UCLA Olga Radko Endowed Math Circle

ORMC Meetings • 2021-2022 Academic Year

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10/3/2021

We explore combinatorial game theory, and discover a new system of numbers.

Handouts: Nimbers_Handout
10/10/2021

We continue studying game theory and nimbers.

10/17/2021

Understanding planetary habitability is key to understanding how and why life developed on Earth as well as whether life is present on planets that orbit different stars (exoplanets). Whether a planet could be habitable is determined primarily by the planet's climate. This lecture will address insights we've gained from studying Earth's climate and how those have been used to make predictions about which exoplanets might be habitable, and how astronomical observations indicate the possibility of new climatic regimes not found on modern Earth. Finally, the lecture will cover some questions about the future of humanity and the Fermi paradox.

Dorian Abbot is an Associate Professor of Geophysical Sciences at the University of Chicago. In his research he uses mathematical and computational models to understand and explain fundamental problems in Earth and Planetary Sciences. Professor Abbot has also worked on problems related to climate, paleoclimate, the cryosphere, planetary habitability, and exoplanets. Recently he's been focusing on terrestrial exoplanets and habitability. He has an undergraduate degree in physics and a PhD in applied math, both from Harvard University.

10/24/2021

We explore multiplication algorithms and the complex plane, and encounter the discrete Fourier Transform.

Handouts: Problems
10/31/2021

We continue discussing polynomial multiplication and the Fast Fourier Transform.

Handouts: Bonus_Problems
11/7/2021

August and Lydia will tell us about their summer research projects, and then we will have a competition.

11/14/2021

We compare different voting systems and discover why it's so difficult to design a good one.

Handouts: Problems
11/21/2021
Handouts: Bonus_Problems
11/28/2021
12/5/2021
Handouts: Handout
1/9/2022
Handouts: Problems
1/16/2022
1/23/2022
1/30/2022
2/6/2022
2/13/2022

Math Circle's own Natalie Deering and Nikita Gladkov have solved a fun problem about the combinatorics of ordinal numbers, and will present their findings!

2/27/2022
3/6/2022
3/13/2022