FULLERTON COLLEGE

Math Colloquium and Association Calendar

Spring 2011

(Average attendance this semester: 25 participants)

 

Co-organizers:

Dr. Dana Clahane and Dr. Bill Cowieson

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THE MATH COLLOQUIUM AND ASSOCIATION MEETINGS ARE HELD AT

 

Room 3010, Berkeley Center

(Northeast corner of Berkeley and lemon)

Fullerton College

1000 North Lemon Street, Fullerton, CA 92832

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Open to the public - all faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to attend.

 

Date

Time

Room

Speaker

Institutional Affiliation

Title of Talk

(Abstracts, flyers, and power point presentations available for some talks)

T 1/25

 

(14 students and 2 faculty members participated)

4:15-5:30pm

3010

Wilson Lee

 

 

Fullerton College (one of Dr. Clahane’s Math 299 Independent Study students) and Cerritos High School ('11)

 

UCLA (’15)

Spectrum of a compact weighted composition operator on weighted Hardy spaces of the ball, after Zhou/Yuan, Part II (Attendance at part I will not be assumed!)

 

 

 

Dr. Dana Clahane*

Fullerton College

The regular prime conjecture

 

 

 

 

 

Elections of Spring 2011 Math Association Officers

 

President: Charles Hasketh

Secretary: Rheza Hidajat

 

 

Thank you to Charles and Rheza for stepping up!

M 1/31

 

SPECIAL COLLOQUIUM

NOTE THE DIFFERENT DAY!

 

13 students and 6 faculty members participated

4:15-5:30pm

3010

Dr. Alexander Stanoyevitch

CSU Dominguez Hills

Randomized search and optimization

 

Abstract here

 

For more information, see Chapter 10, for example, in Dr. Stanoyevitch’s new book here

T 2/1

 

18 students, 3 faculty members, and 1 community member participated

4:15-5:30pm

3010

Wilson Lee

 

 

Fullerton College and Cerritos High School ('11)

How sharks use math to hunt

 

Abstract here

 

 

 

Dr. Bill Cowieson*

Fullerton College

Is e-1/2 the relative density of the regular primes?

 

 

 

 

 

Elections for Treasurer and Secretary

F 2/4

 

20 students and 3 faculty members participated

11am-2pm

3010

Dr. Dana Clahane,

Dr. Bill Cowieson, and Paul Sjoberg, faculty coaches

 

Practice Session #1 for the March 4th Round Two of the AMATYC Competition

T 2/8

 

20 students and 3 faculty members participated

4:15-5:30pm

3010

Dr. Bernard Russo

UC Irvine

Derivations: an introduction to non-associative algebra, or playing havoc with the product rule?

 

Click on the title above to view Professor Russo’s presentation slides in .pdf form for this talk

 

Flyer here

F 2/11

 

(21 students and 2 faculty members participated)

11am-2pm

615

Dr. Dana Clahane and

Paul Sjoberg,

faculty coaches

 

Practice Session #2 for the March 4th Round Two of the AMATYC Competition

T 2/15

 

(24 students and 3 faculty members participated)

4:15-5:30pm

3010

Wilson Lee

Fullerton College and Cerritos High School ('11)

 

Brownian motion, Wiener processes, Levy walks, and the hunting habits of sharks

 

(attendance at his first talk on this subject is not necessary and no prior knowledge will be assumed)

 

 

 

Dr. Dana Clahane

Fullerton College

Khabibullin’s conjecture

 

 

 

 

 

ELECTIONS:  Congratulations to our new Math Association Officers!

 

Shannon Lang, Vice-President

Jorge Fuentes: Treasurer

Joshua Dubon: Inter-club Council Representative

T 2/22

 

15 students and 3 faculty members participated

 

4:15-5:30pm

3010

Nishu Lal

UC Riverside

The spectral decimation of the Laplacian on the Sierpinski gasket

 

Click on the talk title above to view Ms. Lal’s presentation of this talk

 

Abstract here

 

F 2/25

 

(20 students participated)

11am-2pm

615

Dr. Dana Clahane,

Dr. Bill Cowieson, and Paul Sjoberg, coaches

 

Final Practice Session #3 for the March 4th Round Two of the AMATYC Competition

T 3/1

 

(19 students and 2 faculty members participated)

4:15-5:30pm

3010

Wilson Lee

Fullerton College and Cerritos High School ('11)

Shark Hunting Path Part 3: Mathematical Definitions & Conclusion

 

(Attendance at Parts 1 and 2 will NOT be assumed)

 

Abstract here

 

 

 

Dr. Bill Cowieson*

Fullerton College

For a given integer n, what is the number of normal magic squares of order n?

