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.

Upcoming Lectures


 

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 UW-Platteville 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


Past Lectures

2016 - 2017 Academic Year Fall 2016 Lectures Spring 2017 Lectures
2015 - 2016 Academic Year Fall 2015 Lectures Spring 2016 Lectures
2014 - 2015 Academic Year Fall 2014 Lectures Spring 2015 Lectures
2013 - 2014 Academic Year Fall 2013 Lectures Spring 2014 Lectures
2012 - 2013 Academic Year Fall 2012 Lectures Spring 2013 Lectures
2011 - 2012 Academic Year Fall 2011 Lectures Spring 2012 Lectures
2010 - 2011 Academic Year Fall 2010 Lectures Spring 2011 Lectures
2009 - 2010 Academic Year Fall 2009 Lectures Spring 2010 Lectures
2008 - 2009 Academic Year Fall 2008 Lectures Spring 2009 Lectures
2007 - 2008 Academic Year Fall 2007 Lectures Spring 2008 Lectures
2006 - 2007 Academic Year Fall 2006 Lectures Spring 2007 Lectures
2005 - 2006 Academic Year Fall 2005 Lectures Spring 2006 Lectures
2004 - 2005 Academic Year Fall 2004 Lectures Spring 2005 Lectures
2003 - 2004 Academic Year Fall 2003 Lectures Spring 2004 Lectures
2002 - 2003 Academic Year Fall 2002 Lectures Spring 2003 Lectures
2001 - 2002 Academic Year Fall 2001 Lectures Spring 2002 Lectures
2000 - 2001 Academic Year Fall 2000 Lectures Spring 2001 Lectures

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

John Grade

Date: Friday, April 8, 2016
Title:"Origami Math"

Professor John Grade, Madison College

Previous Lectures: (Farey Fractions, Juggling, Braiding, Dancing and Math)

Lecture # 150

aBa

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, UW-Oshkosh

Previous Lecture: (Probability Does Not Exist!)(Moviemaking Magic and Mishaps)

Lecture # 148

Date: Friday, Nov. 13, 2015
Title:"Toby and Marla."

Professor Jordan Ellenberg, UW-Madison

Previous Lectures: (How to get rich playing the lottery)

Lecture # 147

Date: Friday,May 1, 2015
Title:"TBD"

Professor Jean-Luc Thiffeault of UW-Madison

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 PI 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 2014 Lectures

Lecture # 141

Date: Friday, December 5, 2014
Title:"Voting Paradoxes"
Professor Susan Hollingsworth, Edgewood College
Previous Lectures: (A Knight's Tour), (Voting Paradoxes)
Lecture # 140

Date: Friday, November 14, 2014
Title:"Puzzles, Patterns, and Pure Fun: The Joys of Mathematics"
Professor Steven Post, Edgewood College
Previous Lectures: (Liars, Truth tellers, and Infinite Dominoes), (Mathematics: A Symphony, Not A Scale), (Probability Puzzlers), (Mathematical Elegance - The Secret Life of Mathematicians), (Painting, Parity and Persistance), (The case of the migrating umbrellas), (Mathematics - A Study of Pattern)
Lecture # 139

Date: Friday, October 24, 2014
Title:"What Will Euclid Let Us Build?"
Professors Jen & Steve Szydlik, UW-Oshkosh
Previous Lectures: ( The Problem with the Junk Food Problem ), ( "Recalling the Recall: Statistical Sampling and the 2012 Petition Drive")
Lecture # 138

Date: Friday, September 26, 2014
Title:"Juggling, Braiding, Dancing and Math"
Professor John Grade, Madison College

 


 

Spring 2014 Lectures

Lecture # 137

Date: Friday, May 2, 2014
Title:"Mathemagic!!!"
Professor Benjamin V.C. Collins, UW-Platteville and Son Quinn Collins
Previous Lectures: ("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
Lecture # 136

Date: Friday, April 4, 2014
Title:"Minute Math"
Professor Dan Kalman, American University
Lecture # 135

Date: Friday, March 7, 2014
Title:"The Check's in the Mail"
Professor John Koker, Dean A&S, UW-O
Previous Lectures: (Super-quadratics and Heroic Ideas Concerning Polynomial Equations.)(Odd Pie Fights), (You Took How Many? NIM Type Games), (a2 + b2 = c2 Says Who?), (Two men thinking about math recreations)
Lecture # 134

