UCLA Olga Radko Endowed Math Circle

11/7/2010 -- Group B: An Introduction to Tropical Mathematics - Prof. Bryant Matthews (Azusa Pacific University)

In tropical arithmetic, the "sum" of two numbers is their minimum and the "product" of two numbers is their usual sum. The algebraic and geometric implications of these definitions are in many ways similar to those of standard arithmetic, but with a number of surprising twists. We will explore the graphs and factorizations of tropical polynomial functions and the intersections of tropical curves.