MATC Mathematics Club
Lecture Series Page
Madison Area Technical College
Madison, Wisconsin
The MATC Mathematics Club sponsors a lecture series every semester. Speakers come from outside the school to provide us with insight into their research or mathematical curiosities they have discovered. Upcoming lectures and past lectures are listed below.
Fall 2016 Lectures 
Lecture # 154  
Spatiotemporal Location: 
Friday, October 21, 2016, 3:30 PM, Room A2021 
Title:  "Voters' Choice: A Look at the Mathematics of Voting." Previous Lectures: ("Mathemagic!!!")("The Mathematical Games of Martin Gardner")(Euler's Polyhedron Formula)(Fibonacci Trees: A Dream Come True),(A marvelously terrible algorithm from Leonhard Euler), (Mathematics to the Rescue: Centrality in Graphs 
Speaker:  Ben Collins 
Abstract:  TBD 
Biography:  Ben Collins has been a member of UWPlatteville Mathematics Department since 2000. In 11 years at UWP, he has taught 17 different courses. Among his favorites are History of Math, Discrete Math, Calc II, and Elementary Statistics. An avid crossword puzzler, he knows the name of Bambi s aunt and the sequel to Typee. 
Lecture # 155  
Spatiotemporal Location: 
Friday, November 11, 2016, 3:30 PM, Room A2021 
Title:  "My Favorite Impossible Problems." Previous Lecture: ("Puzzles, Patterns, and Pure Fun: The Joys of Mathematics") 
Speaker:  Steven Post, Edgewood College 
Abstract:  In this talk we’ll encounter a number of problems that can’t POSSIBLY be solved. Then we’ll solve them. 
Biography:  He received his Ph.D. from Princeton University. He did his undergraduate work at the University of Chicago and he has been teaching at Edgewood College since 1988. 
Lecture # 156  
Spatiotemporal Location: 
Friday, December 2, 2016, 3:30 PM, Room A2021 
Title:  “Best Of” highlights party" 
Speaker:  TBD 
Abstract:  TBD 
Biography:  TBD 
Fall 2016 Lectures 

Lecture # 153  

Date: Friday, September 16, 2016 
Title:"TBD"  
Carpool to Po Shen Loh talk at UW 
Spring 2016 Lectures 

Lecture # 152  

Date: Friday, May 6, 2016 
Title:"The coupon collector's problem"  
Professor Benedek Valko, UW Madison Previous Lecture: (Random permutations and suitcases)(Dominos and Determinants) 

Lecture # 151  
Date: Friday, April 8, 2016  
Title:"Origami Math"  
Professor John Grade, Madison College Previous Lectures: (Farey Fractions, Juggling, Braiding, Dancing and Math) 

Lecture # 150  
Date: Friday, March 3, 2016  
Title:"Pi is Transcendental"  
Professor aBa Mbirika, Eau Claire 

Fall 2015 Lectures 

Lecture # 149  
Date: Friday, Dec. 4, 2015  
Title:"When the Moon Hits Your Eye"  
Professor John Beam, UWOshkosh Previous Lecture: (Probability Does Not Exist!)(Moviemaking Magic and Mishaps) 

Lecture # 148  
Date: Friday, Nov. 13, 2015  
Title:"Toby and Marla."  
Professor Jordan Ellenberg, UWMadison Previous Lectures: (How to get rich playing the lottery) 

Lecture # 147  
Date: Friday,May 1, 2015  
Title:"TBD"  
Professor JeanLuc Thiffeault of UWMadison Previous Lectures: (Making taffy with the Golden mean) 

Lecture # 146  
Date: Friday, Sept. 25, 2015  
Title:"Farey Fractions"  
John Grade, Madison College Previous Lectures: (Juggling, Braiding, Dancing and Math) 
Spring 2015 Lectures 

Lecture # 145  
Date: Friday,May 1, 2015  
Title:"That’s Impossible!"  
Professor John Frohliger, St. Norbert College Previous Lectures: "A Mathematical Walk through The Seventh Guest", "The Shortest Distance is Along a Straight Line, Even When It's Not", "Pythagorean Triples: Where Do They Come From?", "The Golden Ratio", "Finding the Odd Weight", "Worms, Blocks, and Harmony", "Honey, Where Shall We Sit?" and "One Potato, Two Potato, ..." 

