they make? In this session, we will try this out by playing several games and trying to come up with winning strategies. <br />
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== October 2 2017 ==<br />
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Abstract: We will try some geometric puzzles related to area, volume, and dimension using techniques such as drawing diagrams, looking at special cases, using symmetry, and changing perspective.<br />
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== October 9 2017 ==<br />
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Abstract: I come from an alien world where we spend all of our time playing a game called hackenbush. I'd like to introduce y'all to this game so you don't embarass yourself if you come visit my planet.<br />
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== October 16 2017 ==<br />
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Abstract: We wish to find an invariant (an invariant is a quantity that doesn't change no matter how the process plays out). By playing couple of games will help us find some! The main game we will play is Escape of the Clones! Promise you will like it!<br />
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== October 23 2017 ==<br />
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Abstract: Beginning with the classic Towers of Hanoi puzzle, we'll explore several puzzles whose solutions can often be found by thinking recursively. We'll also discover how recursion and related methods of simplifying problems can be used to create efficient algorithms to solve a variety of practical problems.<br />
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== October 30 2017 ==<br />
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Abstract: The most important invariant associated to a collection of featureless points is their number, which can be found using a process called "counting". We explain a generalization of counting that works for other, more interesting shapes. For example, we will count a circle and a sphere. We recall typical counting arguments, and try to apply them to shapes.<br />
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== November 6 2017 ==<br />
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Abstract: A common problem in a state test is given a sequence of numbers like 4, 9, 16, 25, 36... ask what the next number to expect. I used to dislike these problems up until a teacher taught me a cool trick. In this talk, I want to share this trick and discuss the math behind this.<br />
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== November 13 2017 ==<br />
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|-Jean-Luc Thiffeault<br />
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Abstract<br />
I'll discuss the motion of little mathematical bugs: they hop around the positive integers, flipping direction arrows as they go. How many such bugs drop off the line at -1, and how many escape to infinity? Next, we tackle a similar problem in the plane, and discover beautiful geometrical patterns, known as Propp Circles.<br />
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== November 20 2017 ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Ethan Beihl'''<br />
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| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: Boomerang Sequences'''<br />
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I don't know what will happen in this talk. No, I don't mean that in the sense that math teachers often use, where they say "I don't know, why don't you try it!" but really secretly they know what's going to happen. I mean that in the most literal sense. I will introduce sequences of numbers that (sometimes) bounce back, and you will explore them, and I might learn something, because I don't know what will happen. We'll have a blast, and maybe we'll discover something that no-one ever has before.<br />
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== February 5 2018 ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Ben Wright'''<br />
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| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: Mobius Band Magic'''<br />
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If you fold a loop of paper in half and cut it down the middle, how many loops of paper do you end up with? 2? Would you believe me if I said 1? How is this possible? A magician would never reveal the secret, but a mathematician will. We will learn to draw & construct loops & Mobius bands and explore their intrinsic & extrinsic properties.<br />
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== February 12 2018 ==<br />
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== February 19 2018 ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Brandon Boggess'''<br />
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An old legend tells of a mysterious temple located in Hanoi, Vietnam containing three pegs and 64 golden disks. Since the beginning of the world, priests have been moving these disks across the pegs according to rules handed down by an ancient prophecy. The legend states that when the final disk is placed, the world will come to an end. We will examine these rules and decide whether we should be worried by this legend.<br />
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== February 26 2018 ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Becky Eastham'''<br />
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The Pigeonhole Principle is the statement that if you have if you have (n) pigeonholes, and you want to stuff (n+1) pigeons into these holes, then one of the holes will have at least two pigeons in it (why mathematicians want to stuff pigeons into holes at all is a excellent question for another time). While the Pigeonhole Principle might seem obvious, it can be used to prove things that are not at all obvious with relative ease! We’ll explore how to use this simple fact to solve a variety of problems. <br />
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== March 5 2018 ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Juliette Bruce'''<br />
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As a high schooler I occasionally got bored, would zone out, and doodle on my paper. Often repeatedly tracing around something on my paper creating doodles like this:<br />
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In this bored state my mind would often wandered, and I would wonder about important things like "Will I have a date for prom?" or "What is the cafeteria serving for lunch?", but germane to this talk were my wonderings about, "What’s happening to the shape of this doodle?" It turns out that these idle daydreams and doodles provide a good taste for how mathematicians "do" math. We will start by doodling and asking questions, and then we'll see where these lead us mathematically.<br />
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== March 12 2018 ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Solly Parenti'''<br />
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Every tangled cord you have ever encountered is secretly a number. Once you learn how to count these cords, cleaning your room will be as easy as 1-2-3.<br />
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== March 19 2018 ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Edwin Baeza'''<br />
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We'll learn about sound waves by hearing and seeing them in action. We'll start by seeing a different way to think about sound and how to manipulate it. With this new knowledge we can explore some elements of modern sound design.<br />
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== April 2 2018 ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Carrie Chen'''<br />
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John and Mary have a ledger card for office supplies, however their cat broke the ink bottle and got the card stained. Let’s help them recover those numbers with Chinese Remainder theorem! <br />
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== April 9 2018 ==<br />
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= Off-Site Meetings =<br />
== October 2 2017 (East High School) ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: How to make it as a Hackenbush player in the planet Zubenelgenubi 4'''<br />
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Abstract: In the distant planet of Zubenelgenubi 4, we live our life without numbers. I know, how do we pass our time if we can't construct a smartphone without numbers? The answer is that we have invented an extremely violent sport about chopping down trees called Hackenbush, and playing this game is an essential social skill in Zubenelgenubi 4. I will teach you how to play the pen and paper version of Hackenbush, and hint at how learning this game leads to a kind of math that is highly illegal in 254,233 planetary systems.<br />
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== November 2 2017 (WID) - 1 ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Speaker: Alisha Zacharia'''<br />
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| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: Fractals, Fractions and Fibonnaci.'''<br />
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Abstract: Let’s go on a history tour! We’ll visit some math objects that intrigued generations of mathematicians and explore connections between them. We'll observe something that happens a lot in modern mathematics: discovering connections among seemingly unrelated things! Through this talk I hope to introduce you to how vital it is for mathematicians today to be able to effectively communicate with and teach each other even if they work in very different branches of mathematics.<br />
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== November 2 2017 (WID) - 2 ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Speaker: Zach Charles'''<br />
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| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: 1+1 = 10 or "How does my computer do anything?"'''<br />
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Abstract: Computers perform all sorts of complex tasks, from playing videos to running internet browsers. Secretly, computers do everything through numbers and mathematics. Even weirder, they do all of this with "bits", numbers that are only 0 or 1. We will talk about bits and how we use them to do the mathematics we're familiar with as humans. If we have enough time, we will discuss "addition chains" and how computers use them to speed up their computations.<br />
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== November 2 2017 (Whitewater) ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Speaker: Juliette Bruce'''<br />
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| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: Doodling Daydreams'''<br />
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Abstract: As a high schooler I occasionally got bored, would zone out, and doodle on my paper. Often repeatedly tracing around something on my paper creating doodles like this:<br />
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File:doodle.jpg<br />
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In this bored state my mind would often wandered, and I would wonder about important things like "Will I have a date for prom?" or "What is the cafeteria serving for lunch?", but germane to this talk were my wonderings about, "What’s happening to the shape of this doodle?" It turns out that these idle daydreams and doodles provide a good taste for how mathematicians "do" math. We will start by doodling and asking questions, and then we'll see where these lead us mathematically.<br />
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== November 3 2017 (KM Global) ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Speaker: Betsy Stoval'''<br />
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| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: Recent discoveries in mathematics'''<br />
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Abstract: So much wonderful and useful mathematics was discovered centuries ago that it can seem as though we must know everything by now. To the contrary, thousands of research mathematicians around the world are working to develop new mathematical theories every day. I will talk about some exciting recent discoveries in math and some tantalizing unsolved problems. To make matters more concrete, students will develop a solution to the Erdős Discrepancy Problem, which was only completely solved in 2015, in a simple case.<br />
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== November 27 2017 (JMM High School) ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Speaker: Juliette Bruce'''<br />
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| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: Is any knot not the unknot'''<br />
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Abstract: <br />
You're walking home from school, and you pull your headphones out to listen to some tunes. However, inevitably they are a horribly tangled mess, but are they really a knot? We'll talk about what exactly is a knot, and how we can tell when something is not the unknot.<br />
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== December 11 2017 (East High School) ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Speaker: John Wiltshire-Gordon'''<br />
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| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: What if seven is zero?'''<br />
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Abstract: We take as axiomatic the usual laws of arithmetic, along with a new law: 7=0. Evidently, this new law challenges certain widespread intuitions about numbers. Will all of mathematics crumble?<br />
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== February 19 2018 (East High School) ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Speaker: Jordan Ellenberg'''<br />
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| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: Is math destroying the right to vote?'''<br />
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Abstract: The Supreme Court is deciding whether or not Wisconsin’s way of electing the State Assembly violates the Constitution by depriving Wisconsinites of their right to representation. The key issues in this case are really about math, and how legislators armed with powerful algorithms can design electoral districts so that they choose the voters, rather than the voters choosing them. On the other hand, we can use math to find unfairness in maps and suggest better ones — I’ll talk a little bit about how.<br />
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== March 1 2018 (WID) - 1 ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Speaker: Wanlin Li'''<br />
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| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: From Patterns to Functions?'''<br />
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What is a pattern? What's the next number in the sequence 1,2,3,4,5? What about 1,4,9,16,25? Why that number? In this talk we'll talk about how to find the next number in many sequences, and where it comes from. In addition we'll consider the relations between functions an patterns.<br />
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== March 1 2018 (WID) - 2 ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Speaker: Daniel Erman'''<br />
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| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: What does math research look like?'''<br />
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I’ll try to illustrate the type of thinking that goes in math research by having us all dive into a famous historical problem.<br />
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== March 5 2018 (JMM High School) ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Speaker: Zach Charles'''<br />
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| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: 1+1 = 10 or "How does my computer do anything?" '''<br />
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Computers perform all sorts of complex tasks, from playing videos to running internet browsers. Secretly, computers do everything through numbers and mathematics. Even weirder, they do all of this with "bits", numbers that are only 0 or 1. We will talk about bits and how we use them to do the mathematics we're familiar with as humans. If we have enough time, we will discuss "addition chains" and how computers use them to speed up their computations.<br />
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== March 19 2018 (East High School) ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Speaker: Phil Wood'''<br />
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| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: The Mathematics of Winning Strategies '''<br />
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Strategies are everywhere: how a business decides to deploy resources, how a school district decides on a curriculum plan, how a student decides which material to study for a test. In this Math Circle, we will discuss how mathematical ideas can inform strategies, focusing on simple games where perfect analysis of strategies is possible.<br />
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== April 30 2018 (JMM High School) ==<br />
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</center></div>Juliettebrucehttps://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php?title=Madison_Math_Circle&diff=15279Madison Math Circle2018-03-20T18:55:45Z<p>Juliettebruce: /* Meetings for Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 */</p>
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For the site in Spanish, visit [[Math Circle de Madison]]<br />
=What is a Math Circle?=<br />
The Madison Math Circle is a weekly series of mathematically based activities aimed at interested middle school and high school students. It is an outreach program organized by the UW Math Department. Our goal is to provide a taste of exciting ideas in math and science. In the past we've had talks about plasma and weather in outer space, video game graphics, and encryption. In the sessions, students (and parents) are often asked to explore problems on their own, with the presenter facilitating a discussion. The talks are independent of one another, so new students are welcome at any point.<br />
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The level of the audience varies quite widely, including a mix of middle school and high school students, and the speakers generally address this by considering subjects that will be interesting for a wide range of students.<br />
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[[Image: MathCircle_2.jpg|500px]] [[Image: MathCircle_4.jpg|500px]] <br />
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After each talk we'll have pizza provided by the Mathematics Department, and students will have an opportunity to mingle and chat with the speaker and with other participants, to ask questions about some of the topics that have been discussed, and also about college, careers in science, etc.<br />
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'''The Madison Math circle was featured in Wisconsin State Journal:''' [http://host.madison.com/wsj/news/local/education/local_schools/school-spotlight-madison-math-circle-gives-young-students-a-taste/article_77f5c042-0b3d-11e1-ba5f-001cc4c03286.html check it out]!<br />
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=All right, I want to come!=<br />
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We have a weekly meeting, <b>Monday at 6pm in 3255 Helen C White Library</b>, during the school year. <b>New students are welcome at any point! </b> There is no fee and the talks are independent of one another, so you can just show up any week, but we ask all participants to take a moment to register by following the link below:<br />
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[https://uwmadison.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_e9WdAs2SXNurWFD '''Math Circle Registration Form''']<br />
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All of your information is kept private, and is only used by the Madison Math Circle organizer to help run the Circle. <br />
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If you are a student, we hope you will tell other interested students about these talks, and speak with your parents or with your teacher about organizing a car pool to the UW campus. If you are a parent or a teacher, we hope you'll tell your students about these talks and organize a car pool to the UW (all talks take place in 3255 Helen C White Library, on the UW-Madison campus, right next to the Memorial Union).<br />
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==Directions and parking==<br />
Our meetings are held on the 3rd floor of Helen C. White Hall in room 3255.<br />
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'''Parking.''' Parking on campus is rather limited. Here is as list of some options:<br />
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*There is a parking garage in the basement of Helen C. White, with an hourly rate. Enter from Park Street.<br />
*A 0.5 mile walk to Helen C. White Hall via [http://goo.gl/cxTzJY these directions], many spots ('''free starting 4:30pm''') [http://goo.gl/maps/Gkx1C in Lot 26 along Observatory Drive].<br />
*A 0.3 mile walk to Helen C. White Hall via [http://goo.gl/yMJIRd these directions], many spots ('''free starting 4:30pm''') [http://goo.gl/maps/vs17X in Lot 34]. <br />
*A 0.3 mile walk to Helen C. White Hall via [http://goo.gl/yMJIRd these directions], 2 metered spots (25 minute max) [http://goo.gl/maps/ukTcu in front of Lathrop Hall].<br />
*A 0.2 mile walk to Helen C. White Hall via [http://goo.gl/b8pdk2 these directions] 6 metered spots (25 minute max) around [http://goo.gl/maps/6EAnc the loop in front of Chadbourne Hall] .<br />
*For more information, see the [http://transportation.wisc.edu/parking/parking.aspx UW-Madison Parking Info website].<br />
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==Email list==<br />
The best way to keep up to date with the what is going is by signing up for our email list. Send an empty email to join-mathcircle@lists.wisc.edu<br />
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==Contact the organizers==<br />
The Madison Math Circle is organized by a group of professors and graduate students from the [http://www.math.wisc.edu Department of Mathematics] at the UW-Madison. If you have any questions, suggestions for topics, or so on, just email the '''organizers''' [mailto:mathcircleorganizers@lists.wisc.edu here]. We are always interested in feedback!<br />
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File:de.jpg|[https://www.math.wisc.edu/~derman/ Prof. Daniel Erman]<br />
File:Betsy.jpg|[http://www.math.wisc.edu/~stovall/ Prof. Betsy Stovall]<br />
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File:juliettebruce.jpg|[http://www.math.wisc.edu/~juliettebruce/ Juliette Bruce]<br />
File:Ee.jpg|[http://www.math.wisc.edu/~evaelduque/ Eva Elduque]<br />
File:mrjulian.jpg|[http://www.math.wisc.edu/~mrjulian/ Ryan Julian]<br />
File:soumyasankar.jpg|[http://www.math.wisc.edu/~soumyasankar Soumya Sankar]<br />
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==Donations==<br />
Please consider donating to the Madison Math Circle. As noted in our [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/images/Math_Circle_Newsletter.pdf annual report], our main costs consist of pizza and occasional supplies for the speakers. So far our costs have been covered by donations from the UW Mathematics Department as well as a generous gifts from a private donor. But our costs are rising, primarily because this year we expect to hold more meetings than in any previous year. In fact, this year, we expect to spend at least $2500 on pizza and supplies alone.<br />
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So please consider donating to support your math circle! The easiest way to donate is to go to the link:<br />
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[http://www.math.wisc.edu/donate Online Donation Link]<br />
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There are instructions on that page for donating to the Math Department. <b> Be sure and add a Gift Note saying that the donation is intended for the "Madison Math Circle"!</b> The money goes into the Mathematics Department Annual Fund and is routed through the University of Wisconsin Foundation, which is convenient for record-keeping, etc.<br />
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Alternately, you can bring a check to one of the Math Circle Meetings. If you write a check, be sure to make it payable to the "WFAA" and add the note "Math Circle Donation" on the check. <br />
<br />
Or you can just pay in cash, and we'll give you a receipt.<br />
<br />
==Help us grow!==<br />
If you like Math Circle, please help us continue to grow! Students, parents, and teachers can help by:<br />
*Posting our [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/images/MMC_Flyer_2016.pdf '''flyer'''] at schools or anywhere that might have interested students<br />
*Discussing the Math Circle with students, parents, teachers, administrators, and others<br />
*Making an announcement about Math Circle at PTO meetings<br />
*Donating to Math Circle<br />
Contact the organizers if you have questions or your own ideas about how to help out.<br />
<br />
=Meetings for Fall 2017 and Spring 2018=<br />
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<center><br />
<br />
Unless specified talks start at '''6pm in room 3255 of Helen C. White Library''', unless otherwise noted.<br />
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{| style="color:black; font-size:120%" border="1" cellpadding="14" cellspacing="0"<br />
|-<br />
! colspan="3" style="background: #e8b2b2;" align="center" | Fall 2017<br />
|-<br />
! Date !! Speaker !! Topic<br />
|-<br />
| September 18, 2017 || [http://www.math.wisc.edu/~derman/ Daniel Erman] || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#September_18_2017 Welcome to the Madison Math Circle!] <br />
|-<br />
| September 25, 2017 || [http://www.math.wisc.edu/~stovall/ Betsy Stovall] || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#September_25_2017 Math is a game! ] <br />
|-<br />
| October 2, 2017 || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/~rdavis/ Rachel Davis] || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#October_2_2017 Thinking outside the box] <br />
|-<br />
| October 9, 2017 || [http://www.math.wisc.edu/~sparenti/ Solly Parenti] || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#October_9_2017 Hackenbush] <br />
|-<br />
| October 16, 2017 || Mihaela Ifrim || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#October_16_2017 Escape of the Clones! ] <br />
|-<br />
| October 23, 2017 || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/~mrjulian/ Ryan Julian] || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#October_23_2017 Recursion for Fun and Profit]<br />
|-<br />
| October 30, 2017 || [https://sites.google.com/wisc.edu/jwg John Wiltshire-Gordon] || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#October_30_2017 Euler Characteristic ] <br />
|-<br />
| November 6, 2017 || [https://sites.google.com/site/uwwanlin/ Wanlin Li] || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#November_6_2017 How to Outsmart a State Test? ] <br />
|-<br />
| November 13, 2017 || Jean-Luc Thiffeault || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#November_13_2017 Goldbug Variations ]<br />
|-<br />
| November 20, 2017 || Ethan Beihl || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#November_20_2017 Boomerang Sequences ] <br />
|-<br />
! colspan="3" style="background: #e8b2b2;" align="center" | Spring 2018<br />
|-<br />
! Date !! Speaker !! Topic<br />
|-<br />
|January 29, 2018 ||No Meeting - Cancelled || <br />
|-<br />
| February 5, 2018 || Ben Wright || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#February_5_2018 Mobius Band Magic] <br />
|-<br />
| February 12, 2018 || Daniel Erman || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#February_12_2018 ] <br />
|-<br />
| February 19, 2018 || Brandon Boggess || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#February_19_2018 Towers of Hanoi] <br />
|-<br />
| February 26, 2018 || Becky Eastham || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#February_26_2018 No Pigeons Will Be Harmed During This Talk] <br />
|-<br />
| March 5, 2018 || Juliette Bruce || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#March_5_2018 Doodling Dreams] <br />
|-<br />
| March 12, 2018 || Solly Parenti || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#March_12_2018 Tangled up in Two] <br />
|-<br />
| March 19, 2018 || Edwin Baeza || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#March_19_2018 Mathematics and Sound Design] <br />
|-<br />
| March 26, 2018 || No Meeting - (Spring Break) || <br />
|-<br />
| April 2, 2018 || Carrie Chen || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#April_2_2018 ] <br />
|-<br />
| April 9, 2018 || Betsy Stovall <br> Daniel Erman <br> Juliette Bruce || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#April_9_2018 Mini Math Circles] <br> <span style="color:red">End of Year Celebration!!!</span><br />
|-<br />
|}<br />
<br />
</center><br />
<br />
=Off-Site Meetings=<br />
<br />
We will hold some Math Circle meetings at local high schools on early release days. Our schedule for 2017-2018 has not yet been determined. If you are interesting in having us come to your high school, please contact us!<br />
<br />
<center><br />
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{| style="color:black; font-size:120%" border="1" cellpadding="14" cellspacing="0"<br />
|-<br />
! colspan="5" style="background: #e8b2b2;" align="center" | Fall 2017<br />
|-<br />
|-<br />
! Date !! Time !! Location !! Speaker !! Topic <br />
|-<br />
| October 2nd || 2:45pm|| East High School - Madison, WI || [http://www.math.wisc.edu/~moises/ Moisés Herradón] || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#October_2_2017_.28East_High_School.29 How to make it as a Hackenbush player in the planet Zubenelgenubi 4] <br />
|-<br />
| November 2nd || 9:30am || Wisconsin Institute for Discovery - Madison, WI || [http://www.math.wisc.edu/~rzachariah/ Alisha Zachariah] || <br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#November_2_2017_.28WID.29_-_1 Fractals, Fractions and Fibonnaci.]<br />
|-<br />
| November 2nd (Canceled) || 11:00am || Wisconsin Institute for Discovery - Madison, WI || [http://zachcharles.wordpress.com Zach Charles] || <br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#November_2_2017_.28WID.29_-_2 1+1 = 10 or "How does my computer do anything?"]<br />
|-<br />
| November 2nd || 6:00pm || Whitewater High School - Whitewater, WI || [http://www.math.wisc.edu/~juliettebruce Juliette Bruce] || <br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#November_2_2017_.28Whitewater.29 Doodling Daydreams]<br />
|-<br />
| November 3rd || 10:30am || KM Global - Wales, WI || [http://www.math.wisc.edu/~stovall/ Betsy Stovall] ||<br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#November_3_2017_.28KM_Global.29 Recent discoveries in mathematics]<br />
|-<br />
| November 27th || 2:45pm|| JMM High School - Madison, WI || [http://www.math.wisc.edu/~juliettebruce Juliette Bruce] || <br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#November_27_2017_.28JMM_High_School.29 Is any knot not the unknot?]<br />
|-<br />
| December 11th || 2:45pm|| East High School - Madison, WI || [https://sites.google.com/wisc.edu/jwg John Wiltshire-Gordon] ||<br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#December_11_2017_.28East_High_School.29 What if seven is zero?]<br />
|-<br />
<br />
! colspan="5" style="background: #e8b2b2;" align="center" | Spring 2018<br />
|-<br />
|-<br />
! Date !! Time !! Location !! Speaker !! Topic <br />
|-<br />
| February 19th || 2:45pm|| East High School - Madison, WI || Jordan Ellenberg || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#February_19_2018_.28East_High_School.29 Is math destroying the right to vote?] <br />
|-<br />
| March 1st || 9:30am || Wisconsin Institute for Discovery - Madison, WI || Wanlin Li || <br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#March_1_2018_.28WID.29_-_1 From Patterns to Functions?]<br />
|-<br />
| March 1st || 10:45am || Wisconsin Institute for Discovery - Madison, WI || Daniel Erman || <br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#March_1_2018_.28WID.29_-_2 What does math research look like?]<br />
|-<br />
| March 5th || 2:45pm|| JMM High School - Madison, WI || Zach Charles || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#March_5_2018_.28JMM_High_School.29 1+1 = 10 or "How does my computer do anything?"]<br />
|-<br />
| March 19th || 2:45pm|| East High School - Madison, WI || Phil Wood || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#March_19_2018_.28East_High_School.29 The Mathematics of Winning Strategies ] <br />
|-<br />
| April 30th || 2:45pm|| JMM High School - Madison, WI || TBD || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#April_30_2018_.28JMM_High_School.29 TBD]<br />
|-<br />
|}<br />
</center><br />
<br />
=Useful Resources=<br />
==Annual Reports==<br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/images/Math_Circle_Newsletter.pdf 2013-2014 Annual Report]<br />
<br />
== Archived Abstracts ==<br />
<br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_2016-2017 2016 - 2017 Math Circle Page]<br />
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[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts_2016-2017 2016 - 2017 Abstracts]<br />
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[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_2015-2016 2015 - 2016 Math Circle Page]<br />
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[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Math_Circle_de_Madison_2015-2016 2015 - 2016 Math Circle Page (Spanish)]<br />
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[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts_2015-2016 2015 - 2015 Abstracts]<br />
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[[Archived Math Circle Material]]<br />
<br />
==Link for presenters (in progress)==<br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Math_Circle_Presentations Advice For Math Circle Presenters]<br />
<br />
[http://www.mathcircles.org/content/lesson-plans Sample Lesson Plans]<br />
<br />
[http://www.mathcircles.org/content/circle-box "Circle in a Box"]</div>Juliettebrucehttps://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php?title=Madison_Math_Circle&diff=15278Madison Math Circle2018-03-20T18:55:19Z<p>Juliettebruce: /* Meetings for Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 */</p>
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<div>[[Image:logo.png|right|440px]]<br />
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For the site in Spanish, visit [[Math Circle de Madison]]<br />
=What is a Math Circle?=<br />
The Madison Math Circle is a weekly series of mathematically based activities aimed at interested middle school and high school students. It is an outreach program organized by the UW Math Department. Our goal is to provide a taste of exciting ideas in math and science. In the past we've had talks about plasma and weather in outer space, video game graphics, and encryption. In the sessions, students (and parents) are often asked to explore problems on their own, with the presenter facilitating a discussion. The talks are independent of one another, so new students are welcome at any point.<br />
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The level of the audience varies quite widely, including a mix of middle school and high school students, and the speakers generally address this by considering subjects that will be interesting for a wide range of students.<br />
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<br />
[[Image: MathCircle_2.jpg|500px]] [[Image: MathCircle_4.jpg|500px]] <br />
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After each talk we'll have pizza provided by the Mathematics Department, and students will have an opportunity to mingle and chat with the speaker and with other participants, to ask questions about some of the topics that have been discussed, and also about college, careers in science, etc.<br />
<br />
'''The Madison Math circle was featured in Wisconsin State Journal:''' [http://host.madison.com/wsj/news/local/education/local_schools/school-spotlight-madison-math-circle-gives-young-students-a-taste/article_77f5c042-0b3d-11e1-ba5f-001cc4c03286.html check it out]!<br />
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=All right, I want to come!=<br />
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We have a weekly meeting, <b>Monday at 6pm in 3255 Helen C White Library</b>, during the school year. <b>New students are welcome at any point! </b> There is no fee and the talks are independent of one another, so you can just show up any week, but we ask all participants to take a moment to register by following the link below:<br />
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[https://uwmadison.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_e9WdAs2SXNurWFD '''Math Circle Registration Form''']<br />
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All of your information is kept private, and is only used by the Madison Math Circle organizer to help run the Circle. <br />
<br />
If you are a student, we hope you will tell other interested students about these talks, and speak with your parents or with your teacher about organizing a car pool to the UW campus. If you are a parent or a teacher, we hope you'll tell your students about these talks and organize a car pool to the UW (all talks take place in 3255 Helen C White Library, on the UW-Madison campus, right next to the Memorial Union).<br />
<br />
<br />
==Directions and parking==<br />
Our meetings are held on the 3rd floor of Helen C. White Hall in room 3255.<br />
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[[File: Helencwhitemap.png|400px]]</div><br />
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'''Parking.''' Parking on campus is rather limited. Here is as list of some options:<br />
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*There is a parking garage in the basement of Helen C. White, with an hourly rate. Enter from Park Street.<br />
*A 0.5 mile walk to Helen C. White Hall via [http://goo.gl/cxTzJY these directions], many spots ('''free starting 4:30pm''') [http://goo.gl/maps/Gkx1C in Lot 26 along Observatory Drive].<br />
*A 0.3 mile walk to Helen C. White Hall via [http://goo.gl/yMJIRd these directions], many spots ('''free starting 4:30pm''') [http://goo.gl/maps/vs17X in Lot 34]. <br />
*A 0.3 mile walk to Helen C. White Hall via [http://goo.gl/yMJIRd these directions], 2 metered spots (25 minute max) [http://goo.gl/maps/ukTcu in front of Lathrop Hall].<br />
*A 0.2 mile walk to Helen C. White Hall via [http://goo.gl/b8pdk2 these directions] 6 metered spots (25 minute max) around [http://goo.gl/maps/6EAnc the loop in front of Chadbourne Hall] .<br />
*For more information, see the [http://transportation.wisc.edu/parking/parking.aspx UW-Madison Parking Info website].<br />
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==Email list==<br />
The best way to keep up to date with the what is going is by signing up for our email list. Send an empty email to join-mathcircle@lists.wisc.edu<br />
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==Contact the organizers==<br />
The Madison Math Circle is organized by a group of professors and graduate students from the [http://www.math.wisc.edu Department of Mathematics] at the UW-Madison. If you have any questions, suggestions for topics, or so on, just email the '''organizers''' [mailto:mathcircleorganizers@lists.wisc.edu here]. We are always interested in feedback!<br />
<center><br />
<gallery widths=480px heights=240px mode="packed"><br />
File:de.jpg|[https://www.math.wisc.edu/~derman/ Prof. Daniel Erman]<br />
File:Betsy.jpg|[http://www.math.wisc.edu/~stovall/ Prof. Betsy Stovall]<br />
</gallery><br />
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<gallery widths=500px heights=250px mode="packed"><br />
File:juliettebruce.jpg|[http://www.math.wisc.edu/~juliettebruce/ Juliette Bruce]<br />
File:Ee.jpg|[http://www.math.wisc.edu/~evaelduque/ Eva Elduque]<br />
File:mrjulian.jpg|[http://www.math.wisc.edu/~mrjulian/ Ryan Julian]<br />
File:soumyasankar.jpg|[http://www.math.wisc.edu/~soumyasankar Soumya Sankar]<br />
</gallery><br />
</center><br />
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==Donations==<br />
Please consider donating to the Madison Math Circle. As noted in our [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/images/Math_Circle_Newsletter.pdf annual report], our main costs consist of pizza and occasional supplies for the speakers. So far our costs have been covered by donations from the UW Mathematics Department as well as a generous gifts from a private donor. But our costs are rising, primarily because this year we expect to hold more meetings than in any previous year. In fact, this year, we expect to spend at least $2500 on pizza and supplies alone.<br />
<br />
So please consider donating to support your math circle! The easiest way to donate is to go to the link:<br />
<br />
[http://www.math.wisc.edu/donate Online Donation Link]<br />
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There are instructions on that page for donating to the Math Department. <b> Be sure and add a Gift Note saying that the donation is intended for the "Madison Math Circle"!</b> The money goes into the Mathematics Department Annual Fund and is routed through the University of Wisconsin Foundation, which is convenient for record-keeping, etc.<br />
<br />
Alternately, you can bring a check to one of the Math Circle Meetings. If you write a check, be sure to make it payable to the "WFAA" and add the note "Math Circle Donation" on the check. <br />
<br />
Or you can just pay in cash, and we'll give you a receipt.<br />
<br />
==Help us grow!==<br />
If you like Math Circle, please help us continue to grow! Students, parents, and teachers can help by:<br />
*Posting our [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/images/MMC_Flyer_2016.pdf '''flyer'''] at schools or anywhere that might have interested students<br />
*Discussing the Math Circle with students, parents, teachers, administrators, and others<br />
*Making an announcement about Math Circle at PTO meetings<br />
*Donating to Math Circle<br />
Contact the organizers if you have questions or your own ideas about how to help out.<br />
<br />
=Meetings for Fall 2017 and Spring 2018=<br />
<br />
<center><br />
<br />
Unless specified talks start at '''6pm in room 3255 of Helen C. White Library''', unless otherwise noted.<br />
<br />
{| style="color:black; font-size:120%" border="1" cellpadding="14" cellspacing="0"<br />
|-<br />
! colspan="3" style="background: #e8b2b2;" align="center" | Fall 2017<br />
|-<br />
! Date !! Speaker !! Topic<br />
|-<br />
| September 18, 2017 || [http://www.math.wisc.edu/~derman/ Daniel Erman] || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#September_18_2017 Welcome to the Madison Math Circle!] <br />
|-<br />
| September 25, 2017 || [http://www.math.wisc.edu/~stovall/ Betsy Stovall] || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#September_25_2017 Math is a game! ] <br />
|-<br />
| October 2, 2017 || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/~rdavis/ Rachel Davis] || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#October_2_2017 Thinking outside the box] <br />
|-<br />
