The Kissing Number

This presentation will tell everyone about the kissing number. What is the kissing number you ask? Well it’s the highest number of equal nonoverlapping spheres in R^n that can touch another sphere in the same space. For example, the kissing number in three-dimensional...

The Number Theory and Cyrptology

Want to learn how to send coded messages? You'll never have to worry about someone "accidentally" reading what they're not supposed to ever again. However, if someone is smart and decodes your message, you'll have to use the second method I talk about in my...

Blackjack and Card Counting

Whether you are an experienced blackjack player or never heard of the popular card game at all, my talk is for you. Unfortunately my talk is not intended to make you an expert card shark ready to take on Las Vegas. Instead, I will present a mathematical concept of the...

QR Code Decoding

I will be presenting my MAT-381 talk about “how to read a QR code without using a smartphone” by decoding its message step by step. The use of QR codes is increasing every day as smartphones become more popular. QR codes can be used to store Wi-Fi set up information,...

Pythagorean Triples from Fibonacci Sequence

For my seminar presentation this coming Wednesday, I will be talking about how we can use numbers from the Fibonacci sequence to come up with Pythagorean triples. The article I am basing my presentation on is called “Fibonacci Meets Pythagoras” by David Pagni. My...

Mathematics in Mirrors and Kaleidoscopes

For my 380 talk on Wednesday, November 13, 2019, I will be discussing how mirror reflections work and how to manipulate the mirrors to produce multiple images. And how manipulation and placement of the mirrors can produce the effects of a kaleidoscope. I will also...

The Stable Marriage Problem

Our society is dependent upon the stable selection of pairs. Whether it's in marriage, roommate selection in college, or even a doctor choosing their residency; each represents a group with preferences looking to pair with another group with preferences. But what is...

Statistics in Baseball

Hello! For my 380 talk, I will be discussing how you can use statistics in order to predict the outcome of baseball games, a process also known as Sabermetrics. This will be based on the the paper "Quasi-geometric Distributions and Extra Inning Baseball Games" by...

[MAT 380] Flight Overbooking – 11/6/19

On Wednesday, November 6th, I will be presenting upon the mathematics behind the ever-so-frustrating practice of fight overbooking. What is overbooking? It's when an airline accepts more bookings for a flight than seats on the plane to ensure maximum revenue should...

MAT 380-381 talks for Fall 2019

Oct 30: Zachary Lundy: on GPS mat380 Oct 30: Olivia Faracca: group theory and sudoku mat381 Nov 6: Cory Cherven: the math of airplane overbooking mat380 Nov. 6: Lauren Thorne: the use of statistics in predicting sports outcomes mat380 Nov 13: Nick Spinoza: the...