Lecture # 144  

Date: Friday, April 10, 2015 
Title:"The workings of a Machine"  
Paul Martin  
Lecture # 143  

Date: Friday,March 13, 2015 
Title:"Fe fi fo fum: The golden ratio is one giant of a number."  
PI day with Jim Ham  
Lecture # 142  
Date: Monday, Febuary 9, 2015  
Title:"Solving quadratic, cubic, and quartic equations"  
Professor Professor Ranjan Roy, Beloit College Previous Lectures: "Fermat, modular arithmetic, and cryptology" 

Fall 2012 Lectures 

Lecture # 120  
Date: Friday, December 7, 2012  
Title: "The Mathematics of the Simpsons"
Downloads: Powerpoint of "The Mathematics of the Simpsons" and Document "Math of the Simpsons" 

Dave Ebert, Oregon HS www.oregonsd.org/webpages/debert  
Lecture # 119  
Date: Friday, Novemberv 2, 2012  
Title: "Mirror, Mirror: String Theory and Pairs of Polyhedra"  
Ursula Whitcher, assistant professor  UWEau Claire  
Lecture # 118  
Date: Friday, October 12, 2012  
Title: "The Weird and Wonderful Chemistry of Audioactive Decay"  
Professor James Swenson, UWPlatteville
Past Lectures: (Power Rankings: Math for March Madness) 

Lecture # 117  
Date: Friday, September 28, 2012  
Title: "Dancing with Mathematics"( Part #1 , Part#2 )  
Dr. Karl Schaffer, De Anza College, CA  
Lecture # 116  
Date: Friday, September 7, 2012  
Title: "What Does Mathematics Have to Do with Thinking?"  
Prof. Thomas Drucker, UWW Past Lectures: (Counting Bridges with Euler) 
Fall 2011 Lectures 

Lecture # 109  
Date: Friday, December 2, 2011  
Title: "Superquadratics and Heroic Ideas Concerning Polynomial Equations."  
Professor Professor John Koker, Dean, A&S, UWOshkosh
Past Lectures: (Odd Pie Fights), (You Took How Many? NIM Type Games), (a2 + b2 = c2 Says Who?), (Two men thinking about math recreations) 

Lecture # 108  
Date: Friday, November 18, 2011  
Title: "Moviemaking Magic and Mishaps"  
Professor John Beam, UWOshkosh  
Lecture # 107  
Date: Friday, September 30 2011  
Title: "To Infinity and Beyond"  
Professor Paul Zorn, St. Olaf College, MN and President of the Mathematical Association of America  
Lecture # 106  
Date: Friday, September 23, 2011  
Title: "Doing NonRoutine Problems with Routine Mathematics"  
Professor Robert Farinelli, Dean of Academic Affairs, Community College of Allegheny County and President American Mathematical Association of Two Year Colleges 
Spring 2011 Lectures 

Lecture # 105  
Date: Friday, April 8, 2011  
Title: "Breaking Driver's License Codes"  
Professor Joseph Gallian, University of Minnesota and former President of the Mathematical Association of America  
Lecture # 104  
Date: Friday, March 4, 2011  
Title: "Power Rankings: Math for March Madness"  
Dr. James Swenson, UWPlatteville  
Lecture # 103  
Date: Friday, February 25, 2011  
Title: "Do Dogs Know Calculus?"  
Professor Tim Pennings
of Hope College and his Welsh Corgi Elvis
Previous Lectures: (Do Dogs Know Calculus?) 

