Linear Algebra & the Fibonacci Sequence + Board Games; Nov. 23

Advanced Series

Time & Date: 2pm-3pm, Saturday Nov. 23
Location: Princeton Public Library, teen room (3rd floor)

Speaker: David Fridovich-Keil

Title: Linear Algebra and the Fibonacci Sequence

Abstract: 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, …, F[n], ….

Curious about the Fibonacci sequence? Want to learn how to calculate the n-th Fibonacci number without calculating all the lower numbers? During this talk I will show you one way to solve this problem, using some basic linear algebra. All you need to know before coming is how to multiply and add. See you on Saturday!

Difficulty: 3 chili peppers (out of 4)

Notes from the talk: See here.

RSVP: http://www.princetonlibrary.org/events/2013/11/mercer-county-math-circle-advanced-1

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Board Games & Origami

Location: Princeton Public Library, teen room (3rd floor)

3.14pm-4pm: This is a fun opportunity to meet fellow students, speakers, volunteers and everyone else involved in the math circle. There will be lots of great games, and we’ll be building a large origami structure!

RSVP: None required.

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Problem session, In-a-Row Games & Origami; November 9

Hi Everyone,

We have exciting plans for the advanced and recreational series this coming Saturday (November 9). The usual advanced talk will be replaced by a problem session, which will be led by Princeton student David Bieber.

The recreational series will hear from speaker Justin Lanier.  There will also be an origami session.

Abstracts are posted below. As always, remember that you must register on the library website for any session you wish to participate in.

See you all on Saturday!

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Advanced Series

Time: 2pm-3pm
Location: Princeton Public Library, teen room (3rd floor)

Speaker: David Bieber

Title: Problem session

Abstract: This will be a one hour problem session with some competitive and some collaborative elements. Problems will be selected from past high school math contests.

Difficulty: NA

Problems from the talk: click here

RSVP: http://www.princetonlibrary.org/events/2013/11/mercer-county-math-circle-advanced-0

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Recreational series & Origami

Location: Princeton Public Library, teen room (3rd floor)

3.14pm-4pm:

In-a-Row Games

The most famous in-a-row game is tic-tac-toe, and you probably already know how it turns out. The good news is that there are many more in-a-row games, and they all have their connections to logic, geometry, and counting problems. Come learn, play, and strategize over a few, including tsoro yematatu—an in-a-row game from Zimbabwe. Join the fun!

RSVP: http://www.princetonlibrary.org/events/2013/11/mercer-county-math-circle-recreational