Brookhaven National Laboratory

Classes run one Saturday a month, from 9:00 am – 11:30 am, from October through May.

Schedule:

• October 8 — Mathematics
Fusing Dots, Antidots, and Black Holes: Harold Reiter will take you on an interesting exploration of different ways to represent numbers, stepping well outside our usual base ten to explore things like negative bases and Fibonacci (Zeckendorff) representation.

• November 19 — Scientific Computing
Learn many of the programming techniques used by BNL scientists to analyze large data sets and to verify new theoretical models.

• December 10 — Scientific Computing
Learn many of the programming techniques used by BNL scientists to analyze large data sets and to verify new theoretical models.

• January 28 — Mathematics
How many ways are there to solve a puzzle? When is one variant harder to solve than another? In this lesson, we’ll explore questions related to a combinatorial puzzle that has been resurfacing under various names since at least 1900. Learn how mathematics can be used to solve a problem for which there is only one solution among 41,472 possible arrangements.

• February 11 — Scientific Computing
Learn many of the programming techniques used by BNL scientists to analyze large data sets and to verify new theoretical models.

• March 11 — Scientific Computing
Learn many of the programming techniques used by BNL scientists to analyze large data sets and to verify new theoretical models.

• April 15 — Mathematics
Painting by Proximity: In a field of hungry goats, a goat considers its territory to be the land closer to it than to any of the other goats. What do these territories look like? What if we change our sense of distance? In this activity, students will explore Voronoi diagrams and exotic distance metrics.
Painting by Progression: Suppose you and two friends were charged with painting a fence with the requirement that each picket is painted exactly once and that the pickets each painter paints must be of a given spacing. What are the different ways this could be accomplished? In this activity, students will explore covering systems and some of their basic properties.

• May 13 — Make-up class: Scientific Computing
Learn many of the programming techniques used by BNL scientists to analyze large data sets and to verify new theoretical models.

Click here to download the syllabus for the 2016 – 2017 Scientific Computing program. Descriptions of the mathematics sessions will be posted a week or two before each session.

Classes are at the Brookhaven National Laboratory in Berkner Hall.

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