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Auburn University’s College of Sciences and Mathematics Colloquia are held on Fridays in Parker Hall, Room 250, from 4:00-4:50 (unless otherwise advised).
Refreshments are served in Parker Hall, Room 244, beginning at 3:30.
March 23, 2012
Speaker: Fuzhen Zhang (Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, FL)
Title: The Schur Complement
Abstract: Auburn is the birthplace of the mathematical term “Schur complement.” This talk will present the historical connection of Auburn and the term, review classical results, and show some new results on the topic.
Faculty host: T. Y. Tam
A brief bio: Fuzhen Zhang has about 50 research articles. He authored two books (Linear Algebra: Challenging Problems for Students, Johns Hopkins University Press, 1996; 2nd edition 2009. Matrix Theory: Basic Results and Techniques, Springer, 1999; 2nd edition 2011) and edited the book The Schur Complement and Its Applications, Springer 2005). He is an associate editor of several journals, including Linear and Multilinear Algebra, International Journal of Information and Systems Sciences, Banach Journal of Mathematical Analysis (BJMA). He is also a collaborating editor for the American Mathematical Monthly.
Dr. Emilie Haynsworth was the first to call it the Schur complement. She directed the work of 18 students who earned doctorates, all at Auburn University.
The Purple Comet! Math Meet is a free, on-line, international, team mathematics competition designed for middle and high school students conducted annually since 2003.
The 2012 Purple Comet! Math Meet will run Tuesday April 17 through Thursday April 26, 2012.
Team registration for the 2012 contest has begun!
This year contest problems will be provided in Arabic, Bulgarian, Chinese, English, Finnish, French, German, Hungarian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Turkish, and Vietnamese. Volunteers are accepted for other languages.
PLEASE NOTE: All contest times are given in UTC (GMT) form.
Click here for Quick Start Instructions!
World Maths Day 2012 is underway.
The competition is designed for ages 4-18 and all ability levels. Teachers, parents and media can also register and play.
Last year, more than five million students from 218 countries combined to correctly answer 428,598,214 World Maths Day questions.
Each game lasts for 60 seconds, and students can play up to 50 games, earning points for their personal tally. Students can play beyond 50 games during the event, but points will only count to the World Maths Day Mathometer, not their personal point score. The students who answer the most questions correctly appear on the Hall of Fame. There are 5 different levels of play, 10 challenges on each level.
The official World Maths Day competition begins with the first second of March 7 at midnight in Apia, Samoa, and continues as long as it is March 7 anywhere in the world. The total competition time is 48 hours.
For further information, visit the World Maths Day site and check out the Resources section.
Without mathematics there is no art.
— Luca Pacioli, Italian mathematician (1445 – 1517)
JoAnne’s blog Intersections — Poetry with Mathematics
Mathematical language can heighten the imagery of a poem; mathematical structure can deepen its effect. Feast here on an international menu of poems made rich by mathematical ingredients.
Ted Chang’s division by zero
Paintings and Sculptures
Dorothea Rockburne’s artwork
The College Mathematics Journal is designed to enhance classroom learning and stimulate thinking regarding undergraduate mathematics. It publishes articles, short Classroom Capsules, problems, solutions, media reviews and other pieces. All are aimed at the college mathematics curriculum with emphasis on topics taught in the first two years.
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January 2012 CMJ: The Mathematics of Martin Gardner (Full issue available for free)
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