The 23th Annual Spring Conference will be held in South Lake Tahoe April 26-27, 2019 at Lake Tahoe Community College. Please join us at the Spring Recreational Math Conference.
Would you like to present a talk at the Spring Conference? If so, make a proposal.
Would you like to preside for a talk at the Spring Conference? If so, indicate your willingness.
Each Spring the CMC3 Foundation honors one full time California community college student who has investigated a topic or application in mathematics. The student selected gives a 20 minute presentation on their work at the Spring Conference. That student also receives a $500 scholarship, made possible by a generous gift from past CMC3 president Debra Landre.
If you are currently a California community college student and would like to be the speaker at the this conference please submit a proposal.
I will take you to two excursions around Laplacians, ubiquitous operators in mathematics, and their applications. The first excursion will show how the Laplace operator in rectangular domains in R^2 helps image compression such as the JPEG. The second excursion is to introduce the wonderful world of graphs and show what the Laplacians on graphs can do for many applications while paying attention to some dangerous slips.
This entertaining presentation takes a look at mathematical oddities, curious results, and humorous anecdotes that have been collected from books, friends, students, and colleagues over the past 30 years. The topics come from courses taught at the university, community college, and high school levels. Several topics are unique to my teaching experience and will not be universally known. Old and new technology, including Python code with documentation, will be used to analyze and solve some curious problems. While the presentation is intended to be entertaining, there are plenty of useful mathematical ideas presented throughout. Math stories will be shared that are often amazing, sometimes confounding, and many times just plain ridiculous.