| October 9, 2017 || [http://www.math.wisc.edu/~sparenti/ Solly Parenti] || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#October_9_2017 Hackenbush] <br />
|-<br />
| October 16, 2017 || Mihaela Ifrim || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#October_16_2017 Escape of the Clones! ] <br />
|-<br />
| October 23, 2017 || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/~mrjulian/ Ryan Julian] || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#October_23_2017 Recursion for Fun and Profit]<br />
|-<br />
| October 30, 2017 || [https://sites.google.com/wisc.edu/jwg John Wiltshire-Gordon] || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#October_30_2017 Euler Characteristic ] <br />
|-<br />
| November 6, 2017 || [https://sites.google.com/site/uwwanlin/ Wanlin Li] || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#November_6_2017 How to Outsmart a State Test? ] <br />
|-<br />
| November 13, 2017 || Jean-Luc Thiffeault || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#November_13_2017 Goldbug Variations ]<br />
|-<br />
| November 20, 2017 || Ethan Beihl || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#November_20_2017 Boomerang Sequences ] <br />
|-<br />
! colspan="3" style="background: #e8b2b2;" align="center" | Spring 2018<br />
|-<br />
! Date !! Speaker !! Topic<br />
|-<br />
|January 29, 2018 ||No Meeting - Cancelled || <br />
|-<br />
| February 5, 2018 || Ben Wright || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#February_5_2018 Mobius Band Magic] <br />
|-<br />
| February 12, 2018 || Daniel Erman || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#February_12_2018 ] <br />
|-<br />
| February 19, 2018 || Brandon Boggess || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#February_19_2018 Towers of Hanoi] <br />
|-<br />
| February 26, 2018 || Becky Eastham || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#February_26_2018 No Pigeons Will Be Harmed During This Talk] <br />
|-<br />
| March 5, 2018 || Juliette Bruce || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#March_5_2018 Doodling Dreams] <br />
|-<br />
| March 12, 2018 || Solly Parenti || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#March_12_2018 Tangled up in Two] <br />
|-<br />
| March 19, 2018 || Edwin Baeza || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#March_19_2018 Mathematics and Sound Design] <br />
|-<br />
| March 26, 2018 || No Meeting - (Spring Break) || <br />
|-<br />
| April 2, 2018 || Carrie Chen || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#April_2_2018 ] <br />
|-<br />
| April 9, 2018 || Betsy Stovall <br> Daniel Erman <br> Juliette Bruce || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#April_9_2018 Mini Math Circles] <br> <span style="color:red">End of Year Celebration</span><br />
|-<br />
|}<br />
<br />
</center><br />
<br />
=Off-Site Meetings=<br />
<br />
We will hold some Math Circle meetings at local high schools on early release days. Our schedule for 2017-2018 has not yet been determined. If you are interesting in having us come to your high school, please contact us!<br />
<br />
<center><br />
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{| style="color:black; font-size:120%" border="1" cellpadding="14" cellspacing="0"<br />
|-<br />
! colspan="5" style="background: #e8b2b2;" align="center" | Fall 2017<br />
|-<br />
|-<br />
! Date !! Time !! Location !! Speaker !! Topic <br />
|-<br />
| October 2nd || 2:45pm|| East High School - Madison, WI || [http://www.math.wisc.edu/~moises/ Moisés Herradón] || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#October_2_2017_.28East_High_School.29 How to make it as a Hackenbush player in the planet Zubenelgenubi 4] <br />
|-<br />
| November 2nd || 9:30am || Wisconsin Institute for Discovery - Madison, WI || [http://www.math.wisc.edu/~rzachariah/ Alisha Zachariah] || <br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#November_2_2017_.28WID.29_-_1 Fractals, Fractions and Fibonnaci.]<br />
|-<br />
| November 2nd (Canceled) || 11:00am || Wisconsin Institute for Discovery - Madison, WI || [http://zachcharles.wordpress.com Zach Charles] || <br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#November_2_2017_.28WID.29_-_2 1+1 = 10 or "How does my computer do anything?"]<br />
|-<br />
| November 2nd || 6:00pm || Whitewater High School - Whitewater, WI || [http://www.math.wisc.edu/~juliettebruce Juliette Bruce] || <br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#November_2_2017_.28Whitewater.29 Doodling Daydreams]<br />
|-<br />
| November 3rd || 10:30am || KM Global - Wales, WI || [http://www.math.wisc.edu/~stovall/ Betsy Stovall] ||<br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#November_3_2017_.28KM_Global.29 Recent discoveries in mathematics]<br />
|-<br />
| November 27th || 2:45pm|| JMM High School - Madison, WI || [http://www.math.wisc.edu/~juliettebruce Juliette Bruce] || <br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#November_27_2017_.28JMM_High_School.29 Is any knot not the unknot?]<br />
|-<br />
| December 11th || 2:45pm|| East High School - Madison, WI || [https://sites.google.com/wisc.edu/jwg John Wiltshire-Gordon] ||<br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#December_11_2017_.28East_High_School.29 What if seven is zero?]<br />
|-<br />
<br />
! colspan="5" style="background: #e8b2b2;" align="center" | Spring 2018<br />
|-<br />
|-<br />
! Date !! Time !! Location !! Speaker !! Topic <br />
|-<br />
| February 19th || 2:45pm|| East High School - Madison, WI || Jordan Ellenberg || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#February_19_2018_.28East_High_School.29 Is math destroying the right to vote?] <br />
|-<br />
| March 1st || 9:30am || Wisconsin Institute for Discovery - Madison, WI || Wanlin Li || <br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#March_1_2018_.28WID.29_-_1 From Patterns to Functions?]<br />
|-<br />
| March 1st || 10:45am || Wisconsin Institute for Discovery - Madison, WI || Daniel Erman || <br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#March_1_2018_.28WID.29_-_2 What does math research look like?]<br />
|-<br />
| March 5th || 2:45pm|| JMM High School - Madison, WI || Zach Charles || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#March_5_2018_.28JMM_High_School.29 1+1 = 10 or "How does my computer do anything?"]<br />
|-<br />
| March 19th || 2:45pm|| East High School - Madison, WI || Phil Wood || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#March_19_2018_.28East_High_School.29 The Mathematics of Winning Strategies ] <br />
|-<br />
| April 30th || 2:45pm|| JMM High School - Madison, WI || TBD || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#April_30_2018_.28JMM_High_School.29 TBD]<br />
|-<br />
|}<br />
</center><br />
<br />
=Useful Resources=<br />
==Annual Reports==<br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/images/Math_Circle_Newsletter.pdf 2013-2014 Annual Report]<br />
<br />
== Archived Abstracts ==<br />
<br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_2016-2017 2016 - 2017 Math Circle Page]<br />
<br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts_2016-2017 2016 - 2017 Abstracts]<br />
<br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_2015-2016 2015 - 2016 Math Circle Page]<br />
<br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Math_Circle_de_Madison_2015-2016 2015 - 2016 Math Circle Page (Spanish)]<br />
<br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts_2015-2016 2015 - 2015 Abstracts]<br />
<br />
[[Archived Math Circle Material]]<br />
<br />
==Link for presenters (in progress)==<br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Math_Circle_Presentations Advice For Math Circle Presenters]<br />
<br />
[http://www.mathcircles.org/content/lesson-plans Sample Lesson Plans]<br />
<br />
[http://www.mathcircles.org/content/circle-box "Circle in a Box"]</div>Juliettebrucehttps://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php?title=Madison_Math_Circle&diff=15277Madison Math Circle2018-03-20T18:54:05Z<p>Juliettebruce: /* Meetings for Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 */</p>
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<div>[[Image:logo.png|right|440px]]<br />
<br />
For the site in Spanish, visit [[Math Circle de Madison]]<br />
=What is a Math Circle?=<br />
The Madison Math Circle is a weekly series of mathematically based activities aimed at interested middle school and high school students. It is an outreach program organized by the UW Math Department. Our goal is to provide a taste of exciting ideas in math and science. In the past we've had talks about plasma and weather in outer space, video game graphics, and encryption. In the sessions, students (and parents) are often asked to explore problems on their own, with the presenter facilitating a discussion. The talks are independent of one another, so new students are welcome at any point.<br />
<br />
The level of the audience varies quite widely, including a mix of middle school and high school students, and the speakers generally address this by considering subjects that will be interesting for a wide range of students.<br />
<br />
<br />
[[Image: MathCircle_2.jpg|500px]] [[Image: MathCircle_4.jpg|500px]] <br />
<br />
<br />
After each talk we'll have pizza provided by the Mathematics Department, and students will have an opportunity to mingle and chat with the speaker and with other participants, to ask questions about some of the topics that have been discussed, and also about college, careers in science, etc.<br />
<br />
'''The Madison Math circle was featured in Wisconsin State Journal:''' [http://host.madison.com/wsj/news/local/education/local_schools/school-spotlight-madison-math-circle-gives-young-students-a-taste/article_77f5c042-0b3d-11e1-ba5f-001cc4c03286.html check it out]!<br />
<br />
=All right, I want to come!=<br />
<br />
We have a weekly meeting, <b>Monday at 6pm in 3255 Helen C White Library</b>, during the school year. <b>New students are welcome at any point! </b> There is no fee and the talks are independent of one another, so you can just show up any week, but we ask all participants to take a moment to register by following the link below:<br />
<br />
[https://uwmadison.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_e9WdAs2SXNurWFD '''Math Circle Registration Form''']<br />
<br />
All of your information is kept private, and is only used by the Madison Math Circle organizer to help run the Circle. <br />
<br />
If you are a student, we hope you will tell other interested students about these talks, and speak with your parents or with your teacher about organizing a car pool to the UW campus. If you are a parent or a teacher, we hope you'll tell your students about these talks and organize a car pool to the UW (all talks take place in 3255 Helen C White Library, on the UW-Madison campus, right next to the Memorial Union).<br />
<br />
<br />
==Directions and parking==<br />
Our meetings are held on the 3rd floor of Helen C. White Hall in room 3255.<br />
<br />
<div class="center" style="width:auto; margin-left:auto; margin-right:auto;"><br />
[[File: Helencwhitemap.png|400px]]</div><br />
<br />
'''Parking.''' Parking on campus is rather limited. Here is as list of some options:<br />
<br />
*There is a parking garage in the basement of Helen C. White, with an hourly rate. Enter from Park Street.<br />
*A 0.5 mile walk to Helen C. White Hall via [http://goo.gl/cxTzJY these directions], many spots ('''free starting 4:30pm''') [http://goo.gl/maps/Gkx1C in Lot 26 along Observatory Drive].<br />
*A 0.3 mile walk to Helen C. White Hall via [http://goo.gl/yMJIRd these directions], many spots ('''free starting 4:30pm''') [http://goo.gl/maps/vs17X in Lot 34]. <br />
*A 0.3 mile walk to Helen C. White Hall via [http://goo.gl/yMJIRd these directions], 2 metered spots (25 minute max) [http://goo.gl/maps/ukTcu in front of Lathrop Hall].<br />
*A 0.2 mile walk to Helen C. White Hall via [http://goo.gl/b8pdk2 these directions] 6 metered spots (25 minute max) around [http://goo.gl/maps/6EAnc the loop in front of Chadbourne Hall] .<br />
*For more information, see the [http://transportation.wisc.edu/parking/parking.aspx UW-Madison Parking Info website].<br />
<br />
==Email list==<br />
The best way to keep up to date with the what is going is by signing up for our email list. Send an empty email to join-mathcircle@lists.wisc.edu<br />
<br />
==Contact the organizers==<br />
The Madison Math Circle is organized by a group of professors and graduate students from the [http://www.math.wisc.edu Department of Mathematics] at the UW-Madison. If you have any questions, suggestions for topics, or so on, just email the '''organizers''' [mailto:mathcircleorganizers@lists.wisc.edu here]. We are always interested in feedback!<br />
<center><br />
<gallery widths=480px heights=240px mode="packed"><br />
File:de.jpg|[https://www.math.wisc.edu/~derman/ Prof. Daniel Erman]<br />
File:Betsy.jpg|[http://www.math.wisc.edu/~stovall/ Prof. Betsy Stovall]<br />
</gallery><br />
<br />
<gallery widths=500px heights=250px mode="packed"><br />
File:juliettebruce.jpg|[http://www.math.wisc.edu/~juliettebruce/ Juliette Bruce]<br />
File:Ee.jpg|[http://www.math.wisc.edu/~evaelduque/ Eva Elduque]<br />
File:mrjulian.jpg|[http://www.math.wisc.edu/~mrjulian/ Ryan Julian]<br />
File:soumyasankar.jpg|[http://www.math.wisc.edu/~soumyasankar Soumya Sankar]<br />
</gallery><br />
</center><br />
<br />
==Donations==<br />
Please consider donating to the Madison Math Circle. As noted in our [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/images/Math_Circle_Newsletter.pdf annual report], our main costs consist of pizza and occasional supplies for the speakers. So far our costs have been covered by donations from the UW Mathematics Department as well as a generous gifts from a private donor. But our costs are rising, primarily because this year we expect to hold more meetings than in any previous year. In fact, this year, we expect to spend at least $2500 on pizza and supplies alone.<br />
<br />
So please consider donating to support your math circle! The easiest way to donate is to go to the link:<br />
<br />
[http://www.math.wisc.edu/donate Online Donation Link]<br />
<br />
There are instructions on that page for donating to the Math Department. <b> Be sure and add a Gift Note saying that the donation is intended for the "Madison Math Circle"!</b> The money goes into the Mathematics Department Annual Fund and is routed through the University of Wisconsin Foundation, which is convenient for record-keeping, etc.<br />
<br />
Alternately, you can bring a check to one of the Math Circle Meetings. If you write a check, be sure to make it payable to the "WFAA" and add the note "Math Circle Donation" on the check. <br />
<br />
Or you can just pay in cash, and we'll give you a receipt.<br />
<br />
==Help us grow!==<br />
If you like Math Circle, please help us continue to grow! Students, parents, and teachers can help by:<br />
*Posting our [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/images/MMC_Flyer_2016.pdf '''flyer'''] at schools or anywhere that might have interested students<br />
*Discussing the Math Circle with students, parents, teachers, administrators, and others<br />
*Making an announcement about Math Circle at PTO meetings<br />
*Donating to Math Circle<br />
Contact the organizers if you have questions or your own ideas about how to help out.<br />
<br />
=Meetings for Fall 2017 and Spring 2018=<br />
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<center><br />
<br />
Unless specified talks start at '''6pm in room 3255 of Helen C. White Library''', unless otherwise noted.<br />
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{| style="color:black; font-size:120%" border="1" cellpadding="14" cellspacing="0"<br />
|-<br />
! colspan="3" style="background: #e8b2b2;" align="center" | Fall 2017<br />
|-<br />
! Date !! Speaker !! Topic<br />
|-<br />
| September 18, 2017 || [http://www.math.wisc.edu/~derman/ Daniel Erman] || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#September_18_2017 Welcome to the Madison Math Circle!] <br />
|-<br />
| September 25, 2017 || [http://www.math.wisc.edu/~stovall/ Betsy Stovall] || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#September_25_2017 Math is a game! ] <br />
|-<br />
| October 2, 2017 || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/~rdavis/ Rachel Davis] || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#October_2_2017 Thinking outside the box] <br />
|-<br />
| October 9, 2017 || [http://www.math.wisc.edu/~sparenti/ Solly Parenti] || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#October_9_2017 Hackenbush] <br />
|-<br />
| October 16, 2017 || Mihaela Ifrim || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#October_16_2017 Escape of the Clones! ] <br />
|-<br />
| October 23, 2017 || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/~mrjulian/ Ryan Julian] || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#October_23_2017 Recursion for Fun and Profit]<br />
|-<br />
| October 30, 2017 || [https://sites.google.com/wisc.edu/jwg John Wiltshire-Gordon] || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#October_30_2017 Euler Characteristic ] <br />
|-<br />
| November 6, 2017 || [https://sites.google.com/site/uwwanlin/ Wanlin Li] || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#November_6_2017 How to Outsmart a State Test? ] <br />
|-<br />
| November 13, 2017 || Jean-Luc Thiffeault || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#November_13_2017 Goldbug Variations ]<br />
|-<br />
| November 20, 2017 || Ethan Beihl || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#November_20_2017 Boomerang Sequences ] <br />
|-<br />
! colspan="3" style="background: #e8b2b2;" align="center" | Spring 2018<br />
|-<br />
! Date !! Speaker !! Topic<br />
|-<br />
|January 29, 2018 ||No Meeting - Cancelled || <br />
|-<br />
| February 5, 2018 || Ben Wright || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#February_5_2018 Mobius Band Magic] <br />
|-<br />
| February 12, 2018 || Daniel Erman || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#February_12_2018 ] <br />
|-<br />
| February 19, 2018 || Brandon Boggess || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#February_19_2018 Towers of Hanoi] <br />
|-<br />
| February 26, 2018 || Becky Eastham || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#February_26_2018 No Pigeons Will Be Harmed During This Talk] <br />
|-<br />
| March 5, 2018 || Juliette Bruce || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#March_5_2018 Doodling Dreams] <br />
|-<br />
| March 12, 2018 || Solly Parenti || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#March_12_2018 Tangled up in Two] <br />
|-<br />
| March 19, 2018 || Edwin Baeza || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#March_19_2018 Mathematics and Sound Design] <br />
|-<br />
| March 26, 2018 || No Meeting - (Spring Break) || <br />
|-<br />
| April 2, 2018 || Carrie Chen || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#April_2_2018 ] <br />
|-<br />
| April 9, 2018 || Betsy Stovall <br> Daniel Erman <br> Juliette Bruce || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#April_9_2018 Mini Math Circles] <br> {{font color|red|End of Year Celebration}}<br />
|-<br />
|}<br />
<br />
</center><br />
<br />
=Off-Site Meetings=<br />
<br />
We will hold some Math Circle meetings at local high schools on early release days. Our schedule for 2017-2018 has not yet been determined. If you are interesting in having us come to your high school, please contact us!<br />
<br />
<center><br />
<br />
{| style="color:black; font-size:120%" border="1" cellpadding="14" cellspacing="0"<br />
|-<br />
! colspan="5" style="background: #e8b2b2;" align="center" | Fall 2017<br />
|-<br />
|-<br />
! Date !! Time !! Location !! Speaker !! Topic <br />
|-<br />
| October 2nd || 2:45pm|| East High School - Madison, WI || [http://www.math.wisc.edu/~moises/ Moisés Herradón] || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#October_2_2017_.28East_High_School.29 How to make it as a Hackenbush player in the planet Zubenelgenubi 4] <br />
|-<br />
| November 2nd || 9:30am || Wisconsin Institute for Discovery - Madison, WI || [http://www.math.wisc.edu/~rzachariah/ Alisha Zachariah] || <br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#November_2_2017_.28WID.29_-_1 Fractals, Fractions and Fibonnaci.]<br />
|-<br />
| November 2nd (Canceled) || 11:00am || Wisconsin Institute for Discovery - Madison, WI || [http://zachcharles.wordpress.com Zach Charles] || <br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#November_2_2017_.28WID.29_-_2 1+1 = 10 or "How does my computer do anything?"]<br />
|-<br />
| November 2nd || 6:00pm || Whitewater High School - Whitewater, WI || [http://www.math.wisc.edu/~juliettebruce Juliette Bruce] || <br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#November_2_2017_.28Whitewater.29 Doodling Daydreams]<br />
|-<br />
| November 3rd || 10:30am || KM Global - Wales, WI || [http://www.math.wisc.edu/~stovall/ Betsy Stovall] ||<br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#November_3_2017_.28KM_Global.29 Recent discoveries in mathematics]<br />
|-<br />
| November 27th || 2:45pm|| JMM High School - Madison, WI || [http://www.math.wisc.edu/~juliettebruce Juliette Bruce] || <br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#November_27_2017_.28JMM_High_School.29 Is any knot not the unknot?]<br />
|-<br />
| December 11th || 2:45pm|| East High School - Madison, WI || [https://sites.google.com/wisc.edu/jwg John Wiltshire-Gordon] ||<br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#December_11_2017_.28East_High_School.29 What if seven is zero?]<br />
|-<br />
<br />
! colspan="5" style="background: #e8b2b2;" align="center" | Spring 2018<br />
|-<br />
|-<br />
! Date !! Time !! Location !! Speaker !! Topic <br />
|-<br />
| February 19th || 2:45pm|| East High School - Madison, WI || Jordan Ellenberg || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#February_19_2018_.28East_High_School.29 Is math destroying the right to vote?] <br />
|-<br />
| March 1st || 9:30am || Wisconsin Institute for Discovery - Madison, WI || Wanlin Li || <br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#March_1_2018_.28WID.29_-_1 From Patterns to Functions?]<br />
|-<br />
| March 1st || 10:45am || Wisconsin Institute for Discovery - Madison, WI || Daniel Erman || <br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#March_1_2018_.28WID.29_-_2 What does math research look like?]<br />
|-<br />
| March 5th || 2:45pm|| JMM High School - Madison, WI || Zach Charles || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#March_5_2018_.28JMM_High_School.29 1+1 = 10 or "How does my computer do anything?"]<br />
|-<br />
| March 19th || 2:45pm|| East High School - Madison, WI || Phil Wood || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#March_19_2018_.28East_High_School.29 The Mathematics of Winning Strategies ] <br />
|-<br />
| April 30th || 2:45pm|| JMM High School - Madison, WI || TBD || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#April_30_2018_.28JMM_High_School.29 TBD]<br />
|-<br />
|}<br />
</center><br />
<br />
=Useful Resources=<br />
==Annual Reports==<br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/images/Math_Circle_Newsletter.pdf 2013-2014 Annual Report]<br />
<br />
== Archived Abstracts ==<br />
<br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_2016-2017 2016 - 2017 Math Circle Page]<br />
<br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts_2016-2017 2016 - 2017 Abstracts]<br />
<br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_2015-2016 2015 - 2016 Math Circle Page]<br />
<br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Math_Circle_de_Madison_2015-2016 2015 - 2016 Math Circle Page (Spanish)]<br />
<br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts_2015-2016 2015 - 2015 Abstracts]<br />
<br />
[[Archived Math Circle Material]]<br />
<br />
==Link for presenters (in progress)==<br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Math_Circle_Presentations Advice For Math Circle Presenters]<br />
<br />
[http://www.mathcircles.org/content/lesson-plans Sample Lesson Plans]<br />
<br />
[http://www.mathcircles.org/content/circle-box "Circle in a Box"]</div>Juliettebrucehttps://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php?title=Madison_Math_Circle&diff=15276Madison Math Circle2018-03-20T18:53:03Z<p>Juliettebruce: /* Meetings for Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 */</p>
<hr />
<div>[[Image:logo.png|right|440px]]<br />
<br />
For the site in Spanish, visit [[Math Circle de Madison]]<br />
=What is a Math Circle?=<br />
The Madison Math Circle is a weekly series of mathematically based activities aimed at interested middle school and high school students. It is an outreach program organized by the UW Math Department. Our goal is to provide a taste of exciting ideas in math and science. In the past we've had talks about plasma and weather in outer space, video game graphics, and encryption. In the sessions, students (and parents) are often asked to explore problems on their own, with the presenter facilitating a discussion. The talks are independent of one another, so new students are welcome at any point.<br />
<br />
The level of the audience varies quite widely, including a mix of middle school and high school students, and the speakers generally address this by considering subjects that will be interesting for a wide range of students.<br />
<br />
<br />
[[Image: MathCircle_2.jpg|500px]] [[Image: MathCircle_4.jpg|500px]] <br />
<br />
<br />
After each talk we'll have pizza provided by the Mathematics Department, and students will have an opportunity to mingle and chat with the speaker and with other participants, to ask questions about some of the topics that have been discussed, and also about college, careers in science, etc.<br />
<br />
'''The Madison Math circle was featured in Wisconsin State Journal:''' [http://host.madison.com/wsj/news/local/education/local_schools/school-spotlight-madison-math-circle-gives-young-students-a-taste/article_77f5c042-0b3d-11e1-ba5f-001cc4c03286.html check it out]!<br />
<br />
=All right, I want to come!=<br />
<br />
We have a weekly meeting, <b>Monday at 6pm in 3255 Helen C White Library</b>, during the school year. <b>New students are welcome at any point! </b> There is no fee and the talks are independent of one another, so you can just show up any week, but we ask all participants to take a moment to register by following the link below:<br />
<br />
[https://uwmadison.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_e9WdAs2SXNurWFD '''Math Circle Registration Form''']<br />
<br />
All of your information is kept private, and is only used by the Madison Math Circle organizer to help run the Circle. <br />
<br />
If you are a student, we hope you will tell other interested students about these talks, and speak with your parents or with your teacher about organizing a car pool to the UW campus. If you are a parent or a teacher, we hope you'll tell your students about these talks and organize a car pool to the UW (all talks take place in 3255 Helen C White Library, on the UW-Madison campus, right next to the Memorial Union).<br />
<br />
<br />
==Directions and parking==<br />
Our meetings are held on the 3rd floor of Helen C. White Hall in room 3255.<br />
<br />
<div class="center" style="width:auto; margin-left:auto; margin-right:auto;"><br />
[[File: Helencwhitemap.png|400px]]</div><br />
<br />
'''Parking.''' Parking on campus is rather limited. Here is as list of some options:<br />
<br />
*There is a parking garage in the basement of Helen C. White, with an hourly rate. Enter from Park Street.<br />
*A 0.5 mile walk to Helen C. White Hall via [http://goo.gl/cxTzJY these directions], many spots ('''free starting 4:30pm''') [http://goo.gl/maps/Gkx1C in Lot 26 along Observatory Drive].<br />
*A 0.3 mile walk to Helen C. White Hall via [http://goo.gl/yMJIRd these directions], many spots ('''free starting 4:30pm''') [http://goo.gl/maps/vs17X in Lot 34]. <br />
*A 0.3 mile walk to Helen C. White Hall via [http://goo.gl/yMJIRd these directions], 2 metered spots (25 minute max) [http://goo.gl/maps/ukTcu in front of Lathrop Hall].<br />
*A 0.2 mile walk to Helen C. White Hall via [http://goo.gl/b8pdk2 these directions] 6 metered spots (25 minute max) around [http://goo.gl/maps/6EAnc the loop in front of Chadbourne Hall] .<br />
*For more information, see the [http://transportation.wisc.edu/parking/parking.aspx UW-Madison Parking Info website].<br />
<br />
==Email list==<br />
The best way to keep up to date with the what is going is by signing up for our email list. Send an empty email to join-mathcircle@lists.wisc.edu<br />
<br />
==Contact the organizers==<br />
The Madison Math Circle is organized by a group of professors and graduate students from the [http://www.math.wisc.edu Department of Mathematics] at the UW-Madison. If you have any questions, suggestions for topics, or so on, just email the '''organizers''' [mailto:mathcircleorganizers@lists.wisc.edu here]. We are always interested in feedback!<br />
<center><br />
<gallery widths=480px heights=240px mode="packed"><br />
File:de.jpg|[https://www.math.wisc.edu/~derman/ Prof. Daniel Erman]<br />
File:Betsy.jpg|[http://www.math.wisc.edu/~stovall/ Prof. Betsy Stovall]<br />
</gallery><br />
<br />
<gallery widths=500px heights=250px mode="packed"><br />
File:juliettebruce.jpg|[http://www.math.wisc.edu/~juliettebruce/ Juliette Bruce]<br />
File:Ee.jpg|[http://www.math.wisc.edu/~evaelduque/ Eva Elduque]<br />
File:mrjulian.jpg|[http://www.math.wisc.edu/~mrjulian/ Ryan Julian]<br />
File:soumyasankar.jpg|[http://www.math.wisc.edu/~soumyasankar Soumya Sankar]<br />
</gallery><br />
</center><br />
<br />
==Donations==<br />
Please consider donating to the Madison Math Circle. As noted in our [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/images/Math_Circle_Newsletter.pdf annual report], our main costs consist of pizza and occasional supplies for the speakers. So far our costs have been covered by donations from the UW Mathematics Department as well as a generous gifts from a private donor. But our costs are rising, primarily because this year we expect to hold more meetings than in any previous year. In fact, this year, we expect to spend at least $2500 on pizza and supplies alone.<br />
<br />
So please consider donating to support your math circle! The easiest way to donate is to go to the link:<br />
<br />
[http://www.math.wisc.edu/donate Online Donation Link]<br />
<br />
There are instructions on that page for donating to the Math Department. <b> Be sure and add a Gift Note saying that the donation is intended for the "Madison Math Circle"!</b> The money goes into the Mathematics Department Annual Fund and is routed through the University of Wisconsin Foundation, which is convenient for record-keeping, etc.<br />
<br />
Alternately, you can bring a check to one of the Math Circle Meetings. If you write a check, be sure to make it payable to the "WFAA" and add the note "Math Circle Donation" on the check. <br />
<br />
Or you can just pay in cash, and we'll give you a receipt.<br />
<br />
==Help us grow!==<br />
If you like Math Circle, please help us continue to grow! Students, parents, and teachers can help by:<br />
*Posting our [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/images/MMC_Flyer_2016.pdf '''flyer'''] at schools or anywhere that might have interested students<br />
*Discussing the Math Circle with students, parents, teachers, administrators, and others<br />
*Making an announcement about Math Circle at PTO meetings<br />
*Donating to Math Circle<br />
Contact the organizers if you have questions or your own ideas about how to help out.<br />
<br />
=Meetings for Fall 2017 and Spring 2018=<br />
<br />
<center><br />
<br />
Unless specified talks start at '''6pm in room 3255 of Helen C. White Library''', unless otherwise noted.<br />
<br />
{| style="color:black; font-size:120%" border="1" cellpadding="14" cellspacing="0"<br />
|-<br />
! colspan="3" style="background: #e8b2b2;" align="center" | Fall 2017<br />
|-<br />
! Date !! Speaker !! Topic<br />
|-<br />
| September 18, 2017 || [http://www.math.wisc.edu/~derman/ Daniel Erman] || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#September_18_2017 Welcome to the Madison Math Circle!] <br />
|-<br />
| September 25, 2017 || [http://www.math.wisc.edu/~stovall/ Betsy Stovall] || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#September_25_2017 Math is a game! ] <br />
|-<br />
| October 2, 2017 || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/~rdavis/ Rachel Davis] || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#October_2_2017 Thinking outside the box] <br />
|-<br />
| October 9, 2017 || [http://www.math.wisc.edu/~sparenti/ Solly Parenti] || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#October_9_2017 Hackenbush] <br />
|-<br />
| October 16, 2017 || Mihaela Ifrim || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#October_16_2017 Escape of the Clones! ] <br />
|-<br />
| October 23, 2017 || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/~mrjulian/ Ryan Julian] || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#October_23_2017 Recursion for Fun and Profit]<br />
|-<br />
| October 30, 2017 || [https://sites.google.com/wisc.edu/jwg John Wiltshire-Gordon] || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#October_30_2017 Euler Characteristic ] <br />
|-<br />
| November 6, 2017 || [https://sites.google.com/site/uwwanlin/ Wanlin Li] || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#November_6_2017 How to Outsmart a State Test? ] <br />
|-<br />
| November 13, 2017 || Jean-Luc Thiffeault || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#November_13_2017 Goldbug Variations ]<br />
|-<br />
| November 20, 2017 || Ethan Beihl || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#November_20_2017 Boomerang Sequences ] <br />
|-<br />
! colspan="3" style="background: #e8b2b2;" align="center" | Spring 2018<br />
|-<br />
! Date !! Speaker !! Topic<br />
|-<br />
|January 29, 2018 ||No Meeting - Cancelled || <br />
|-<br />
| February 5, 2018 || Ben Wright || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#February_5_2018 Mobius Band Magic] <br />
|-<br />
| February 12, 2018 || Daniel Erman || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#February_12_2018 ] <br />
|-<br />
| February 19, 2018 || Brandon Boggess || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#February_19_2018 Towers of Hanoi] <br />
|-<br />
| February 26, 2018 || Becky Eastham || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#February_26_2018 No Pigeons Will Be Harmed During This Talk] <br />
|-<br />
| March 5, 2018 || Juliette Bruce || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#March_5_2018 Doodling Dreams] <br />
|-<br />
| March 12, 2018 || Solly Parenti || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#March_12_2018 Tangled up in Two] <br />
|-<br />
| March 19, 2018 || Edwin Baeza || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#March_19_2018 Mathematics and Sound Design] <br />
|-<br />
| March 26, 2018 || No Meeting - (Spring Break) || <br />
|-<br />
| April 2, 2018 || Carrie Chen || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#April_2_2018 ] <br />
|-<br />
| April 9, 2018 || Betsy Stovall <br> Daniel Erman <br> Juliette Bruce || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#April_9_2018 {{font color|red|End of Year Celebration}} <br> Mini Math Circles] <br />
|-<br />
|}<br />
<br />
</center><br />
<br />
=Off-Site Meetings=<br />
<br />
We will hold some Math Circle meetings at local high schools on early release days. Our schedule for 2017-2018 has not yet been determined. If you are interesting in having us come to your high school, please contact us!<br />
<br />
<center><br />
<br />
{| style="color:black; font-size:120%" border="1" cellpadding="14" cellspacing="0"<br />
|-<br />
! colspan="5" style="background: #e8b2b2;" align="center" | Fall 2017<br />
|-<br />
|-<br />
! Date !! Time !! Location !! Speaker !! Topic <br />
|-<br />
| October 2nd || 2:45pm|| East High School - Madison, WI || [http://www.math.wisc.edu/~moises/ Moisés Herradón] || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#October_2_2017_.28East_High_School.29 How to make it as a Hackenbush player in the planet Zubenelgenubi 4] <br />
|-<br />
| November 2nd || 9:30am || Wisconsin Institute for Discovery - Madison, WI || [http://www.math.wisc.edu/~rzachariah/ Alisha Zachariah] || <br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#November_2_2017_.28WID.29_-_1 Fractals, Fractions and Fibonnaci.]<br />
|-<br />
| November 2nd (Canceled) || 11:00am || Wisconsin Institute for Discovery - Madison, WI || [http://zachcharles.wordpress.com Zach Charles] || <br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#November_2_2017_.28WID.29_-_2 1+1 = 10 or "How does my computer do anything?"]<br />
|-<br />
| November 2nd || 6:00pm || Whitewater High School - Whitewater, WI || [http://www.math.wisc.edu/~juliettebruce Juliette Bruce] || <br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#November_2_2017_.28Whitewater.29 Doodling Daydreams]<br />
|-<br />
| November 3rd || 10:30am || KM Global - Wales, WI || [http://www.math.wisc.edu/~stovall/ Betsy Stovall] ||<br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#November_3_2017_.28KM_Global.29 Recent discoveries in mathematics]<br />
|-<br />
| November 27th || 2:45pm|| JMM High School - Madison, WI || [http://www.math.wisc.edu/~juliettebruce Juliette Bruce] || <br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#November_27_2017_.28JMM_High_School.29 Is any knot not the unknot?]<br />
|-<br />
| December 11th || 2:45pm|| East High School - Madison, WI || [https://sites.google.com/wisc.edu/jwg John Wiltshire-Gordon] ||<br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#December_11_2017_.28East_High_School.29 What if seven is zero?]<br />
|-<br />
<br />
! colspan="5" style="background: #e8b2b2;" align="center" | Spring 2018<br />
|-<br />
|-<br />
! Date !! Time !! Location !! Speaker !! Topic <br />
|-<br />
| February 19th || 2:45pm|| East High School - Madison, WI || Jordan Ellenberg || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#February_19_2018_.28East_High_School.29 Is math destroying the right to vote?] <br />
|-<br />
| March 1st || 9:30am || Wisconsin Institute for Discovery - Madison, WI || Wanlin Li || <br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#March_1_2018_.28WID.29_-_1 From Patterns to Functions?]<br />
|-<br />
| March 1st || 10:45am || Wisconsin Institute for Discovery - Madison, WI || Daniel Erman || <br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#March_1_2018_.28WID.29_-_2 What does math research look like?]<br />
|-<br />
| March 5th || 2:45pm|| JMM High School - Madison, WI || Zach Charles || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#March_5_2018_.28JMM_High_School.29 1+1 = 10 or "How does my computer do anything?"]<br />
|-<br />
| March 19th || 2:45pm|| East High School - Madison, WI || Phil Wood || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#March_19_2018_.28East_High_School.29 The Mathematics of Winning Strategies ] <br />
|-<br />
| April 30th || 2:45pm|| JMM High School - Madison, WI || TBD || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#April_30_2018_.28JMM_High_School.29 TBD]<br />
|-<br />
|}<br />
</center><br />
<br />
=Useful Resources=<br />
==Annual Reports==<br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/images/Math_Circle_Newsletter.pdf 2013-2014 Annual Report]<br />
<br />
== Archived Abstracts ==<br />
<br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_2016-2017 2016 - 2017 Math Circle Page]<br />
<br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts_2016-2017 2016 - 2017 Abstracts]<br />
<br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_2015-2016 2015 - 2016 Math Circle Page]<br />
<br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Math_Circle_de_Madison_2015-2016 2015 - 2016 Math Circle Page (Spanish)]<br />
<br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts_2015-2016 2015 - 2015 Abstracts]<br />
<br />
[[Archived Math Circle Material]]<br />
<br />
==Link for presenters (in progress)==<br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Math_Circle_Presentations Advice For Math Circle Presenters]<br />
<br />
[http://www.mathcircles.org/content/lesson-plans Sample Lesson Plans]<br />
<br />
[http://www.mathcircles.org/content/circle-box "Circle in a Box"]</div>Juliettebrucehttps://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php?title=Madison_Math_Circle&diff=15237Madison Math Circle2018-03-12T15:54:57Z<p>Juliettebruce: /* Meetings for Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 */</p>
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<div>[[Image:logo.png|right|440px]]<br />
<br />
For the site in Spanish, visit [[Math Circle de Madison]]<br />
=What is a Math Circle?=<br />
The Madison Math Circle is a weekly series of mathematically based activities aimed at interested middle school and high school students. It is an outreach program organized by the UW Math Department. Our goal is to provide a taste of exciting ideas in math and science. In the past we've had talks about plasma and weather in outer space, video game graphics, and encryption. In the sessions, students (and parents) are often asked to explore problems on their own, with the presenter facilitating a discussion. The talks are independent of one another, so new students are welcome at any point.<br />
<br />
The level of the audience varies quite widely, including a mix of middle school and high school students, and the speakers generally address this by considering subjects that will be interesting for a wide range of students.<br />
<br />
<br />
[[Image: MathCircle_2.jpg|500px]] [[Image: MathCircle_4.jpg|500px]] <br />
<br />
<br />
After each talk we'll have pizza provided by the Mathematics Department, and students will have an opportunity to mingle and chat with the speaker and with other participants, to ask questions about some of the topics that have been discussed, and also about college, careers in science, etc.<br />
<br />
'''The Madison Math circle was featured in Wisconsin State Journal:''' [http://host.madison.com/wsj/news/local/education/local_schools/school-spotlight-madison-math-circle-gives-young-students-a-taste/article_77f5c042-0b3d-11e1-ba5f-001cc4c03286.html check it out]!<br />
<br />
=All right, I want to come!=<br />
<br />
We have a weekly meeting, <b>Monday at 6pm in 3255 Helen C White Library</b>, during the school year. <b>New students are welcome at any point! </b> There is no fee and the talks are independent of one another, so you can just show up any week, but we ask all participants to take a moment to register by following the link below:<br />
<br />
[https://uwmadison.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_e9WdAs2SXNurWFD '''Math Circle Registration Form''']<br />
<br />
All of your information is kept private, and is only used by the Madison Math Circle organizer to help run the Circle. <br />
<br />
If you are a student, we hope you will tell other interested students about these talks, and speak with your parents or with your teacher about organizing a car pool to the UW campus. If you are a parent or a teacher, we hope you'll tell your students about these talks and organize a car pool to the UW (all talks take place in 3255 Helen C White Library, on the UW-Madison campus, right next to the Memorial Union).<br />
<br />
<br />
==Directions and parking==<br />
Our meetings are held on the 3rd floor of Helen C. White Hall in room 3255.<br />
<br />
<div class="center" style="width:auto; margin-left:auto; margin-right:auto;"><br />
[[File: Helencwhitemap.png|400px]]</div><br />
<br />
'''Parking.''' Parking on campus is rather limited. Here is as list of some options:<br />
<br />
*There is a parking garage in the basement of Helen C. White, with an hourly rate. Enter from Park Street.<br />
*A 0.5 mile walk to Helen C. White Hall via [http://goo.gl/cxTzJY these directions], many spots ('''free starting 4:30pm''') [http://goo.gl/maps/Gkx1C in Lot 26 along Observatory Drive].<br />
