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 beautiful campus. The Monthly Math Hour at the UW is a series of talks that will take place from 1-2pm on Sunday afternoons to introduce students to the beautiful and exciting world of mathematics. The lectures are given completely free of charge in Savery Hall room 260.
Well-behaved parents and teachers are also welcome to attend with the permission of their children. Siblings are free to join in, too.
There will be time for questions and further discussion after the talk.
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Article I, Section 2 of the US Constitution states that the number of representatives assigned to each state should be proportional to its population, but what exactly does that mean? It turns out that our nation's founders weren't exactly sure. What resulted was 150 years of politicians, bureaucrats, and mathematicians arguing over a surprisingly tricky math problem. We'll attempt to answer this question ourselves, and then walk through the history that brought us to the method used today.
Although most people identify weather prediction with presentations on their local news broadcast or weather web site, the technology behind prediction is highly complex and based on the numerical simulation of a series of partial differential equations. In this presentation I will discuss the history, technology, and mathematics behind weather prediction, and will describe the future transition to probabilistic forecasting.
There will be a separate event for younger students, grades 1-4.
Come and learn some games that you can teach your friends and then win! We will talk about some little-known games for two players, including games called Hackenbush, Toads-and-Frogs, and Nim. It is very easy to learn how to play these games: I will teach you all of them. But learning how to win these games is not nearly so easy. There is a lot of fascinating mathematics involved in the winning strategies.
This Sunday, May 5, the younger siblings of Math Hour students are invited to get their share of fun at the Math Playground! The Math Playground is a free series of exciting and educational math games and activities designed for elementary school students. The children will be busy with hands-on explorations, puzzles, and interesting problems and will stretch their logical thinking with mathematical games.
Math Playground is designed for students in grades 1-4, and is presented by Prime Factor Math Circle. It is held next door to the Math Hour lecture.
The Monthly Math Hour at the University of Washington is partially supported by the NSF award DMS-095-3011.