Upcoming Events
Panel on Summer/Semester Programs (2 points)
10/09/12 at 5:30PM in Math 501
We will be hosting undergraduates, grad students, and faculty who have participated in various summer or semester program in mathematics. This is a great opportunity for students to hear the experiences of others and gain a better understanding of some of the program options available to them. If you have any interest in research or summer programs, it is very highly recommended that you attend this panel. The presentations may ignite interests in an opportunity available to you, and may also answer a lot of the questions you have regarding summer programs, make the most of the opportunity!
Spooktacular Science (3 points)
10/27/12 from 10AM-9PM and 10/28/12 from 1PM-4PM
Be a part of bringing spooky fun to families with children of all ages. Student clubs are invited to set up hands-on activities that fit a Halloween theme and provide festive, fun science exploration and learning. In years past, we’ve had activities like chemistry magic, slime and oobleck, a brain zoo, physics ‘phun’, and squid dissections, just to name a few. All ideas are welcome!
Imagine Science Event (5 points)
11/03/12 from 10 - 4PM in Flandrau Science Center
Description: This is an extremely important and beneficial community outreach event that we are in need of support for. The event is designed to promote the importance of Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) to girl scouts in 4th - 8th grade. Volunteers to help run booth activities are in extreme need and would be greatly appreciated. We have ideas for origami, creating catapults, and demonstrating pendulums! As always, this event would also look amazing on a resume, especially if you are taking the Mathematics Education option. So volunteer to give MathCats a strong outing and promote the importance of education!
More events to come later!
Dr. Balasuriya's Presentation "Chaotic Horseshoes" (4 points)
11/05/12 from 5-7pm in Math 501
"Chaos" was co-opted into the mathematics vocabulary in the 1970s, with the discovery of systems which looked random, but which were nevertheless governed by a well-defined rule. Such systems display a variety of interesting phenomena, one of which is "sensitivity to initial conditions." A butterfly flapping its wings in Rio de Janeiro, it would seem, could cause a tornado in Ohio several months later. Other properties of chaos include the presence of infinitely many periodic cycles of all possible periods (situations which continue to repeat after any given time), and uncountably many possibilities of situations which never repeat. In this talk, we will examine the "horseshoe map," which was introduced in the 1960s by Steve Smale, and argue that it possesses all of these signature properties of chaos.