*A 0.3 mile walk to Helen C. White Hall via [http://goo.gl/yMJIRd these directions], many spots ('''free starting 4:30pm''') [http://goo.gl/maps/vs17X in Lot 34]. <br />
*A 0.3 mile walk to Helen C. White Hall via [http://goo.gl/yMJIRd these directions], 2 metered spots (25 minute max) [http://goo.gl/maps/ukTcu in front of Lathrop Hall].<br />
*A 0.2 mile walk to Helen C. White Hall via [http://goo.gl/b8pdk2 these directions] 6 metered spots (25 minute max) around [http://goo.gl/maps/6EAnc the loop in front of Chadbourne Hall] .<br />
*For more information, see the [http://transportation.wisc.edu/parking/parking.aspx UW-Madison Parking Info website].<br />
<br />
==Email list==<br />
The best way to keep up to date with the what is going is by signing up for our email list. Send an empty email to join-mathcircle@lists.wisc.edu<br />
<br />
==Contact the organizers==<br />
The Madison Math Circle is organized by a group of professors and graduate students from the [http://www.math.wisc.edu Department of Mathematics] at the UW-Madison. If you have any questions, suggestions for topics, or so on, just email the '''organizers''' [mailto:mathcircleorganizers@lists.wisc.edu here]. We are always interested in feedback!<br />
<center><br />
<gallery widths=480px heights=240px mode="packed"><br />
File:de.jpg|[https://www.math.wisc.edu/~derman/ Prof. Daniel Erman]<br />
File:Betsy.jpg|[http://www.math.wisc.edu/~stovall/ Prof. Betsy Stovall]<br />
</gallery><br />
<br />
<gallery widths=500px heights=250px mode="packed"><br />
File:juliettebruce.jpg|[http://www.math.wisc.edu/~juliettebruce/ Juliette Bruce]<br />
File:Ee.jpg|[http://www.math.wisc.edu/~evaelduque/ Eva Elduque]<br />
File:mrjulian.jpg|[http://www.math.wisc.edu/~mrjulian/ Ryan Julian]<br />
File:soumyasankar.jpg|[http://www.math.wisc.edu/~soumyasankar Soumya Sankar]<br />
</gallery><br />
</center><br />
<br />
==Donations==<br />
Please consider donating to the Madison Math Circle. As noted in our [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/images/Math_Circle_Newsletter.pdf annual report], our main costs consist of pizza and occasional supplies for the speakers. So far our costs have been covered by donations from the UW Mathematics Department as well as a generous gifts from a private donor. But our costs are rising, primarily because this year we expect to hold more meetings than in any previous year. In fact, this year, we expect to spend at least $2500 on pizza and supplies alone.<br />
<br />
So please consider donating to support your math circle! The easiest way to donate is to go to the link:<br />
<br />
[http://www.math.wisc.edu/donate Online Donation Link]<br />
<br />
There are instructions on that page for donating to the Math Department. <b> Be sure and add a Gift Note saying that the donation is intended for the "Madison Math Circle"!</b> The money goes into the Mathematics Department Annual Fund and is routed through the University of Wisconsin Foundation, which is convenient for record-keeping, etc.<br />
<br />
Alternately, you can bring a check to one of the Math Circle Meetings. If you write a check, be sure to make it payable to the "WFAA" and add the note "Math Circle Donation" on the check. <br />
<br />
Or you can just pay in cash, and we'll give you a receipt.<br />
<br />
==Help us grow!==<br />
If you like Math Circle, please help us continue to grow! Students, parents, and teachers can help by:<br />
*Posting our [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/images/MMC_Flyer_2016.pdf '''flyer'''] at schools or anywhere that might have interested students<br />
*Discussing the Math Circle with students, parents, teachers, administrators, and others<br />
*Making an announcement about Math Circle at PTO meetings<br />
*Donating to Math Circle<br />
Contact the organizers if you have questions or your own ideas about how to help out.<br />
<br />
=Meetings for Fall 2017 and Spring 2018=<br />
<br />
<center><br />
<br />
Unless specified talks start at '''6pm in room 3255 of Helen C. White Library''', unless otherwise noted.<br />
<br />
{| style="color:black; font-size:120%" border="1" cellpadding="14" cellspacing="0"<br />
|-<br />
! colspan="3" style="background: #e8b2b2;" align="center" | Fall 2017<br />
|-<br />
! Date !! Speaker !! Topic<br />
|-<br />
| September 18, 2017 || [http://www.math.wisc.edu/~derman/ Daniel Erman] || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#September_18_2017 Welcome to the Madison Math Circle!] <br />
|-<br />
| September 25, 2017 || [http://www.math.wisc.edu/~stovall/ Betsy Stovall] || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#September_25_2017 Math is a game! ] <br />
|-<br />
| October 2, 2017 || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/~rdavis/ Rachel Davis] || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#October_2_2017 Thinking outside the box] <br />
|-<br />
| October 9, 2017 || [http://www.math.wisc.edu/~sparenti/ Solly Parenti] || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#October_9_2017 Hackenbush] <br />
|-<br />
| October 16, 2017 || Mihaela Ifrim || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#October_16_2017 Escape of the Clones! ] <br />
|-<br />
| October 23, 2017 || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/~mrjulian/ Ryan Julian] || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#October_23_2017 Recursion for Fun and Profit]<br />
|-<br />
| October 30, 2017 || [https://sites.google.com/wisc.edu/jwg John Wiltshire-Gordon] || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#October_30_2017 Euler Characteristic ] <br />
|-<br />
| November 6, 2017 || [https://sites.google.com/site/uwwanlin/ Wanlin Li] || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#November_6_2017 How to Outsmart a State Test? ] <br />
|-<br />
| November 13, 2017 || Jean-Luc Thiffeault || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#November_13_2017 Goldbug Variations ]<br />
|-<br />
| November 20, 2017 || Ethan Beihl || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#November_20_2017 Boomerang Sequences ] <br />
|-<br />
! colspan="3" style="background: #e8b2b2;" align="center" | Spring 2018<br />
|-<br />
! Date !! Speaker !! Topic<br />
|-<br />
|January 29, 2018 ||No Meeting - Cancelled || <br />
|-<br />
| February 5, 2018 || Ben Wright || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#February_5_2018 Mobius Band Magic] <br />
|-<br />
| February 12, 2018 || Daniel Erman || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#February_12_2018 ] <br />
|-<br />
| February 19, 2018 || Brandon Boggess || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#February_19_2018 Towers of Hanoi] <br />
|-<br />
| February 26, 2018 || Becky Eastham || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#February_26_2018 No Pigeons Will Be Harmed During This Talk] <br />
|-<br />
| March 5, 2018 || Juliette Bruce || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#March_5_2018 Doodling Dreams] <br />
|-<br />
| March 12, 2018 || Solly Parenti || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#March_12_2018 Tangled up in Two] <br />
|-<br />
| March 19, 2018 || Edwin Baeza || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#March_19_2018 Mathematics and Sound Design] <br />
|-<br />
| March 26, 2018 || No Meeting - (Spring Break) || <br />
|-<br />
| April 2, 2018 || Carrie Chen || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#April_2_2018 ] <br />
|-<br />
| April 9, 2018 || Many!! || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#April_9_2018 Party!!] <br />
|-<br />
|}<br />
<br />
</center><br />
<br />
=Off-Site Meetings=<br />
<br />
We will hold some Math Circle meetings at local high schools on early release days. Our schedule for 2017-2018 has not yet been determined. If you are interesting in having us come to your high school, please contact us!<br />
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{| style="color:black; font-size:120%" border="1" cellpadding="14" cellspacing="0"<br />
|-<br />
! colspan="5" style="background: #e8b2b2;" align="center" | Fall 2017<br />
|-<br />
|-<br />
! Date !! Time !! Location !! Speaker !! Topic <br />
|-<br />
| October 2nd || 2:45pm|| East High School - Madison, WI || [http://www.math.wisc.edu/~moises/ Moisés Herradón] || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#October_2_2017_.28East_High_School.29 How to make it as a Hackenbush player in the planet Zubenelgenubi 4] <br />
|-<br />
| November 2nd || 9:30am || Wisconsin Institute for Discovery - Madison, WI || [http://www.math.wisc.edu/~rzachariah/ Alisha Zachariah] || <br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#November_2_2017_.28WID.29_-_1 Fractals, Fractions and Fibonnaci.]<br />
|-<br />
| November 2nd (Canceled) || 11:00am || Wisconsin Institute for Discovery - Madison, WI || [http://zachcharles.wordpress.com Zach Charles] || <br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#November_2_2017_.28WID.29_-_2 1+1 = 10 or "How does my computer do anything?"]<br />
|-<br />
| November 2nd || 6:00pm || Whitewater High School - Whitewater, WI || [http://www.math.wisc.edu/~juliettebruce Juliette Bruce] || <br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#November_2_2017_.28Whitewater.29 Doodling Daydreams]<br />
|-<br />
| November 3rd || 10:30am || KM Global - Wales, WI || [http://www.math.wisc.edu/~stovall/ Betsy Stovall] ||<br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#November_3_2017_.28KM_Global.29 Recent discoveries in mathematics]<br />
|-<br />
| November 27th || 2:45pm|| JMM High School - Madison, WI || [http://www.math.wisc.edu/~juliettebruce Juliette Bruce] || <br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#November_27_2017_.28JMM_High_School.29 Is any knot not the unknot?]<br />
|-<br />
| December 11th || 2:45pm|| East High School - Madison, WI || [https://sites.google.com/wisc.edu/jwg John Wiltshire-Gordon] ||<br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#December_11_2017_.28East_High_School.29 What if seven is zero?]<br />
|-<br />
<br />
! colspan="5" style="background: #e8b2b2;" align="center" | Spring 2018<br />
|-<br />
|-<br />
! Date !! Time !! Location !! Speaker !! Topic <br />
|-<br />
| February 19th || 2:45pm|| East High School - Madison, WI || Jordan Ellenberg || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#February_19_2018_.28East_High_School.29 Is math destroying the right to vote?] <br />
|-<br />
| March 1st || 9:30am || Wisconsin Institute for Discovery - Madison, WI || Wanlin Li || <br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#March_1_2018_.28WID.29_-_1 From Patterns to Functions?]<br />
|-<br />
| March 1st || 10:45am || Wisconsin Institute for Discovery - Madison, WI || Daniel Erman || <br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#March_1_2018_.28WID.29_-_2 What does math research look like?]<br />
|-<br />
| March 5th || 2:45pm|| JMM High School - Madison, WI || Zach Charles || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#March_5_2018_.28JMM_High_School.29 1+1 = 10 or "How does my computer do anything?"]<br />
|-<br />
| March 19th || 2:45pm|| East High School - Madison, WI || Phil Wood || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#March_19_2018_.28East_High_School.29 The Mathematics of Winning Strategies ] <br />
|-<br />
| April 30th || 2:45pm|| JMM High School - Madison, WI || TBD || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#April_30_2018_.28JMM_High_School.29 TBD]<br />
|-<br />
|}<br />
</center><br />
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=Useful Resources=<br />
==Annual Reports==<br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/images/Math_Circle_Newsletter.pdf 2013-2014 Annual Report]<br />
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== Archived Abstracts ==<br />
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[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_2016-2017 2016 - 2017 Math Circle Page]<br />
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[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts_2016-2017 2016 - 2017 Abstracts]<br />
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[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_2015-2016 2015 - 2016 Math Circle Page]<br />
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[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Math_Circle_de_Madison_2015-2016 2015 - 2016 Math Circle Page (Spanish)]<br />
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[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts_2015-2016 2015 - 2015 Abstracts]<br />
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[[Archived Math Circle Material]]<br />
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==Link for presenters (in progress)==<br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Math_Circle_Presentations Advice For Math Circle Presenters]<br />
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[http://www.mathcircles.org/content/lesson-plans Sample Lesson Plans]<br />
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[http://www.mathcircles.org/content/circle-box "Circle in a Box"]</div>Juliettebrucehttps://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php?title=Madison_Math_Circle&diff=15236Madison Math Circle2018-03-12T15:42:20Z<p>Juliettebruce: /* Meetings for Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 */</p>
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For the site in Spanish, visit [[Math Circle de Madison]]<br />
=What is a Math Circle?=<br />
The Madison Math Circle is a weekly series of mathematically based activities aimed at interested middle school and high school students. It is an outreach program organized by the UW Math Department. Our goal is to provide a taste of exciting ideas in math and science. In the past we've had talks about plasma and weather in outer space, video game graphics, and encryption. In the sessions, students (and parents) are often asked to explore problems on their own, with the presenter facilitating a discussion. The talks are independent of one another, so new students are welcome at any point.<br />
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The level of the audience varies quite widely, including a mix of middle school and high school students, and the speakers generally address this by considering subjects that will be interesting for a wide range of students.<br />
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[[Image: MathCircle_2.jpg|500px]] [[Image: MathCircle_4.jpg|500px]] <br />
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After each talk we'll have pizza provided by the Mathematics Department, and students will have an opportunity to mingle and chat with the speaker and with other participants, to ask questions about some of the topics that have been discussed, and also about college, careers in science, etc.<br />
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'''The Madison Math circle was featured in Wisconsin State Journal:''' [http://host.madison.com/wsj/news/local/education/local_schools/school-spotlight-madison-math-circle-gives-young-students-a-taste/article_77f5c042-0b3d-11e1-ba5f-001cc4c03286.html check it out]!<br />
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=All right, I want to come!=<br />
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We have a weekly meeting, <b>Monday at 6pm in 3255 Helen C White Library</b>, during the school year. <b>New students are welcome at any point! </b> There is no fee and the talks are independent of one another, so you can just show up any week, but we ask all participants to take a moment to register by following the link below:<br />
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[https://uwmadison.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_e9WdAs2SXNurWFD '''Math Circle Registration Form''']<br />
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All of your information is kept private, and is only used by the Madison Math Circle organizer to help run the Circle. <br />
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If you are a student, we hope you will tell other interested students about these talks, and speak with your parents or with your teacher about organizing a car pool to the UW campus. If you are a parent or a teacher, we hope you'll tell your students about these talks and organize a car pool to the UW (all talks take place in 3255 Helen C White Library, on the UW-Madison campus, right next to the Memorial Union).<br />
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==Directions and parking==<br />
Our meetings are held on the 3rd floor of Helen C. White Hall in room 3255.<br />
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'''Parking.''' Parking on campus is rather limited. Here is as list of some options:<br />
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*There is a parking garage in the basement of Helen C. White, with an hourly rate. Enter from Park Street.<br />
*A 0.5 mile walk to Helen C. White Hall via [http://goo.gl/cxTzJY these directions], many spots ('''free starting 4:30pm''') [http://goo.gl/maps/Gkx1C in Lot 26 along Observatory Drive].<br />
*A 0.3 mile walk to Helen C. White Hall via [http://goo.gl/yMJIRd these directions], many spots ('''free starting 4:30pm''') [http://goo.gl/maps/vs17X in Lot 34]. <br />
*A 0.3 mile walk to Helen C. White Hall via [http://goo.gl/yMJIRd these directions], 2 metered spots (25 minute max) [http://goo.gl/maps/ukTcu in front of Lathrop Hall].<br />
*A 0.2 mile walk to Helen C. White Hall via [http://goo.gl/b8pdk2 these directions] 6 metered spots (25 minute max) around [http://goo.gl/maps/6EAnc the loop in front of Chadbourne Hall] .<br />
*For more information, see the [http://transportation.wisc.edu/parking/parking.aspx UW-Madison Parking Info website].<br />
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==Email list==<br />
The best way to keep up to date with the what is going is by signing up for our email list. Send an empty email to join-mathcircle@lists.wisc.edu<br />
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==Contact the organizers==<br />
The Madison Math Circle is organized by a group of professors and graduate students from the [http://www.math.wisc.edu Department of Mathematics] at the UW-Madison. If you have any questions, suggestions for topics, or so on, just email the '''organizers''' [mailto:mathcircleorganizers@lists.wisc.edu here]. We are always interested in feedback!<br />
<center><br />
<gallery widths=480px heights=240px mode="packed"><br />
File:de.jpg|[https://www.math.wisc.edu/~derman/ Prof. Daniel Erman]<br />
File:Betsy.jpg|[http://www.math.wisc.edu/~stovall/ Prof. Betsy Stovall]<br />
</gallery><br />
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<gallery widths=500px heights=250px mode="packed"><br />
File:juliettebruce.jpg|[http://www.math.wisc.edu/~juliettebruce/ Juliette Bruce]<br />
File:Ee.jpg|[http://www.math.wisc.edu/~evaelduque/ Eva Elduque]<br />
File:mrjulian.jpg|[http://www.math.wisc.edu/~mrjulian/ Ryan Julian]<br />
File:soumyasankar.jpg|[http://www.math.wisc.edu/~soumyasankar Soumya Sankar]<br />
</gallery><br />
</center><br />
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==Donations==<br />
Please consider donating to the Madison Math Circle. As noted in our [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/images/Math_Circle_Newsletter.pdf annual report], our main costs consist of pizza and occasional supplies for the speakers. So far our costs have been covered by donations from the UW Mathematics Department as well as a generous gifts from a private donor. But our costs are rising, primarily because this year we expect to hold more meetings than in any previous year. In fact, this year, we expect to spend at least $2500 on pizza and supplies alone.<br />
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So please consider donating to support your math circle! The easiest way to donate is to go to the link:<br />
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[http://www.math.wisc.edu/donate Online Donation Link]<br />
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There are instructions on that page for donating to the Math Department. <b> Be sure and add a Gift Note saying that the donation is intended for the "Madison Math Circle"!</b> The money goes into the Mathematics Department Annual Fund and is routed through the University of Wisconsin Foundation, which is convenient for record-keeping, etc.<br />
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Alternately, you can bring a check to one of the Math Circle Meetings. If you write a check, be sure to make it payable to the "WFAA" and add the note "Math Circle Donation" on the check. <br />
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Or you can just pay in cash, and we'll give you a receipt.<br />
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==Help us grow!==<br />
If you like Math Circle, please help us continue to grow! Students, parents, and teachers can help by:<br />
*Posting our [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/images/MMC_Flyer_2016.pdf '''flyer'''] at schools or anywhere that might have interested students<br />
*Discussing the Math Circle with students, parents, teachers, administrators, and others<br />
*Making an announcement about Math Circle at PTO meetings<br />
*Donating to Math Circle<br />
Contact the organizers if you have questions or your own ideas about how to help out.<br />
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=Meetings for Fall 2017 and Spring 2018=<br />
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Unless specified talks start at '''6pm in room 3255 of Helen C. White Library''', unless otherwise noted.<br />
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{| style="color:black; font-size:120%" border="1" cellpadding="14" cellspacing="0"<br />
|-<br />
! colspan="3" style="background: #e8b2b2;" align="center" | Fall 2017<br />
|-<br />
! Date !! Speaker !! Topic<br />
|-<br />
| September 18, 2017 || [http://www.math.wisc.edu/~derman/ Daniel Erman] || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#September_18_2017 Welcome to the Madison Math Circle!] <br />
|-<br />
| September 25, 2017 || [http://www.math.wisc.edu/~stovall/ Betsy Stovall] || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#September_25_2017 Math is a game! ] <br />
|-<br />
| October 2, 2017 || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/~rdavis/ Rachel Davis] || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#October_2_2017 Thinking outside the box] <br />
|-<br />
| October 9, 2017 || [http://www.math.wisc.edu/~sparenti/ Solly Parenti] || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#October_9_2017 Hackenbush] <br />
|-<br />
| October 16, 2017 || Mihaela Ifrim || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#October_16_2017 Escape of the Clones! ] <br />
|-<br />
| October 23, 2017 || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/~mrjulian/ Ryan Julian] || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#October_23_2017 Recursion for Fun and Profit]<br />
|-<br />
| October 30, 2017 || [https://sites.google.com/wisc.edu/jwg John Wiltshire-Gordon] || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#October_30_2017 Euler Characteristic ] <br />
|-<br />
| November 6, 2017 || [https://sites.google.com/site/uwwanlin/ Wanlin Li] || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#November_6_2017 How to Outsmart a State Test? ] <br />
|-<br />
| November 13, 2017 || Jean-Luc Thiffeault || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#November_13_2017 Goldbug Variations ]<br />
|-<br />
| November 20, 2017 || Ethan Beihl || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#November_20_2017 Boomerang Sequences ] <br />
|-<br />
! colspan="3" style="background: #e8b2b2;" align="center" | Spring 2018<br />
|-<br />
! Date !! Speaker !! Topic<br />
|-<br />
|January 29, 2018 ||No Meeting - Cancelled || <br />
|-<br />
| February 5, 2018 || Ben Wright || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#February_5_2018 Mobius Band Magic] <br />
|-<br />
| February 12, 2018 || Daniel Erman || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#February_12_2018 ] <br />
|-<br />
| February 19, 2018 || Brandon Boggess || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#February_19_2018 Towers of Hanoi] <br />
|-<br />
| February 26, 2018 || Becky Eastham || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#February_26_2018 No Pigeons Will Be Harmed During This Talk] <br />
|-<br />
| March 5, 2018 || Juliette Bruce || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#March_5_2018 Doodling Dreams] <br />
|-<br />
| March 12, 2018 || Solly Parenti || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#March_12_2018 Tangled up in Two] <br />
|-<br />
| March 19, 2018 || Edwin Baeza || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#March_19_2018 Mathematics and Sound Design] <br />
|-<br />
| March 26, 2018 || No Meeting - (Spring Break) || <br />
|-<br />
| April 2, 2018 || Carrie Chen || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#April_2_2018 ] <br />
|-<br />
| April 9, 2018 || Reserved || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#April_9_2018 ] <br />
|-<br />
|}<br />
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</center><br />
<br />
=Off-Site Meetings=<br />
<br />
We will hold some Math Circle meetings at local high schools on early release days. Our schedule for 2017-2018 has not yet been determined. If you are interesting in having us come to your high school, please contact us!<br />
<br />
<center><br />
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{| style="color:black; font-size:120%" border="1" cellpadding="14" cellspacing="0"<br />
|-<br />
! colspan="5" style="background: #e8b2b2;" align="center" | Fall 2017<br />
|-<br />
|-<br />
! Date !! Time !! Location !! Speaker !! Topic <br />
|-<br />
| October 2nd || 2:45pm|| East High School - Madison, WI || [http://www.math.wisc.edu/~moises/ Moisés Herradón] || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#October_2_2017_.28East_High_School.29 How to make it as a Hackenbush player in the planet Zubenelgenubi 4] <br />
|-<br />
| November 2nd || 9:30am || Wisconsin Institute for Discovery - Madison, WI || [http://www.math.wisc.edu/~rzachariah/ Alisha Zachariah] || <br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#November_2_2017_.28WID.29_-_1 Fractals, Fractions and Fibonnaci.]<br />
|-<br />
| November 2nd (Canceled) || 11:00am || Wisconsin Institute for Discovery - Madison, WI || [http://zachcharles.wordpress.com Zach Charles] || <br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#November_2_2017_.28WID.29_-_2 1+1 = 10 or "How does my computer do anything?"]<br />
|-<br />
| November 2nd || 6:00pm || Whitewater High School - Whitewater, WI || [http://www.math.wisc.edu/~juliettebruce Juliette Bruce] || <br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#November_2_2017_.28Whitewater.29 Doodling Daydreams]<br />
|-<br />
| November 3rd || 10:30am || KM Global - Wales, WI || [http://www.math.wisc.edu/~stovall/ Betsy Stovall] ||<br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#November_3_2017_.28KM_Global.29 Recent discoveries in mathematics]<br />
|-<br />
| November 27th || 2:45pm|| JMM High School - Madison, WI || [http://www.math.wisc.edu/~juliettebruce Juliette Bruce] || <br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#November_27_2017_.28JMM_High_School.29 Is any knot not the unknot?]<br />
|-<br />
| December 11th || 2:45pm|| East High School - Madison, WI || [https://sites.google.com/wisc.edu/jwg John Wiltshire-Gordon] ||<br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#December_11_2017_.28East_High_School.29 What if seven is zero?]<br />
|-<br />
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! colspan="5" style="background: #e8b2b2;" align="center" | Spring 2018<br />
|-<br />
|-<br />
! Date !! Time !! Location !! Speaker !! Topic <br />
|-<br />
| February 19th || 2:45pm|| East High School - Madison, WI || Jordan Ellenberg || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#February_19_2018_.28East_High_School.29 Is math destroying the right to vote?] <br />
|-<br />
| March 1st || 9:30am || Wisconsin Institute for Discovery - Madison, WI || Wanlin Li || <br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#March_1_2018_.28WID.29_-_1 From Patterns to Functions?]<br />
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| March 1st || 10:45am || Wisconsin Institute for Discovery - Madison, WI || Daniel Erman || <br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#March_1_2018_.28WID.29_-_2 What does math research look like?]<br />
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| March 5th || 2:45pm|| JMM High School - Madison, WI || Zach Charles || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#March_5_2018_.28JMM_High_School.29 1+1 = 10 or "How does my computer do anything?"]<br />
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| March 19th || 2:45pm|| East High School - Madison, WI || Phil Wood || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#March_19_2018_.28East_High_School.29 The Mathematics of Winning Strategies ] <br />
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| April 30th || 2:45pm|| JMM High School - Madison, WI || TBD || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#April_30_2018_.28JMM_High_School.29 TBD]<br />
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=Useful Resources=<br />
==Annual Reports==<br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/images/Math_Circle_Newsletter.pdf 2013-2014 Annual Report]<br />
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== Archived Abstracts ==<br />
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[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_2016-2017 2016 - 2017 Math Circle Page]<br />
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[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts_2016-2017 2016 - 2017 Abstracts]<br />
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[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_2015-2016 2015 - 2016 Math Circle Page]<br />
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[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Math_Circle_de_Madison_2015-2016 2015 - 2016 Math Circle Page (Spanish)]<br />
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[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts_2015-2016 2015 - 2015 Abstracts]<br />
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[[Archived Math Circle Material]]<br />
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==Link for presenters (in progress)==<br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Math_Circle_Presentations Advice For Math Circle Presenters]<br />
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[http://www.mathcircles.org/content/lesson-plans Sample Lesson Plans]<br />
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[http://www.mathcircles.org/content/circle-box "Circle in a Box"]</div>Juliettebrucehttps://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php?title=Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts&diff=15235Madison Math Circle Abstracts2018-03-12T15:41:55Z<p>Juliettebruce: /* March 19 2018 */</p>
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[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle Main Math Circle Page]<br />
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== September 18 2017 ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Daniel Erman'''<br />
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| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: Welcome to the Madison Math Circle!'''<br />
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Abstract: At the Madison Math Circle, we aim to give a flavor for the creative type of thinking that goes into mathematical research. In this week's interactive activity, students will explore questions related to Mobius strips, developing their own conjectures.<br />
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== September 25 2017 ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Betsy Stovall'''<br />
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| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: Math is a game!'''<br />
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When mathematicians are working to solve a theoretical problem, it often helps to imagine that we are playing a game: What could our opponent do to make our job as difficult as possible, and what is our strategy to defeat them no matter what move they make? In this session, we will try this out by playing several games and trying to come up with winning strategies. <br />
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== October 2 2017 ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Rachel Davis'''<br />
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| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: Thinking outside the box'''<br />
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Abstract: We will try some geometric puzzles related to area, volume, and dimension using techniques such as drawing diagrams, looking at special cases, using symmetry, and changing perspective.<br />
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== October 9 2017 ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Solly Parenti'''<br />
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| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: Hackenbush'''<br />
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Abstract: I come from an alien world where we spend all of our time playing a game called hackenbush. I'd like to introduce y'all to this game so you don't embarass yourself if you come visit my planet.<br />
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== October 16 2017 ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Mihaela Ifrim'''<br />
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| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: Escape of the Clones!'''<br />
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Abstract: We wish to find an invariant (an invariant is a quantity that doesn't change no matter how the process plays out). By playing couple of games will help us find some! The main game we will play is Escape of the Clones! Promise you will like it!<br />
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== October 23 2017 ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Ryan Julian'''<br />
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| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: Recursion for Fun and Profit'''<br />
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Abstract: Beginning with the classic Towers of Hanoi puzzle, we'll explore several puzzles whose solutions can often be found by thinking recursively. We'll also discover how recursion and related methods of simplifying problems can be used to create efficient algorithms to solve a variety of practical problems.<br />
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== October 30 2017 ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''John Wiltshire-Gordon'''<br />
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| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: Euler Characteristic'''<br />
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Abstract: The most important invariant associated to a collection of featureless points is their number, which can be found using a process called "counting". We explain a generalization of counting that works for other, more interesting shapes. For example, we will count a circle and a sphere. We recall typical counting arguments, and try to apply them to shapes.<br />
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== November 6 2017 ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Wanlin Li'''<br />
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| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: How to Outsmart a State Test?'''<br />
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Abstract: A common problem in a state test is given a sequence of numbers like 4, 9, 16, 25, 36... ask what the next number to expect. I used to dislike these problems up until a teacher taught me a cool trick. In this talk, I want to share this trick and discuss the math behind this.<br />
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== November 13 2017 ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Speaker'''<br />
|-Jean-Luc Thiffeault<br />
| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: Goldbug Variations'''<br />
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Abstract<br />
I'll discuss the motion of little mathematical bugs: they hop around the positive integers, flipping direction arrows as they go. How many such bugs drop off the line at -1, and how many escape to infinity? Next, we tackle a similar problem in the plane, and discover beautiful geometrical patterns, known as Propp Circles.<br />
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== November 20 2017 ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Ethan Beihl'''<br />
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| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: Boomerang Sequences'''<br />
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I don't know what will happen in this talk. No, I don't mean that in the sense that math teachers often use, where they say "I don't know, why don't you try it!" but really secretly they know what's going to happen. I mean that in the most literal sense. I will introduce sequences of numbers that (sometimes) bounce back, and you will explore them, and I might learn something, because I don't know what will happen. We'll have a blast, and maybe we'll discover something that no-one ever has before.<br />
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== February 5 2018 ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Ben Wright'''<br />
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| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: Mobius Band Magic'''<br />
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If you fold a loop of paper in half and cut it down the middle, how many loops of paper do you end up with? 2? Would you believe me if I said 1? How is this possible? A magician would never reveal the secret, but a mathematician will. We will learn to draw & construct loops & Mobius bands and explore their intrinsic & extrinsic properties.<br />
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== February 12 2018 ==<br />
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== February 19 2018 ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Brandon Boggess'''<br />
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| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: Towers of Hanoi'''<br />
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An old legend tells of a mysterious temple located in Hanoi, Vietnam containing three pegs and 64 golden disks. Since the beginning of the world, priests have been moving these disks across the pegs according to rules handed down by an ancient prophecy. The legend states that when the final disk is placed, the world will come to an end. We will examine these rules and decide whether we should be worried by this legend.<br />
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== February 26 2018 ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Becky Eastham'''<br />
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| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: No Pigeons Will Be Harmed During This Talk'''<br />
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The Pigeonhole Principle is the statement that if you have if you have (n) pigeonholes, and you want to stuff (n+1) pigeons into these holes, then one of the holes will have at least two pigeons in it (why mathematicians want to stuff pigeons into holes at all is a excellent question for another time). While the Pigeonhole Principle might seem obvious, it can be used to prove things that are not at all obvious with relative ease! We’ll explore how to use this simple fact to solve a variety of problems. <br />
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== March 5 2018 ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Juliette Bruce'''<br />
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| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: Doodling Dreams'''<br />
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As a high schooler I occasionally got bored, would zone out, and doodle on my paper. Often repeatedly tracing around something on my paper creating doodles like this:<br />
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File:doodle.jpg<br />
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In this bored state my mind would often wandered, and I would wonder about important things like "Will I have a date for prom?" or "What is the cafeteria serving for lunch?", but germane to this talk were my wonderings about, "What’s happening to the shape of this doodle?" It turns out that these idle daydreams and doodles provide a good taste for how mathematicians "do" math. We will start by doodling and asking questions, and then we'll see where these lead us mathematically.<br />
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== March 12 2018 ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Solly Parenti'''<br />
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| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: Tangled up in Two'''<br />
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Every tangled cord you have ever encountered is secretly a number. Once you learn how to count these cords, cleaning your room will be as easy as 1-2-3.<br />
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== March 19 2018 ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Edwin Baeza'''<br />
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| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: Mathematics and Sound Design'''<br />
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We'll learn about sound waves by hearing and seeing them in action. We'll start by seeing a different way to think about sound and how to manipulate it. With this new knowledge we can explore some elements of modern sound design.<br />
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== April 2 2018 ==<br />
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== April 9 2018 ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Speaker'''<br />
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= Off-Site Meetings =<br />
== October 2 2017 (East High School) ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Speaker TBD'''<br />
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| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: How to make it as a Hackenbush player in the planet Zubenelgenubi 4'''<br />
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Abstract: In the distant planet of Zubenelgenubi 4, we live our life without numbers. I know, how do we pass our time if we can't construct a smartphone without numbers? The answer is that we have invented an extremely violent sport about chopping down trees called Hackenbush, and playing this game is an essential social skill in Zubenelgenubi 4. I will teach you how to play the pen and paper version of Hackenbush, and hint at how learning this game leads to a kind of math that is highly illegal in 254,233 planetary systems.<br />
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== November 2 2017 (WID) - 1 ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Speaker: Alisha Zacharia'''<br />
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| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: Fractals, Fractions and Fibonnaci.'''<br />
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Abstract: Let’s go on a history tour! We’ll visit some math objects that intrigued generations of mathematicians and explore connections between them. We'll observe something that happens a lot in modern mathematics: discovering connections among seemingly unrelated things! Through this talk I hope to introduce you to how vital it is for mathematicians today to be able to effectively communicate with and teach each other even if they work in very different branches of mathematics.<br />
