UCLA Olga Radko Endowed Math Circle

4/11/2010 -- Group B: Attacking Plane Geometry: with Bare hands or with Mathematical Armor? (Prof. Zvezdelina Stankova, Mills College and Berkeley Math Circle)

In the classic book ``Alice in Wonderland'' many strange things happen that are left unexplained by the mathematician author Lewis Carroll. Similarly, in this math circle session at UCLA, reflections will ``mystically'' become rotations, rotations will turn into translations, and translations will transform into reflections! Is this possible and mathematically sound? Come to this talk to find out what happened just a month ago at the Bay Area Math Olympiad and how three different brilliant solutions to the same geometry problem were created by student participants.