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...

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...

[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...

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...

GPS and Mathematics

My presentation on Wednesday, October 30th is based on the article “Global Positioning System: The Mathematics of GPS Receivers” written by Richard B. Thompson found in Mathematics Magazine. We will discuss the following three questions: How does a GPS...