November 1: We looked at some recreational mathematics and the work of Martin Gardner.
October 27: The Math Club tackled a set of Putnam Practice Problems pertaining to polynomials.
October 13: Number Theory typically makes an appearance on the Putnam Exam. We discussed the basics of divisors, divisibility, primes, and modular arithmetic. The group also worked some problems concerning these topics.
October 6: At the request of a Math Club member, Dr. McNamara gave a talk on mathematical paradoxes. Topics included Achilles and the Hare, the potato paradox, and Gabriel's Horn.
We worked on some problems from recent Putnam exams. Emphasis was on the importance of creating a finished product that gets submitted, in contrast to scratch work.
The Math Club will be hosting a cookout at Means Park. We should be firing up the grill by 6:00 p.m.
We discussed the chip model for integers. This makes use of two-color counters for understanding signed numbers. We can use these to represent both positives negatives. Further, we are able to demonstrate the various sign rules for the operations of arithmetic.
September 8: The first meeting of the 2014-2015 school year saw the election of new officers, a discussion of activities for the Fall Semester, proofs without words, and a talk by Dr. McNamara about formulas for sums of powers of integers. We also discussed the relationship between simplification and generalization and a direction for undergraduate research.
Fall 2014 Activities:
Cookout: 9/18 at 6:00 in Means Park
Bullpups Camp: Homecoming weekend
Putnam Competition: 12/6 - the first Saturday in December