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another effort to expose the greatest number of students to mathematics and
science research, The society organizes several math and science talks that are
aimed at the general audience while advertising research opportunities for
students under the supervision of a faculty-mentor.
The effort started during fall 2012, with an
end of semester talk aimed at introducing students at quantum mechanics.
Quantum mechanics is considered the field of Physics that revolutionized
science in the 20th century and without it most
of the physics and chemistry that we know today wouldn't have been possible. The talk took place on December 3rd,
2013 and was given by Dr. Reem Jaafar.
These are the current activities for the 2014-2015 academic year.
Students Yongnian Nie, Patrick Older and Michael Vindiola taking the competition exam against 31 other teams (predominantly from 4 year colleges).Professor Goubran was one of the proctors (see the background)
Students Yongnian Nie, Patrick Older and Michael Vindiola taking the competition exam against 31 other teams (predominantly from 4 year colleges).
Students Yongnian Nie, Patrick Older and Michael Vindiola taking the competition exam against 31 other teams....predominantly from 4 year colleges.
Yongnian, Patrick and Michael (left to right)
The team with faculty advisors Nader Goubran, Reem Jaafar and Shenglan Yuan.
Announcing door prizes!
Professor Yuan won a book.
Professors Yuan and Jaafar won books.
Finally, announcing Competition Results.
Yes, LaGuardia Team was the best team from a 2 year college. Additionally, they beat 19 other teams from 4-year colleges. Well done.
Solving the Delian Problem with Origami by Student Anastassiya Neznanova
Students enjoying the hands-on activities.
PDF Co-PI Reem Jaafar and her students at the Interdisciplinary Undergraduate Research panel IURP
Student reseacrhers, Ewelina Frydrych and Ndeye Rose Ndiaye and advisers, Drs. Reem Jaafar and Ian Alberts
Professor Reem Jaafar presenting her work
Professor Reem Jaafar as part of Panel
This talk will describe the steps needed for constructing ∛2 with a single square piece of paper. Along the way wewill also present Haga’s theorem, dividing the paper into thirds with nothing more than folds. We will also show themathematical proofs that the folds give the precise properties we are seeking. .
Community College mathematics curriculum is primarily concerned with elementary algebra; even in a calculus course, tremendous amount of time is devoted to algebraic manipulation. As a result most students, including those who are interested in math, have extremely limited exposure to other branch of mathematics, such as modern algebra. To encourage undergraduate research, we have been offering many faculty talks with topics that are suitable for community college students to give students the taste of mathematical research. As an example, to introduce the application of (Lie) algebraic methods in quantum mechanics to motivated students. Algebraic methods are not only elegant but also powerful: we will demonstrate how to use a computer algebra system to obtain solutions of a Schrödinger equation recursively. We will also share our experience, and our material, which is accessible and feasible for students at various levels.
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Have you ever been asked “What can you do with a degree in math?” Besides teaching, many people are clueless on what you can do with strong math skills. In this talk, we will talk about some of the exciting things mathematicians in business, industry, and government are doing in their careers and how these things are changing the world. And we will reveal the three things that recruiters say every math student should
How math is Changing the World
Dr Chen showed pictures of fractals, in particular the Mandelbrot set and some Julia sets. I will also explain the basic mathematics theory, Holomorphic Dynamics, behind it. At last, I will explore the Mandelbrot set by the software UltraFractal.
Topic: Julia Robinson and Hilbert's Tenth Problem. This film by George Csicsery is an hour-long documentary on the life and work of Julia Robinson, an extraordinary mathematician who played a key role in the solution of Hilbert’s Tenth Problem. For more info, see the film review by Carol Wood
Paul Erdos was a Hungarian Mathematician who would have celebrated his 100th birthday this year. He often spoke of The Book a book containing the ideal proofs to mathematical theorems.
In this talk we will examine some proofs from The Book. In particular we will show the set of primes is infinite, e is irrational, 2^(1/2) is irrational, and some proofs including some using the pigeonhole principle.
Quantum Computers, From Basic Research to Potential Applications presented some basic research that could eventually lead to applications in quantum computing, while exposing the revolutionary applications of a potential quantum computer.
A New Era Beckons, The Use of Computers in Drug Discovery” provided a brief summary of Computer-Aided Drug Design and its utilization in the drug discovery workflow, as well as details of his research activities at LaGuardia.
The second event took place on May 13th and was given Dr. Shenglan Yuan Secrets Behind the Folds, Exploring math with geometric origami introduced the attendees to the math found in paper folding and related material, and then gave them a chance to explore folding equilateral shapes using some hands-on activities.
Two students James Simko and Yifei Chen, who perform very well in their mathematics classes, told other fellow students how they study for their classes and then opened the discussion to everyone. Yifei shared how he studies math and discussed the opportunities his academic performances have brought him, including an internship at UBS and membership in the President’s Leadership Society at LaGuardia. He also picked a basic example from a math book and showed his friends how he would study the example if it was covered in class. James shared how he learned mathematics, while discussing innumeracy and some proposed methods to give children better intuition for math.
Paul Erdos, a Hungarian Mathematician who spoke of "The Book” as a book that contains the ideal proofs to mathematical theorems. In his talk, he examined some of these proofs such as: why the set of primes is infinite, why e is irrational, why 2^(1/2) is irrational.
Do you ever wonder if the population of Manhattan will someday become unbearably overcrowded? What are the current trends in population growth in Manhattan? For example, how does the daytime population compare to the nighttime population? To answer this question, we’ll explore what mathematical tools are needed to model and predict the long-time trends of Manhattan’s population.
TaxiCab Geometry is a simple real-life example of a kind of non-Euclidean geometry. Instead of measuring the distance of two points by straight line segment between two points, Taxicab geometry measures distance by following the lines of grids. We’ll examine and compare some geometrical properties between Euclidean geometry and TaxiCab Geometry.
Advances in computing have been based on shrinking transistors to produce faster processors capable of more calculations per second thus far. However, computing power cannot be increased indefinitely in this manner. There is a definite limit to these advances; the atomic width of a semi conductor.
One possible replacement for conventional transistor computers is a quantum computer: a computer based on quantum bits or qubits. Unlike conventional bits, which have discrete values, a qubit can have values 0 or 1 or a superposition of both.
In this talk we will discuss recent discoveries in quantum computing, the potential of a quantum computer to solve computationally intense problems such as Ramsey numbers as well as what a Ramsey number is.
Chaos just turned 50 this year! This presentation will provide a brief history of chaos and several out of this world applications such as the double pendulum, the rings of Saturn, and more recent advances in communications such as sending secret messages.
We will also show some results in the effort to discover chaos in nanosystems. A Special Thanks to our funding agencies: The PSC-CUNY & The City University of New York through the traditional A grant and the Mathematical Association of America Through the MAA-MAXIMA grant.