The State of Jefferson Mathematics Congress will be taking place at Whiskeytown Lake, California on October 4-6. This annual event is open to all faculty and staff interested in mathematics. Check out this year’s schedule:
FRIDAY Arrival. No formal activities planned. But we usually have clear autumn skies. Bring a telescope or some binoculars if you can!
10:00 AM “Mathematical Creativity: If you want to get there, don’t start from here,”
Dr. David Scott, University of Puget Sound
Many significant developments in mathematics occur when an idea or formula that may not make sense in its original context has a valid interpretation in a related context. The talk will contain several results as well as a problem that illustrate this type of creativity.
11:00 AM “Functions, Duality, and Mapping Diagrams,”
Dr. Martin Flashman, Humboldt State University
Mapping diagrams provide a valuable alternative to graphs for visualizing functions. Core function concepts can be more easily understood using these diagrams. Concepts of duality have been used to illuminate many mathematical categories such as geometry, algebra, and analysis. Professor Flashman will explore the power of mapping diagrams as visualizations for functions and will discuss how duality can be used to make connections between these diagrams and traditional graphs.
3:30 PM Discussion Under the Oaks – ”008: A License to Approximate,”
led by Nick Franceschine, Sonoma State University
Actuaries are business professionals who attempt to forecast the financial consequences of future events. Nick will open the “black box” to show how actuarial mathematics works, discuss opportunities in the actuarial profession, and talk about how interested students might prepare themselves to enter this interesting field. The format will be interactive, with Nick responding to questions about the profession – and why it’s so hard to become an actuary.
8:00 PM Family Campfire and annual five minute business meeting. We will also have a brief memorial for Dr. David Meredith at this time.
Directions: Dry Creek Campground (Site #2) at Whiskeytown Lake is west of Redding along Highway 299. A small donation towards campground cost is the only registration fee. For more information contact: Kemble Yates, Southern Oregon University, email@example.com, (541) 552-6578, or Jeff Haag, Humboldt State University, Jeffrey.firstname.lastname@example.org, (707) 826-5345.