Date: Friday, Febuary 28, 2014
Title:"Random permutations and suitcases"
Professor Benedek Valko
Previous Lectures: "Dominos and Determinants"
Lecture # 133

Date: Friday, January 31, 2014
Title:"Some things to know about Mathematical Optimization"
Professor Michael Ferris, UW-Madison


Fall 2013 Lectures

Lecture # 132

Date: Friday, December 6, 2013
Title:"A Mathematical Walk through The Seventh Guest"
Professor John Frohliger, St. Norbert College
Previous Lectures: "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 # 131

Date: Friday, November 22, 2013
Title:"How to get rich playing the lottery"

Professor Jordan Ellenberg, UW-Madison

Lecture # 130 CANCELLED
Lecture # 129

Date: Friday, October 18, 2013
Title:"Sums of Consecutive Odd Numbers"

Professor Professor Norb Kuenzi, UW-Oshkosh

Lecture # 128

Date: Friday, Septemberber 20, 2013
Title: "The Mathematics of Information"
Professor Nigel Boston, UW-Madison

Prof. Nigel Boston, UW-Madison

Previous Lectures: (Cryptography and the Benefits of Ignorance, Congruent Numbers, Invariant-Based Face Recognition)

Lecture # 127

Date: Friday, September 6, 2013
Title: "ARITHMETIC: more of the story"
Professor Marion Cohen, Arcadia U, PA


Spring 2013 Lectures

Lecture # 126

Date: Friday, April 12, 2013
Title: "The Mathematical Games of Martin Gardner"
Professor Benjamin V.C. Collins, UW-Platteville

Previous Lectures: (Euler's Polyhedron Formula)(Fibonacci Trees: A Dream Come True),(A marvelously terrible algorithm from Leonhard Euler), (Mathematics to the Rescue: Centrality in Graphs)

Lecture # 125

Date: Friday, April 26, 2013
Title: "Dominos and Determinants"
Professor Benedek Valko, UW-Madison
Lecture # 124

Date: Friday, March 15, 2013
Title: "Probability Does Not Exist!"
Professor John Beam, UW-Oshkosh
Previous Lecture: (Moviemaking Magic and Mishaps)
Lecture # 123

Date: Friday, March 1, 2013
Title: "Recalling the Recall: Statistical Sampling and the 2012 Petition Drive"
Professors Jennifer and Steve Szydlik, UW-Oshkosh
Previous Lecture: (The Problem with the Junk Food Problem)
Lecture # 122

Date: Friday, Febuary 8, 2013
Title: "Multiplication without Numbers: A First Look at Groups"
Professor Anders O. F. Hendrickson of St. Norbert College
Lecture # 121

Date: Friday, January 25, 2013
Title: "Making taffy with the Golden mean"

Downloads: Wisconsin Science Symposium

Professor Jean-Luc Thiffeault of UW-Madison


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 - UW-Eau Claire
Lecture # 118

Date: Friday, October 12, 2012
Title: "The Weird and Wonderful Chemistry of Audioactive Decay"
Professor James Swenson, UW-Platteville

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, UW-W
Past Lectures: (Counting Bridges with Euler)


Spring 2012 Lectures

Lecture # 115

Date: Friday, May 4, 2012
Title: " Designs and Patterns Across Cultures"
Professor Darrah Chavey, Beloit College
Lecture # 114

Date: Friday, April 20, 2012
Title: " The Birthday Problem and Beyond"
Professor Norbert Kuenzi, UW-O

Previous Lectures: (A Historical Look at the Car-and-Goats Problem)(#85 What are Trapezoidal Numbers?)(#74 "The Tower of Hanoi Puzzle"), (#7"Some Binary Curiosities") , (#43"How many Coconuts?--The Famous Monkey, Sailors, and Coconuts Problem") , (#63"Some (Sum) Numerical Curiosities for 2007"), (#16 "Two men thinking about math recreations")

Lecture # 113

Date: Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Title: " The Great Pi vs e debate"
Professors Colin Adams and Tom Garrity's (Williams College)

Previous Lectures: (Why Knot?)

