2019/2020 Events

Math Circles events at Dal during the 2019/2020 school year

Below is our tentative schedule for the 2019/2020 school year. Events' timing is from 6:30-8:30pm. Halifax campus events will be held in the Chase Building, Room 119 (Student Learning Centre) of Dalhousie University. Truro campus events' location will be announced before the event and it may vary each time. In each event, pizza and pop will be served.

These workshops are appropriate for senior high and advanced junior high students.

Are you interested in what talks we have had in the past? Check out old events here.

September 25th
Speaker: Dr. Peter Selinger

Topic: Fun with slide rules
 

The slide rule, based on an invention by John Napier in the 17th century, was the most important calculation tool for scientists and engineers for almost 350 years. It was still in widespread use in the 1950s and 1960s, but disappeared almost completely after it was replaced by the electronic calculator in the 1970s. In this math circle, you will learn how to use a slide rule to compute multiplications, divisions, roots, powers, and other operations. You will also learn some of the theory behind how a slide rule works. Each participant will assemble their own working slide rule out of materials that will be provided.

 

October 23rd
Speaker: Dr. Keith Taylor

Topic: Cardinal Sins of the Infinite
 

The concept of infinity has fascinated people since ancient times. In this math circle, we will carry out a number of activities that naturally involve infinity in some manner. From a practical problem of stacking blocks with maximum overhang off a supporting edge to a totally impractical supernatural tale about a Genie and his pets, we will explore the sometimes surprising consequences of processes repeated infinitely often. Participants should be prepared to do a little arithmetic and some algebra.

 

November 20th
Speaker: Sarah Meng Li

Topic: TBA
 

TBA

 

December 11th
Speaker: Erick Lee (HRSB)

Topic: TBA
 

TBA

 

January 22nd
Speaker: Dr. Danielle Cox (MSVU)

Topic: TBA
 

TBA

 

February 26th
Speaker: Dr. Robert Milson

Topic: TBA
 

TBA

 

March 25th
Speaker: Dr. Daniele Turchetti

Topic: TBA
 

TBA

 

April 22nd
Speaker: Dr. John McLoughlin (UNBF)

Topic: TBA
 

TBA

 

May 20th
Speaker: Annamieka Aerts

Topic: TBA
 


TBA

 

June 10th
Speaker: TBA

Topic: TBA
 
TBA

 

Topic Ideas?

If you have a request for topics, please contact us. If you have a topic or idea that appeals to you, let us help you explore it! Email our team at mathcircles@dal.ca and we will work it into our repertoire.

 

 

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