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== November 2 2017 (WID) - 2 ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Speaker: Zach Charles'''<br />
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| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: 1+1 = 10 or "How does my computer do anything?"'''<br />
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Abstract: Computers perform all sorts of complex tasks, from playing videos to running internet browsers. Secretly, computers do everything through numbers and mathematics. Even weirder, they do all of this with "bits", numbers that are only 0 or 1. We will talk about bits and how we use them to do the mathematics we're familiar with as humans. If we have enough time, we will discuss "addition chains" and how computers use them to speed up their computations.<br />
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== November 2 2017 (Whitewater) ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Speaker: Juliette Bruce'''<br />
|-<br />
| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: Doodling Daydreams'''<br />
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Abstract: As a high schooler I occasionally got bored, would zone out, and doodle on my paper. Often repeatedly tracing around something on my paper creating doodles like this:<br />
<gallery widths=300px heights=150px mode="packed"><br />
File:doodle.jpg<br />
</gallery><br />
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In this bored state my mind would often wandered, and I would wonder about important things like "Will I have a date for prom?" or "What is the cafeteria serving for lunch?", but germane to this talk were my wonderings about, "What’s happening to the shape of this doodle?" It turns out that these idle daydreams and doodles provide a good taste for how mathematicians "do" math. We will start by doodling and asking questions, and then we'll see where these lead us mathematically.<br />
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== November 3 2017 (KM Global) ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Speaker: Betsy Stoval'''<br />
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| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: Recent discoveries in mathematics'''<br />
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Abstract: So much wonderful and useful mathematics was discovered centuries ago that it can seem as though we must know everything by now. To the contrary, thousands of research mathematicians around the world are working to develop new mathematical theories every day. I will talk about some exciting recent discoveries in math and some tantalizing unsolved problems. To make matters more concrete, students will develop a solution to the Erdős Discrepancy Problem, which was only completely solved in 2015, in a simple case.<br />
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== November 27 2017 (JMM High School) ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Speaker: Juliette Bruce'''<br />
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| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: Is any knot not the unknot'''<br />
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You're walking home from school, and you pull your headphones out to listen to some tunes. However, inevitably they are a horribly tangled mess, but are they really a knot? We'll talk about what exactly is a knot, and how we can tell when something is not the unknot.<br />
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== December 11 2017 (East High School) ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Speaker: John Wiltshire-Gordon'''<br />
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| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: What if seven is zero?'''<br />
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Abstract: We take as axiomatic the usual laws of arithmetic, along with a new law: 7=0. Evidently, this new law challenges certain widespread intuitions about numbers. Will all of mathematics crumble?<br />
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== February 19 2018 (East High School) ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Speaker: Jordan Ellenberg'''<br />
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| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: Is math destroying the right to vote?'''<br />
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Abstract: The Supreme Court is deciding whether or not Wisconsin’s way of electing the State Assembly violates the Constitution by depriving Wisconsinites of their right to representation. The key issues in this case are really about math, and how legislators armed with powerful algorithms can design electoral districts so that they choose the voters, rather than the voters choosing them. On the other hand, we can use math to find unfairness in maps and suggest better ones — I’ll talk a little bit about how.<br />
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== March 1 2018 (WID) - 1 ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Speaker: Wanlin Li'''<br />
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| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: From Patterns to Functions?'''<br />
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What is a pattern? What's the next number in the sequence 1,2,3,4,5? What about 1,4,9,16,25? Why that number? In this talk we'll talk about how to find the next number in many sequences, and where it comes from. In addition we'll consider the relations between functions an patterns.<br />
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== March 1 2018 (WID) - 2 ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Speaker: Daniel Erman'''<br />
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| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: What does math research look like?'''<br />
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I’ll try to illustrate the type of thinking that goes in math research by having us all dive into a famous historical problem.<br />
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== March 5 2018 (JMM High School) ==<br />
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Computers perform all sorts of complex tasks, from playing videos to running internet browsers. Secretly, computers do everything through numbers and mathematics. Even weirder, they do all of this with "bits", numbers that are only 0 or 1. We will talk about bits and how we use them to do the mathematics we're familiar with as humans. If we have enough time, we will discuss "addition chains" and how computers use them to speed up their computations.<br />
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== March 19 2018 (East High School) ==<br />
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Strategies are everywhere: how a business decides to deploy resources, how a school district decides on a curriculum plan, how a student decides which material to study for a test. In this Math Circle, we will discuss how mathematical ideas can inform strategies, focusing on simple games where perfect analysis of strategies is possible.<br />
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== April 30 2018 (JMM High School) ==<br />
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== September 18 2017 ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Daniel Erman'''<br />
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Abstract: At the Madison Math Circle, we aim to give a flavor for the creative type of thinking that goes into mathematical research. In this week's interactive activity, students will explore questions related to Mobius strips, developing their own conjectures.<br />
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== September 25 2017 ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Betsy Stovall'''<br />
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| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: Math is a game!'''<br />
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When mathematicians are working to solve a theoretical problem, it often helps to imagine that we are playing a game: What could our opponent do to make our job as difficult as possible, and what is our strategy to defeat them no matter what move they make? In this session, we will try this out by playing several games and trying to come up with winning strategies. <br />
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== October 2 2017 ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Rachel Davis'''<br />
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| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: Thinking outside the box'''<br />
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Abstract: We will try some geometric puzzles related to area, volume, and dimension using techniques such as drawing diagrams, looking at special cases, using symmetry, and changing perspective.<br />
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== October 9 2017 ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Solly Parenti'''<br />
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| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: Hackenbush'''<br />
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Abstract: I come from an alien world where we spend all of our time playing a game called hackenbush. I'd like to introduce y'all to this game so you don't embarass yourself if you come visit my planet.<br />
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== October 16 2017 ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Mihaela Ifrim'''<br />
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| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: Escape of the Clones!'''<br />
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Abstract: We wish to find an invariant (an invariant is a quantity that doesn't change no matter how the process plays out). By playing couple of games will help us find some! The main game we will play is Escape of the Clones! Promise you will like it!<br />
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== October 23 2017 ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Ryan Julian'''<br />
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| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: Recursion for Fun and Profit'''<br />
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Abstract: Beginning with the classic Towers of Hanoi puzzle, we'll explore several puzzles whose solutions can often be found by thinking recursively. We'll also discover how recursion and related methods of simplifying problems can be used to create efficient algorithms to solve a variety of practical problems.<br />
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== October 30 2017 ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''John Wiltshire-Gordon'''<br />
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Abstract: The most important invariant associated to a collection of featureless points is their number, which can be found using a process called "counting". We explain a generalization of counting that works for other, more interesting shapes. For example, we will count a circle and a sphere. We recall typical counting arguments, and try to apply them to shapes.<br />
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== November 6 2017 ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Wanlin Li'''<br />
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| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: How to Outsmart a State Test?'''<br />
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Abstract: A common problem in a state test is given a sequence of numbers like 4, 9, 16, 25, 36... ask what the next number to expect. I used to dislike these problems up until a teacher taught me a cool trick. In this talk, I want to share this trick and discuss the math behind this.<br />
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== November 13 2017 ==<br />
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|-Jean-Luc Thiffeault<br />
| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: Goldbug Variations'''<br />
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Abstract<br />
I'll discuss the motion of little mathematical bugs: they hop around the positive integers, flipping direction arrows as they go. How many such bugs drop off the line at -1, and how many escape to infinity? Next, we tackle a similar problem in the plane, and discover beautiful geometrical patterns, known as Propp Circles.<br />
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== November 20 2017 ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: Boomerang Sequences'''<br />
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I don't know what will happen in this talk. No, I don't mean that in the sense that math teachers often use, where they say "I don't know, why don't you try it!" but really secretly they know what's going to happen. I mean that in the most literal sense. I will introduce sequences of numbers that (sometimes) bounce back, and you will explore them, and I might learn something, because I don't know what will happen. We'll have a blast, and maybe we'll discover something that no-one ever has before.<br />
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== February 5 2018 ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Ben Wright'''<br />
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If you fold a loop of paper in half and cut it down the middle, how many loops of paper do you end up with? 2? Would you believe me if I said 1? How is this possible? A magician would never reveal the secret, but a mathematician will. We will learn to draw & construct loops & Mobius bands and explore their intrinsic & extrinsic properties.<br />
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== February 12 2018 ==<br />
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== February 19 2018 ==<br />
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An old legend tells of a mysterious temple located in Hanoi, Vietnam containing three pegs and 64 golden disks. Since the beginning of the world, priests have been moving these disks across the pegs according to rules handed down by an ancient prophecy. The legend states that when the final disk is placed, the world will come to an end. We will examine these rules and decide whether we should be worried by this legend.<br />
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== February 26 2018 ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Becky Eastham'''<br />
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| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: No Pigeons Will Be Harmed During This Talk'''<br />
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The Pigeonhole Principle is the statement that if you have if you have (n) pigeonholes, and you want to stuff (n+1) pigeons into these holes, then one of the holes will have at least two pigeons in it (why mathematicians want to stuff pigeons into holes at all is a excellent question for another time). While the Pigeonhole Principle might seem obvious, it can be used to prove things that are not at all obvious with relative ease! We’ll explore how to use this simple fact to solve a variety of problems. <br />
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== March 5 2018 ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Juliette Bruce'''<br />
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As a high schooler I occasionally got bored, would zone out, and doodle on my paper. Often repeatedly tracing around something on my paper creating doodles like this:<br />
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In this bored state my mind would often wandered, and I would wonder about important things like "Will I have a date for prom?" or "What is the cafeteria serving for lunch?", but germane to this talk were my wonderings about, "What’s happening to the shape of this doodle?" It turns out that these idle daydreams and doodles provide a good taste for how mathematicians "do" math. We will start by doodling and asking questions, and then we'll see where these lead us mathematically.<br />
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== March 12 2018 ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Solly Parenti'''<br />
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Every tangled cord you have ever encountered is secretly a number. Once you learn how to count these cords, cleaning your room will be as easy as 1-2-3.<br />
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== March 19 2018 ==<br />
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We'll learn about sound waves by hearing and seeing them in action. We'll start by seeing a different way to think about sound and how to manipulate it. With this new knowledge we can explore some elements of modern sound design.<br />
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== April 2 2018 ==<br />
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== April 9 2018 ==<br />
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= Off-Site Meetings =<br />
== October 2 2017 (East High School) ==<br />
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Abstract: In the distant planet of Zubenelgenubi 4, we live our life without numbers. I know, how do we pass our time if we can't construct a smartphone without numbers? The answer is that we have invented an extremely violent sport about chopping down trees called Hackenbush, and playing this game is an essential social skill in Zubenelgenubi 4. I will teach you how to play the pen and paper version of Hackenbush, and hint at how learning this game leads to a kind of math that is highly illegal in 254,233 planetary systems.<br />
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== November 2 2017 (WID) - 1 ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: Fractals, Fractions and Fibonnaci.'''<br />
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Abstract: Let’s go on a history tour! We’ll visit some math objects that intrigued generations of mathematicians and explore connections between them. We'll observe something that happens a lot in modern mathematics: discovering connections among seemingly unrelated things! Through this talk I hope to introduce you to how vital it is for mathematicians today to be able to effectively communicate with and teach each other even if they work in very different branches of mathematics.<br />
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== November 2 2017 (WID) - 2 ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Speaker: Zach Charles'''<br />
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Abstract: Computers perform all sorts of complex tasks, from playing videos to running internet browsers. Secretly, computers do everything through numbers and mathematics. Even weirder, they do all of this with "bits", numbers that are only 0 or 1. We will talk about bits and how we use them to do the mathematics we're familiar with as humans. If we have enough time, we will discuss "addition chains" and how computers use them to speed up their computations.<br />
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== November 2 2017 (Whitewater) ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Speaker: Juliette Bruce'''<br />
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| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: Doodling Daydreams'''<br />
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Abstract: As a high schooler I occasionally got bored, would zone out, and doodle on my paper. Often repeatedly tracing around something on my paper creating doodles like this:<br />
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In this bored state my mind would often wandered, and I would wonder about important things like "Will I have a date for prom?" or "What is the cafeteria serving for lunch?", but germane to this talk were my wonderings about, "What’s happening to the shape of this doodle?" It turns out that these idle daydreams and doodles provide a good taste for how mathematicians "do" math. We will start by doodling and asking questions, and then we'll see where these lead us mathematically.<br />
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== November 3 2017 (KM Global) ==<br />
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Abstract: So much wonderful and useful mathematics was discovered centuries ago that it can seem as though we must know everything by now. To the contrary, thousands of research mathematicians around the world are working to develop new mathematical theories every day. I will talk about some exciting recent discoveries in math and some tantalizing unsolved problems. To make matters more concrete, students will develop a solution to the Erdős Discrepancy Problem, which was only completely solved in 2015, in a simple case.<br />
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== November 27 2017 (JMM High School) ==<br />
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You're walking home from school, and you pull your headphones out to listen to some tunes. However, inevitably they are a horribly tangled mess, but are they really a knot? We'll talk about what exactly is a knot, and how we can tell when something is not the unknot.<br />
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== December 11 2017 (East High School) ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Speaker: John Wiltshire-Gordon'''<br />
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Abstract: We take as axiomatic the usual laws of arithmetic, along with a new law: 7=0. Evidently, this new law challenges certain widespread intuitions about numbers. Will all of mathematics crumble?<br />
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== February 19 2018 (East High School) ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: Is math destroying the right to vote?'''<br />
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Abstract: The Supreme Court is deciding whether or not Wisconsin’s way of electing the State Assembly violates the Constitution by depriving Wisconsinites of their right to representation. The key issues in this case are really about math, and how legislators armed with powerful algorithms can design electoral districts so that they choose the voters, rather than the voters choosing them. On the other hand, we can use math to find unfairness in maps and suggest better ones — I’ll talk a little bit about how.<br />
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== March 1 2018 (WID) - 1 ==<br />
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What is a pattern? What's the next number in the sequence 1,2,3,4,5? What about 1,4,9,16,25? Why that number? In this talk we'll talk about how to find the next number in many sequences, and where it comes from. In addition we'll consider the relations between functions an patterns.<br />
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== March 1 2018 (WID) - 2 ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Speaker: Daniel Erman'''<br />
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I’ll try to illustrate the type of thinking that goes in math research by having us all dive into a famous historical problem.<br />
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== March 5 2018 (JMM High School) ==<br />
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Computers perform all sorts of complex tasks, from playing videos to running internet browsers. Secretly, computers do everything through numbers and mathematics. Even weirder, they do all of this with "bits", numbers that are only 0 or 1. We will talk about bits and how we use them to do the mathematics we're familiar with as humans. If we have enough time, we will discuss "addition chains" and how computers use them to speed up their computations.<br />
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== March 19 2018 (East High School) ==<br />
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Strategies are everywhere: how a business decides to deploy resources, how a school district decides on a curriculum plan, how a student decides which material to study for a test. In this Math Circle, we will discuss how mathematical ideas can inform strategies, focusing on simple games where perfect analysis of strategies is possible.<br />
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== April 30 2018 (JMM High School) ==<br />
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For the site in Spanish, visit [[Math Circle de Madison]]<br />
=What is a Math Circle?=<br />
The Madison Math Circle is a weekly series of mathematically based activities aimed at interested middle school and high school students. It is an outreach program organized by the UW Math Department. Our goal is to provide a taste of exciting ideas in math and science. In the past we've had talks about plasma and weather in outer space, video game graphics, and encryption. In the sessions, students (and parents) are often asked to explore problems on their own, with the presenter facilitating a discussion. The talks are independent of one another, so new students are welcome at any point.<br />
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The level of the audience varies quite widely, including a mix of middle school and high school students, and the speakers generally address this by considering subjects that will be interesting for a wide range of students.<br />
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[[Image: MathCircle_2.jpg|500px]] [[Image: MathCircle_4.jpg|500px]] <br />
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After each talk we'll have pizza provided by the Mathematics Department, and students will have an opportunity to mingle and chat with the speaker and with other participants, to ask questions about some of the topics that have been discussed, and also about college, careers in science, etc.<br />
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'''The Madison Math circle was featured in Wisconsin State Journal:''' [http://host.madison.com/wsj/news/local/education/local_schools/school-spotlight-madison-math-circle-gives-young-students-a-taste/article_77f5c042-0b3d-11e1-ba5f-001cc4c03286.html check it out]!<br />
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=All right, I want to come!=<br />
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We have a weekly meeting, <b>Monday at 6pm in 3255 Helen C White Library</b>, during the school year. <b>New students are welcome at any point! </b> There is no fee and the talks are independent of one another, so you can just show up any week, but we ask all participants to take a moment to register by following the link below:<br />
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[https://uwmadison.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_e9WdAs2SXNurWFD '''Math Circle Registration Form''']<br />
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All of your information is kept private, and is only used by the Madison Math Circle organizer to help run the Circle. <br />
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If you are a student, we hope you will tell other interested students about these talks, and speak with your parents or with your teacher about organizing a car pool to the UW campus. If you are a parent or a teacher, we hope you'll tell your students about these talks and organize a car pool to the UW (all talks take place in 3255 Helen C White Library, on the UW-Madison campus, right next to the Memorial Union).<br />
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==Directions and parking==<br />
Our meetings are held on the 3rd floor of Helen C. White Hall in room 3255.<br />
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'''Parking.''' Parking on campus is rather limited. Here is as list of some options:<br />
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*There is a parking garage in the basement of Helen C. White, with an hourly rate. Enter from Park Street.<br />
*A 0.5 mile walk to Helen C. White Hall via [http://goo.gl/cxTzJY these directions], many spots ('''free starting 4:30pm''') [http://goo.gl/maps/Gkx1C in Lot 26 along Observatory Drive].<br />
*A 0.3 mile walk to Helen C. White Hall via [http://goo.gl/yMJIRd these directions], many spots ('''free starting 4:30pm''') [http://goo.gl/maps/vs17X in Lot 34]. <br />
*A 0.3 mile walk to Helen C. White Hall via [http://goo.gl/yMJIRd these directions], 2 metered spots (25 minute max) [http://goo.gl/maps/ukTcu in front of Lathrop Hall].<br />
*A 0.2 mile walk to Helen C. White Hall via [http://goo.gl/b8pdk2 these directions] 6 metered spots (25 minute max) around [http://goo.gl/maps/6EAnc the loop in front of Chadbourne Hall] .<br />
*For more information, see the [http://transportation.wisc.edu/parking/parking.aspx UW-Madison Parking Info website].<br />
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==Email list==<br />
The best way to keep up to date with the what is going is by signing up for our email list. Send an empty email to join-mathcircle@lists.wisc.edu<br />
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==Contact the organizers==<br />
The Madison Math Circle is organized by a group of professors and graduate students from the [http://www.math.wisc.edu Department of Mathematics] at the UW-Madison. If you have any questions, suggestions for topics, or so on, just email the '''organizers''' [mailto:mathcircleorganizers@lists.wisc.edu here]. We are always interested in feedback!<br />
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File:de.jpg|[https://www.math.wisc.edu/~derman/ Prof. Daniel Erman]<br />
File:Betsy.jpg|[http://www.math.wisc.edu/~stovall/ Prof. Betsy Stovall]<br />
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File:juliettebruce.jpg|[http://www.math.wisc.edu/~juliettebruce/ Juliette Bruce]<br />
File:Ee.jpg|[http://www.math.wisc.edu/~evaelduque/ Eva Elduque]<br />
File:mrjulian.jpg|[http://www.math.wisc.edu/~mrjulian/ Ryan Julian]<br />
File:soumyasankar.jpg|[http://www.math.wisc.edu/~soumyasankar Soumya Sankar]<br />
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==Donations==<br />
Please consider donating to the Madison Math Circle. As noted in our [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/images/Math_Circle_Newsletter.pdf annual report], our main costs consist of pizza and occasional supplies for the speakers. So far our costs have been covered by donations from the UW Mathematics Department as well as a generous gifts from a private donor. But our costs are rising, primarily because this year we expect to hold more meetings than in any previous year. In fact, this year, we expect to spend at least $2500 on pizza and supplies alone.<br />
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So please consider donating to support your math circle! The easiest way to donate is to go to the link:<br />
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[http://www.math.wisc.edu/donate Online Donation Link]<br />
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There are instructions on that page for donating to the Math Department. <b> Be sure and add a Gift Note saying that the donation is intended for the "Madison Math Circle"!</b> The money goes into the Mathematics Department Annual Fund and is routed through the University of Wisconsin Foundation, which is convenient for record-keeping, etc.<br />
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Alternately, you can bring a check to one of the Math Circle Meetings. If you write a check, be sure to make it payable to the "WFAA" and add the note "Math Circle Donation" on the check. <br />
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Or you can just pay in cash, and we'll give you a receipt.<br />
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==Help us grow!==<br />
If you like Math Circle, please help us continue to grow! Students, parents, and teachers can help by:<br />
*Posting our [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/images/MMC_Flyer_2016.pdf '''flyer'''] at schools or anywhere that might have interested students<br />
*Discussing the Math Circle with students, parents, teachers, administrators, and others<br />
*Making an announcement about Math Circle at PTO meetings<br />
*Donating to Math Circle<br />
Contact the organizers if you have questions or your own ideas about how to help out.<br />
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=Meetings for Fall 2017 and Spring 2018=<br />
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Unless specified talks start at '''6pm in room 3255 of Helen C. White Library''', unless otherwise noted.<br />
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! Date !! Speaker !! Topic<br />
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| September 18, 2017 || [http://www.math.wisc.edu/~derman/ Daniel Erman] || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#September_18_2017 Welcome to the Madison Math Circle!] <br />
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| September 25, 2017 || [http://www.math.wisc.edu/~stovall/ Betsy Stovall] || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#September_25_2017 Math is a game! ] <br />
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| October 2, 2017 || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/~rdavis/ Rachel Davis] || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#October_2_2017 Thinking outside the box] <br />
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| October 9, 2017 || [http://www.math.wisc.edu/~sparenti/ Solly Parenti] || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#October_9_2017 Hackenbush] <br />
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| October 16, 2017 || Mihaela Ifrim || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#October_16_2017 Escape of the Clones! ] <br />
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| October 23, 2017 || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/~mrjulian/ Ryan Julian] || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#October_23_2017 Recursion for Fun and Profit]<br />
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| October 30, 2017 || [https://sites.google.com/wisc.edu/jwg John Wiltshire-Gordon] || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#October_30_2017 Euler Characteristic ] <br />
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| November 6, 2017 || [https://sites.google.com/site/uwwanlin/ Wanlin Li] || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#November_6_2017 How to Outsmart a State Test? ] <br />
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| November 13, 2017 || Jean-Luc Thiffeault || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#November_13_2017 Goldbug Variations ]<br />
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| November 20, 2017 || Ethan Beihl || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#November_20_2017 Boomerang Sequences ] <br />
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! colspan="3" style="background: #e8b2b2;" align="center" | Spring 2018<br />
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|January 29, 2018 ||No Meeting - Cancelled || <br />
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| February 5, 2018 || Ben Wright || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#February_5_2018 Mobius Band Magic] <br />
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| February 12, 2018 || Daniel Erman || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#February_12_2018 ] <br />
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| February 19, 2018 || Brandon Boggess || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#February_19_2018 Towers of Hanoi] <br />
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| February 26, 2018 || Becky Eastham || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#February_26_2018 No Pigeons Will Be Harmed During This Talk] <br />
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| March 5, 2018 || Juliette Bruce || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#March_5_2018 Doodling Dreams] <br />
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| March 12, 2018 || Solly Parenti || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#March_12_2018 Tangled up in Two] <br />
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| March 19, 2018 || Edwin Baeza || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#April_9_2018 Mathematics and Sound Design] <br />
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| March 26, 2018 || No Meeting - (Spring Break) || <br />
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| April 2, 2018 || Carrie Chen || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#April_2_2018 ] <br />
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| April 9, 2018 || Reserved || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#April_9_2018 ] <br />
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=Off-Site Meetings=<br />
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We will hold some Math Circle meetings at local high schools on early release days. Our schedule for 2017-2018 has not yet been determined. If you are interesting in having us come to your high school, please contact us!<br />
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| October 2nd || 2:45pm|| East High School - Madison, WI || [http://www.math.wisc.edu/~moises/ Moisés Herradón] || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#October_2_2017_.28East_High_School.29 How to make it as a Hackenbush player in the planet Zubenelgenubi 4] <br />
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| November 2nd || 9:30am || Wisconsin Institute for Discovery - Madison, WI || [http://www.math.wisc.edu/~rzachariah/ Alisha Zachariah] || <br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#November_2_2017_.28WID.29_-_1 Fractals, Fractions and Fibonnaci.]<br />
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| November 2nd (Canceled) || 11:00am || Wisconsin Institute for Discovery - Madison, WI || [http://zachcharles.wordpress.com Zach Charles] || <br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#November_2_2017_.28WID.29_-_2 1+1 = 10 or "How does my computer do anything?"]<br />
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| November 2nd || 6:00pm || Whitewater High School - Whitewater, WI || [http://www.math.wisc.edu/~juliettebruce Juliette Bruce] || <br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#November_2_2017_.28Whitewater.29 Doodling Daydreams]<br />
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| November 3rd || 10:30am || KM Global - Wales, WI || [http://www.math.wisc.edu/~stovall/ Betsy Stovall] ||<br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#November_3_2017_.28KM_Global.29 Recent discoveries in mathematics]<br />
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| November 27th || 2:45pm|| JMM High School - Madison, WI || [http://www.math.wisc.edu/~juliettebruce Juliette Bruce] || <br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#November_27_2017_.28JMM_High_School.29 Is any knot not the unknot?]<br />
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| December 11th || 2:45pm|| East High School - Madison, WI || [https://sites.google.com/wisc.edu/jwg John Wiltshire-Gordon] ||<br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#December_11_2017_.28East_High_School.29 What if seven is zero?]<br />
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| February 19th || 2:45pm|| East High School - Madison, WI || Jordan Ellenberg || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#February_19_2018_.28East_High_School.29 Is math destroying the right to vote?] <br />
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| March 1st || 9:30am || Wisconsin Institute for Discovery - Madison, WI || Wanlin Li || <br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#March_1_2018_.28WID.29_-_1 From Patterns to Functions?]<br />
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| March 1st || 10:45am || Wisconsin Institute for Discovery - Madison, WI || Daniel Erman || <br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#March_1_2018_.28WID.29_-_2 What does math research look like?]<br />
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| March 5th || 2:45pm|| JMM High School - Madison, WI || Zach Charles || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#March_5_2018_.28JMM_High_School.29 1+1 = 10 or "How does my computer do anything?"]<br />
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| March 19th || 2:45pm|| East High School - Madison, WI || Phil Wood || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#March_19_2018_.28East_High_School.29 The Mathematics of Winning Strategies ] <br />
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| April 30th || 2:45pm|| JMM High School - Madison, WI || TBD || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#April_30_2018_.28JMM_High_School.29 TBD]<br />
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=Useful Resources=<br />
==Annual Reports==<br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/images/Math_Circle_Newsletter.pdf 2013-2014 Annual Report]<br />
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== Archived Abstracts ==<br />
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[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_2016-2017 2016 - 2017 Math Circle Page]<br />
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[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts_2016-2017 2016 - 2017 Abstracts]<br />
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[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_2015-2016 2015 - 2016 Math Circle Page]<br />
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[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Math_Circle_de_Madison_2015-2016 2015 - 2016 Math Circle Page (Spanish)]<br />
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[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts_2015-2016 2015 - 2015 Abstracts]<br />
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[[Archived Math Circle Material]]<br />
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==Link for presenters (in progress)==<br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Math_Circle_Presentations Advice For Math Circle Presenters]<br />
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[http://www.mathcircles.org/content/lesson-plans Sample Lesson Plans]<br />
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[http://www.mathcircles.org/content/circle-box "Circle in a Box"]</div>Juliettebrucehttps://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php?title=Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts&diff=15211Madison Math Circle Abstracts2018-03-05T16:50:46Z<p>Juliettebruce: /* March 12 2018 */</p>
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[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle Main Math Circle Page]<br />
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== September 18 2017 ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Daniel Erman'''<br />
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Abstract: At the Madison Math Circle, we aim to give a flavor for the creative type of thinking that goes into mathematical research. In this week's interactive activity, students will explore questions related to Mobius strips, developing their own conjectures.<br />
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== September 25 2017 ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Betsy Stovall'''<br />
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| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: Math is a game!'''<br />
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When mathematicians are working to solve a theoretical problem, it often helps to imagine that we are playing a game: What could our opponent do to make our job as difficult as possible, and what is our strategy to defeat them no matter what move they make? In this session, we will try this out by playing several games and trying to come up with winning strategies. <br />