Lecture # 102  
Date: Friday, January 28, 2011  
Title: "The Shortest Distance is Along a Straight Line, Even When It's Not"  
Professor John A. Frohliger, St. Norbert College
Past Lectures: "Pythagorean Triples: Where Do They Come From?", "The Golden Ratio", "Finding the Odd Weight", "Worms, Blocks, and Harmony", "Honey, Where Shall We Sit?" and "One Potato, Two Potato, ..." 
Spring 2010 Lectures 

Lecture # 96  
Date: Friday, May 7, 2010  
Title: "An Intriguing Family of Polynomials"  
Professor Bruce Riley, UWLa Crosse  
Lecture # 95  
Date: Thursday, April 15, 2010  
Title: "Repeating Repeating Decimals"  
Professor Elgin Johnston, Iowa State U Past Lectures: ("Mass Points: Geometry by Physics"), ("Wine bottles and Pizza sharing"), ("Choosing Your Ideal Companion and Other Probabilistic Surprises") 

Lecture # 94  
Date: Friday, March 12, 2010  
Title: "The Problem with the Junk Food Problem"  
Professors, Stephen and Jennifer Szydlik, UWOshkosh 

Lecture # 93  
Date: Friday, April 23, 2010  
Title: "From Perspective Art to Projective Geometry"  
Professor Alex Smith  
Lecture # 92  
Date: February 5, 2010  
Title: "Diamonds, Volcanic Dust and Dark Matter..."  
Professor Professor James Hamilton, UWPlatteville 
Fall 2008 Lectures 

Lecture 78#  
Date: Friday, November 7, 2008, 3:30 PM.  
Title: "Mining the Cubic Equation for Mathematical Gems"  
Speaker:Professor John Coburn, Mathematics Department, St. Louis Community College  
Lecture # 77  
Date: Wednesday, October 15, 2008.  
Title: "Mass Points: Geometry by Physics"  
Speaker:Professor Elgin Johnston, Iowa State University
Previous Lectures: (Wine bottles and Pizza sharing) , (Choosing Your Ideal Companion and Other Probabilistic Surprises) 

Lecture # 76  
Date: Wednesday, October 15, 2008.  
Title: "The Professor Numbers Mathemagics Show"  
Speaker: Ray Blum  
Lecture # 75  
Date: Wednesday, September 17, 2008.  
Title: "Soccer Balls, Pentagons and Euler"  
Speaker:Professor Marty Isaacs, UWMadison
Previous Lectures: (Dirty Children, Unfaithful Husbands, and Similar Problems) , (Triangular Miracles) 
Fall 2007 Lectures 

Lecture # 68  
Date: Wednesday, December 12, 2007.  
Title: "Probability Puzzlers"  
Speaker: Professor Steven Post, Edgewood College Past Lectures: "Mathematical Elegance  The Secret Life of Mathematicians", "Painting, Parity and Persistance", "The case of the migrating umbrellas", "Mathematics  A Study of Pattern" 

Lecture # 67  
Date: Monday, November 12, 2007.  
Title: "The math behind the "15" puzzles and the other permutation puzzles"  
Speaker: Professor John Kiltinen, Northern Michigan University  
Lecture # 66  
Date: Friday, October 23, 2007.  
Title: "Mimematics"  
Speaker: Professor Tim Chartier, Davidson College, presently on sabbatical at the University of Washington, Seattle. Entertaining with Math  MIMEMATICS, please visit http://www.tctarts.org/ for details.  
Lecture # 65  
Date: Friday, October 19, 2007.  
Title: "A marvelously terrible algorithm from Leonhard Euler"  
Speaker: Professor Benjamin Collins, UWPlatteville Past Lecture: "Mathematics to the Rescue: Centrality in Graphs"  
Lecture # 64  
Date: Wednesday, September 5, 2007.  
Title: "Who's guarding the gallery?"  
Speaker: Professor Clement Jeske, UWPlatteville Past Lecture: "Picking an Area: Pick's Theorem" 
Spring 2007 Lectures 

Lecture # 63  
Date: Friday, May 4, 2007.  
Title: "Some (Sum) Numerical Curiosities for 2007"  
Speaker: Professor Norbert Kuenzi, UW  Oshkosh, http://www.uwosh.edu/departments/mathematics/  
Lecture # 62  

Date: Friday, April 27, 2007. 
Title: "Sudoku: Questions, Variations, and Research"  
Speaker: Professor Laura Taalman, James Madison University
( Brain Teasers, Trivia, and Math Puzzlers, Score Totals Brainfreeze Puzzles WSJ article ) 

