Imagine Math Day
The Mathematics of Voting
Saturday, March 1, 2008
Department of Mathematics
Harvey Mudd College
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,
Harvey Mudd College is located at 301
Platt Blvd, Claremont CA 91711, in the eastern Los Angeles
area. Click here
for driving directions from various points in Southern California.
(Please note that the portion of 12th Street running through campus
has been recently renamed to Platt Blvd.)
Free parking is available along Foothill Blvd.
A campus map is available at http://www.hmc.edu/campus/campus-map.
Information for Professional Development Facilitators
about Imagine Math Day appeared in the August/September 2008 issue
of Focus Magazine,
published by the Mathematica Association of
America. The HMC PDO Group
invites you to use materials from previous Imagine Math Days for your
own professional development or outreach activities. If you would like
to receive electronic copies of the materials used for previous
Imagine Math Days, please send an email to
Darryl Yong. These materials are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 United States License, which means that you can freely edit and redistribute these materials as long as you do not commercialize them and you attribute the original authors. We would also appreciate hearing about how the materials were used and your experiences with them.
About Harvey Mudd College
College is a private, liberal arts undergraduate institution of
science, engineering and mathematics. The college enrolls about 700
students of high ability; approximately one third of them are National
Merit Finalists and one quarter are high school
valedictorians. HMC is a member of the Claremont College consortium,
which includes four other undergraduate colleges (Pomona, Claremont McKenna, Scripps, Pitzer) and two graduate institutions
(Claremont Graduate University and Keck Graduate Institute), forming an
academic community of about 5000 students.
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.