Imagine Math Day Graph Complexity Saturday, March 9, 2013 Department of Mathematics Harvey Mudd College Claremont, California |
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Imagine Math is a day of mathematical activities, exploration and inquiry designed for high school mathematics teachers and students. In previous years, participants have explored non-Euclidean geometries, the mathematics of voting, and graph theory. This year, we will collect, explore and analyze data.
Teachers and students discussing possible solutions to a problem | Students working on posters summarizing their ideas | |
Lunch in the Platt Living Room | Students and faculty discussing ideas during a gallery walk | |
Students working on a poster on non-Euclidean geometry | Teachers exploring geometry in the hyperbolic plane |
"[This activity] reminded me how enjoyable math can be for students. Sometimes, we teachers get caught up on covering all the material and not taking the time to let students experience and live the math." |
-- from a teacher attending the 2006 Imagine Math Day |
Imagine Math Day is not a contest--it's a time for students and teachers to investigate and explore mathematics just for the sheer enjoyment of it. It's also not just for "math whizzes"--anyone who wants to learn more math can participate.
"Math is usually considered something with one right answer, but [I see now that] there is room for interpretation." |
"[I learned] there's more to math than memorizing quadratic formula [sic]. It showed math isn't just formulas, but you need to think." |
-- from students attending the 2006 Imagine Math Day |
Imagine Math Day is hosted by
the Department of Mathematics
at Harvey Mudd College, and is
made possible by funding from the Mary P. Dolciani Halloran Foundation through the Mathematical Association of
America (http://www.maa.org/dolciani) and the HMC Math Dept. The event is being
organized by
the Harvey Mudd College
Professional Development and Outreach Group.
Imagine Math will take place on Saturday, March 9, 2013, from
9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Green Room in the Platt Campus Center at Harvey Mudd College.
9:30 - 10:00 a.m. | Registration and refreshments |
10:00 a.m. - noon | Session 1: Introductory explorations |
noon - 1 p.m. | Lunch |
1:00 - 2:30 p.m. | Session 2: Open-ended exploration (Teachers meet separately) |
2:30 - 3:00 p.m. | Gallery walk and closing |
There is no cost to attend, but registration is required as space is limited and lunch is being served.
The deadline for online registration is Monday, March 4. Teachers should use the following form to register for the conference. We would prefer for each teacher to bring at most five students.
The event will take place in the Green Room in the Platt Campus Center at Harvey Mudd College.Free parking is available in the parking lot at the corner of Dartmouth Ave and Foothill Blvd and along Foothill Blvd.
A campus map is available at http://www.hmc.edu/campusmap.
The Department of Mathematics at Harvey Mudd College recently received the 2006 Award for an Exemplary Program or Achievement in a Mathematics Department from the American Mathematical Society. Each year, the math department graduates roughly 45 students who do amazing things. More than half of HMC math graduates go on to graduate school.