Lecture # 61  

Date: Thursday, April 26, 2007. 
Title: "Do You Do Sudoku?"  
Speaker: Professor Jane Tanner, SUNY Onondaga Community College  
Lecture # 60  

Date: Friday, March 2, 2007. 
Title: "A Fractal View of the World"  
Speaker: Professor Clint Sprott, UW  Madison, Physics Department  
Lecture # 59  

Date: Wednesday, February 21, 2007. 
Title: "Wine bottles and Pizza sharing"  
Speaker: Professor Elgin Johnston, Iowa State University  
Lecture # 58  

Date: Monday, January 29, 2007. 
Title: "Leonhard Euler's 300th birth anniversary, Let's celebrate!"  
Speaker: Professor Ranjan Roy, Beloit College 
Fall 2006 Lectures 

Lecture # 57  

Date: Monday, December 4, 2006. 
Title: "Using Mathematics to Understand Molecules"  
Speaker: Professor Julie Mitchell, UWMadison  
Lecture # 56  

Date: Monday, November 13, 2006. 
Title: "Rational Approximations to Irrational Numbers"  
Speaker: Professor Tony Thomas, UWPlatteville  
Lecture # 55  

Date: Friday, October 20, 2006. 
Title: "The Da Vinci Code: Its use of the Fibonacci Sequence, the Golden Ratio and Cryptography"  
Speaker: Professor Gary Britton, UWWashington County  
Lecture # 54  

Date: Friday, September 29, 2006. 
Title: "Mathematics is the language of the Universe"  
Speaker: Professor James Reardon, UWMadison, Department of Physics 
Spring 2006 Lectures 

Lecture # 53  

Date: Friday, May 5, 2006. 
Title: "Is this a face or a house? Mathematical Exploration of Brain and How It Recognizes Faces"  
Speaker: Professor Amir H. Assadi, University of WisconsinMadison  
Lecture # 52  

Date: Friday, April 7, 2006; this talk was a part of the Math Club's Mathematics Awareness Month Celebration. 
Title: "InvariantBased Face Recognition"  
Speaker: Professor Nigel Boston, University of WisconsinMadison  
Lecture # 51  

Date: Thursday, March 9, 2006 
Title: "One Potato, Two Potato, …"  
Speaker: Professor John Frohliger of St. Norbert College  
Lecture # 50  

Date: Tuesday, February 14, 2006 
Title: "Sona, Kolam and Celtic Knots: Mathematical Explorations with OneLine Drawings"  
Speaker: Professor Philip Straffin of Beloit College  
Lecture # 49  

Date: Thursday, January 26, 2006 
Title: "Dropping Lowest Grades"  
Speaker: Professor Jonathan Kane of theUniversity of Wisconsin Whitewater 
Fall 2005 Lectures 

Lecture # 48  

Date: Wednesday, December 7, 2005 
Title: "Mathematical Elegance  The Secret Life of Mathematicians"  
Speaker: Professor Steven Post, Edgewood College  
Lecture # 47  

Date: Monday, November 7, 2005 
Title: "The Number Theory of Partitions: The Legacy of Euler, Ramanujan, Dyson, and Beyond..."  
Speaker: Professor Ken Ono, University of Wisconsin Madison  
Lecture # 46  

Date: Thursday, October 6, 2005 
Title: "The Quadratic Equation and Beyond"  
Speaker: Professor Tony Thomas, University of Wisconsin Platteville  
Lecture # 45  

Date: Thursday, September 15, 2005 
Title: "You Took How Many? NIM Type Games"  
Speaker: Professor John Koker, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh 
Spring 2005 Lectures 

Lecture # 44  

Date: Monday, May 2, 2005 
Title: "The Mathematics of Juggling"  
Speaker: Professor John Vano of UWMadison  
Lecture # 43  

Date: Wednesday, April 6, 2005 
Title: "How Many Coconuts?The Famous Monkey, Sailors, and Coconuts Problem"  
Speaker: Professor Norbert Kuenzi of UWOshkosh  
Lecture # 42  

