Talk on Saturday (4/8)

 

Mercer County Math Circle will be having a talk this Saturday (4/8) at 2:00 PM in the 3rd floor of Princeton Public Library.
Speaker: Heesu Hwang
Time & Date: 2pm-3pm Saturday April 8
Location: Princeton Public Library, teen room (3rd floor)
Parallelism: Not Just For Geometry.

  • Have you ever had math problems you didn’t want to solve intelligently? A geometry problem or algebra problem for example where it seemed smart to simply coordinate bash or try a ton of factorizations. When deciding to bash or not, the driving factor is always how much computation we must do; the same trade-off exists in computer science. How do we do computation efficiently? One way to make computation faster is parallelism: distributing a task over many processors. What types of tasks can we distribute? How much faster can we solve problems if we can use multiple processors? We will explore the basics of run-time and speed-ups due to parallelism.
A recreational session will follow.
Hope to see all of you there!
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Third Mercer County Math Circle: Normal Distributions and Probability

Advanced Series

Title: The Law of Large Numbers and the Central Limit Theorem

Speaker: Chris Zhang

Time & Date: 2pm-3pm Saturday January 14

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

Abstract: The Gaussian or normal distribution is one of the most important models in statistics and is widespread in many fields of science, engineering, social science, and math. First we try to understand probability and prove the Law of Large Numbers. Then we will learn why the normal distribution is so prevalent through the Central Limit Theorem.

Chili Peppers: 3 out of 4.

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Recreational Series

Title: Normal Distribution Game

Leader: Harini Subrahmanyam Fredrickson

Time & Date: 3:14 PM – 4 PM Saturday January 14

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

Abstract: We will be playing a game to learn more about normal distributions.


Kickoff Event: November 12 – Math and Music

Advanced Series

Title: The Mathematics of Sound

Speaker: Philip Etter

Time & Date: 2pm-3pm Saturday November 12

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

Abstract: An informal discussion about the basic mathematics of one of the most fundamental parts of our lives – sound. The basic questions we’ll ask are as follows: what is sound and how do we represent it mathematically? How do we distinguish between different sounds? And, perhaps most importantly, how can we manipulate and analyze sound with a computer? While the talk will be non-technical, the underlying mathematics involved is incredibly deep and powers a staggering amount of technology in our daily lives, from our cell phones to streaming services like YouTube.

Prerequisites: Ability to understand the graph of a function

Chili Peppers: 2 out of 4.
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Recreational Series

Title: Making Musical Instruments using Straws

Leader: Harini Subrahmanyam Fredrickson

Time & Date: 3:14 PM – 4 PM Saturday November 12

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

Abstract: We will be creating our own music by constructing trumpets out of straws. Those who went to the advanced series can see a direct application of the concepts covered!


First (MC)² Session on Oct 12

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I’m excited to announce the inaugural Mercer County Math Circle event this Saturday!

IMPORTANT: A note on RSVP: For the library to keep track of attendance, you must RSVP for each individual event on the public library’s website. The links are given below.

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Advanced Series

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

Speaker: Alan Chang

Title: Introduction to Combinatorial Game Theory

Abstract: Combinatorial games are games which have no chance. In this talk, we’ll investigate the simplest kinds of combinatorial games and search for the strategy that will allow you to beat everyone else!

Difficulty: 1 chili pepper (out of 4)

Notes from the talk: Click here

RSVP: http://www.princetonlibrary.org/events/2013/10/mercer-county-math-circle-advanced

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Recreational Series

Time: 3pm-4pm (or as long as you want)
Location: Princeton Public Library, teen room (3rd floor)

There will be two activities going on at the same time.

  1. Let’s all work together and build a giant origami structure!
  2. Come learn about Martin Gardner and flexagons. Then let’s construct three flexagons: a trihexaflexagon, a hexahexaflexagon, and a tetratetraflexagon.

RSVP: http://www.princetonlibrary.org/events/2013/10/mercer-county-math-circle-recreational

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We’ve been working hard on the Math Circle, and we are so excited to begin the Mercer County Math Circle this Saturday! We hope you are too!