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Friday, February 7, 2020

4:00 pm in Altgeld Hall,Friday, February 7, 2020

A Brief Introduction to Problem Writing

David Altizio   [email] (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

Abstract: Many of the best mathematics competition problems push the boundaries of pre-calculus math in unexpected ways. While these questions fuel the popularity of contests among middle and high school students, they also make competitions seem inherently unsustainable; constructing these questions appears to be a Herculean task. In this talk, I will shed some insight into how problems are made by exploring my eight-year-long journey through problem writing. In particular, I will discuss common writing philosophies, sources of inspiration, and the stories behind some of my favorite creations.

Friday, February 14, 2020

4:00 pm in 341 Altgeld Hall,Friday, February 14, 2020

Prime Number Conjectures

Raghavendra Bhat (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

Abstract: Freshman math major and author (Math -- A Subtle Language of the Universe) Raghavendra Bhat will present some of his prime number conjectures, which he has presented on many platforms across the world. His talk will focus on his recent conjectures and thoughts on number theory research and math in general.

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

4:00 pm in 341 Altgeld Hall,Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Julia Robinson and Hilbert's Tenth Problem (film)

Abstract: Julia Robinson was the first woman elected to the mathematical section of the National Academy of Sciences, and the first woman to become president of the American Mathematical Society. While tracing Robinson's contribution to the solution of Hilbert's tenth problem, the film illuminates how her work led to an unusual friendship between Russian and American colleagues at the height of the Cold War.

Friday, April 10, 2020

4:00 pm in Zoom Meeting,Friday, April 10, 2020

Python Workshop

Kyle Begovich (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

Abstract: Kyle will be working at Google as a software engineer at the end of this semester. He'll be running a workshop on Python through Project Euler, a great way to get a jumpstart on learning some of the basics of solving problems through coding. No prior coding experience is needed for this workshop! Project Euler is an online platform for students in any discipline to work on “challenging mathematical/computer programming problems that will require more than just mathematical insights to solve”. In this time of remote work, a platform that is online and well-suited to developing problem-solving techniques can provide a good outlet for learning new skills, developing your analytic senses, and interacting with a community of mathematical thinkers. This seminar will help you set up an environment, discuss common approaches to work on these problems, and walk through some early problems to get you started. Please email for Zoom link.