Lecture # 112

Date: Friday, March 2, 2012
Title: "Congruent Numbers"
Prof. Nigel Boston, UW-Madison

Previous Lectures: (Invariant-Based Face Recognition)

Lecture # 111

Date: Friday, February 3, 2012
Title: " Chaos Games and Fractal Images"
Robert L. Devaney, Boston University
Lecture # 110

Date: Friday, January 27, 2012
Title: "Euler's Polyhedron Formula" Download PDF of powerpoint
Professor Benjamin Collins, UW-Platteville

Previous Lectures: (Fibonacci Trees: A Dream Come True),(A marvelously terrible algorithm from Leonhard Euler), (Mathematics to the Rescue: Centrality in Graphs)


Fall 2011 Lectures

Lecture # 109

Date: Friday, December 2, 2011
Title: "Super-quadratics and Heroic Ideas Concerning Polynomial Equations."
Professor Professor John Koker, Dean, A&S, UW-Oshkosh

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, UW-Oshkosh
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 Non-Routine 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, UW-Platteville
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, ..."


Fall 2010 Lectures

Lecture # 101

Date: Friday, December 3, 2010
Title: "Liars, Truth tellers, and Infinite Dominoes"
Professor Steven Post, Edgewood College

Previous Lectures: (Mathematics: A Symphony, Not A Scale), (Probability Puzzlers), (Mathematical Elegance - The Secret Life of Mathematicians), (Painting, Parity and Persistance), (The case of the migrating umbrellas), (Mathematics - A Study of Pattern)

Lecture # 100

Date: Friday, November 19, 2010
Title: "Srinivasa Ramanujan, A Self-Taught Genius"
Professor David Bressoud, Macalester College, MN and President, Mathematical Association of America
Lecture # 99

Date: Friday, October 29, 2010
Title: "A Combinatorial Coloring Book"
Professor Richard Brualdi, UW-Madison
Lecture # 98

Date: Friday, October 1, 2010
Title: "A Historical Look at the Car-and-Goats Problem"
Professor Norbert Kuenzi, UW-O

Previous Lectures: (#85 What are Trapezoidal Numbers?)(#74 "The Tower of Hanoi Puzzle"), (#7"Some Binary Curiosities") , (#43"How many Coconuts?--The Famous Monkey, Sailors, and Coconuts Problem") , (#63"Some (Sum) Numerical Curiosities for 2007"), (#16 "Two men thinking about math recreations")

Lecture # 97

Date: Friday, September 10, 2010
Title: "Counting Bridges with Euler"
Professor Thomas Drucker, UW-W


Spring 2010 Lectures

Lecture # 96

Date: Friday, May 7, 2010
Title: "An Intriguing Family of Polynomials"
Professor Bruce Riley, UW-La 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, UW-Oshkosh
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, UW-Platteville


Fall 2009 Lectures

Lecture # 91

Date: December 4, 2009
Title: "Odd Pie Fights"
Professor John Koker, UW-Oshkosh, Dean, College of Letters and Science

Past Lectures: (You Took How Many? NIM Type Games), (a2 + b2 = c2 Says Who?), (Two men thinking about math recreations)

Lecture # 90

Date: November 20, 2009
Title: "Pythagorean Triples: Where Do They Come From?"
Professor John A. Frohliger, St. Norbert College

Past Lectures: "The Golden Ratio", "Finding the Odd Weight", "Worms, Blocks, and Harmony", "Honey, Where Shall We Sit?" and "One Potato, Two Potato, ..."

Lecture # 89

Date: Friday, November 6, 2009
Title:"Rational Imaginary Roots of Polynomials"
Speaker:Professor Tony Thomas, UW-Platteville

Past Lectures: "Rational Approximations to Irrational Numbers", "The Quadratic Equation and Beyond", " A Collection of Diophantine Problems", "Some Sums"

Lecture # 88

Date: Friday, October 23, 2009
Title: Statistics at Consumer Reports PDF
Speaker:Professor Michael Saccucci, Director of Statistics and Quality Management, Consumer Union
Lecture # 87

Date: Friday, October 9, 2009
Title: "Humor. Activity, and Intrigue ... the Fun Side of Mathematics"
Speaker:Professor John Coburn's
Past Lecture: "Mining the Cubic Equation for Mathematical Gems"
Lecture # 86

