- Thursday 11:00am, Weber 223
- Organizers: Johnathan Bush and Colin Roberts. Email us if you would like to give a talk!
- Seminar attendance sheet: PDF
- A useful collection of resources on giving mathematics talks.
- Schedule of talks.
Greenslopes is all about having an opportunity to improve as communicators of mathematics. Improvement requires feedback. This semester we will be handing out anonymous feedback forms for the audience to provide constructive commentary on Greenslopes talks. You can see the form here.
For audience members:
- Please fill out the forms! This is your opportunity to help someone else improve.
- Think about what you circle. Do not select "excellent" unless the talk really was exceptionally good in that area. (This is rare!) When you circle "needs improvement," try to give comments explaining what could be better.
- Think before giving solutions. It's better to point out something that could be improved than to say how to improve it.
- Be as specific as possible. "You were hard to understand" is less helpful than "you occasionally trail off into a mumble at the end of a sentence, which is hard to hear."
- Give the feedback you would want to receive!
- These forms are optional. If you would like to opt-out for your talk, let the organizers know!
|January 31||No Greenslopes||Safety training with Cori Wong|
|February 7||Vlad Sworski||Problem 21: An Exploration of Ring Dials||TBD|
|February 14||Vance Blankers||Alice and Bob: a Love Story||Renzo Cavalieri|
|February 21||Jeremy Buss||The Domino Effect|
|February 28||Amie Bray & Shannon Golden||Geometric realization of nested torus links||TBD|
|March 7||Tanner Strunk||TBA||Chris Peterson|
|March 14||Jess Gehrtz||TBA||Jess Ellis Hagman|
|March 21||No Greenslopes||Spring break!|
|March 28||Liam Coulter||Numerical Simulations for Synthetic Aperture Source Localization||Margaret Cheney|
|April 4||Brady Tyburski||TBA||Cameron Byerley|
|April 11||Naomi Fahrner||TBA||Margaret Cheney|
|April 18||Colin Roberts||Information Geometry||Clayton Shonkwiler|
|April 25||Johnathan Bush||Non-standard analysis||Henry Adams|
|May 2||Brittany Carr||TBA||Henry Adams|
|May 9||Catalina Camacho||TBA||Rachel Pries|
February 7: Vlad Sworski, Problem 21: An Exploration of Ring Dials
What do you get when a bored undergraduate studying group theory over the summer stumbles upon a puzzle game involving orientations and a specific type of structure? You get the beginnings of an independent research question that will occupy most of his free time. Imagine a game in which there are four dials that can each be adjusted to one of four positions: up, down, left, or right. However, turning a dial turns its neighbors as well. Given a specific starting orientation, can we reach any other orientation? Can we find the best solution for a given orientation? We explore the answers to these questions and more using parts of Module Theory, Linear Algebra, and more.
February 14: Vance Blankers, Alice and Bob: a Love Story
Alice and Bob are a famous couple in mathematics, sending many a secret message and resolving an untold number of game-theoretical problems. On this Valentine's Day Greenslopes, we'll take a look back at their early relationship: from Alice's relentless pursuit of Bob, to their brief period of dynamic on-again-off-again couplehood, to their "going Dutch" first date. We'll laugh, we'll love, and we might just learn a bit of mildly interesting math along the way.
February 21: Jeremy Buss, The Domino Effect
A brief history of mathematics education in America, and why you should build adding machines out of dominoes.