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.


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

This will be Professor James Swenson's second visit:


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