Date: Friday, September 18, 2009
Title: "How To Prove The Impossible"
Speaker:Professor Steve Deckelman, UW- Stout


Spring 2009 Lectures

Lecture # 85

Date: Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Title: "What are Trapezoidal Numbers?"
Speaker:Professor Norbert J. Kuenzi Ph.D., UW- Oshkosh

Past Lectures: (#74 "The Tower of Hanoi Puzzle"), (#7"Some Binary Curiosities") , (#43"How many Coconuts?--The Famous Monkey, Sailors, and Coconuts Problem") , (#63"Some (Sum) Numerical Curiosities for 2007"), (#16 "Two men thinking about math recreations")

Lecture # 84

Date: Friday, April 3, 2009
Title: "Fibonacci Trees: A Dream Come True"
Speaker:Professor Benjamin Collins, UW-Platteville
Lecture # 83

Date: Friday, April 3, 2009
Title: "What's Puzzling You?"
Speaker:Professor Jane Tanner, SUNY Onandaga CC

Date: Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Title: "A Knight's Tour"
Speaker:Professor Susan Hollingsworth, Edgewood College
Lecture # 81

Date: Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Title: "How We Roll: The Theory and Construction of a Square Wheeled Bicycle"
Speaker:Professor Terry Jo Leiterman, St. Norbert College
Lecture # 80

Date: Thursday, January 22, 2009
Title: "Mathematics: A Symphony, Not A Scale"
Speaker:Professor Steven Post, Edgewood College

Previous Lectures: (Probability Puzzlers), (Mathematical Elegance - The Secret Life of Mathematicians), (Painting, Parity and Persistance), (The case of the migrating umbrellas), (Mathematics - A Study of Pattern)


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, UW-Madison

Previous Lectures: (Dirty Children, Unfaithful Husbands, and Similar Problems) , (Triangular Miracles)


Spring 2008 Lectures

Lecture # 74

Date: Wednesday, May 7, 2008.
Title: "The Tower of Hanoi Puzzle"
Speaker:Professor Norbert Kuenzi, UW-Oshkosh
Lecture # 73

Date: Friday, April 25, 2008.
Title: "Why Knot?"
Speaker:Professor Colin Adams, Williams College
Lecture # 72

Date: Friday, April 18, 2008.
Title: "Lingo...It's Not Just Words"
Speaker:Dale R. Buske, St. Cloud State University Mathematics Department
Lecture # 71

Date: Thursday, March 13, 2008.
Title: "The Golden Ratio"
Speaker:Professor John Frohliger, St. Norbert College
Lecture # 70

Date: Tuesday, Febuary 19, 2008.
Title: "Voting Paradoxes"
Speaker:Professor Susan Hollingsworth, Edgewood College
Lecture # 69

Date: Monday, January 28, 2008.
Title: "Fermat, modular arithmetic, and cryptology"
Speaker: Professor Ranjan Roy, Beloit College
Past Lectures: "Leonhard Euler's 300th birth anniversary, Let's celebrate!" , "History of Elementary Algebra", "The Calculation of Pi", "How many prime numbers are there less than any given number?"


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: "Mime-matics"
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, UW-Platteville 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, UW-Platteville 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, UW-Madison
Lecture # 56

Date: Monday, November 13, 2006.
Title: "Rational Approximations to Irrational Numbers"
Speaker: Professor Tony Thomas, UW-Platteville
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, UW-Washington County
Lecture # 54

Date: Friday, September 29, 2006.
Title: "Mathematics is the language of the Universe"
Speaker: Professor James Reardon, UW-Madison, 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 Wisconsin-Madison
Lecture # 52

Date: Friday, April 7, 2006; this talk was a part of the Math Club's Mathematics Awareness Month Celebration.
Title: "Invariant-Based Face Recognition"
Speaker: Professor Nigel Boston, University of Wisconsin-Madison
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 One-Line 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 UW-Madison
Lecture # 43

Date: Wednesday, April 6, 2005
Title: "How Many Coconuts?--The Famous Monkey, Sailors, and Coconuts Problem"
Speaker: Professor Norbert Kuenzi of UW-Oshkosh
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 UW-Madison
Lecture # 38

Date: Monday, November 15
Title: "Picking an Area: Pick's Theorem"
Speaker: Professor Clement Jeske of UW-Platteville
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 UW-Platteville


