Office: 422 Carver Hall

email: lidicky -at- iastate.edu

Office hours: 10:10am - 11:00am W

Office hours: 1:10pm - 2:00pm T

Where: CARVER 128

When: Mon 3:10pm - 5:00pm

Final exam: Mon Dec 12 7:30-9:30 a.m.

Lecture syllabus

Textbook - PFB

Supplemental Textbook - MINI

- Score from the class will be avilable on Blackboard
- In case that your score on your list and in the system do not match, please let me know so I can correct the mistake.

- Aug 22 - Intorduction

- Aug 29
- 2x Jacob Kottke and Amar Srivastava (PFB 1 - Six proofs of the infinity of primes)
- 2x Ali Vosburg and Nicholas Asjes (MINI 3 - The club of oddtowns)
- 2x Anna Bartels and Logan Briggs (PFB 39 - How to guard a museum)
- 2x John Sawatzky (PFB 21 - Fundamental theorem of algebra)

- Sep 5 Labour day

- Sep 12
- 2x Jesse Darlington and Emma Madsen (PFB 35 - Completing Latin Squares)
- 2x Matt Cleveland and Nick Wiges (PFB 4 - Representing numbers as sums of two squares)
- 2x John Brandon and Nathan Schwartz (PFB 3 - Binomial coefficients are almost never powers)
- 2x Avery Piraino and Tanner Boyle (PFB 43 - Of friends and politicians)

- Sep 19
- 2x Wentao Song and Runpeng Li (PFB 20 - In praise of inequalities)
- Cody Schmudlach (PFB 22 - One square and an odd number of triangles)
- Chunley Yuan

- Sep 26
- John Sawatzky - every finite division ring is a field
- John Sawatzky
- Alexandra Vosburgh - the math behind blackjack

- Oct 3
- Nicholas Wiges (MINI 19 - The End of The Small Coins)
- Anna Bartels (PFB 38 - Five-coloring Plane
- Avery Piraino (Jarbik's/Prim's algorithm)
- Chunlei Yuan (PFB Pigeonhole Principle)

- Oct 10
- Emma Madsen (The Mathematics of the Rubik’s Cube)
- Matthew Cleveland (PFB 26 - Buffon's Needle Problem)
- Logan Briggs
- Logan Briggs

- Oct 17
- Jesse Darlington
- Jacob Kottke
- Rumpeng Li
- Wentao Song

- Oct 24
- Nathan Schwartz
- Chunlei Yuan
- Chunlei Yuan
- Tanner Boyle - secret sharing and code theory

- Oct 31
- John Brandon - missed :-(
- John Brandon - missed :-(
- Cody Schmudlach - The secret agent and and the umbrella
- Nicolas Asjes

- Nov 7
- Jesse Darlington - German Tanks
- Nicolas Asjes - Kakea set
- Emma Madsen - Brouwer's fixed point theorem
- Natan Schwartz - Are these distances eclidean?

- Nov 14
- Nicolas Wiges - MINI 20 Walking in the yard
- Matthew Cleveland -
- Avery Piraino - PFB 32- Cayley's formula for the number of trees
- Runpeng Li -

- Nov 21 Thanks giving

- Nov 28
- Jacob Kottke - Boxes and prisoners
- Amar Srivastava -
- Amar Srivastava -
- Wentao Song - Ceva's theorem

- Dec 5
- Cody Schnudlach - MINI 15 only 2 distances
- Anna Bartels
- Alexandra Vosburgh - MINI 11 Checking matrix multiplication (using MINI 10)
- Tanner Boyle - RSA

- Dec 14 (7:30am-9:30am) Final Exam - John Brandon

- Simplify - nobody is interested in seeing a horrible long computation
- Do not oversimplify - don't be incorrect by oversimplifying
- Include motivation - why is the problem/result interesting? - include history - include context
- Do not overfill the slides - nobody will read them unless you want to scare/entertain us on purpose
- Practice!!!! talk out loud! - gives you better sense of time and see if you not too long or short - speed is greatly different if not talking out loud but just thinking what would you say - gives you more confidence - People giving TED talks practice even 50hours for 1 talk! - Really, practice it out loud. - Some transitioning between slides/parts of talk seem smooth when you think about it but become awkward when you speak out loud
- Do a spellcheck. - makes the presentation look sloppy
- Pictures are great!
- Be enthusiastic - it will make the audience pay attention
- On the last slide write "Thank you for your attention" - or something similar - it looks polite to me and it is clear the talk is over ;-) - it does not have to be the ONLY thing on the slide - last slide is what people will remember - make it nice
- Did I say practice out loud? - really helps a lot
- Tip for nervous people: - Recall that your job is not to present yourself but the thing you are talking about. Important is what people think about the topic you are explaining, not about you.