Date: Monday, March 14, 2005 
Title: "Buffon's Needle: Calculating Pi with Probability"  
Speaker: Professor Glenn Appleby of Beloit College  
Lecture # 41  

Date: Monday, February 14, 2005 
Title: "Do Dogs Know Calculus?  
Speaker: Professor Tim Pennings of Hope College and his Welsh Corgi Elvis  
Lecture # 40  

Date: Wednesday, January 19, 2005 
Title: "Honey, Where Shall We Sit?"  
Speaker: Professor John Frohliger of Saint Norbert's College 
Fall 2004 Lectures 

Lecture # 39  

Date: Wednesday, December 1 
Title: "Cryptography and the Benefits of Ignorance"  
Speaker: Professor Nigel Boston of UWMadison  
Lecture # 38  

Date: Monday, November 15 
Title: "Picking an Area: Pick's Theorem"  
Speaker: Professor Clement Jeske of UWPlatteville  
Lecture # 37  

Date: Monday October 18 
Title: "History of Elementary Algebra"  
Speaker: Professor Ranjan Roy of Beloit College  
Lecture # 36  

Date: Wednesday September 22 
Title: "Choosing Your Ideal Companion and Other Probabilistic Surprises"  
Speaker: Professor Elgin Johnston of Iowa State University  
Lecture # 35  

Date: Monday August 30 
Title: "Trig Identities You Won’t See in a Calculus Class"  
Speaker: Professor David Boyles of UWPlatteville 
Spring 2004 Lectures 

Lecture # 34  

Date: Tuesday, May 4, 3:30 PM 
Title: "Mathematics to the Rescue: Centrality in Graphs"  
Speaker: Professor Benjamin Collins, UWPlatteville  
Lecture # 33  

Date: Friday, April 16, 10:00 AM 
Title: "Number Theory: Partitions and the Legacy of Dyson and Ramanujan"  
Speaker: Professor Ken Ono, UWMadison  
Lecture # 32  

Date: Friday, March 9, 3:30 PM 
Title: "Cardano and the Quartic Formula"  
Speaker: Professor Andrew Matchett, UWLaCrosse  
Lecture # 31  

Date: Tuesday, February 10, 3:30 PM 
Title: "Game On! Strategies and Techniques in Combinatorial Game Theory"  
Speaker: Professor John Vano, UWMadison  
Lecture # 30  
Date: Monday, January 26, 3:30 PM  
Title: "Mathematics from the Toy Box  Tangrams!"  
Speaker: Professor Diane Benjamin, Edgewood College 
Fall 2003 Lectures 

Lecture # 29  
Date: Monday December 1, 3:30 PM  
Title: "Painting, Parity and Persistance"  
Speaker: Professor Steven Post of Edgewood College  
Lecture # 28  
Date: Monday November 10, 3:30 PM  
Title: "a^{2} + b^{2} = c^{2} Says who?"  
Speaker: Professor John Koker of UWOshkosh  
Lecture # 27  
Date: Thursday October 2, 3:30 PM  
Title: "Worms, Blocks, and Harmony"  
Speaker: Professor John Frohliger of St. Norbert College  
Lecture # 26  
Date: Friday September 5, 2003, 3:30 PM  
Title: "Why Can't We Trisect An Angle?"  
Speaker: Professor David Beran, UWSuperior 
Spring 2003 Lectures 

Lecture # 25  
Date: Friday May 2  
Title: "Some Car Problems are Mathematical"  
Speaker: Professor Rick Poss, St. Norbert College  
Lecture # 24  
Date: Monday April 28  
Title: "Women Mathematicians I Haven't Known"
(Our Mathematics Awareness Month Presentation) 

Speaker: Professor Georgia Benkart, UWMadison Math Department  
Lecture # 23  
Date: Friday March 14  
Title: "The Calculation of Pi"
(part of the MATC Math Club's Pi Day festivities) 