Spring 2004 Lectures

Lecture # 34

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

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

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

Date: Tuesday, February 10, 3:30 PM
Title: "Game On! Strategies and Techniques in Combinatorial Game Theory"
Speaker: Professor John Vano, UW-Madison
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: "a2 + b2 = c2 Says who?"
Speaker: Professor John Koker of UW-Oshkosh
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, UW-Superior


Spring 2003 Lectures

Lecture # 25

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Date: Friday May 2
Title: "Some Car Problems are Mathematical"
Speaker: Professor Rick Poss, St. Norbert College
Lecture # 24

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Date: Monday April 28
Title: "Women Mathematicians I Haven't Known"
(Our Mathematics Awareness Month Presentation)
Speaker: Professor Georgia Benkart, UW-Madison Math Department
Lecture # 23

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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

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Date: Monday February 24, 3:30 PM, Room 377
Title: "A Collection of Diophantine Problems"
Speaker: Professor Tony Thomas, UW-Platteville 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
misaacs.jpg Date: Tuesday December 3, 3:30 PM, Room 322
Title: "Triangular Miracles"
Speaker: Professor Martin Isaacs, UW-Madison Math Department
Lecture # 19

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Date: Tuesday November 5, 3:30 PM, Room 322
Title: "Let's Win $1 million"
Speaker: Professor Ken Ono, UW-Madison Math Department
Lecture # 18

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Date: Thursday October 10, 3:30 PM, Room 321
Title: "Flipping coins, lots of coins"
Speaker: Professor Jonathan Kane, UW-Whitewater Math Department
Lecture # 17

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Date: Friday September 13, 3:30 PM, Room 321
Title: "Rainbows and Halos"
Speaker: Andrew Matchett, UW-La Crosse Math Department


Spring 2002 Lectures

Lecture # 16

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Date: Monday May 6, Room 377
Title: "Two men thinking about math recreations"
Speakers: Professors Norbert Kuenzi and John Koker, UW-Oshkosh Math Department
Lecture # 15

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Date: Tuesday April 9, Room 322
Title: "The case of the migrating umbrellas"
Speaker: Professor Steven Post, Edgewood College
Lecture # 14

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Date: Wenesday March 20, Room 377
Title: "Looking for Catalan Numbers"
Speaker: Professor Georgia Benkart, UW-Madison Math Department
Lecture # 13

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Date: Tuesday February 12, Room 322
Title: "A Lot of Friendship + A little math = One politician"
Speaker: Professor Diane Benjamin, UW-Platteville Math Department
Lecture # 12

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Date: Thursday January 31, 3:30, Room 377
Title: "Mathematics and Religion"
Speaker: Dr. Kevin Mirus, MATC Math Department


Fall 2001 Lectures

Lecture # 11

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Date: Wednesday December 5, 3:30 PM, Room 322
Title: "Some Sums"
Speaker: Professor Anthony D. Thomas, UW-Platteville Math Department
Lecture # 10

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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

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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

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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

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Date: May 2, 2001
Title: "Some Binary Curiosities"
Speaker: Professor Norbert Kuenzi, UW-Oshkosh Math Department

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Date: April 5, 2001
Title: "How to solve the cubic and Quartic equations: methods and history"
Speaker: Ranjan Roy, Beloit College

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Date: Marcg 15, 2001
Title: "Number Theory and Partitions: The Legacy of Dyson and Ramanujan"
Speaker: Professor Ken Ono, UW-Madison Math Department

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Date: February 7, 2001
Title: "Dirty Children, Unfaithful Husbands and Similar Problems"
Speaker: Professor Marty Isaacs, UW-Madison Math Department

Fall 2000 Lectures

Lecture # 3

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Date: December 7, 2000
Title: "Mathematics - A study of Pattern
Speaker: Professor Steven Post, Edgewood College
Lecture # 2

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Date: November 8, 2000
Title: " Srinivasa Ramanujan - An instance of romance in mathematics"
Speaker: Professor Richard Askey, UW-Madison
Lecture # 1

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Date: Wednesday October 11, 2000
Title: "Spatial Models of Voting Power and Voting Outcomes"
Speaker: Professor Phillip Straffin, Beloit College

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