MATC Mathematics Club
Lecture #118

Madison Area Technical College
Madison, Wisconsin

 

Fall 2012 Presentation #118 (October 12, 2012)

Prof. James Swenson, UW-Platteville

Past Lectures: (Power Rankings: Math for March Madness)

"The Weird and Wonderful Chemistry of Audioactive Decay"

Abstract: Can you figure out what comes next in the sequence {2, 12, 1112, 3112, 132112, 1113122112, ____________, ...}? We'll discover the secret, learn why the sequence is called "audioactive," and explore the amazingly intricate patterns that can grow from simple rules.

Biography:

Professor James Swenson is in his eighth year in the UW-Platteville math department. He earned his Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Minnesota (Twin Cities) under the direction of Mark Feshbach, studying symmetry in many-dimensional spaces. His Erdos number is 5.

To learn more about Professor Swenson, please visit http://www.uwplatt.edu/~swensonj/

This will be Professor James Swenson's second visit:


 

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