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== October 2 2017 ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Rachel Davis'''<br />
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| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: Thinking outside the box'''<br />
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Abstract: We will try some geometric puzzles related to area, volume, and dimension using techniques such as drawing diagrams, looking at special cases, using symmetry, and changing perspective.<br />
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== October 9 2017 ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Solly Parenti'''<br />
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| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: Hackenbush'''<br />
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Abstract: I come from an alien world where we spend all of our time playing a game called hackenbush. I'd like to introduce y'all to this game so you don't embarass yourself if you come visit my planet.<br />
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== October 16 2017 ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Mihaela Ifrim'''<br />
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| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: Escape of the Clones!'''<br />
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Abstract: We wish to find an invariant (an invariant is a quantity that doesn't change no matter how the process plays out). By playing couple of games will help us find some! The main game we will play is Escape of the Clones! Promise you will like it!<br />
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== October 23 2017 ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Ryan Julian'''<br />
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| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: Recursion for Fun and Profit'''<br />
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Abstract: Beginning with the classic Towers of Hanoi puzzle, we'll explore several puzzles whose solutions can often be found by thinking recursively. We'll also discover how recursion and related methods of simplifying problems can be used to create efficient algorithms to solve a variety of practical problems.<br />
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== October 30 2017 ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''John Wiltshire-Gordon'''<br />
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| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: Euler Characteristic'''<br />
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Abstract: The most important invariant associated to a collection of featureless points is their number, which can be found using a process called "counting". We explain a generalization of counting that works for other, more interesting shapes. For example, we will count a circle and a sphere. We recall typical counting arguments, and try to apply them to shapes.<br />
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== November 6 2017 ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Wanlin Li'''<br />
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Abstract: A common problem in a state test is given a sequence of numbers like 4, 9, 16, 25, 36... ask what the next number to expect. I used to dislike these problems up until a teacher taught me a cool trick. In this talk, I want to share this trick and discuss the math behind this.<br />
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== November 13 2017 ==<br />
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|-Jean-Luc Thiffeault<br />
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Abstract<br />
I'll discuss the motion of little mathematical bugs: they hop around the positive integers, flipping direction arrows as they go. How many such bugs drop off the line at -1, and how many escape to infinity? Next, we tackle a similar problem in the plane, and discover beautiful geometrical patterns, known as Propp Circles.<br />
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== November 20 2017 ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Ethan Beihl'''<br />
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I don't know what will happen in this talk. No, I don't mean that in the sense that math teachers often use, where they say "I don't know, why don't you try it!" but really secretly they know what's going to happen. I mean that in the most literal sense. I will introduce sequences of numbers that (sometimes) bounce back, and you will explore them, and I might learn something, because I don't know what will happen. We'll have a blast, and maybe we'll discover something that no-one ever has before.<br />
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== February 5 2018 ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Ben Wright'''<br />
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If you fold a loop of paper in half and cut it down the middle, how many loops of paper do you end up with? 2? Would you believe me if I said 1? How is this possible? A magician would never reveal the secret, but a mathematician will. We will learn to draw & construct loops & Mobius bands and explore their intrinsic & extrinsic properties.<br />
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== February 12 2018 ==<br />
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== February 19 2018 ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Brandon Boggess'''<br />
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An old legend tells of a mysterious temple located in Hanoi, Vietnam containing three pegs and 64 golden disks. Since the beginning of the world, priests have been moving these disks across the pegs according to rules handed down by an ancient prophecy. The legend states that when the final disk is placed, the world will come to an end. We will examine these rules and decide whether we should be worried by this legend.<br />
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== February 26 2018 ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Becky Eastham'''<br />
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The Pigeonhole Principle is the statement that if you have if you have (n) pigeonholes, and you want to stuff (n+1) pigeons into these holes, then one of the holes will have at least two pigeons in it (why mathematicians want to stuff pigeons into holes at all is a excellent question for another time). While the Pigeonhole Principle might seem obvious, it can be used to prove things that are not at all obvious with relative ease! We’ll explore how to use this simple fact to solve a variety of problems. <br />
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== March 5 2018 ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Juliette Bruce'''<br />
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As a high schooler I occasionally got bored, would zone out, and doodle on my paper. Often repeatedly tracing around something on my paper creating doodles like this:<br />
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In this bored state my mind would often wandered, and I would wonder about important things like "Will I have a date for prom?" or "What is the cafeteria serving for lunch?", but germane to this talk were my wonderings about, "What’s happening to the shape of this doodle?" It turns out that these idle daydreams and doodles provide a good taste for how mathematicians "do" math. We will start by doodling and asking questions, and then we'll see where these lead us mathematically.<br />
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== March 12 2018 ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Solly Parenti'''<br />
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Every tangled cord you have ever encountered is secretly a number. Once you learn how to count these cords, cleaning your room will be as easy as 1-2-3.<br />
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== March 19 2018 ==<br />
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== April 2 2018 ==<br />
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== April 9 2018 ==<br />
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= Off-Site Meetings =<br />
== October 2 2017 (East High School) ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Speaker TBD'''<br />
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| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: How to make it as a Hackenbush player in the planet Zubenelgenubi 4'''<br />
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Abstract: In the distant planet of Zubenelgenubi 4, we live our life without numbers. I know, how do we pass our time if we can't construct a smartphone without numbers? The answer is that we have invented an extremely violent sport about chopping down trees called Hackenbush, and playing this game is an essential social skill in Zubenelgenubi 4. I will teach you how to play the pen and paper version of Hackenbush, and hint at how learning this game leads to a kind of math that is highly illegal in 254,233 planetary systems.<br />
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== November 2 2017 (WID) - 1 ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Speaker: Alisha Zacharia'''<br />
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| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: Fractals, Fractions and Fibonnaci.'''<br />
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Abstract: Let’s go on a history tour! We’ll visit some math objects that intrigued generations of mathematicians and explore connections between them. We'll observe something that happens a lot in modern mathematics: discovering connections among seemingly unrelated things! Through this talk I hope to introduce you to how vital it is for mathematicians today to be able to effectively communicate with and teach each other even if they work in very different branches of mathematics.<br />
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== November 2 2017 (WID) - 2 ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Speaker: Zach Charles'''<br />
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| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: 1+1 = 10 or "How does my computer do anything?"'''<br />
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Abstract: Computers perform all sorts of complex tasks, from playing videos to running internet browsers. Secretly, computers do everything through numbers and mathematics. Even weirder, they do all of this with "bits", numbers that are only 0 or 1. We will talk about bits and how we use them to do the mathematics we're familiar with as humans. If we have enough time, we will discuss "addition chains" and how computers use them to speed up their computations.<br />
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== November 2 2017 (Whitewater) ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Speaker: Juliette Bruce'''<br />
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| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: Doodling Daydreams'''<br />
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Abstract: As a high schooler I occasionally got bored, would zone out, and doodle on my paper. Often repeatedly tracing around something on my paper creating doodles like this:<br />
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File:doodle.jpg<br />
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In this bored state my mind would often wandered, and I would wonder about important things like "Will I have a date for prom?" or "What is the cafeteria serving for lunch?", but germane to this talk were my wonderings about, "What’s happening to the shape of this doodle?" It turns out that these idle daydreams and doodles provide a good taste for how mathematicians "do" math. We will start by doodling and asking questions, and then we'll see where these lead us mathematically.<br />
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== November 3 2017 (KM Global) ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Speaker: Betsy Stoval'''<br />
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| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: Recent discoveries in mathematics'''<br />
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Abstract: So much wonderful and useful mathematics was discovered centuries ago that it can seem as though we must know everything by now. To the contrary, thousands of research mathematicians around the world are working to develop new mathematical theories every day. I will talk about some exciting recent discoveries in math and some tantalizing unsolved problems. To make matters more concrete, students will develop a solution to the Erdős Discrepancy Problem, which was only completely solved in 2015, in a simple case.<br />
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== November 27 2017 (JMM High School) ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Speaker: Juliette Bruce'''<br />
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| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: Is any knot not the unknot'''<br />
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Abstract: <br />
You're walking home from school, and you pull your headphones out to listen to some tunes. However, inevitably they are a horribly tangled mess, but are they really a knot? We'll talk about what exactly is a knot, and how we can tell when something is not the unknot.<br />
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== December 11 2017 (East High School) ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Speaker: John Wiltshire-Gordon'''<br />
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| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: What if seven is zero?'''<br />
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Abstract: We take as axiomatic the usual laws of arithmetic, along with a new law: 7=0. Evidently, this new law challenges certain widespread intuitions about numbers. Will all of mathematics crumble?<br />
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== February 19 2018 (East High School) ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Speaker: Jordan Ellenberg'''<br />
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| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: Is math destroying the right to vote?'''<br />
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Abstract: The Supreme Court is deciding whether or not Wisconsin’s way of electing the State Assembly violates the Constitution by depriving Wisconsinites of their right to representation. The key issues in this case are really about math, and how legislators armed with powerful algorithms can design electoral districts so that they choose the voters, rather than the voters choosing them. On the other hand, we can use math to find unfairness in maps and suggest better ones — I’ll talk a little bit about how.<br />
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== March 1 2018 (WID) - 1 ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Speaker: Wanlin Li'''<br />
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| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: From Patterns to Functions?'''<br />
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What is a pattern? What's the next number in the sequence 1,2,3,4,5? What about 1,4,9,16,25? Why that number? In this talk we'll talk about how to find the next number in many sequences, and where it comes from. In addition we'll consider the relations between functions an patterns.<br />
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== March 1 2018 (WID) - 2 ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Speaker: Daniel Erman'''<br />
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I’ll try to illustrate the type of thinking that goes in math research by having us all dive into a famous historical problem.<br />
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== March 5 2018 (JMM High School) ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Speaker: Zach Charles'''<br />
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| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: 1+1 = 10 or "How does my computer do anything?" '''<br />
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Computers perform all sorts of complex tasks, from playing videos to running internet browsers. Secretly, computers do everything through numbers and mathematics. Even weirder, they do all of this with "bits", numbers that are only 0 or 1. We will talk about bits and how we use them to do the mathematics we're familiar with as humans. If we have enough time, we will discuss "addition chains" and how computers use them to speed up their computations.<br />
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== March 19 2018 (East High School) ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Speaker: Phil Wood'''<br />
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| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: The Mathematics of Winning Strategies '''<br />
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Strategies are everywhere: how a business decides to deploy resources, how a school district decides on a curriculum plan, how a student decides which material to study for a test. In this Math Circle, we will discuss how mathematical ideas can inform strategies, focusing on simple games where perfect analysis of strategies is possible.<br />
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== April 30 2018 (JMM High School) ==<br />
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</center></div>Juliettebrucehttps://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php?title=Madison_Math_Circle&diff=15210Madison Math Circle2018-03-05T16:50:19Z<p>Juliettebruce: /* Meetings for Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 */</p>
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For the site in Spanish, visit [[Math Circle de Madison]]<br />
=What is a Math Circle?=<br />
The Madison Math Circle is a weekly series of mathematically based activities aimed at interested middle school and high school students. It is an outreach program organized by the UW Math Department. Our goal is to provide a taste of exciting ideas in math and science. In the past we've had talks about plasma and weather in outer space, video game graphics, and encryption. In the sessions, students (and parents) are often asked to explore problems on their own, with the presenter facilitating a discussion. The talks are independent of one another, so new students are welcome at any point.<br />
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The level of the audience varies quite widely, including a mix of middle school and high school students, and the speakers generally address this by considering subjects that will be interesting for a wide range of students.<br />
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After each talk we'll have pizza provided by the Mathematics Department, and students will have an opportunity to mingle and chat with the speaker and with other participants, to ask questions about some of the topics that have been discussed, and also about college, careers in science, etc.<br />
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'''The Madison Math circle was featured in Wisconsin State Journal:''' [http://host.madison.com/wsj/news/local/education/local_schools/school-spotlight-madison-math-circle-gives-young-students-a-taste/article_77f5c042-0b3d-11e1-ba5f-001cc4c03286.html check it out]!<br />
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=All right, I want to come!=<br />
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We have a weekly meeting, <b>Monday at 6pm in 3255 Helen C White Library</b>, during the school year. <b>New students are welcome at any point! </b> There is no fee and the talks are independent of one another, so you can just show up any week, but we ask all participants to take a moment to register by following the link below:<br />
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[https://uwmadison.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_e9WdAs2SXNurWFD '''Math Circle Registration Form''']<br />
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All of your information is kept private, and is only used by the Madison Math Circle organizer to help run the Circle. <br />
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If you are a student, we hope you will tell other interested students about these talks, and speak with your parents or with your teacher about organizing a car pool to the UW campus. If you are a parent or a teacher, we hope you'll tell your students about these talks and organize a car pool to the UW (all talks take place in 3255 Helen C White Library, on the UW-Madison campus, right next to the Memorial Union).<br />
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==Directions and parking==<br />
Our meetings are held on the 3rd floor of Helen C. White Hall in room 3255.<br />
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'''Parking.''' Parking on campus is rather limited. Here is as list of some options:<br />
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*There is a parking garage in the basement of Helen C. White, with an hourly rate. Enter from Park Street.<br />
*A 0.5 mile walk to Helen C. White Hall via [http://goo.gl/cxTzJY these directions], many spots ('''free starting 4:30pm''') [http://goo.gl/maps/Gkx1C in Lot 26 along Observatory Drive].<br />
*A 0.3 mile walk to Helen C. White Hall via [http://goo.gl/yMJIRd these directions], many spots ('''free starting 4:30pm''') [http://goo.gl/maps/vs17X in Lot 34]. <br />
*A 0.3 mile walk to Helen C. White Hall via [http://goo.gl/yMJIRd these directions], 2 metered spots (25 minute max) [http://goo.gl/maps/ukTcu in front of Lathrop Hall].<br />
*A 0.2 mile walk to Helen C. White Hall via [http://goo.gl/b8pdk2 these directions] 6 metered spots (25 minute max) around [http://goo.gl/maps/6EAnc the loop in front of Chadbourne Hall] .<br />
*For more information, see the [http://transportation.wisc.edu/parking/parking.aspx UW-Madison Parking Info website].<br />
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==Email list==<br />
The best way to keep up to date with the what is going is by signing up for our email list. Send an empty email to join-mathcircle@lists.wisc.edu<br />
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==Contact the organizers==<br />
The Madison Math Circle is organized by a group of professors and graduate students from the [http://www.math.wisc.edu Department of Mathematics] at the UW-Madison. If you have any questions, suggestions for topics, or so on, just email the '''organizers''' [mailto:mathcircleorganizers@lists.wisc.edu here]. We are always interested in feedback!<br />
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File:de.jpg|[https://www.math.wisc.edu/~derman/ Prof. Daniel Erman]<br />
File:Betsy.jpg|[http://www.math.wisc.edu/~stovall/ Prof. Betsy Stovall]<br />
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File:juliettebruce.jpg|[http://www.math.wisc.edu/~juliettebruce/ Juliette Bruce]<br />
File:Ee.jpg|[http://www.math.wisc.edu/~evaelduque/ Eva Elduque]<br />
File:mrjulian.jpg|[http://www.math.wisc.edu/~mrjulian/ Ryan Julian]<br />
File:soumyasankar.jpg|[http://www.math.wisc.edu/~soumyasankar Soumya Sankar]<br />
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==Donations==<br />
Please consider donating to the Madison Math Circle. As noted in our [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/images/Math_Circle_Newsletter.pdf annual report], our main costs consist of pizza and occasional supplies for the speakers. So far our costs have been covered by donations from the UW Mathematics Department as well as a generous gifts from a private donor. But our costs are rising, primarily because this year we expect to hold more meetings than in any previous year. In fact, this year, we expect to spend at least $2500 on pizza and supplies alone.<br />
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So please consider donating to support your math circle! The easiest way to donate is to go to the link:<br />
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[http://www.math.wisc.edu/donate Online Donation Link]<br />
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There are instructions on that page for donating to the Math Department. <b> Be sure and add a Gift Note saying that the donation is intended for the "Madison Math Circle"!</b> The money goes into the Mathematics Department Annual Fund and is routed through the University of Wisconsin Foundation, which is convenient for record-keeping, etc.<br />
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Alternately, you can bring a check to one of the Math Circle Meetings. If you write a check, be sure to make it payable to the "WFAA" and add the note "Math Circle Donation" on the check. <br />
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Or you can just pay in cash, and we'll give you a receipt.<br />
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==Help us grow!==<br />
If you like Math Circle, please help us continue to grow! Students, parents, and teachers can help by:<br />
*Posting our [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/images/MMC_Flyer_2016.pdf '''flyer'''] at schools or anywhere that might have interested students<br />
*Discussing the Math Circle with students, parents, teachers, administrators, and others<br />
*Making an announcement about Math Circle at PTO meetings<br />
*Donating to Math Circle<br />
Contact the organizers if you have questions or your own ideas about how to help out.<br />
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=Meetings for Fall 2017 and Spring 2018=<br />
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Unless specified talks start at '''6pm in room 3255 of Helen C. White Library''', unless otherwise noted.<br />
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! colspan="3" style="background: #e8b2b2;" align="center" | Fall 2017<br />
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! Date !! Speaker !! Topic<br />
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| September 18, 2017 || [http://www.math.wisc.edu/~derman/ Daniel Erman] || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#September_18_2017 Welcome to the Madison Math Circle!] <br />
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| September 25, 2017 || [http://www.math.wisc.edu/~stovall/ Betsy Stovall] || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#September_25_2017 Math is a game! ] <br />
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| October 2, 2017 || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/~rdavis/ Rachel Davis] || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#October_2_2017 Thinking outside the box] <br />
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| October 9, 2017 || [http://www.math.wisc.edu/~sparenti/ Solly Parenti] || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#October_9_2017 Hackenbush] <br />
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| October 16, 2017 || Mihaela Ifrim || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#October_16_2017 Escape of the Clones! ] <br />
|-<br />
| October 23, 2017 || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/~mrjulian/ Ryan Julian] || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#October_23_2017 Recursion for Fun and Profit]<br />
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| October 30, 2017 || [https://sites.google.com/wisc.edu/jwg John Wiltshire-Gordon] || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#October_30_2017 Euler Characteristic ] <br />
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| November 6, 2017 || [https://sites.google.com/site/uwwanlin/ Wanlin Li] || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#November_6_2017 How to Outsmart a State Test? ] <br />
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| November 13, 2017 || Jean-Luc Thiffeault || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#November_13_2017 Goldbug Variations ]<br />
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| November 20, 2017 || Ethan Beihl || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#November_20_2017 Boomerang Sequences ] <br />
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! colspan="3" style="background: #e8b2b2;" align="center" | Spring 2018<br />
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! Date !! Speaker !! Topic<br />
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|January 29, 2018 ||No Meeting - Cancelled || <br />
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| February 5, 2018 || Ben Wright || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#February_5_2018 Mobius Band Magic] <br />
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| February 12, 2018 || Daniel Erman || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#February_12_2018 ] <br />
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| February 19, 2018 || Brandon Boggess || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#February_19_2018 Towers of Hanoi] <br />
|-<br />
| February 26, 2018 || Becky Eastham || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#February_26_2018 No Pigeons Will Be Harmed During This Talk] <br />
|-<br />
| March 5, 2018 || Juliette Bruce || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#March_5_2018 Doodling Dreams] <br />
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| March 12, 2018 || Solly Parenti || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#March_12_2018 Tangled up in Two] <br />
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| March 19, 2018 || Edwin Baeza || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#April_9_2018 ] <br />
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| March 26, 2018 || No Meeting - (Spring Break) || <br />
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| April 2, 2018 || Carrie Chen || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#April_2_2018 ] <br />
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| April 9, 2018 || Reserved || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#April_9_2018 ] <br />
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=Off-Site Meetings=<br />
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We will hold some Math Circle meetings at local high schools on early release days. Our schedule for 2017-2018 has not yet been determined. If you are interesting in having us come to your high school, please contact us!<br />
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! colspan="5" style="background: #e8b2b2;" align="center" | Fall 2017<br />
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! Date !! Time !! Location !! Speaker !! Topic <br />
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| October 2nd || 2:45pm|| East High School - Madison, WI || [http://www.math.wisc.edu/~moises/ Moisés Herradón] || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#October_2_2017_.28East_High_School.29 How to make it as a Hackenbush player in the planet Zubenelgenubi 4] <br />
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| November 2nd || 9:30am || Wisconsin Institute for Discovery - Madison, WI || [http://www.math.wisc.edu/~rzachariah/ Alisha Zachariah] || <br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#November_2_2017_.28WID.29_-_1 Fractals, Fractions and Fibonnaci.]<br />
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| November 2nd (Canceled) || 11:00am || Wisconsin Institute for Discovery - Madison, WI || [http://zachcharles.wordpress.com Zach Charles] || <br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#November_2_2017_.28WID.29_-_2 1+1 = 10 or "How does my computer do anything?"]<br />
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| November 2nd || 6:00pm || Whitewater High School - Whitewater, WI || [http://www.math.wisc.edu/~juliettebruce Juliette Bruce] || <br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#November_2_2017_.28Whitewater.29 Doodling Daydreams]<br />
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| November 3rd || 10:30am || KM Global - Wales, WI || [http://www.math.wisc.edu/~stovall/ Betsy Stovall] ||<br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#November_3_2017_.28KM_Global.29 Recent discoveries in mathematics]<br />
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| November 27th || 2:45pm|| JMM High School - Madison, WI || [http://www.math.wisc.edu/~juliettebruce Juliette Bruce] || <br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#November_27_2017_.28JMM_High_School.29 Is any knot not the unknot?]<br />
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| December 11th || 2:45pm|| East High School - Madison, WI || [https://sites.google.com/wisc.edu/jwg John Wiltshire-Gordon] ||<br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#December_11_2017_.28East_High_School.29 What if seven is zero?]<br />
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! colspan="5" style="background: #e8b2b2;" align="center" | Spring 2018<br />
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! Date !! Time !! Location !! Speaker !! Topic <br />
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| February 19th || 2:45pm|| East High School - Madison, WI || Jordan Ellenberg || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#February_19_2018_.28East_High_School.29 Is math destroying the right to vote?] <br />
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| March 1st || 9:30am || Wisconsin Institute for Discovery - Madison, WI || Wanlin Li || <br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#March_1_2018_.28WID.29_-_1 From Patterns to Functions?]<br />
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| March 1st || 10:45am || Wisconsin Institute for Discovery - Madison, WI || Daniel Erman || <br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#March_1_2018_.28WID.29_-_2 What does math research look like?]<br />
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| March 5th || 2:45pm|| JMM High School - Madison, WI || Zach Charles || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#March_5_2018_.28JMM_High_School.29 1+1 = 10 or "How does my computer do anything?"]<br />
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| March 19th || 2:45pm|| East High School - Madison, WI || Phil Wood || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#March_19_2018_.28East_High_School.29 The Mathematics of Winning Strategies ] <br />
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| April 30th || 2:45pm|| JMM High School - Madison, WI || TBD || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#April_30_2018_.28JMM_High_School.29 TBD]<br />
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=Useful Resources=<br />
==Annual Reports==<br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/images/Math_Circle_Newsletter.pdf 2013-2014 Annual Report]<br />
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== Archived Abstracts ==<br />
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[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_2016-2017 2016 - 2017 Math Circle Page]<br />
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[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts_2016-2017 2016 - 2017 Abstracts]<br />
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[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_2015-2016 2015 - 2016 Math Circle Page]<br />
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[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Math_Circle_de_Madison_2015-2016 2015 - 2016 Math Circle Page (Spanish)]<br />
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[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts_2015-2016 2015 - 2015 Abstracts]<br />
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[[Archived Math Circle Material]]<br />
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==Link for presenters (in progress)==<br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Math_Circle_Presentations Advice For Math Circle Presenters]<br />
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[http://www.mathcircles.org/content/lesson-plans Sample Lesson Plans]<br />
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[http://www.mathcircles.org/content/circle-box "Circle in a Box"]</div>Juliettebrucehttps://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php?title=Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts&diff=15204Madison Math Circle Abstracts2018-03-03T20:52:07Z<p>Juliettebruce: /* March 5 2018 */</p>
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<div>[[Image:logo.png|right|440px|link=https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle]]<br />
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[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle Main Math Circle Page]<br />
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== September 18 2017 ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Daniel Erman'''<br />
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| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: Welcome to the Madison Math Circle!'''<br />
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Abstract: At the Madison Math Circle, we aim to give a flavor for the creative type of thinking that goes into mathematical research. In this week's interactive activity, students will explore questions related to Mobius strips, developing their own conjectures.<br />
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== September 25 2017 ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Betsy Stovall'''<br />
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| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: Math is a game!'''<br />
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When mathematicians are working to solve a theoretical problem, it often helps to imagine that we are playing a game: What could our opponent do to make our job as difficult as possible, and what is our strategy to defeat them no matter what move they make? In this session, we will try this out by playing several games and trying to come up with winning strategies. <br />
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== October 2 2017 ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Rachel Davis'''<br />
|-<br />
| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: Thinking outside the box'''<br />
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Abstract: We will try some geometric puzzles related to area, volume, and dimension using techniques such as drawing diagrams, looking at special cases, using symmetry, and changing perspective.<br />
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== October 9 2017 ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Solly Parenti'''<br />
|-<br />
| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: Hackenbush'''<br />
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| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" | <br />
Abstract: I come from an alien world where we spend all of our time playing a game called hackenbush. I'd like to introduce y'all to this game so you don't embarass yourself if you come visit my planet.<br />
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== October 16 2017 ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Mihaela Ifrim'''<br />
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| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: Escape of the Clones!'''<br />
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Abstract: We wish to find an invariant (an invariant is a quantity that doesn't change no matter how the process plays out). By playing couple of games will help us find some! The main game we will play is Escape of the Clones! Promise you will like it!<br />
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== October 23 2017 ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Ryan Julian'''<br />
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| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: Recursion for Fun and Profit'''<br />
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| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" | <br />
Abstract: Beginning with the classic Towers of Hanoi puzzle, we'll explore several puzzles whose solutions can often be found by thinking recursively. We'll also discover how recursion and related methods of simplifying problems can be used to create efficient algorithms to solve a variety of practical problems.<br />
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== October 30 2017 ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''John Wiltshire-Gordon'''<br />
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| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: Euler Characteristic'''<br />
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Abstract: The most important invariant associated to a collection of featureless points is their number, which can be found using a process called "counting". We explain a generalization of counting that works for other, more interesting shapes. For example, we will count a circle and a sphere. We recall typical counting arguments, and try to apply them to shapes.<br />
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== November 6 2017 ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Wanlin Li'''<br />
|-<br />
| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: How to Outsmart a State Test?'''<br />
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Abstract: A common problem in a state test is given a sequence of numbers like 4, 9, 16, 25, 36... ask what the next number to expect. I used to dislike these problems up until a teacher taught me a cool trick. In this talk, I want to share this trick and discuss the math behind this.<br />
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== November 13 2017 ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Speaker'''<br />
|-Jean-Luc Thiffeault<br />
| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: Goldbug Variations'''<br />
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Abstract<br />
I'll discuss the motion of little mathematical bugs: they hop around the positive integers, flipping direction arrows as they go. How many such bugs drop off the line at -1, and how many escape to infinity? Next, we tackle a similar problem in the plane, and discover beautiful geometrical patterns, known as Propp Circles.<br />
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== November 20 2017 ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Ethan Beihl'''<br />
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| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: Boomerang Sequences'''<br />
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I don't know what will happen in this talk. No, I don't mean that in the sense that math teachers often use, where they say "I don't know, why don't you try it!" but really secretly they know what's going to happen. I mean that in the most literal sense. I will introduce sequences of numbers that (sometimes) bounce back, and you will explore them, and I might learn something, because I don't know what will happen. We'll have a blast, and maybe we'll discover something that no-one ever has before.<br />
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== February 5 2018 ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Ben Wright'''<br />
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| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: Mobius Band Magic'''<br />
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If you fold a loop of paper in half and cut it down the middle, how many loops of paper do you end up with? 2? Would you believe me if I said 1? How is this possible? A magician would never reveal the secret, but a mathematician will. We will learn to draw & construct loops & Mobius bands and explore their intrinsic & extrinsic properties.<br />