F 3/4

 

(46 students participated)

Students may show up anytime between 10 and 11am but NO LATER THAN 11am

3010

Dr. Dana Clahane,

Dr. Bill Cowieson, and Paul Sjoberg, supervisors

 

Round Two of the American Mathematical Association of Two Year Colleges (AMATYC) Student Math League Competition

T 3/8

 

12 students and 2 faculty members participated

4:15-5:30pm

3010

David Eng

Fullerton College

(Gregory Nguyen’s Math 150A student)

 

The search for a general formula for the number of, and an upper bound for the number of transversals in, Latin squares

 

 

 

Dr. Dana Clahane*

Fullerton College

If aliens from outer space someday demand that we find a Ramsey number, say R(6,6), or they'll kill us all, should we just kill the aliens? Paul Erdős said "Yes!"

 

F 3/11

 

(12 students participated)

11am-noon

615

Paul Sjoberg, Dr. Bill Cowieson, coaches

 

AMATYC Competition Wrap-up

 

(Click here for the Round 2, overall, and Round 1 results)

S 3/12

 

(16 FC students participated among several hundred other students from other colleges and universities)

8-4pm

Loyola Marymount University

Dylan Ayala (one of Dr. Clahane’s Math 141 College Algebra’s students), “The Erdos-Mollins-Walsh conjecture”

 

David Eng, “Latin squares: an unsolved math mystery”

 

Geno Diaz (one of Dr. Clahane’s Math 150B Calculus II students), “The Collatz problem”

 

 

Wilson Lee, “Early stage arguments indicating that π+e is irrational”

 

Reza Nikopoor (one of Dr. Clahane’s independent study students), “Maxwell’s question regarding equilibria of charge-distance potentials”

 

Eric Santana (one of Dr. Clahane’s Math 150B Calculus II students), “The Hadamard conjecture”

 

Derek Taylor (one of Mr. Plett’s Math 250B Linear Algebra/Differential Equations students), “The Borsuk conjecture”

 

Matthew Troast (one of Dr. Clahane’s Math 150B Calculus II students), “Normal Magic squares”

Universities and colleges throughout the Pacific Coast

6th Annual Pacific Coast Undergraduate Math Conference

(Click on the conference title for a link to the conference homepage.  Any student interested in math at any level is welcome to participate, free of charge)

(Student presentations are strongly encouraged - see Dr. Clahane or Dr. Cowieson for advice on preparing - it is advisable that you practice giving your talk at an FC Math Colloquium before giving your talk at this conference; however, it is not required!)

Please let Dr. Clahane know if you have registered to attend and/or give a talk at the conference, and if you need a topic or help, don’t hesitate to contact either Dr. Clahane or Dr. Cowieson.

 

 

Click here for a picture of most of the Fullerton College participants in this conference

T 3/15

 

12 students and 4 faculty members participated

4:15-5:30pm

3010

Dr. Gizem Karaali

Pomona College

How HOT is your geometry? A Tropical Excursion

 

Click on the title above to view a .pdf file of Dr. Karaali’s slides for this interesting talk

 

Abstract here

T 3/22

 

15 students and 2 faculty member participated

4:15-5:30pm

3010

Wilson Lee

Fullerton College and Cerritos High School (’11)

The mathematics of natural selection

 

Abstract here

 

 

 

Dylan Ayala

Fullerton College

The Erdős-Mollins-Walsh and Erdős-Strauss conjectures

T 3/29

 

(82 students, 6 faculty members, and our College President Dr. Rajen Vurdien participated)

4:15-5:30pm

3010

Ms. Nancy Ikeda

Fullerton College

 

(joint Geology/Math Colloquium)

SeismoMath II: Intro to earthquakes

 

(Click above to view a 20.7MB presentation of Ms. Ikeda’s lecture)

 

Abstract here

 

Flyer here

 

Attendance at Mrs. Ikeda’s first talk in this series, “Seismomath”, last Spring, will NOT be assumed; however, if you would like to see Ms. Ikeda’s power point presentation for that talk (this certainly wouldn’t hurt!), click here

T 4/5

 

(12 students and 2 faculty members participated)

4:15-5:30pm

3010

Eric Santana

Fullerton College

 

(one of Dr. Clahane’s Math 150B Calculus II students)

The Hadamard matrix conjecture

T 4/12

 

(38 students and 4 faculty members participated)

4:15-5:30pm

3010

Dr. Scott Annin

CSU Fullerton

What is the probability that two elements of a finite group commute?

