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Other Mathematical Session


Saturday, August 3, 3:00 p.m - 5:00 p.m., Duke Energy Convention Center, Room 264


Learn to play backgammon from expert players. It’s a fun and exciting game where players with a good mathematics background have a decisive advantage. Boards and free lessons will be provided by members of the US Backgammon Federation. Stop by anytime!.

Art Benjamin, Harvey Mudd College


Math Jeopardy

Wednesday, July 31, 5:30 p.m. – 6:15 p.m., Duke Energy Convention Center, Rooms 206, 207, & 208


Answer: A fun undergraduate mathematics contest to lead off MathFest.
Question: What is Mathematics Jeopardy?

Four teams of students will provide the questions to go with the mathematical answers in many categories. All interested students in the audience can enter their names to be chosen to play on one of the four teams of four players. There will be prizes for all the participants.

Come cheer for your favorite team. The session will be emceed by Michael Berry.

Robert W. Vallin, Lamar University
Michael W. Berry, University of Tennessee


Social Event


Thursday, August 1, 5:00 p.m. - 6:45 p.m., Duke Energy Convention Center, Room 232


They're called Fermi problems...
How heavy is the Eiffel Tower?
How many prime numbers have distinct digits?
How many calories would you be eating if you had "one of everything" at the Cheesecake Factory?

If you're looking for a mindbending mixture of math and trivia, look no further! Jane Street Capital presents The Estimathon contest: teams will have 30 minutes to work on 13 problems, ranging from totally trivial to positively Putnamesque. Can your team beat the all-time best score?? The top teams will receive prizes! As in past years, we will run 2 contests. Feel free to show up to either one!

(Please show up 15 minutes before the start time of the contest you want to join.)
Our target schedule is as follows:

5:00 pm. Welcome, overview of rules and scoring.
5:15 pm. Estimathon contest #1
6:00 pm. Estimathon contest #2

Organizer: Andy Niedermaier, Jane Street Capital


USA Problem Solving Competition

Saturday, August 3, 9:00 p.m. - 10:30 p.m., Duke Energy Convention Center, Room 264


This event is the finals of The Problem Solving Competition. Universities and colleges that participate monthly on their own campuses by holding problem solving contests are invited to send a contestant. Each contestant will be required to solve a series of mathematical problems. Based upon the outcome, a champion along with second through sixth place winners will be named.

Organizer: Richard Neal, The American Society for Mathematics (ASFM)



Origami Boxes Full of Mathematics

Saturday. August 3, 3:00 p.m. – 4:20 p.m., Duke Energy Convention Center, Room 201


Origami can be described as mathematics in action! In this workshop we will construct an origami box from a rectangular sheet of paper and explore the relationship between the dimensions of the sheet and the dimensions of the constructed box. The mathematics involved with this activity draws upon several of branches of mathematics such as algebra, geometry and calculus.

Arsalan Wares, Valdosta State University


Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival

Saturday, August 3, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., Duke Energy Convention Center, Junior Ballroom B


The Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival (JRMF) consists of interactive and varied mathematical games, puzzles, problems, and activities. Participants choose which activity to engage and for how long. Facilitators guide but don't demonstrate or teach so participants can discover, explore, and enjoy mathematics. The event provides an opportunity for faculty and teachers to learn how they could host a JRMF locally.

Japheth Wood, Bard College
Thomas Clark, Dordt College