Archive for March, 2012

The Mathematical Music of Bell Towers

March 28, 2012

Later today Daniel Bossaller, a mathematics graduate student at SLU, will talk about change ringing.

Change ringing is the historic method of ringing different arrangements of some number of bells without repetition (subject to 4 rules). After developing the mathematics of these rules, we’ll do an example of one method of ringing six bells.

Join us in the Ritter Hall Lobby from 4:00pm to 5:00pm to enjoy refreshments and an interesting talk.


Aperiodic tilings

March 20, 2012

This week, we will be looking at APERIODIC TILINGS! Most tiles can cover the plane (or your floor) in simple ways that repeat themselves. Led by our very own Dr. Clair, we’ll investigate some tiles (and sets of tiles) that tile without repetitions, such as the Penrose kite and dart tiles.

Join us in the Ritter Hall lobby on Wednesday from 4-5! Refreshments will be provided!

New Officers

March 11, 2012

The votes have been counted and your Math/CS Club officers for 2012-2013 are

President: Jon Pilla
1st VP: Wesley Gardner
2nd VP: Nick Walker
Secretary: Andrew Yang
Treasurer: Matt Genova

Congratulations to the officers on their victories! We all look forward to helping you keep the club going strong!

Hundred Prisoners Problem

March 6, 2012

One hundred prisoners are offered a deal: Their names are placed into 100 jars, and if each prisoner can find their own name, they will go free.

The catch? They go one at a time, and cannot change the jars or communicate after each turn. Each prisoner is only allowed to look in 50 jars.

Come to Math/CS club for a surprising discussion, led by Dr. Bryan Clair, involving permutations and the harmonic series! We will meet in the lobby of Ritter Hall this Wednesday, from 4-5. Light refreshments will be provided