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Everyone interested in mathematics is invited to join Math Club—a forum for experiencing the beauty of mathematical ideas, in whatever form they arise, as well as for enjoying free pizza.
Math Club meets every Thursday from 4:10 to 5pm in the Nesbitt Undergraduate Commons (located on the second floor of the Mathematics Department). Pizza and pop are provided for all who attend, and the audience is a mix of students at all levels. Each meeting features a 45-50 minute talk on an interesting mathematical problem, application, or idea (or all three!), and the selected topic is something not usually seen in the standard curriculum. Some of these topics lead into important concepts in theoretical or applied research, while others explain a clever solution to an interesting problem. Everything is formulated so as to avoid needing technical background beyond calculus. However, some exposure to methods of proof is recommended, and a moderate capacity for abstract thought is required.
During and after the talk, members of the audience may ask as many questions as desired.
Sometimes the weekly talk is replaced by a panel presentation on some topic of general interest, such as advice on graduate school or an overview of summer opportunities (in research, jobs, and summer educational programs). Also, the Math Club occasionally will have undergraduates present some results of their own research, if it is of suitably general interest.
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