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== February 12 2018 ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Speaker'''<br />
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| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: TBD'''<br />
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== February 19 2018 ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Brandon Boggess'''<br />
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| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: Towers of Hanoi'''<br />
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An old legend tells of a mysterious temple located in Hanoi, Vietnam containing three pegs and 64 golden disks. Since the beginning of the world, priests have been moving these disks across the pegs according to rules handed down by an ancient prophecy. The legend states that when the final disk is placed, the world will come to an end. We will examine these rules and decide whether we should be worried by this legend.<br />
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== February 26 2018 ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Becky Eastham'''<br />
|-<br />
| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: No Pigeons Will Be Harmed During This Talk'''<br />
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The Pigeonhole Principle is the statement that if you have if you have (n) pigeonholes, and you want to stuff (n+1) pigeons into these holes, then one of the holes will have at least two pigeons in it (why mathematicians want to stuff pigeons into holes at all is a excellent question for another time). While the Pigeonhole Principle might seem obvious, it can be used to prove things that are not at all obvious with relative ease! We’ll explore how to use this simple fact to solve a variety of problems. <br />
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== March 5 2018 ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Juliette Bruce'''<br />
|-<br />
| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: Doodling Dreams'''<br />
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As a high schooler I occasionally got bored, would zone out, and doodle on my paper. Often repeatedly tracing around something on my paper creating doodles like this:<br />
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File:doodle.jpg<br />
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In this bored state my mind would often wandered, and I would wonder about important things like "Will I have a date for prom?" or "What is the cafeteria serving for lunch?", but germane to this talk were my wonderings about, "What’s happening to the shape of this doodle?" It turns out that these idle daydreams and doodles provide a good taste for how mathematicians "do" math. We will start by doodling and asking questions, and then we'll see where these lead us mathematically.<br />
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== March 12 2018 ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Speaker'''<br />
|-<br />
| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: TBD'''<br />
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== March 19 2018 ==<br />
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== April 2 2018 ==<br />
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== April 9 2018 ==<br />
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= Off-Site Meetings =<br />
== October 2 2017 (East High School) ==<br />
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Abstract: In the distant planet of Zubenelgenubi 4, we live our life without numbers. I know, how do we pass our time if we can't construct a smartphone without numbers? The answer is that we have invented an extremely violent sport about chopping down trees called Hackenbush, and playing this game is an essential social skill in Zubenelgenubi 4. I will teach you how to play the pen and paper version of Hackenbush, and hint at how learning this game leads to a kind of math that is highly illegal in 254,233 planetary systems.<br />
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== November 2 2017 (WID) - 1 ==<br />
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Abstract: Let’s go on a history tour! We’ll visit some math objects that intrigued generations of mathematicians and explore connections between them. We'll observe something that happens a lot in modern mathematics: discovering connections among seemingly unrelated things! Through this talk I hope to introduce you to how vital it is for mathematicians today to be able to effectively communicate with and teach each other even if they work in very different branches of mathematics.<br />
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== November 2 2017 (WID) - 2 ==<br />
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Abstract: Computers perform all sorts of complex tasks, from playing videos to running internet browsers. Secretly, computers do everything through numbers and mathematics. Even weirder, they do all of this with "bits", numbers that are only 0 or 1. We will talk about bits and how we use them to do the mathematics we're familiar with as humans. If we have enough time, we will discuss "addition chains" and how computers use them to speed up their computations.<br />
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== November 2 2017 (Whitewater) ==<br />
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Abstract: As a high schooler I occasionally got bored, would zone out, and doodle on my paper. Often repeatedly tracing around something on my paper creating doodles like this:<br />
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In this bored state my mind would often wandered, and I would wonder about important things like "Will I have a date for prom?" or "What is the cafeteria serving for lunch?", but germane to this talk were my wonderings about, "What’s happening to the shape of this doodle?" It turns out that these idle daydreams and doodles provide a good taste for how mathematicians "do" math. We will start by doodling and asking questions, and then we'll see where these lead us mathematically.<br />
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== November 3 2017 (KM Global) ==<br />
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Abstract: So much wonderful and useful mathematics was discovered centuries ago that it can seem as though we must know everything by now. To the contrary, thousands of research mathematicians around the world are working to develop new mathematical theories every day. I will talk about some exciting recent discoveries in math and some tantalizing unsolved problems. To make matters more concrete, students will develop a solution to the Erdős Discrepancy Problem, which was only completely solved in 2015, in a simple case.<br />
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== November 27 2017 (JMM High School) ==<br />
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Abstract: <br />
You're walking home from school, and you pull your headphones out to listen to some tunes. However, inevitably they are a horribly tangled mess, but are they really a knot? We'll talk about what exactly is a knot, and how we can tell when something is not the unknot.<br />
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== December 11 2017 (East High School) ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Speaker: John Wiltshire-Gordon'''<br />
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Abstract: We take as axiomatic the usual laws of arithmetic, along with a new law: 7=0. Evidently, this new law challenges certain widespread intuitions about numbers. Will all of mathematics crumble?<br />
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== February 19 2018 (East High School) ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: Is math destroying the right to vote?'''<br />
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Abstract: The Supreme Court is deciding whether or not Wisconsin’s way of electing the State Assembly violates the Constitution by depriving Wisconsinites of their right to representation. The key issues in this case are really about math, and how legislators armed with powerful algorithms can design electoral districts so that they choose the voters, rather than the voters choosing them. On the other hand, we can use math to find unfairness in maps and suggest better ones — I’ll talk a little bit about how.<br />
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== March 1 2018 (WID) - 1 ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: From Patterns to Functions?'''<br />
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What is a pattern? What's the next number in the sequence 1,2,3,4,5? What about 1,4,9,16,25? Why that number? In this talk we'll talk about how to find the next number in many sequences, and where it comes from. In addition we'll consider the relations between functions an patterns.<br />
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== March 1 2018 (WID) - 2 ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Speaker: Daniel Erman'''<br />
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I’ll try to illustrate the type of thinking that goes in math research by having us all dive into a famous historical problem.<br />
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== March 5 2018 (JMM High School) ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: 1+1 = 10 or "How does my computer do anything?" '''<br />
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Computers perform all sorts of complex tasks, from playing videos to running internet browsers. Secretly, computers do everything through numbers and mathematics. Even weirder, they do all of this with "bits", numbers that are only 0 or 1. We will talk about bits and how we use them to do the mathematics we're familiar with as humans. If we have enough time, we will discuss "addition chains" and how computers use them to speed up their computations.<br />
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== March 19 2018 (East High School) ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: The Mathematics of Winning Strategies '''<br />
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Strategies are everywhere: how a business decides to deploy resources, how a school district decides on a curriculum plan, how a student decides which material to study for a test. In this Math Circle, we will discuss how mathematical ideas can inform strategies, focusing on simple games where perfect analysis of strategies is possible.<br />
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== April 30 2018 (JMM High School) ==<br />
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</center></div>Juliettebrucehttps://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php?title=Madison_Math_Circle&diff=15203Madison Math Circle2018-03-03T20:51:24Z<p>Juliettebruce: /* Meetings for Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 */</p>
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For the site in Spanish, visit [[Math Circle de Madison]]<br />
=What is a Math Circle?=<br />
The Madison Math Circle is a weekly series of mathematically based activities aimed at interested middle school and high school students. It is an outreach program organized by the UW Math Department. Our goal is to provide a taste of exciting ideas in math and science. In the past we've had talks about plasma and weather in outer space, video game graphics, and encryption. In the sessions, students (and parents) are often asked to explore problems on their own, with the presenter facilitating a discussion. The talks are independent of one another, so new students are welcome at any point.<br />
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The level of the audience varies quite widely, including a mix of middle school and high school students, and the speakers generally address this by considering subjects that will be interesting for a wide range of students.<br />
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After each talk we'll have pizza provided by the Mathematics Department, and students will have an opportunity to mingle and chat with the speaker and with other participants, to ask questions about some of the topics that have been discussed, and also about college, careers in science, etc.<br />
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'''The Madison Math circle was featured in Wisconsin State Journal:''' [http://host.madison.com/wsj/news/local/education/local_schools/school-spotlight-madison-math-circle-gives-young-students-a-taste/article_77f5c042-0b3d-11e1-ba5f-001cc4c03286.html check it out]!<br />
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=All right, I want to come!=<br />
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We have a weekly meeting, <b>Monday at 6pm in 3255 Helen C White Library</b>, during the school year. <b>New students are welcome at any point! </b> There is no fee and the talks are independent of one another, so you can just show up any week, but we ask all participants to take a moment to register by following the link below:<br />
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[https://uwmadison.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_e9WdAs2SXNurWFD '''Math Circle Registration Form''']<br />
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All of your information is kept private, and is only used by the Madison Math Circle organizer to help run the Circle. <br />
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If you are a student, we hope you will tell other interested students about these talks, and speak with your parents or with your teacher about organizing a car pool to the UW campus. If you are a parent or a teacher, we hope you'll tell your students about these talks and organize a car pool to the UW (all talks take place in 3255 Helen C White Library, on the UW-Madison campus, right next to the Memorial Union).<br />
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==Directions and parking==<br />
Our meetings are held on the 3rd floor of Helen C. White Hall in room 3255.<br />
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'''Parking.''' Parking on campus is rather limited. Here is as list of some options:<br />
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*There is a parking garage in the basement of Helen C. White, with an hourly rate. Enter from Park Street.<br />
*A 0.5 mile walk to Helen C. White Hall via [http://goo.gl/cxTzJY these directions], many spots ('''free starting 4:30pm''') [http://goo.gl/maps/Gkx1C in Lot 26 along Observatory Drive].<br />
*A 0.3 mile walk to Helen C. White Hall via [http://goo.gl/yMJIRd these directions], many spots ('''free starting 4:30pm''') [http://goo.gl/maps/vs17X in Lot 34]. <br />
*A 0.3 mile walk to Helen C. White Hall via [http://goo.gl/yMJIRd these directions], 2 metered spots (25 minute max) [http://goo.gl/maps/ukTcu in front of Lathrop Hall].<br />
*A 0.2 mile walk to Helen C. White Hall via [http://goo.gl/b8pdk2 these directions] 6 metered spots (25 minute max) around [http://goo.gl/maps/6EAnc the loop in front of Chadbourne Hall] .<br />
*For more information, see the [http://transportation.wisc.edu/parking/parking.aspx UW-Madison Parking Info website].<br />
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==Email list==<br />
The best way to keep up to date with the what is going is by signing up for our email list. Send an empty email to join-mathcircle@lists.wisc.edu<br />
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==Contact the organizers==<br />
The Madison Math Circle is organized by a group of professors and graduate students from the [http://www.math.wisc.edu Department of Mathematics] at the UW-Madison. If you have any questions, suggestions for topics, or so on, just email the '''organizers''' [mailto:mathcircleorganizers@lists.wisc.edu here]. We are always interested in feedback!<br />
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File:de.jpg|[https://www.math.wisc.edu/~derman/ Prof. Daniel Erman]<br />
File:Betsy.jpg|[http://www.math.wisc.edu/~stovall/ Prof. Betsy Stovall]<br />
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File:juliettebruce.jpg|[http://www.math.wisc.edu/~juliettebruce/ Juliette Bruce]<br />
File:Ee.jpg|[http://www.math.wisc.edu/~evaelduque/ Eva Elduque]<br />
File:mrjulian.jpg|[http://www.math.wisc.edu/~mrjulian/ Ryan Julian]<br />
File:soumyasankar.jpg|[http://www.math.wisc.edu/~soumyasankar Soumya Sankar]<br />
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==Donations==<br />
Please consider donating to the Madison Math Circle. As noted in our [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/images/Math_Circle_Newsletter.pdf annual report], our main costs consist of pizza and occasional supplies for the speakers. So far our costs have been covered by donations from the UW Mathematics Department as well as a generous gifts from a private donor. But our costs are rising, primarily because this year we expect to hold more meetings than in any previous year. In fact, this year, we expect to spend at least $2500 on pizza and supplies alone.<br />
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So please consider donating to support your math circle! The easiest way to donate is to go to the link:<br />
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[http://www.math.wisc.edu/donate Online Donation Link]<br />
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There are instructions on that page for donating to the Math Department. <b> Be sure and add a Gift Note saying that the donation is intended for the "Madison Math Circle"!</b> The money goes into the Mathematics Department Annual Fund and is routed through the University of Wisconsin Foundation, which is convenient for record-keeping, etc.<br />
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Alternately, you can bring a check to one of the Math Circle Meetings. If you write a check, be sure to make it payable to the "WFAA" and add the note "Math Circle Donation" on the check. <br />
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Or you can just pay in cash, and we'll give you a receipt.<br />
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==Help us grow!==<br />
If you like Math Circle, please help us continue to grow! Students, parents, and teachers can help by:<br />
*Posting our [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/images/MMC_Flyer_2016.pdf '''flyer'''] at schools or anywhere that might have interested students<br />
*Discussing the Math Circle with students, parents, teachers, administrators, and others<br />
*Making an announcement about Math Circle at PTO meetings<br />
*Donating to Math Circle<br />
Contact the organizers if you have questions or your own ideas about how to help out.<br />
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=Meetings for Fall 2017 and Spring 2018=<br />
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Unless specified talks start at '''6pm in room 3255 of Helen C. White Library''', unless otherwise noted.<br />
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| September 18, 2017 || [http://www.math.wisc.edu/~derman/ Daniel Erman] || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#September_18_2017 Welcome to the Madison Math Circle!] <br />
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| September 25, 2017 || [http://www.math.wisc.edu/~stovall/ Betsy Stovall] || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#September_25_2017 Math is a game! ] <br />
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| October 2, 2017 || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/~rdavis/ Rachel Davis] || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#October_2_2017 Thinking outside the box] <br />
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| October 9, 2017 || [http://www.math.wisc.edu/~sparenti/ Solly Parenti] || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#October_9_2017 Hackenbush] <br />
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| October 16, 2017 || Mihaela Ifrim || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#October_16_2017 Escape of the Clones! ] <br />
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| October 23, 2017 || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/~mrjulian/ Ryan Julian] || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#October_23_2017 Recursion for Fun and Profit]<br />
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| October 30, 2017 || [https://sites.google.com/wisc.edu/jwg John Wiltshire-Gordon] || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#October_30_2017 Euler Characteristic ] <br />
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| November 6, 2017 || [https://sites.google.com/site/uwwanlin/ Wanlin Li] || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#November_6_2017 How to Outsmart a State Test? ] <br />
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| November 13, 2017 || Jean-Luc Thiffeault || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#November_13_2017 Goldbug Variations ]<br />
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| November 20, 2017 || Ethan Beihl || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#November_20_2017 Boomerang Sequences ] <br />
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|January 29, 2018 ||No Meeting - Cancelled || <br />
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| February 5, 2018 || Ben Wright || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#February_5_2018 Mobius Band Magic] <br />
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| February 12, 2018 || Daniel Erman || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#February_12_2018 ] <br />
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| February 19, 2018 || Brandon Boggess || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#February_19_2018 Towers of Hanoi] <br />
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| February 26, 2018 || Becky Eastham || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#February_26_2018 No Pigeons Will Be Harmed During This Talk] <br />
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| March 5, 2018 || Juliette Bruce || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#March_5_2018 Doodling Dreams] <br />
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| March 12, 2018 || Solly Parenti || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#March_12_2018 ] <br />
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| March 19, 2018 || Edwin Baeza || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#April_9_2018 ] <br />
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| March 26, 2018 || No Meeting - (Spring Break) || <br />
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| April 2, 2018 || Carrie Chen || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#April_2_2018 ] <br />
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| April 9, 2018 || Reserved || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#April_9_2018 ] <br />
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=Off-Site Meetings=<br />
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We will hold some Math Circle meetings at local high schools on early release days. Our schedule for 2017-2018 has not yet been determined. If you are interesting in having us come to your high school, please contact us!<br />
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| October 2nd || 2:45pm|| East High School - Madison, WI || [http://www.math.wisc.edu/~moises/ Moisés Herradón] || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#October_2_2017_.28East_High_School.29 How to make it as a Hackenbush player in the planet Zubenelgenubi 4] <br />
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| November 2nd || 9:30am || Wisconsin Institute for Discovery - Madison, WI || [http://www.math.wisc.edu/~rzachariah/ Alisha Zachariah] || <br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#November_2_2017_.28WID.29_-_1 Fractals, Fractions and Fibonnaci.]<br />
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| November 2nd (Canceled) || 11:00am || Wisconsin Institute for Discovery - Madison, WI || [http://zachcharles.wordpress.com Zach Charles] || <br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#November_2_2017_.28WID.29_-_2 1+1 = 10 or "How does my computer do anything?"]<br />
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| November 2nd || 6:00pm || Whitewater High School - Whitewater, WI || [http://www.math.wisc.edu/~juliettebruce Juliette Bruce] || <br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#November_2_2017_.28Whitewater.29 Doodling Daydreams]<br />
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| November 3rd || 10:30am || KM Global - Wales, WI || [http://www.math.wisc.edu/~stovall/ Betsy Stovall] ||<br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#November_3_2017_.28KM_Global.29 Recent discoveries in mathematics]<br />
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| November 27th || 2:45pm|| JMM High School - Madison, WI || [http://www.math.wisc.edu/~juliettebruce Juliette Bruce] || <br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#November_27_2017_.28JMM_High_School.29 Is any knot not the unknot?]<br />
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| December 11th || 2:45pm|| East High School - Madison, WI || [https://sites.google.com/wisc.edu/jwg John Wiltshire-Gordon] ||<br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#December_11_2017_.28East_High_School.29 What if seven is zero?]<br />
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! colspan="5" style="background: #e8b2b2;" align="center" | Spring 2018<br />
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! Date !! Time !! Location !! Speaker !! Topic <br />
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| February 19th || 2:45pm|| East High School - Madison, WI || Jordan Ellenberg || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#February_19_2018_.28East_High_School.29 Is math destroying the right to vote?] <br />
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| March 1st || 9:30am || Wisconsin Institute for Discovery - Madison, WI || Wanlin Li || <br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#March_1_2018_.28WID.29_-_1 From Patterns to Functions?]<br />
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| March 1st || 10:45am || Wisconsin Institute for Discovery - Madison, WI || Daniel Erman || <br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#March_1_2018_.28WID.29_-_2 What does math research look like?]<br />
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| March 5th || 2:45pm|| JMM High School - Madison, WI || Zach Charles || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#March_5_2018_.28JMM_High_School.29 1+1 = 10 or "How does my computer do anything?"]<br />
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| March 19th || 2:45pm|| East High School - Madison, WI || Phil Wood || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#March_19_2018_.28East_High_School.29 The Mathematics of Winning Strategies ] <br />
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| April 30th || 2:45pm|| JMM High School - Madison, WI || TBD || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#April_30_2018_.28JMM_High_School.29 TBD]<br />
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=Useful Resources=<br />
==Annual Reports==<br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/images/Math_Circle_Newsletter.pdf 2013-2014 Annual Report]<br />
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== Archived Abstracts ==<br />
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[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_2016-2017 2016 - 2017 Math Circle Page]<br />
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[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts_2016-2017 2016 - 2017 Abstracts]<br />
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[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_2015-2016 2015 - 2016 Math Circle Page]<br />
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[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Math_Circle_de_Madison_2015-2016 2015 - 2016 Math Circle Page (Spanish)]<br />
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[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts_2015-2016 2015 - 2015 Abstracts]<br />
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[[Archived Math Circle Material]]<br />
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==Link for presenters (in progress)==<br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Math_Circle_Presentations Advice For Math Circle Presenters]<br />
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[http://www.mathcircles.org/content/lesson-plans Sample Lesson Plans]<br />
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[http://www.mathcircles.org/content/circle-box "Circle in a Box"]</div>Juliettebrucehttps://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php?title=Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts&diff=15198Madison Math Circle Abstracts2018-02-28T17:39:14Z<p>Juliettebruce: /* March 19 2018 (East High School) */</p>
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[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle Main Math Circle Page]<br />
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== September 18 2017 ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Daniel Erman'''<br />
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| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: Welcome to the Madison Math Circle!'''<br />
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Abstract: At the Madison Math Circle, we aim to give a flavor for the creative type of thinking that goes into mathematical research. In this week's interactive activity, students will explore questions related to Mobius strips, developing their own conjectures.<br />
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== September 25 2017 ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Betsy Stovall'''<br />
|-<br />
| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: Math is a game!'''<br />
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When mathematicians are working to solve a theoretical problem, it often helps to imagine that we are playing a game: What could our opponent do to make our job as difficult as possible, and what is our strategy to defeat them no matter what move they make? In this session, we will try this out by playing several games and trying to come up with winning strategies. <br />
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== October 2 2017 ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Rachel Davis'''<br />
|-<br />
| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: Thinking outside the box'''<br />
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Abstract: We will try some geometric puzzles related to area, volume, and dimension using techniques such as drawing diagrams, looking at special cases, using symmetry, and changing perspective.<br />
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== October 9 2017 ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Solly Parenti'''<br />
|-<br />
| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: Hackenbush'''<br />
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Abstract: I come from an alien world where we spend all of our time playing a game called hackenbush. I'd like to introduce y'all to this game so you don't embarass yourself if you come visit my planet.<br />
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== October 16 2017 ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Mihaela Ifrim'''<br />
|-<br />
| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: Escape of the Clones!'''<br />
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Abstract: We wish to find an invariant (an invariant is a quantity that doesn't change no matter how the process plays out). By playing couple of games will help us find some! The main game we will play is Escape of the Clones! Promise you will like it!<br />
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== October 23 2017 ==<br />
<center><br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Ryan Julian'''<br />
|-<br />
| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: Recursion for Fun and Profit'''<br />
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Abstract: Beginning with the classic Towers of Hanoi puzzle, we'll explore several puzzles whose solutions can often be found by thinking recursively. We'll also discover how recursion and related methods of simplifying problems can be used to create efficient algorithms to solve a variety of practical problems.<br />
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== October 30 2017 ==<br />
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|-<br />
| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''John Wiltshire-Gordon'''<br />
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| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: Euler Characteristic'''<br />
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| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" | <br />
Abstract: The most important invariant associated to a collection of featureless points is their number, which can be found using a process called "counting". We explain a generalization of counting that works for other, more interesting shapes. For example, we will count a circle and a sphere. We recall typical counting arguments, and try to apply them to shapes.<br />
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== November 6 2017 ==<br />
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|-<br />
| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Wanlin Li'''<br />
|-<br />
| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: How to Outsmart a State Test?'''<br />
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Abstract: A common problem in a state test is given a sequence of numbers like 4, 9, 16, 25, 36... ask what the next number to expect. I used to dislike these problems up until a teacher taught me a cool trick. In this talk, I want to share this trick and discuss the math behind this.<br />
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== November 13 2017 ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Speaker'''<br />
|-Jean-Luc Thiffeault<br />
| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: Goldbug Variations'''<br />
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Abstract<br />
I'll discuss the motion of little mathematical bugs: they hop around the positive integers, flipping direction arrows as they go. How many such bugs drop off the line at -1, and how many escape to infinity? Next, we tackle a similar problem in the plane, and discover beautiful geometrical patterns, known as Propp Circles.<br />
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== November 20 2017 ==<br />
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|-<br />
| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Ethan Beihl'''<br />
|-<br />
| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: Boomerang Sequences'''<br />
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I don't know what will happen in this talk. No, I don't mean that in the sense that math teachers often use, where they say "I don't know, why don't you try it!" but really secretly they know what's going to happen. I mean that in the most literal sense. I will introduce sequences of numbers that (sometimes) bounce back, and you will explore them, and I might learn something, because I don't know what will happen. We'll have a blast, and maybe we'll discover something that no-one ever has before.<br />
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== February 5 2018 ==<br />
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|-<br />
| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Ben Wright'''<br />
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| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: Mobius Band Magic'''<br />
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| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" | <br />
If you fold a loop of paper in half and cut it down the middle, how many loops of paper do you end up with? 2? Would you believe me if I said 1? How is this possible? A magician would never reveal the secret, but a mathematician will. We will learn to draw & construct loops & Mobius bands and explore their intrinsic & extrinsic properties.<br />
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== February 12 2018 ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Speaker'''<br />
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| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: TBD'''<br />
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== February 19 2018 ==<br />
<center><br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Brandon Boggess'''<br />
|-<br />
| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: Towers of Hanoi'''<br />
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| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" | <br />
An old legend tells of a mysterious temple located in Hanoi, Vietnam containing three pegs and 64 golden disks. Since the beginning of the world, priests have been moving these disks across the pegs according to rules handed down by an ancient prophecy. The legend states that when the final disk is placed, the world will come to an end. We will examine these rules and decide whether we should be worried by this legend.<br />
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== February 26 2018 ==<br />
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|-<br />
| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Becky Eastham'''<br />
|-<br />
| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: No Pigeons Will Be Harmed During This Talk'''<br />
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The Pigeonhole Principle is the statement that if you have if you have (n) pigeonholes, and you want to stuff (n+1) pigeons into these holes, then one of the holes will have at least two pigeons in it (why mathematicians want to stuff pigeons into holes at all is a excellent question for another time). While the Pigeonhole Principle might seem obvious, it can be used to prove things that are not at all obvious with relative ease! We’ll explore how to use this simple fact to solve a variety of problems. <br />
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== March 5 2018 ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Speaker'''<br />
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| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: TBD'''<br />
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== March 12 2018 ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Speaker'''<br />
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== March 19 2018 ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Speaker'''<br />
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| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: TBD'''<br />
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== April 2 2018 ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Speaker'''<br />
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== April 9 2018 ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Speaker'''<br />
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= Off-Site Meetings =<br />
== October 2 2017 (East High School) ==<br />
<center><br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Speaker TBD'''<br />
|-<br />
| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: How to make it as a Hackenbush player in the planet Zubenelgenubi 4'''<br />
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Abstract: In the distant planet of Zubenelgenubi 4, we live our life without numbers. I know, how do we pass our time if we can't construct a smartphone without numbers? The answer is that we have invented an extremely violent sport about chopping down trees called Hackenbush, and playing this game is an essential social skill in Zubenelgenubi 4. I will teach you how to play the pen and paper version of Hackenbush, and hint at how learning this game leads to a kind of math that is highly illegal in 254,233 planetary systems.<br />
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== November 2 2017 (WID) - 1 ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Speaker: Alisha Zacharia'''<br />
|-<br />
| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: Fractals, Fractions and Fibonnaci.'''<br />
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Abstract: Let’s go on a history tour! We’ll visit some math objects that intrigued generations of mathematicians and explore connections between them. We'll observe something that happens a lot in modern mathematics: discovering connections among seemingly unrelated things! Through this talk I hope to introduce you to how vital it is for mathematicians today to be able to effectively communicate with and teach each other even if they work in very different branches of mathematics.<br />
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== November 2 2017 (WID) - 2 ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Speaker: Zach Charles'''<br />
|-<br />
| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: 1+1 = 10 or "How does my computer do anything?"'''<br />
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Abstract: Computers perform all sorts of complex tasks, from playing videos to running internet browsers. Secretly, computers do everything through numbers and mathematics. Even weirder, they do all of this with "bits", numbers that are only 0 or 1. We will talk about bits and how we use them to do the mathematics we're familiar with as humans. If we have enough time, we will discuss "addition chains" and how computers use them to speed up their computations.<br />
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== November 2 2017 (Whitewater) ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Speaker: Juliette Bruce'''<br />
|-<br />
| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: Doodling Daydreams'''<br />
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Abstract: As a high schooler I occasionally got bored, would zone out, and doodle on my paper. Often repeatedly tracing around something on my paper creating doodles like this:<br />
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In this bored state my mind would often wandered, and I would wonder about important things like "Will I have a date for prom?" or "What is the cafeteria serving for lunch?", but germane to this talk were my wonderings about, "What’s happening to the shape of this doodle?" It turns out that these idle daydreams and doodles provide a good taste for how mathematicians "do" math. We will start by doodling and asking questions, and then we'll see where these lead us mathematically.<br />
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== November 3 2017 (KM Global) ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Speaker: Betsy Stoval'''<br />
|-<br />
| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: Recent discoveries in mathematics'''<br />
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Abstract: So much wonderful and useful mathematics was discovered centuries ago that it can seem as though we must know everything by now. To the contrary, thousands of research mathematicians around the world are working to develop new mathematical theories every day. I will talk about some exciting recent discoveries in math and some tantalizing unsolved problems. To make matters more concrete, students will develop a solution to the Erdős Discrepancy Problem, which was only completely solved in 2015, in a simple case.<br />
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== November 27 2017 (JMM High School) ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Speaker: Juliette Bruce'''<br />
|-<br />
| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: Is any knot not the unknot'''<br />
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Abstract: <br />
You're walking home from school, and you pull your headphones out to listen to some tunes. However, inevitably they are a horribly tangled mess, but are they really a knot? We'll talk about what exactly is a knot, and how we can tell when something is not the unknot.<br />
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== December 11 2017 (East High School) ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Speaker: John Wiltshire-Gordon'''<br />
|-<br />
| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: What if seven is zero?'''<br />
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Abstract: We take as axiomatic the usual laws of arithmetic, along with a new law: 7=0. Evidently, this new law challenges certain widespread intuitions about numbers. Will all of mathematics crumble?<br />
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== February 19 2018 (East High School) ==<br />
<center><br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Speaker: Jordan Ellenberg'''<br />
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| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: Is math destroying the right to vote?'''<br />
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Abstract: The Supreme Court is deciding whether or not Wisconsin’s way of electing the State Assembly violates the Constitution by depriving Wisconsinites of their right to representation. The key issues in this case are really about math, and how legislators armed with powerful algorithms can design electoral districts so that they choose the voters, rather than the voters choosing them. On the other hand, we can use math to find unfairness in maps and suggest better ones — I’ll talk a little bit about how.<br />
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== March 1 2018 (WID) - 1 ==<br />
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What is a pattern? What's the next number in the sequence 1,2,3,4,5? What about 1,4,9,16,25? Why that number? In this talk we'll talk about how to find the next number in many sequences, and where it comes from. In addition we'll consider the relations between functions an patterns.<br />
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== March 1 2018 (WID) - 2 ==<br />
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== March 5 2018 (JMM High School) ==<br />
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Computers perform all sorts of complex tasks, from playing videos to running internet browsers. Secretly, computers do everything through numbers and mathematics. Even weirder, they do all of this with "bits", numbers that are only 0 or 1. We will talk about bits and how we use them to do the mathematics we're familiar with as humans. If we have enough time, we will discuss "addition chains" and how computers use them to speed up their computations.<br />
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== March 19 2018 (East High School) ==<br />
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Strategies are everywhere: how a business decides to deploy resources, how a school district decides on a curriculum plan, how a student decides which material to study for a test. In this Math Circle, we will discuss how mathematical ideas can inform strategies, focusing on simple games where perfect analysis of strategies is possible.<br />
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== April 30 2018 (JMM High School) ==<br />
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== September 18 2017 ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Daniel Erman'''<br />
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Abstract: At the Madison Math Circle, we aim to give a flavor for the creative type of thinking that goes into mathematical research. In this week's interactive activity, students will explore questions related to Mobius strips, developing their own conjectures.<br />
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== September 25 2017 ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Betsy Stovall'''<br />
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| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: Math is a game!'''<br />
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When mathematicians are working to solve a theoretical problem, it often helps to imagine that we are playing a game: What could our opponent do to make our job as difficult as possible, and what is our strategy to defeat them no matter what move they make? In this session, we will try this out by playing several games and trying to come up with winning strategies. <br />
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== October 2 2017 ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Rachel Davis'''<br />
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| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: Thinking outside the box'''<br />
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Abstract: We will try some geometric puzzles related to area, volume, and dimension using techniques such as drawing diagrams, looking at special cases, using symmetry, and changing perspective.<br />
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== October 9 2017 ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Solly Parenti'''<br />
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Abstract: I come from an alien world where we spend all of our time playing a game called hackenbush. I'd like to introduce y'all to this game so you don't embarass yourself if you come visit my planet.<br />
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== October 16 2017 ==<br />
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Abstract: We wish to find an invariant (an invariant is a quantity that doesn't change no matter how the process plays out). By playing couple of games will help us find some! The main game we will play is Escape of the Clones! Promise you will like it!<br />
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== October 23 2017 ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Ryan Julian'''<br />
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| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: Recursion for Fun and Profit'''<br />
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Abstract: Beginning with the classic Towers of Hanoi puzzle, we'll explore several puzzles whose solutions can often be found by thinking recursively. We'll also discover how recursion and related methods of simplifying problems can be used to create efficient algorithms to solve a variety of practical problems.<br />
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== October 30 2017 ==<br />
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Abstract: The most important invariant associated to a collection of featureless points is their number, which can be found using a process called "counting". We explain a generalization of counting that works for other, more interesting shapes. For example, we will count a circle and a sphere. We recall typical counting arguments, and try to apply them to shapes.<br />
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== November 6 2017 ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Wanlin Li'''<br />
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| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: How to Outsmart a State Test?'''<br />
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Abstract: A common problem in a state test is given a sequence of numbers like 4, 9, 16, 25, 36... ask what the next number to expect. I used to dislike these problems up until a teacher taught me a cool trick. In this talk, I want to share this trick and discuss the math behind this.<br />
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== November 13 2017 ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: Goldbug Variations'''<br />
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Abstract<br />
I'll discuss the motion of little mathematical bugs: they hop around the positive integers, flipping direction arrows as they go. How many such bugs drop off the line at -1, and how many escape to infinity? Next, we tackle a similar problem in the plane, and discover beautiful geometrical patterns, known as Propp Circles.<br />
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== November 20 2017 ==<br />
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I don't know what will happen in this talk. No, I don't mean that in the sense that math teachers often use, where they say "I don't know, why don't you try it!" but really secretly they know what's going to happen. I mean that in the most literal sense. I will introduce sequences of numbers that (sometimes) bounce back, and you will explore them, and I might learn something, because I don't know what will happen. We'll have a blast, and maybe we'll discover something that no-one ever has before.<br />
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== February 5 2018 ==<br />
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If you fold a loop of paper in half and cut it down the middle, how many loops of paper do you end up with? 2? Would you believe me if I said 1? How is this possible? A magician would never reveal the secret, but a mathematician will. We will learn to draw & construct loops & Mobius bands and explore their intrinsic & extrinsic properties.<br />
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== February 12 2018 ==<br />
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== February 19 2018 ==<br />
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An old legend tells of a mysterious temple located in Hanoi, Vietnam containing three pegs and 64 golden disks. Since the beginning of the world, priests have been moving these disks across the pegs according to rules handed down by an ancient prophecy. The legend states that when the final disk is placed, the world will come to an end. We will examine these rules and decide whether we should be worried by this legend.<br />
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== February 26 2018 ==<br />
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The Pigeonhole Principle is the statement that if you have if you have (n) pigeonholes, and you want to stuff (n+1) pigeons into these holes, then one of the holes will have at least two pigeons in it (why mathematicians want to stuff pigeons into holes at all is a excellent question for another time). While the Pigeonhole Principle might seem obvious, it can be used to prove things that are not at all obvious with relative ease! We’ll explore how to use this simple fact to solve a variety of problems. <br />
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== March 5 2018 ==<br />
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== March 12 2018 ==<br />
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== March 19 2018 ==<br />
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== April 2 2018 ==<br />
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== April 9 2018 ==<br />
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= Off-Site Meetings =<br />
== October 2 2017 (East High School) ==<br />
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Abstract: In the distant planet of Zubenelgenubi 4, we live our life without numbers. I know, how do we pass our time if we can't construct a smartphone without numbers? The answer is that we have invented an extremely violent sport about chopping down trees called Hackenbush, and playing this game is an essential social skill in Zubenelgenubi 4. I will teach you how to play the pen and paper version of Hackenbush, and hint at how learning this game leads to a kind of math that is highly illegal in 254,233 planetary systems.<br />
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== November 2 2017 (WID) - 1 ==<br />
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Abstract: Let’s go on a history tour! We’ll visit some math objects that intrigued generations of mathematicians and explore connections between them. We'll observe something that happens a lot in modern mathematics: discovering connections among seemingly unrelated things! Through this talk I hope to introduce you to how vital it is for mathematicians today to be able to effectively communicate with and teach each other even if they work in very different branches of mathematics.<br />
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== November 2 2017 (WID) - 2 ==<br />
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Abstract: Computers perform all sorts of complex tasks, from playing videos to running internet browsers. Secretly, computers do everything through numbers and mathematics. Even weirder, they do all of this with "bits", numbers that are only 0 or 1. We will talk about bits and how we use them to do the mathematics we're familiar with as humans. If we have enough time, we will discuss "addition chains" and how computers use them to speed up their computations.<br />
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== November 2 2017 (Whitewater) ==<br />
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Abstract: As a high schooler I occasionally got bored, would zone out, and doodle on my paper. Often repeatedly tracing around something on my paper creating doodles like this:<br />
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In this bored state my mind would often wandered, and I would wonder about important things like "Will I have a date for prom?" or "What is the cafeteria serving for lunch?", but germane to this talk were my wonderings about, "What’s happening to the shape of this doodle?" It turns out that these idle daydreams and doodles provide a good taste for how mathematicians "do" math. We will start by doodling and asking questions, and then we'll see where these lead us mathematically.<br />
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== November 3 2017 (KM Global) ==<br />
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Abstract: So much wonderful and useful mathematics was discovered centuries ago that it can seem as though we must know everything by now. To the contrary, thousands of research mathematicians around the world are working to develop new mathematical theories every day. I will talk about some exciting recent discoveries in math and some tantalizing unsolved problems. To make matters more concrete, students will develop a solution to the Erdős Discrepancy Problem, which was only completely solved in 2015, in a simple case.<br />
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== November 27 2017 (JMM High School) ==<br />
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You're walking home from school, and you pull your headphones out to listen to some tunes. However, inevitably they are a horribly tangled mess, but are they really a knot? We'll talk about what exactly is a knot, and how we can tell when something is not the unknot.<br />
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== December 11 2017 (East High School) ==<br />
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Abstract: We take as axiomatic the usual laws of arithmetic, along with a new law: 7=0. Evidently, this new law challenges certain widespread intuitions about numbers. Will all of mathematics crumble?<br />
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== February 19 2018 (East High School) ==<br />
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Abstract: The Supreme Court is deciding whether or not Wisconsin’s way of electing the State Assembly violates the Constitution by depriving Wisconsinites of their right to representation. The key issues in this case are really about math, and how legislators armed with powerful algorithms can design electoral districts so that they choose the voters, rather than the voters choosing them. On the other hand, we can use math to find unfairness in maps and suggest better ones — I’ll talk a little bit about how.<br />
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== March 1 2018 (WID) - 1 ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: From Patterns to Functions?'''<br />
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What is a pattern? What's the next number in the sequence 1,2,3,4,5? What about 1,4,9,16,25? Why that number? In this talk we'll talk about how to find the next number in many sequences, and where it comes from. In addition we'll consider the relations between functions an patterns.<br />
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== March 1 2018 (WID) - 2 ==<br />
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I’ll try to illustrate the type of thinking that goes in math research by having us all dive into a famous historical problem.<br />
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== March 5 2018 (JMM High School) ==<br />
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Computers perform all sorts of complex tasks, from playing videos to running internet browsers. Secretly, computers do everything through numbers and mathematics. Even weirder, they do all of this with "bits", numbers that are only 0 or 1. We will talk about bits and how we use them to do the mathematics we're familiar with as humans. If we have enough time, we will discuss "addition chains" and how computers use them to speed up their computations.<br />
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== March 19 2018 (East High School) ==<br />
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Abstract: Strategies are everywhere: how a business decides to deploy resources, how a school district decides on a curriculum plan, how a student decides which material to study for a test. In this Math Circle, we will discuss how mathematical ideas can inform strategies, focusing on simple games where perfect analysis of strategies is possible.<br />
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== April 30 2018 (JMM High School) ==<br />
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</center></div>Juliettebrucehttps://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php?title=Madison_Math_Circle&diff=15196Madison Math Circle2018-02-28T17:38:19Z<p>Juliettebruce: /* Off-Site Meetings */</p>
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For the site in Spanish, visit [[Math Circle de Madison]]<br />
=What is a Math Circle?=<br />
The Madison Math Circle is a weekly series of mathematically based activities aimed at interested middle school and high school students. It is an outreach program organized by the UW Math Department. Our goal is to provide a taste of exciting ideas in math and science. In the past we've had talks about plasma and weather in outer space, video game graphics, and encryption. In the sessions, students (and parents) are often asked to explore problems on their own, with the presenter facilitating a discussion. The talks are independent of one another, so new students are welcome at any point.<br />
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The level of the audience varies quite widely, including a mix of middle school and high school students, and the speakers generally address this by considering subjects that will be interesting for a wide range of students.<br />
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After each talk we'll have pizza provided by the Mathematics Department, and students will have an opportunity to mingle and chat with the speaker and with other participants, to ask questions about some of the topics that have been discussed, and also about college, careers in science, etc.<br />
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'''The Madison Math circle was featured in Wisconsin State Journal:''' [http://host.madison.com/wsj/news/local/education/local_schools/school-spotlight-madison-math-circle-gives-young-students-a-taste/article_77f5c042-0b3d-11e1-ba5f-001cc4c03286.html check it out]!<br />
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=All right, I want to come!=<br />
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We have a weekly meeting, <b>Monday at 6pm in 3255 Helen C White Library</b>, during the school year. <b>New students are welcome at any point! </b> There is no fee and the talks are independent of one another, so you can just show up any week, but we ask all participants to take a moment to register by following the link below:<br />
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[https://uwmadison.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_e9WdAs2SXNurWFD '''Math Circle Registration Form''']<br />
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All of your information is kept private, and is only used by the Madison Math Circle organizer to help run the Circle. <br />
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If you are a student, we hope you will tell other interested students about these talks, and speak with your parents or with your teacher about organizing a car pool to the UW campus. If you are a parent or a teacher, we hope you'll tell your students about these talks and organize a car pool to the UW (all talks take place in 3255 Helen C White Library, on the UW-Madison campus, right next to the Memorial Union).<br />
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==Directions and parking==<br />
Our meetings are held on the 3rd floor of Helen C. White Hall in room 3255.<br />
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'''Parking.''' Parking on campus is rather limited. Here is as list of some options:<br />
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*There is a parking garage in the basement of Helen C. White, with an hourly rate. Enter from Park Street.<br />
*A 0.5 mile walk to Helen C. White Hall via [http://goo.gl/cxTzJY these directions], many spots ('''free starting 4:30pm''') [http://goo.gl/maps/Gkx1C in Lot 26 along Observatory Drive].<br />
*A 0.3 mile walk to Helen C. White Hall via [http://goo.gl/yMJIRd these directions], many spots ('''free starting 4:30pm''') [http://goo.gl/maps/vs17X in Lot 34]. <br />
*A 0.3 mile walk to Helen C. White Hall via [http://goo.gl/yMJIRd these directions], 2 metered spots (25 minute max) [http://goo.gl/maps/ukTcu in front of Lathrop Hall].<br />
*A 0.2 mile walk to Helen C. White Hall via [http://goo.gl/b8pdk2 these directions] 6 metered spots (25 minute max) around [http://goo.gl/maps/6EAnc the loop in front of Chadbourne Hall] .<br />
*For more information, see the [http://transportation.wisc.edu/parking/parking.aspx UW-Madison Parking Info website].<br />
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==Email list==<br />
The best way to keep up to date with the what is going is by signing up for our email list. Send an empty email to join-mathcircle@lists.wisc.edu<br />
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==Contact the organizers==<br />
The Madison Math Circle is organized by a group of professors and graduate students from the [http://www.math.wisc.edu Department of Mathematics] at the UW-Madison. If you have any questions, suggestions for topics, or so on, just email the '''organizers''' [mailto:mathcircleorganizers@lists.wisc.edu here]. We are always interested in feedback!<br />
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File:de.jpg|[https://www.math.wisc.edu/~derman/ Prof. Daniel Erman]<br />
File:Betsy.jpg|[http://www.math.wisc.edu/~stovall/ Prof. Betsy Stovall]<br />
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File:juliettebruce.jpg|[http://www.math.wisc.edu/~juliettebruce/ Juliette Bruce]<br />
File:Ee.jpg|[http://www.math.wisc.edu/~evaelduque/ Eva Elduque]<br />
File:mrjulian.jpg|[http://www.math.wisc.edu/~mrjulian/ Ryan Julian]<br />
File:soumyasankar.jpg|[http://www.math.wisc.edu/~soumyasankar Soumya Sankar]<br />
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==Donations==<br />
Please consider donating to the Madison Math Circle. As noted in our [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/images/Math_Circle_Newsletter.pdf annual report], our main costs consist of pizza and occasional supplies for the speakers. So far our costs have been covered by donations from the UW Mathematics Department as well as a generous gifts from a private donor. But our costs are rising, primarily because this year we expect to hold more meetings than in any previous year. In fact, this year, we expect to spend at least $2500 on pizza and supplies alone.<br />
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So please consider donating to support your math circle! The easiest way to donate is to go to the link:<br />
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[http://www.math.wisc.edu/donate Online Donation Link]<br />
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There are instructions on that page for donating to the Math Department. <b> Be sure and add a Gift Note saying that the donation is intended for the "Madison Math Circle"!</b> The money goes into the Mathematics Department Annual Fund and is routed through the University of Wisconsin Foundation, which is convenient for record-keeping, etc.<br />
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Alternately, you can bring a check to one of the Math Circle Meetings. If you write a check, be sure to make it payable to the "WFAA" and add the note "Math Circle Donation" on the check. <br />
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Or you can just pay in cash, and we'll give you a receipt.<br />
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==Help us grow!==<br />
If you like Math Circle, please help us continue to grow! Students, parents, and teachers can help by:<br />
*Posting our [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/images/MMC_Flyer_2016.pdf '''flyer'''] at schools or anywhere that might have interested students<br />
*Discussing the Math Circle with students, parents, teachers, administrators, and others<br />
*Making an announcement about Math Circle at PTO meetings<br />
*Donating to Math Circle<br />
Contact the organizers if you have questions or your own ideas about how to help out.<br />
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=Meetings for Fall 2017 and Spring 2018=<br />
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Unless specified talks start at '''6pm in room 3255 of Helen C. White Library''', unless otherwise noted.<br />
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| September 18, 2017 || [http://www.math.wisc.edu/~derman/ Daniel Erman] || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#September_18_2017 Welcome to the Madison Math Circle!] <br />
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| September 25, 2017 || [http://www.math.wisc.edu/~stovall/ Betsy Stovall] || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#September_25_2017 Math is a game! ] <br />
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| October 2, 2017 || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/~rdavis/ Rachel Davis] || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#October_2_2017 Thinking outside the box] <br />
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| October 9, 2017 || [http://www.math.wisc.edu/~sparenti/ Solly Parenti] || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#October_9_2017 Hackenbush] <br />
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| October 16, 2017 || Mihaela Ifrim || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#October_16_2017 Escape of the Clones! ] <br />
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| October 23, 2017 || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/~mrjulian/ Ryan Julian] || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#October_23_2017 Recursion for Fun and Profit]<br />
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| October 30, 2017 || [https://sites.google.com/wisc.edu/jwg John Wiltshire-Gordon] || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#October_30_2017 Euler Characteristic ] <br />
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| November 6, 2017 || [https://sites.google.com/site/uwwanlin/ Wanlin Li] || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#November_6_2017 How to Outsmart a State Test? ] <br />
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| November 13, 2017 || Jean-Luc Thiffeault || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#November_13_2017 Goldbug Variations ]<br />
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| November 20, 2017 || Ethan Beihl || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#November_20_2017 Boomerang Sequences ] <br />
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! colspan="3" style="background: #e8b2b2;" align="center" | Spring 2018<br />
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|January 29, 2018 ||No Meeting - Cancelled || <br />
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| February 5, 2018 || Ben Wright || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#February_5_2018 Mobius Band Magic] <br />
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| February 12, 2018 || Daniel Erman || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#February_12_2018 ] <br />
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| February 19, 2018 || Brandon Boggess || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#February_19_2018 Towers of Hanoi] <br />
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| February 26, 2018 || Becky Eastham || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#February_26_2018 No Pigeons Will Be Harmed During This Talk] <br />
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| March 5, 2018 || Kit Newton || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#March_5_2018 ] <br />
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| March 12, 2018 || Solly Parenti || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#March_12_2018 ] <br />
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| March 19, 2018 || Edwin Baeza || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#April_9_2018 ] <br />
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| March 26, 2018 || No Meeting - (Spring Break) || <br />
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| April 2, 2018 || Carrie Chen || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#April_2_2018 ] <br />
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| April 9, 2018 || Reserved || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#April_9_2018 ] <br />
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=Off-Site Meetings=<br />
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We will hold some Math Circle meetings at local high schools on early release days. Our schedule for 2017-2018 has not yet been determined. If you are interesting in having us come to your high school, please contact us!<br />
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| October 2nd || 2:45pm|| East High School - Madison, WI || [http://www.math.wisc.edu/~moises/ Moisés Herradón] || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#October_2_2017_.28East_High_School.29 How to make it as a Hackenbush player in the planet Zubenelgenubi 4] <br />
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| November 2nd || 9:30am || Wisconsin Institute for Discovery - Madison, WI || [http://www.math.wisc.edu/~rzachariah/ Alisha Zachariah] || <br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#November_2_2017_.28WID.29_-_1 Fractals, Fractions and Fibonnaci.]<br />
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| November 2nd (Canceled) || 11:00am || Wisconsin Institute for Discovery - Madison, WI || [http://zachcharles.wordpress.com Zach Charles] || <br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#November_2_2017_.28WID.29_-_2 1+1 = 10 or "How does my computer do anything?"]<br />
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| November 2nd || 6:00pm || Whitewater High School - Whitewater, WI || [http://www.math.wisc.edu/~juliettebruce Juliette Bruce] || <br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#November_2_2017_.28Whitewater.29 Doodling Daydreams]<br />
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| November 3rd || 10:30am || KM Global - Wales, WI || [http://www.math.wisc.edu/~stovall/ Betsy Stovall] ||<br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#November_3_2017_.28KM_Global.29 Recent discoveries in mathematics]<br />
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| November 27th || 2:45pm|| JMM High School - Madison, WI || [http://www.math.wisc.edu/~juliettebruce Juliette Bruce] || <br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#November_27_2017_.28JMM_High_School.29 Is any knot not the unknot?]<br />
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| December 11th || 2:45pm|| East High School - Madison, WI || [https://sites.google.com/wisc.edu/jwg John Wiltshire-Gordon] ||<br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#December_11_2017_.28East_High_School.29 What if seven is zero?]<br />
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| February 19th || 2:45pm|| East High School - Madison, WI || Jordan Ellenberg || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#February_19_2018_.28East_High_School.29 Is math destroying the right to vote?] <br />
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| March 1st || 9:30am || Wisconsin Institute for Discovery - Madison, WI || Wanlin Li || <br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#March_1_2018_.28WID.29_-_1 From Patterns to Functions?]<br />
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| March 1st || 10:45am || Wisconsin Institute for Discovery - Madison, WI || Daniel Erman || <br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#March_1_2018_.28WID.29_-_2 What does math research look like?]<br />
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| March 5th || 2:45pm|| JMM High School - Madison, WI || Zach Charles || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#March_5_2018_.28JMM_High_School.29 1+1 = 10 or "How does my computer do anything?"]<br />
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| March 19th || 2:45pm|| East High School - Madison, WI || Phil Wood || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#March_19_2018_.28East_High_School.29 The Mathematics of Winning Strategies ] <br />
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| April 30th || 2:45pm|| JMM High School - Madison, WI || TBD || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#April_30_2018_.28JMM_High_School.29 TBD]<br />
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=Useful Resources=<br />
==Annual Reports==<br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/images/Math_Circle_Newsletter.pdf 2013-2014 Annual Report]<br />
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== Archived Abstracts ==<br />
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[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_2016-2017 2016 - 2017 Math Circle Page]<br />
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[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts_2016-2017 2016 - 2017 Abstracts]<br />
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[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_2015-2016 2015 - 2016 Math Circle Page]<br />
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[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Math_Circle_de_Madison_2015-2016 2015 - 2016 Math Circle Page (Spanish)]<br />
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[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts_2015-2016 2015 - 2015 Abstracts]<br />
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[[Archived Math Circle Material]]<br />
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==Link for presenters (in progress)==<br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Math_Circle_Presentations Advice For Math Circle Presenters]<br />
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[http://www.mathcircles.org/content/lesson-plans Sample Lesson Plans]<br />
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[http://www.mathcircles.org/content/circle-box "Circle in a Box"]</div>Juliettebrucehttps://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php?title=Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts&diff=15167Madison Math Circle Abstracts2018-02-21T13:50:06Z<p>Juliettebruce: /* March 1 2018 (WID) - 1 */</p>
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[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle Main Math Circle Page]<br />
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== September 18 2017 ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Daniel Erman'''<br />
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Abstract: At the Madison Math Circle, we aim to give a flavor for the creative type of thinking that goes into mathematical research. In this week's interactive activity, students will explore questions related to Mobius strips, developing their own conjectures.<br />
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== September 25 2017 ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Betsy Stovall'''<br />
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| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: Math is a game!'''<br />
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When mathematicians are working to solve a theoretical problem, it often helps to imagine that we are playing a game: What could our opponent do to make our job as difficult as possible, and what is our strategy to defeat them no matter what move they make? In this session, we will try this out by playing several games and trying to come up with winning strategies. <br />
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== October 2 2017 ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Rachel Davis'''<br />
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| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: Thinking outside the box'''<br />
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Abstract: We will try some geometric puzzles related to area, volume, and dimension using techniques such as drawing diagrams, looking at special cases, using symmetry, and changing perspective.<br />
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== October 9 2017 ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Solly Parenti'''<br />
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| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: Hackenbush'''<br />
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Abstract: I come from an alien world where we spend all of our time playing a game called hackenbush. I'd like to introduce y'all to this game so you don't embarass yourself if you come visit my planet.<br />
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== October 16 2017 ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Mihaela Ifrim'''<br />
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| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: Escape of the Clones!'''<br />
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Abstract: We wish to find an invariant (an invariant is a quantity that doesn't change no matter how the process plays out). By playing couple of games will help us find some! The main game we will play is Escape of the Clones! Promise you will like it!<br />
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== October 23 2017 ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Ryan Julian'''<br />
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| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: Recursion for Fun and Profit'''<br />
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Abstract: Beginning with the classic Towers of Hanoi puzzle, we'll explore several puzzles whose solutions can often be found by thinking recursively. We'll also discover how recursion and related methods of simplifying problems can be used to create efficient algorithms to solve a variety of practical problems.<br />
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== October 30 2017 ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''John Wiltshire-Gordon'''<br />
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| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: Euler Characteristic'''<br />
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Abstract: The most important invariant associated to a collection of featureless points is their number, which can be found using a process called "counting". We explain a generalization of counting that works for other, more interesting shapes. For example, we will count a circle and a sphere. We recall typical counting arguments, and try to apply them to shapes.<br />
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== November 6 2017 ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Wanlin Li'''<br />
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| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: How to Outsmart a State Test?'''<br />
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Abstract: A common problem in a state test is given a sequence of numbers like 4, 9, 16, 25, 36... ask what the next number to expect. I used to dislike these problems up until a teacher taught me a cool trick. In this talk, I want to share this trick and discuss the math behind this.<br />
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== November 13 2017 ==<br />
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|-Jean-Luc Thiffeault<br />
| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: Goldbug Variations'''<br />
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Abstract<br />
I'll discuss the motion of little mathematical bugs: they hop around the positive integers, flipping direction arrows as they go. How many such bugs drop off the line at -1, and how many escape to infinity? Next, we tackle a similar problem in the plane, and discover beautiful geometrical patterns, known as Propp Circles.<br />
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== November 20 2017 ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Ethan Beihl'''<br />
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| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: Boomerang Sequences'''<br />
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I don't know what will happen in this talk. No, I don't mean that in the sense that math teachers often use, where they say "I don't know, why don't you try it!" but really secretly they know what's going to happen. I mean that in the most literal sense. I will introduce sequences of numbers that (sometimes) bounce back, and you will explore them, and I might learn something, because I don't know what will happen. We'll have a blast, and maybe we'll discover something that no-one ever has before.<br />
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== February 5 2018 ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Ben Wright'''<br />
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If you fold a loop of paper in half and cut it down the middle, how many loops of paper do you end up with? 2? Would you believe me if I said 1? How is this possible? A magician would never reveal the secret, but a mathematician will. We will learn to draw & construct loops & Mobius bands and explore their intrinsic & extrinsic properties.<br />
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== February 12 2018 ==<br />
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== February 19 2018 ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Brandon Boggess'''<br />
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| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: Towers of Hanoi'''<br />
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An old legend tells of a mysterious temple located in Hanoi, Vietnam containing three pegs and 64 golden disks. Since the beginning of the world, priests have been moving these disks across the pegs according to rules handed down by an ancient prophecy. The legend states that when the final disk is placed, the world will come to an end. We will examine these rules and decide whether we should be worried by this legend.<br />
