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Each spring, Seattle-area middle- and junior high-school students are invited to participate in the Monthly Math Hour on the University of Washington's campus. Due to the unprecedented coronavirus outbreak, this year's Math Hour at the UW will be a series of virtual talks, to introduce students to the beautiful and exciting world of mathematics. The lectures are given completely free of charge.
We ask that you register for each talk you plan to attend. The registration links will be sent via our mailing list and posted here one week before each talk. We'll send information about how to access the talk to everyone who registers.
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April 12, 2020, 1:00 PM
Jonah Ostroff, University of Washington Department of Mathematics
How to be extremely good at dots and boxes
Dots and Boxes is a pencil-and-paper game that you may have played before: draw a square array of dots, take turns drawing lines between them, and try to complete more boxes than your opponent. The rules are quite simple, but the math is remarkably complicated! We'll learn a few layers of strategy you can use to astound and humiliate your friends, and then discuss how variations in the rules can affect this strategy.
Video of the talk
April 26, 2020, 1:00 PM
Kristin DeVleming, University of California, San Diego Department of Mathematics
Rotations, reflections, and rearrangements
Symmetries and rigid motions are everyday examples appearing in the beautiful subject of group theory, which we'll approach in a hands-on way. Get ready to move some objects (and yourselves!) around while learning about groups as we dive into abstract algebra.
Video and slides for the talk
May 17, 2020, 1:00 PM
Tom Edgar, Pacific Lutheran University Department of Mathematics
You're my better half: a tale of complimentary complementary sequences
We investigate a special class of sequences called Beatty sequences. These sequences come in pairs, and we'll demonstrate and prove a result known as Rayleigh's theorem, which says these pairs always break the counting numbers into two disjoint groups. We'll then investigate a more general process for formulaically constructing pairs of complementary sequences. If time permits, we may also discuss a few applications of Beatty sequences.
Video and slides for the talk
June 7, 2020, 1:00 PM
Cliff Mass, University of Washington Department of Atmospheric Sciences
The mathematics of weather prediction
All weather forecasts are dependent on numerical weather prediction in which large supercomputers are used to solve the equations describing the physics of the atmosphere. This talk will describe the history of numerical weather prediction and how the solution of a complex collection of equations allows simulation of the future state of the atmosphere.
Video and slides for the talk
Steve Klee, Seattle University Department of Mathematics
How to count like a mathematician
Video of the talk
The Monthly Math Hour at the University of Washington is supported by the NSF awards DMS-095-3011 and DMS-16000048 and the UW Department of Mathematics.