Kent State Mathematical Sciences
Undergraduate Colloquium
Fridays 4:005:00, followed by pizza
MSB 115

Top 10 ways to tell that you should attend the
Kent State Mathematical Sciences Undergraduate Colloquium:
10. You want to know what mathematics is really about.
9. You want to know more about the research being conducted by
mathematicians at Kent State.
8. You are a math major.
7. You secretly wish you were a math major.
6. You want to know more about career options for math majors.
5. You want to understand WHY that formula holds.
4. You laughed at one or more of the cartoons on the right.
3. You are still reading this list.
2. You would even consider spending a Friday afternoon listening
to a math talk.
1. You really like pizza.
Talks in this colloquium series are geared toward
undergraduate students interested in mathematics.
If you are a current math major or if you're just curious
about math, then you will want to join us for these talks!

NEXT EVENT

Tuesday, December 4, 2007, 4:155:15
Room 228 MSB
Special day, time, and location!!
Speaker:
Professor Kevin Woods
Oberlin College Department of Mathematics
Title: Generating Functions and the Two Stamp Problem
Abstract:
We'll take a look at the following question: "Given two denominations of
stamps, a cents and b cents, what is the largest postal rate that we
cannot pay exactly?" This is called the Frobenius problem with two
generators. Using generating functions, we'll get a nice formula for the
answer.
Then we'll take a look at a wide variety of questions that we can answer
using this same sort of generating function. In general, generating
functions can often encode a seemingly complicated set (such as the set
of postal rates that can be paid with a cent and b cent stamps) in a
nice, compact form. Then we can use the generating functions to answer
questions like "Is this set nonempty?" "What is its cardinality?" "What
is its minimal element?" We'll also survey other interesting
applications of generating functions.

FUTURE EVENTS

PAST EVENTS

Friday, November 16, 2007
Speaker:
Professor John Oprea
Cleveland State University Department of Mathematics
Title: Mathematics and Soap Films

Friday, October 19, 2007
Speaker:
Professor Morley Davidson
Kent State Department of Mathematical Sciences
Title: The Mathematics of SpeedSolving Rubik's Cube

Friday, April 13, 2007
Speaker: Zach Riel, Undergraduate Mathematics Major, Kent State
Title: An Undergraduate Research Experience in Modern Algebra

Tuesday, March 20, 2007, 4:155:15 in MSB 228
Special day, time and location!!
Speaker:
Professor Per Enflo
Kent State Department of Mathematical Sciences
Title: What happened
to the Neandertals?

Friday, March 2, 2007
Speaker: John McVey, Ph.D.
National Security Agency (NSA)
Title:
Mathematical Life at NSA

Friday, February 2, 2007
Speaker: Timothy A. Davis, Ph.D.
Goodyear Technical Center, Tire Physics and Computational Mechanics
Title:
An Applied Mathematician's Experience in Industry

Friday, December 1, 2006, 3:305:00
Special time!!
Title: Panel Discussion on Graduate School in Mathematics and Related Fields
Confirmed Panelists:

Joe Diestel,
Professor and former Graduate Coordinator,
Kent State Department of Mathematical Sciences

Kazim Khan,
Professor and former Graduate Coordinator,
Kent State Department of Mathematical Sciences

Mark Lewis,
Associate Professor and current Graduate Coordinator,
Kent State Department of Mathematical Sciences

Judith Melillo,
Associate Professor in Curriculum and Instruction for Mathematics Education,
Kent State
Department of Teaching, Leadership and Curriculum Studies

Tom Wakefield,
current Graduate Student,
Kent State Department of Mathematical Sciences

Friday, November 3, 2006
Speaker:
Professor Morley Davidson
Kent State Department of Mathematical Sciences
Title: The Mathematics of Rubik's Cube

COLLOQUIUM COORDINATORS
Morley Davidson
Donald L. White

FOUNDING COCOORDINATOR
Sean SatherWagstaff

SPONSOR
Kent State Department of Mathematical Sciences