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== February 26 2018 ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Becky Eastham'''<br />
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The Pigeonhole Principle is the statement that if you have if you have (n) pigeonholes, and you want to stuff (n+1) pigeons into these holes, then one of the holes will have at least two pigeons in it (why mathematicians want to stuff pigeons into holes at all is a excellent question for another time). While the Pigeonhole Principle might seem obvious, it can be used to prove things that are not at all obvious with relative ease! We’ll explore how to use this simple fact to solve a variety of problems. <br />
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== March 5 2018 ==<br />
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== March 12 2018 ==<br />
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== March 19 2018 ==<br />
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== April 2 2018 ==<br />
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== April 9 2018 ==<br />
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= Off-Site Meetings =<br />
== October 2 2017 (East High School) ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Speaker TBD'''<br />
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| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: How to make it as a Hackenbush player in the planet Zubenelgenubi 4'''<br />
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Abstract: In the distant planet of Zubenelgenubi 4, we live our life without numbers. I know, how do we pass our time if we can't construct a smartphone without numbers? The answer is that we have invented an extremely violent sport about chopping down trees called Hackenbush, and playing this game is an essential social skill in Zubenelgenubi 4. I will teach you how to play the pen and paper version of Hackenbush, and hint at how learning this game leads to a kind of math that is highly illegal in 254,233 planetary systems.<br />
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== November 2 2017 (WID) - 1 ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Speaker: Alisha Zacharia'''<br />
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| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: Fractals, Fractions and Fibonnaci.'''<br />
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Abstract: Let’s go on a history tour! We’ll visit some math objects that intrigued generations of mathematicians and explore connections between them. We'll observe something that happens a lot in modern mathematics: discovering connections among seemingly unrelated things! Through this talk I hope to introduce you to how vital it is for mathematicians today to be able to effectively communicate with and teach each other even if they work in very different branches of mathematics.<br />
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== November 2 2017 (WID) - 2 ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Speaker: Zach Charles'''<br />
|-<br />
| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: 1+1 = 10 or "How does my computer do anything?"'''<br />
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Abstract: Computers perform all sorts of complex tasks, from playing videos to running internet browsers. Secretly, computers do everything through numbers and mathematics. Even weirder, they do all of this with "bits", numbers that are only 0 or 1. We will talk about bits and how we use them to do the mathematics we're familiar with as humans. If we have enough time, we will discuss "addition chains" and how computers use them to speed up their computations.<br />
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== November 2 2017 (Whitewater) ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Speaker: Juliette Bruce'''<br />
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| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: Doodling Daydreams'''<br />
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Abstract: As a high schooler I occasionally got bored, would zone out, and doodle on my paper. Often repeatedly tracing around something on my paper creating doodles like this:<br />
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In this bored state my mind would often wandered, and I would wonder about important things like "Will I have a date for prom?" or "What is the cafeteria serving for lunch?", but germane to this talk were my wonderings about, "What’s happening to the shape of this doodle?" It turns out that these idle daydreams and doodles provide a good taste for how mathematicians "do" math. We will start by doodling and asking questions, and then we'll see where these lead us mathematically.<br />
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== November 3 2017 (KM Global) ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Speaker: Betsy Stoval'''<br />
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| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: Recent discoveries in mathematics'''<br />
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Abstract: So much wonderful and useful mathematics was discovered centuries ago that it can seem as though we must know everything by now. To the contrary, thousands of research mathematicians around the world are working to develop new mathematical theories every day. I will talk about some exciting recent discoveries in math and some tantalizing unsolved problems. To make matters more concrete, students will develop a solution to the Erdős Discrepancy Problem, which was only completely solved in 2015, in a simple case.<br />
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== November 27 2017 (JMM High School) ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Speaker: Juliette Bruce'''<br />
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| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: Is any knot not the unknot'''<br />
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Abstract: <br />
You're walking home from school, and you pull your headphones out to listen to some tunes. However, inevitably they are a horribly tangled mess, but are they really a knot? We'll talk about what exactly is a knot, and how we can tell when something is not the unknot.<br />
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== December 11 2017 (East High School) ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Speaker: John Wiltshire-Gordon'''<br />
|-<br />
| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: What if seven is zero?'''<br />
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Abstract: We take as axiomatic the usual laws of arithmetic, along with a new law: 7=0. Evidently, this new law challenges certain widespread intuitions about numbers. Will all of mathematics crumble?<br />
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== February 19 2018 (East High School) ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Speaker: Jordan Ellenberg'''<br />
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| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: Is math destroying the right to vote?'''<br />
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Abstract: The Supreme Court is deciding whether or not Wisconsin’s way of electing the State Assembly violates the Constitution by depriving Wisconsinites of their right to representation. The key issues in this case are really about math, and how legislators armed with powerful algorithms can design electoral districts so that they choose the voters, rather than the voters choosing them. On the other hand, we can use math to find unfairness in maps and suggest better ones — I’ll talk a little bit about how.<br />
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== March 1 2018 (WID) - 1 ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Speaker: Wanlin Li'''<br />
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| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: From Patterns to Functions?'''<br />
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What is a pattern? What's the next number in the sequence 1,2,3,4,5? What about 1,4,9,16,25? Why that number? In this talk we'll talk about how to find the next number in many sequences, and where it comes from. In addition we'll consider the relations between functions an patterns.<br />
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== March 1 2018 (WID) - 2 ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Speaker: Daniel Erman'''<br />
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| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: What does math research look like?'''<br />
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I’ll try to illustrate the type of thinking that goes in math research by having us all dive into a famous historical problem.<br />
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== March 5 2018 (JMM High School) ==<br />
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| bgcolor="#e8b2b2" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Speaker: Zach Charles'''<br />
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| bgcolor="#BDBDBD" align="center" | '''Title: 1+1 = 10 or "How does my computer do anything?" '''<br />
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Computers perform all sorts of complex tasks, from playing videos to running internet browsers. Secretly, computers do everything through numbers and mathematics. Even weirder, they do all of this with "bits", numbers that are only 0 or 1. We will talk about bits and how we use them to do the mathematics we're familiar with as humans. If we have enough time, we will discuss "addition chains" and how computers use them to speed up their computations.<br />
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== March 19 2018 (East High School) ==<br />
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== April 30 2018 (JMM High School) ==<br />
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</center></div>Juliettebrucehttps://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php?title=Madison_Math_Circle&diff=15166Madison Math Circle2018-02-21T13:49:47Z<p>Juliettebruce: /* Off-Site Meetings */</p>
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For the site in Spanish, visit [[Math Circle de Madison]]<br />
=What is a Math Circle?=<br />
The Madison Math Circle is a weekly series of mathematically based activities aimed at interested middle school and high school students. It is an outreach program organized by the UW Math Department. Our goal is to provide a taste of exciting ideas in math and science. In the past we've had talks about plasma and weather in outer space, video game graphics, and encryption. In the sessions, students (and parents) are often asked to explore problems on their own, with the presenter facilitating a discussion. The talks are independent of one another, so new students are welcome at any point.<br />
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The level of the audience varies quite widely, including a mix of middle school and high school students, and the speakers generally address this by considering subjects that will be interesting for a wide range of students.<br />
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After each talk we'll have pizza provided by the Mathematics Department, and students will have an opportunity to mingle and chat with the speaker and with other participants, to ask questions about some of the topics that have been discussed, and also about college, careers in science, etc.<br />
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'''The Madison Math circle was featured in Wisconsin State Journal:''' [http://host.madison.com/wsj/news/local/education/local_schools/school-spotlight-madison-math-circle-gives-young-students-a-taste/article_77f5c042-0b3d-11e1-ba5f-001cc4c03286.html check it out]!<br />
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=All right, I want to come!=<br />
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We have a weekly meeting, <b>Monday at 6pm in 3255 Helen C White Library</b>, during the school year. <b>New students are welcome at any point! </b> There is no fee and the talks are independent of one another, so you can just show up any week, but we ask all participants to take a moment to register by following the link below:<br />
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[https://uwmadison.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_e9WdAs2SXNurWFD '''Math Circle Registration Form''']<br />
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All of your information is kept private, and is only used by the Madison Math Circle organizer to help run the Circle. <br />
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If you are a student, we hope you will tell other interested students about these talks, and speak with your parents or with your teacher about organizing a car pool to the UW campus. If you are a parent or a teacher, we hope you'll tell your students about these talks and organize a car pool to the UW (all talks take place in 3255 Helen C White Library, on the UW-Madison campus, right next to the Memorial Union).<br />
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==Directions and parking==<br />
Our meetings are held on the 3rd floor of Helen C. White Hall in room 3255.<br />
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'''Parking.''' Parking on campus is rather limited. Here is as list of some options:<br />
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*There is a parking garage in the basement of Helen C. White, with an hourly rate. Enter from Park Street.<br />
*A 0.5 mile walk to Helen C. White Hall via [http://goo.gl/cxTzJY these directions], many spots ('''free starting 4:30pm''') [http://goo.gl/maps/Gkx1C in Lot 26 along Observatory Drive].<br />
*A 0.3 mile walk to Helen C. White Hall via [http://goo.gl/yMJIRd these directions], many spots ('''free starting 4:30pm''') [http://goo.gl/maps/vs17X in Lot 34]. <br />
*A 0.3 mile walk to Helen C. White Hall via [http://goo.gl/yMJIRd these directions], 2 metered spots (25 minute max) [http://goo.gl/maps/ukTcu in front of Lathrop Hall].<br />
*A 0.2 mile walk to Helen C. White Hall via [http://goo.gl/b8pdk2 these directions] 6 metered spots (25 minute max) around [http://goo.gl/maps/6EAnc the loop in front of Chadbourne Hall] .<br />
*For more information, see the [http://transportation.wisc.edu/parking/parking.aspx UW-Madison Parking Info website].<br />
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==Email list==<br />
The best way to keep up to date with the what is going is by signing up for our email list. Send an empty email to join-mathcircle@lists.wisc.edu<br />
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==Contact the organizers==<br />
The Madison Math Circle is organized by a group of professors and graduate students from the [http://www.math.wisc.edu Department of Mathematics] at the UW-Madison. If you have any questions, suggestions for topics, or so on, just email the '''organizers''' [mailto:mathcircleorganizers@lists.wisc.edu here]. We are always interested in feedback!<br />
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File:de.jpg|[https://www.math.wisc.edu/~derman/ Prof. Daniel Erman]<br />
File:Betsy.jpg|[http://www.math.wisc.edu/~stovall/ Prof. Betsy Stovall]<br />
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File:juliettebruce.jpg|[http://www.math.wisc.edu/~juliettebruce/ Juliette Bruce]<br />
File:Ee.jpg|[http://www.math.wisc.edu/~evaelduque/ Eva Elduque]<br />
File:mrjulian.jpg|[http://www.math.wisc.edu/~mrjulian/ Ryan Julian]<br />
File:soumyasankar.jpg|[http://www.math.wisc.edu/~soumyasankar Soumya Sankar]<br />
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==Donations==<br />
Please consider donating to the Madison Math Circle. As noted in our [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/images/Math_Circle_Newsletter.pdf annual report], our main costs consist of pizza and occasional supplies for the speakers. So far our costs have been covered by donations from the UW Mathematics Department as well as a generous gifts from a private donor. But our costs are rising, primarily because this year we expect to hold more meetings than in any previous year. In fact, this year, we expect to spend at least $2500 on pizza and supplies alone.<br />
<br />
So please consider donating to support your math circle! The easiest way to donate is to go to the link:<br />
<br />
[http://www.math.wisc.edu/donate Online Donation Link]<br />
<br />
There are instructions on that page for donating to the Math Department. <b> Be sure and add a Gift Note saying that the donation is intended for the "Madison Math Circle"!</b> The money goes into the Mathematics Department Annual Fund and is routed through the University of Wisconsin Foundation, which is convenient for record-keeping, etc.<br />
<br />
Alternately, you can bring a check to one of the Math Circle Meetings. If you write a check, be sure to make it payable to the "WFAA" and add the note "Math Circle Donation" on the check. <br />
<br />
Or you can just pay in cash, and we'll give you a receipt.<br />
<br />
==Help us grow!==<br />
If you like Math Circle, please help us continue to grow! Students, parents, and teachers can help by:<br />
*Posting our [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/images/MMC_Flyer_2016.pdf '''flyer'''] at schools or anywhere that might have interested students<br />
*Discussing the Math Circle with students, parents, teachers, administrators, and others<br />
*Making an announcement about Math Circle at PTO meetings<br />
*Donating to Math Circle<br />
Contact the organizers if you have questions or your own ideas about how to help out.<br />
<br />
=Meetings for Fall 2017 and Spring 2018=<br />
<br />
<center><br />
<br />
Unless specified talks start at '''6pm in room 3255 of Helen C. White Library''', unless otherwise noted.<br />
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{| style="color:black; font-size:120%" border="1" cellpadding="14" cellspacing="0"<br />
|-<br />
! colspan="3" style="background: #e8b2b2;" align="center" | Fall 2017<br />
|-<br />
! Date !! Speaker !! Topic<br />
|-<br />
| September 18, 2017 || [http://www.math.wisc.edu/~derman/ Daniel Erman] || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#September_18_2017 Welcome to the Madison Math Circle!] <br />
|-<br />
| September 25, 2017 || [http://www.math.wisc.edu/~stovall/ Betsy Stovall] || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#September_25_2017 Math is a game! ] <br />
|-<br />
| October 2, 2017 || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/~rdavis/ Rachel Davis] || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#October_2_2017 Thinking outside the box] <br />
|-<br />
| October 9, 2017 || [http://www.math.wisc.edu/~sparenti/ Solly Parenti] || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#October_9_2017 Hackenbush] <br />
|-<br />
| October 16, 2017 || Mihaela Ifrim || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#October_16_2017 Escape of the Clones! ] <br />
|-<br />
| October 23, 2017 || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/~mrjulian/ Ryan Julian] || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#October_23_2017 Recursion for Fun and Profit]<br />
|-<br />
| October 30, 2017 || [https://sites.google.com/wisc.edu/jwg John Wiltshire-Gordon] || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#October_30_2017 Euler Characteristic ] <br />
|-<br />
| November 6, 2017 || [https://sites.google.com/site/uwwanlin/ Wanlin Li] || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#November_6_2017 How to Outsmart a State Test? ] <br />
|-<br />
| November 13, 2017 || Jean-Luc Thiffeault || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#November_13_2017 Goldbug Variations ]<br />
|-<br />
| November 20, 2017 || Ethan Beihl || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#November_20_2017 Boomerang Sequences ] <br />
|-<br />
! colspan="3" style="background: #e8b2b2;" align="center" | Spring 2018<br />
|-<br />
! Date !! Speaker !! Topic<br />
|-<br />
|January 29, 2018 ||No Meeting - Cancelled || <br />
|-<br />
| February 5, 2018 || Ben Wright || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#February_5_2018 Mobius Band Magic] <br />
|-<br />
| February 12, 2018 || Daniel Erman || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#February_12_2018 ] <br />
|-<br />
| February 19, 2018 || Brandon Boggess || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#February_19_2018 Towers of Hanoi] <br />
|-<br />
| February 26, 2018 || Becky Eastham || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#February_26_2018 No Pigeons Will Be Harmed During This Talk] <br />
|-<br />
| March 5, 2018 || Kit Newton || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#March_5_2018 ] <br />
|-<br />
| March 12, 2018 || Solly Parenti || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#March_12_2018 ] <br />
|-<br />
| March 19, 2018 || Edwin Baeza || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#April_9_2018 ] <br />
|-<br />
| March 26, 2018 || No Meeting - (Spring Break) || <br />
|-<br />
| April 2, 2018 || Carrie Chen || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#April_2_2018 ] <br />
|-<br />
| April 9, 2018 || Reserved || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#April_9_2018 ] <br />
|-<br />
|}<br />
<br />
</center><br />
<br />
=Off-Site Meetings=<br />
<br />
We will hold some Math Circle meetings at local high schools on early release days. Our schedule for 2017-2018 has not yet been determined. If you are interesting in having us come to your high school, please contact us!<br />
<br />
<center><br />
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{| style="color:black; font-size:120%" border="1" cellpadding="14" cellspacing="0"<br />
|-<br />
! colspan="5" style="background: #e8b2b2;" align="center" | Fall 2017<br />
|-<br />
|-<br />
! Date !! Time !! Location !! Speaker !! Topic <br />
|-<br />
| October 2nd || 2:45pm|| East High School - Madison, WI || [http://www.math.wisc.edu/~moises/ Moisés Herradón] || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#October_2_2017_.28East_High_School.29 How to make it as a Hackenbush player in the planet Zubenelgenubi 4] <br />
|-<br />
| November 2nd || 9:30am || Wisconsin Institute for Discovery - Madison, WI || [http://www.math.wisc.edu/~rzachariah/ Alisha Zachariah] || <br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#November_2_2017_.28WID.29_-_1 Fractals, Fractions and Fibonnaci.]<br />
|-<br />
| November 2nd (Canceled) || 11:00am || Wisconsin Institute for Discovery - Madison, WI || [http://zachcharles.wordpress.com Zach Charles] || <br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#November_2_2017_.28WID.29_-_2 1+1 = 10 or "How does my computer do anything?"]<br />
|-<br />
| November 2nd || 6:00pm || Whitewater High School - Whitewater, WI || [http://www.math.wisc.edu/~juliettebruce Juliette Bruce] || <br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#November_2_2017_.28Whitewater.29 Doodling Daydreams]<br />
|-<br />
| November 3rd || 10:30am || KM Global - Wales, WI || [http://www.math.wisc.edu/~stovall/ Betsy Stovall] ||<br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#November_3_2017_.28KM_Global.29 Recent discoveries in mathematics]<br />
|-<br />
| November 27th || 2:45pm|| JMM High School - Madison, WI || [http://www.math.wisc.edu/~juliettebruce Juliette Bruce] || <br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#November_27_2017_.28JMM_High_School.29 Is any knot not the unknot?]<br />
|-<br />
| December 11th || 2:45pm|| East High School - Madison, WI || [https://sites.google.com/wisc.edu/jwg John Wiltshire-Gordon] ||<br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#December_11_2017_.28East_High_School.29 What if seven is zero?]<br />
|-<br />
<br />
! colspan="5" style="background: #e8b2b2;" align="center" | Spring 2018<br />
|-<br />
|-<br />
! Date !! Time !! Location !! Speaker !! Topic <br />
|-<br />
| February 19th || 2:45pm|| East High School - Madison, WI || Jordan Ellenberg || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#February_19_2018_.28East_High_School.29 Is math destroying the right to vote?] <br />
|-<br />
| March 1st || 9:30am || Wisconsin Institute for Discovery - Madison, WI || Wanlin Li || <br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#March_1_2018_.28WID.29_-_1 From Patterns to Functions?]<br />
|-<br />
| March 1st || 10:45am || Wisconsin Institute for Discovery - Madison, WI || Daniel Erman || <br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#March_1_2018_.28WID.29_-_2 What does math research look like?]<br />
|-<br />
| March 5th || 2:45pm|| JMM High School - Madison, WI || Zach Charles || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#March_5_2018_.28JMM_High_School.29 1+1 = 10 or "How does my computer do anything?"]<br />
|-<br />
| March 19th || 2:45pm|| East High School - Madison, WI || Phil Wood || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#March_19_2018_.28East_High_School.29 TBD] <br />
|-<br />
| April 30th || 2:45pm|| JMM High School - Madison, WI || TBD || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#April_30_2018_.28JMM_High_School.29 TBD]<br />
|-<br />
|}<br />
</center><br />
<br />
=Useful Resources=<br />
==Annual Reports==<br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/images/Math_Circle_Newsletter.pdf 2013-2014 Annual Report]<br />
<br />
== Archived Abstracts ==<br />
<br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_2016-2017 2016 - 2017 Math Circle Page]<br />
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[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts_2016-2017 2016 - 2017 Abstracts]<br />
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[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_2015-2016 2015 - 2016 Math Circle Page]<br />
<br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Math_Circle_de_Madison_2015-2016 2015 - 2016 Math Circle Page (Spanish)]<br />
<br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts_2015-2016 2015 - 2015 Abstracts]<br />
<br />
[[Archived Math Circle Material]]<br />
<br />
==Link for presenters (in progress)==<br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Math_Circle_Presentations Advice For Math Circle Presenters]<br />
<br />
[http://www.mathcircles.org/content/lesson-plans Sample Lesson Plans]<br />
<br />
[http://www.mathcircles.org/content/circle-box "Circle in a Box"]</div>Juliettebrucehttps://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php?title=Madison_Math_Circle&diff=15162Madison Math Circle2018-02-20T19:40:06Z<p>Juliettebruce: /* Meetings for Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 */</p>
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<div>[[Image:logo.png|right|440px]]<br />
<br />
For the site in Spanish, visit [[Math Circle de Madison]]<br />
=What is a Math Circle?=<br />
The Madison Math Circle is a weekly series of mathematically based activities aimed at interested middle school and high school students. It is an outreach program organized by the UW Math Department. Our goal is to provide a taste of exciting ideas in math and science. In the past we've had talks about plasma and weather in outer space, video game graphics, and encryption. In the sessions, students (and parents) are often asked to explore problems on their own, with the presenter facilitating a discussion. The talks are independent of one another, so new students are welcome at any point.<br />
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The level of the audience varies quite widely, including a mix of middle school and high school students, and the speakers generally address this by considering subjects that will be interesting for a wide range of students.<br />
<br />
<br />
[[Image: MathCircle_2.jpg|500px]] [[Image: MathCircle_4.jpg|500px]] <br />
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After each talk we'll have pizza provided by the Mathematics Department, and students will have an opportunity to mingle and chat with the speaker and with other participants, to ask questions about some of the topics that have been discussed, and also about college, careers in science, etc.<br />
<br />
'''The Madison Math circle was featured in Wisconsin State Journal:''' [http://host.madison.com/wsj/news/local/education/local_schools/school-spotlight-madison-math-circle-gives-young-students-a-taste/article_77f5c042-0b3d-11e1-ba5f-001cc4c03286.html check it out]!<br />
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=All right, I want to come!=<br />
<br />
We have a weekly meeting, <b>Monday at 6pm in 3255 Helen C White Library</b>, during the school year. <b>New students are welcome at any point! </b> There is no fee and the talks are independent of one another, so you can just show up any week, but we ask all participants to take a moment to register by following the link below:<br />
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[https://uwmadison.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_e9WdAs2SXNurWFD '''Math Circle Registration Form''']<br />
<br />
All of your information is kept private, and is only used by the Madison Math Circle organizer to help run the Circle. <br />
<br />
If you are a student, we hope you will tell other interested students about these talks, and speak with your parents or with your teacher about organizing a car pool to the UW campus. If you are a parent or a teacher, we hope you'll tell your students about these talks and organize a car pool to the UW (all talks take place in 3255 Helen C White Library, on the UW-Madison campus, right next to the Memorial Union).<br />
<br />
<br />
==Directions and parking==<br />
Our meetings are held on the 3rd floor of Helen C. White Hall in room 3255.<br />
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<div class="center" style="width:auto; margin-left:auto; margin-right:auto;"><br />
[[File: Helencwhitemap.png|400px]]</div><br />
<br />
'''Parking.''' Parking on campus is rather limited. Here is as list of some options:<br />
<br />
*There is a parking garage in the basement of Helen C. White, with an hourly rate. Enter from Park Street.<br />
*A 0.5 mile walk to Helen C. White Hall via [http://goo.gl/cxTzJY these directions], many spots ('''free starting 4:30pm''') [http://goo.gl/maps/Gkx1C in Lot 26 along Observatory Drive].<br />
*A 0.3 mile walk to Helen C. White Hall via [http://goo.gl/yMJIRd these directions], many spots ('''free starting 4:30pm''') [http://goo.gl/maps/vs17X in Lot 34]. <br />
*A 0.3 mile walk to Helen C. White Hall via [http://goo.gl/yMJIRd these directions], 2 metered spots (25 minute max) [http://goo.gl/maps/ukTcu in front of Lathrop Hall].<br />
*A 0.2 mile walk to Helen C. White Hall via [http://goo.gl/b8pdk2 these directions] 6 metered spots (25 minute max) around [http://goo.gl/maps/6EAnc the loop in front of Chadbourne Hall] .<br />
*For more information, see the [http://transportation.wisc.edu/parking/parking.aspx UW-Madison Parking Info website].<br />
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==Email list==<br />
The best way to keep up to date with the what is going is by signing up for our email list. Send an empty email to join-mathcircle@lists.wisc.edu<br />
<br />
==Contact the organizers==<br />
The Madison Math Circle is organized by a group of professors and graduate students from the [http://www.math.wisc.edu Department of Mathematics] at the UW-Madison. If you have any questions, suggestions for topics, or so on, just email the '''organizers''' [mailto:mathcircleorganizers@lists.wisc.edu here]. We are always interested in feedback!<br />
<center><br />
<gallery widths=480px heights=240px mode="packed"><br />
File:de.jpg|[https://www.math.wisc.edu/~derman/ Prof. Daniel Erman]<br />
File:Betsy.jpg|[http://www.math.wisc.edu/~stovall/ Prof. Betsy Stovall]<br />
</gallery><br />
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<gallery widths=500px heights=250px mode="packed"><br />
File:juliettebruce.jpg|[http://www.math.wisc.edu/~juliettebruce/ Juliette Bruce]<br />
File:Ee.jpg|[http://www.math.wisc.edu/~evaelduque/ Eva Elduque]<br />
File:mrjulian.jpg|[http://www.math.wisc.edu/~mrjulian/ Ryan Julian]<br />
File:soumyasankar.jpg|[http://www.math.wisc.edu/~soumyasankar Soumya Sankar]<br />
</gallery><br />
</center><br />
<br />
==Donations==<br />
Please consider donating to the Madison Math Circle. As noted in our [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/images/Math_Circle_Newsletter.pdf annual report], our main costs consist of pizza and occasional supplies for the speakers. So far our costs have been covered by donations from the UW Mathematics Department as well as a generous gifts from a private donor. But our costs are rising, primarily because this year we expect to hold more meetings than in any previous year. In fact, this year, we expect to spend at least $2500 on pizza and supplies alone.<br />
<br />
So please consider donating to support your math circle! The easiest way to donate is to go to the link:<br />
<br />
[http://www.math.wisc.edu/donate Online Donation Link]<br />
<br />
There are instructions on that page for donating to the Math Department. <b> Be sure and add a Gift Note saying that the donation is intended for the "Madison Math Circle"!</b> The money goes into the Mathematics Department Annual Fund and is routed through the University of Wisconsin Foundation, which is convenient for record-keeping, etc.<br />
<br />
Alternately, you can bring a check to one of the Math Circle Meetings. If you write a check, be sure to make it payable to the "WFAA" and add the note "Math Circle Donation" on the check. <br />
<br />
Or you can just pay in cash, and we'll give you a receipt.<br />
<br />
==Help us grow!==<br />
If you like Math Circle, please help us continue to grow! Students, parents, and teachers can help by:<br />
*Posting our [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/images/MMC_Flyer_2016.pdf '''flyer'''] at schools or anywhere that might have interested students<br />
*Discussing the Math Circle with students, parents, teachers, administrators, and others<br />
*Making an announcement about Math Circle at PTO meetings<br />
*Donating to Math Circle<br />
Contact the organizers if you have questions or your own ideas about how to help out.<br />
<br />
=Meetings for Fall 2017 and Spring 2018=<br />
<br />
<center><br />
<br />
Unless specified talks start at '''6pm in room 3255 of Helen C. White Library''', unless otherwise noted.<br />
<br />
{| style="color:black; font-size:120%" border="1" cellpadding="14" cellspacing="0"<br />
|-<br />
! colspan="3" style="background: #e8b2b2;" align="center" | Fall 2017<br />
|-<br />
! Date !! Speaker !! Topic<br />
|-<br />
| September 18, 2017 || [http://www.math.wisc.edu/~derman/ Daniel Erman] || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#September_18_2017 Welcome to the Madison Math Circle!] <br />
|-<br />
| September 25, 2017 || [http://www.math.wisc.edu/~stovall/ Betsy Stovall] || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#September_25_2017 Math is a game! ] <br />
|-<br />
| October 2, 2017 || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/~rdavis/ Rachel Davis] || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#October_2_2017 Thinking outside the box] <br />
|-<br />
| October 9, 2017 || [http://www.math.wisc.edu/~sparenti/ Solly Parenti] || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#October_9_2017 Hackenbush] <br />
|-<br />
| October 16, 2017 || Mihaela Ifrim || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#October_16_2017 Escape of the Clones! ] <br />
|-<br />
| October 23, 2017 || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/~mrjulian/ Ryan Julian] || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#October_23_2017 Recursion for Fun and Profit]<br />
|-<br />
| October 30, 2017 || [https://sites.google.com/wisc.edu/jwg John Wiltshire-Gordon] || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#October_30_2017 Euler Characteristic ] <br />
|-<br />
| November 6, 2017 || [https://sites.google.com/site/uwwanlin/ Wanlin Li] || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#November_6_2017 How to Outsmart a State Test? ] <br />
|-<br />
| November 13, 2017 || Jean-Luc Thiffeault || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#November_13_2017 Goldbug Variations ]<br />
|-<br />
| November 20, 2017 || Ethan Beihl || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#November_20_2017 Boomerang Sequences ] <br />
|-<br />
! colspan="3" style="background: #e8b2b2;" align="center" | Spring 2018<br />
|-<br />
! Date !! Speaker !! Topic<br />
|-<br />
|January 29, 2018 ||No Meeting - Cancelled || <br />
|-<br />
| February 5, 2018 || Ben Wright || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#February_5_2018 Mobius Band Magic] <br />
|-<br />
| February 12, 2018 || Daniel Erman || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#February_12_2018 ] <br />
|-<br />
| February 19, 2018 || Brandon Boggess || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#February_19_2018 Towers of Hanoi] <br />
|-<br />
| February 26, 2018 || Becky Eastham || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#February_26_2018 No Pigeons Will Be Harmed During This Talk] <br />
|-<br />
| March 5, 2018 || Kit Newton || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#March_5_2018 ] <br />
|-<br />
| March 12, 2018 || Solly Parenti || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#March_12_2018 ] <br />
|-<br />
| March 19, 2018 || Edwin Baeza || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#April_9_2018 ] <br />
|-<br />
| March 26, 2018 || No Meeting - (Spring Break) || <br />
|-<br />
| April 2, 2018 || Carrie Chen || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#April_2_2018 ] <br />
|-<br />
| April 9, 2018 || Reserved || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#April_9_2018 ] <br />
|-<br />
|}<br />
<br />
</center><br />
<br />
=Off-Site Meetings=<br />
<br />
We will hold some Math Circle meetings at local high schools on early release days. Our schedule for 2017-2018 has not yet been determined. If you are interesting in having us come to your high school, please contact us!<br />
<br />
<center><br />
<br />
{| style="color:black; font-size:120%" border="1" cellpadding="14" cellspacing="0"<br />
|-<br />
! colspan="5" style="background: #e8b2b2;" align="center" | Fall 2017<br />
|-<br />
|-<br />
! Date !! Time !! Location !! Speaker !! Topic <br />
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| October 2nd || 2:45pm|| East High School - Madison, WI || [http://www.math.wisc.edu/~moises/ Moisés Herradón] || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#October_2_2017_.28East_High_School.29 How to make it as a Hackenbush player in the planet Zubenelgenubi 4] <br />
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| November 2nd || 9:30am || Wisconsin Institute for Discovery - Madison, WI || [http://www.math.wisc.edu/~rzachariah/ Alisha Zachariah] || <br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#November_2_2017_.28WID.29_-_1 Fractals, Fractions and Fibonnaci.]<br />
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| November 2nd (Canceled) || 11:00am || Wisconsin Institute for Discovery - Madison, WI || [http://zachcharles.wordpress.com Zach Charles] || <br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#November_2_2017_.28WID.29_-_2 1+1 = 10 or "How does my computer do anything?"]<br />
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| November 2nd || 6:00pm || Whitewater High School - Whitewater, WI || [http://www.math.wisc.edu/~juliettebruce Juliette Bruce] || <br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#November_2_2017_.28Whitewater.29 Doodling Daydreams]<br />
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| November 3rd || 10:30am || KM Global - Wales, WI || [http://www.math.wisc.edu/~stovall/ Betsy Stovall] ||<br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#November_3_2017_.28KM_Global.29 Recent discoveries in mathematics]<br />
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| November 27th || 2:45pm|| JMM High School - Madison, WI || [http://www.math.wisc.edu/~juliettebruce Juliette Bruce] || <br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#November_27_2017_.28JMM_High_School.29 Is any knot not the unknot?]<br />
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| December 11th || 2:45pm|| East High School - Madison, WI || [https://sites.google.com/wisc.edu/jwg John Wiltshire-Gordon] ||<br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#December_11_2017_.28East_High_School.29 What if seven is zero?]<br />
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! colspan="5" style="background: #e8b2b2;" align="center" | Spring 2018<br />
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! Date !! Time !! Location !! Speaker !! Topic <br />
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| February 19th || 2:45pm|| East High School - Madison, WI || Jordan Ellenberg || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#February_19_2018_.28East_High_School.29 Is math destroying the right to vote?] <br />
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| March 1st || 9:30am || Wisconsin Institute for Discovery - Madison, WI || Wanlin Li || <br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#March_1_2018_.28WID.29_-_1 TBD]<br />
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| March 1st || 10:45am || Wisconsin Institute for Discovery - Madison, WI || Daniel Erman || <br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#March_1_2018_.28WID.29_-_2 What does math research look like?]<br />
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| March 5th || 2:45pm|| JMM High School - Madison, WI || Zach Charles || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#March_5_2018_.28JMM_High_School.29 1+1 = 10 or "How does my computer do anything?"]<br />
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| March 19th || 2:45pm|| East High School - Madison, WI || Phil Wood || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#March_19_2018_.28East_High_School.29 TBD] <br />
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| April 30th || 2:45pm|| JMM High School - Madison, WI || TBD || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#April_30_2018_.28JMM_High_School.29 TBD]<br />
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|}<br />
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=Useful Resources=<br />
==Annual Reports==<br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/images/Math_Circle_Newsletter.pdf 2013-2014 Annual Report]<br />
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== Archived Abstracts ==<br />
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[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_2016-2017 2016 - 2017 Math Circle Page]<br />
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[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts_2016-2017 2016 - 2017 Abstracts]<br />
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[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_2015-2016 2015 - 2016 Math Circle Page]<br />
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[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Math_Circle_de_Madison_2015-2016 2015 - 2016 Math Circle Page (Spanish)]<br />
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[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts_2015-2016 2015 - 2015 Abstracts]<br />
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[[Archived Math Circle Material]]<br />
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==Link for presenters (in progress)==<br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Math_Circle_Presentations Advice For Math Circle Presenters]<br />
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[http://www.mathcircles.org/content/lesson-plans Sample Lesson Plans]<br />
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[http://www.mathcircles.org/content/circle-box "Circle in a Box"]</div>Juliettebruce