Imagine Math Day The Mathematics of Voting Saturday, March 1, 2008 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. Participants in the 2006 Imagine Math Day explored graph theory and graph complexity; in 2007, we explored non-Euclidean geometries. As this is an election year, we'll be exploring the mathematics of voting.
Teachers and students discussing possible solutions to a problem involving graph theory | Students working on posters summarizing their ideas on graph complexity | |
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 has
made possible by funding from
the IAS/Park City Mathematics
Institute, Mellon Foundation, HMC2020 Strategic Vision Fund, 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 1, 2008, from
9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 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 at Platt Living Room and Patio |
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 was Monday,
February 25.
Free parking is available along Foothill Blvd.
A campus map is available at http://www.hmc.edu/campus/campus-map.
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 40 students who do and go on to do amazing things. More than half of HMC math graduates go on to graduate school.