 

(Click on the title above to view slides for Dr. Annin’s presentation)

 

Abstract here

 

For an example of a readable paper on this subject, click here

 

(This is an excellent example of a paper coauthored by a faculty member and a student.)

T 4/19

No

meeting

due

to

SPRING BREAK!

T 4/26

 

(15 students and 2 faculty members participated)

4:15-5:30pm

3010

Dr. Bill Cowieson*

Fullerton College

Is there a perfect cuboid?

 

 

 

Derek Taylor

Fullerton College

 

(one of Mr. Plett’s Math 250B students)

The Borsuk problem

 

Abstract here

 

 

 

Geno Diaz

Fullerton College

The Collatz problem

T 5/3

 

(20 students, 3 faculty members, and 1 member of the public participated)

4:15-5:30pm

3010

Dr. Jennifer Switkes

Cal Poly Pomona

Perceived highway speed

 

(Click on the above title to view Dr. Switkespowerpoint presentation for this talk)

 

Abstract here

T 5/10

 

(24 students and 2 faculty members participated)

4:15-5:30pm

3010

Dr. Dana Clahane*

Fullerton College

1.  Given a positive integer n, how many groups are there of order n?

2.  The gnu-hunting conjecture

 

 

 

Lena Meyer

Fullerton College

(one of Dr. Clahane’s Math 299 Independent Study Students) 

The Cullen prime conjecture: generalized Cullen numbers & matrices

 

 

 

 

 

ELECTIONS FOR Fall 2011 MATH ASSOCIATION OFFICERS:

 

Congratulations to the following officers:

 

President: David Eng

Vice-President: Benjamin “Ben” Hartley

Treasurer: Nickolas “Nick” Kang

 

Officers still needed: Secretary and Interclub Council Representative

T 5/17

 

(15 students and 2 faculty members participated)

4:15-5:30pm

3010

Dr. Bill Cowieson*

Fullerton College

Is e a normal number?

 

Abstract here

 

 

 

Wilson Lee

Fullerton College and Cerritos High School ’11 (UCLA ’15)

The mathematics of genetic drift

 

Abstract here

 

 

 

Lena Meyer

Fullerton College

Hunting for primes in the Cullen matrix

 

 

 

 

 

End-of-year party

We encourage you to speak on any date that Dr. Clahane or Dr. Cowieson are scheduled to speak (they will gladly postpone their talks to make room for yours!).  Students are encouraged to write their own presentations of the topics that are covered at any and all meetings and write up the presentation in LaTeX (see ctan.tug.org for more info and winedt.com, for example). 

The goal of each meeting is to at the very least, provide each attendee with the precise statement of an unsolved mathematics problem in any area, even if it is not in your own specialty - branching out is encouraged!

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BACK TO THE MAIN MATH COLLOQUIUM/ASSOCIATION PAGE

 

-There is risk, but there is also reward.-

Thanks to a $1900 grant from the Office of Staff Development, the Colloquium’s Fall 2010 unfunded status is no longer!  In Spring and Summer, as a result, we will be able to provide honoraria for external speakers.

This website was established in November 2009.

Webpage conceptual design, content, and page maintenance by:

Dr. Dana Clahane and Dr. Bill Cowieson (all rights/copyrights reserved)

Abstracts by Dr. Dana Clahane

3/29 Colloqium flier design by:

Leo Postovoit, courtesy of the Office of Special Programs

 

Dr. Clahane would like to thank Lucia Ly (entering UCLA in Fall ’11) and Rheza Hidajat (entering UC Berkeley in Fall ‘11) for their gracious volunteer homework grading assistance, which has freed him up a bit to work on these webpages and perform other related tasks this semester.  Dr. Clahane would also like to thank Wilson Lee (entering UCLA as a freshman in Fall ’11), who graciously provided other grading assistance at the end of the semester.

 

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