Speaker: Professor Ranjan Roy, Beloit College  
Lecture # 22  
Date: Monday February 24, 3:30 PM, Room 377  
Title: "A Collection of Diophantine Problems"  
Speaker: Professor Tony Thomas, UWPlatteville Math Department  
Lecture # 21  
Date: Thursday January 30 at 3:30 pm in Room 377  
Title: "Knots, Links and Twisted Strips"  
Speaker: Professor Ken Jewell, Edgewood College 
Fall 2002 Lectures 

Lecture # 20  
Date: Tuesday December 3, 3:30 PM, Room 322  
Title: "Triangular Miracles"  
Speaker: Professor Martin Isaacs, UWMadison Math Department  
Lecture # 19  
Date: Tuesday November 5, 3:30 PM, Room 322  
Title: "Let's Win $1 million"  
Speaker: Professor Ken Ono, UWMadison Math Department  
Lecture # 18  
Date: Thursday October 10, 3:30 PM, Room 321  
Title: "Flipping coins, lots of coins"  
Speaker: Professor Jonathan Kane, UWWhitewater Math Department  
Lecture # 17  
Date: Friday September 13, 3:30 PM, Room 321  
Title: "Rainbows and Halos"  
Speaker: Andrew Matchett, UWLa Crosse Math Department 
Spring 2002 Lectures 

Lecture # 16  
Date: Monday May 6, Room 377  
Title: "Two men thinking about math recreations"  
Speakers: Professors Norbert Kuenzi and John Koker, UWOshkosh Math Department  
Lecture # 15  
Date: Tuesday April 9, Room 322  
Title: "The case of the migrating umbrellas"  
Speaker: Professor Steven Post, Edgewood College  
Lecture # 14  
Date: Wenesday March 20, Room 377  
Title: "Looking for Catalan Numbers"  
Speaker: Professor Georgia Benkart, UWMadison Math Department  
Lecture # 13  
Date: Tuesday February 12, Room 322  
Title: "A Lot of Friendship + A little math = One politician"  
Speaker: Professor Diane Benjamin, UWPlatteville Math Department  
Lecture # 12  
Date: Thursday January 31, 3:30, Room 377  
Title: "Mathematics and Religion"  
Speaker: Dr. Kevin Mirus, MATC Math Department 
Fall 2001 Lectures 

Lecture # 11  
Date: Wednesday December 5, 3:30 PM, Room 322  
Title: "Some Sums"  
Speaker: Professor Anthony D. Thomas, UWPlatteville Math Department  
Lecture # 10  
Date: Monday November 19, 3:30 PM, Room 350  
Title: "Finding the Odd Weight"  
Speaker: Professor John A. Frohliger, St. Norbert College Math Department (DePere, WI)  
Lecture # 9  
Date: Tuesday October 16, 3:30 PM, Room 377  
Title: "How many prime numbers are there less than any given number?"  
Speaker: Professor Ranjan Roy, Beloit College  
Lecture # 8  
Date: Friday September 28, 3:30 PM, Room 321  
Title: "What is Industrial Mathematics, Anyway?"  
Speaker: Professor Rachel Kuske, University of Minnesota 
Spring 2001 Lectures 

Date: May 2, 2001


Title: "Some
Binary Curiosities"


Speaker: Professor
Norbert Kuenzi,
UWOshkosh Math Department


Date: April 5, 2001


Speaker: Ranjan Roy, Beloit College


Date: Marcg 15, 2001


Title: "Number Theory and Partitions: The Legacy of Dyson and Ramanujan"


Speaker: Professor Ken Ono,
UWMadison Math Department


Date: February 7, 2001


Title: "Dirty Children, Unfaithful Husbands and Similar Problems"


Speaker: Professor
Marty Isaacs,
UWMadison Math Department

Fall 2000 Lectures 

Lecture # 3  
Date: December 7, 2000  
Title: "Mathematics  A study of Pattern  
Speaker: Professor Steven Post, Edgewood College  
Lecture # 2  
Date: November 8, 2000  
Title: " Srinivasa Ramanujan  An instance of romance in mathematics"  
Speaker: Professor Richard Askey, UWMadison  
Lecture # 1  
Date: Wednesday October 11, 2000  
Title: "Spatial Models of Voting Power and Voting Outcomes"  
Speaker: Professor Phillip Straffin, Beloit College 
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