Senior Sessions

Once a week
2:00 pm to 2:45 pm ET (New York)

(online)

Seniors citizens, exercise your brain in 45-minute math sessions!  Join MoMath’s experienced presenters for intriguing classes on a variety of stimulating topics, including topology, puzzles, and cryptography.  Enjoy the discovery and challenges in these engaging, interactive activities with a collegial cohort of mature minds.  For senior citizens / mature adults.  Online registration closes 15 minutes before each session begins.

Please note that sessions of the same name are repeated sessions.

Senior Sessions: “Magic Squares”
Wednesday, November 30, 2:00 pm ET (New York)
Magic squares are a set of puzzles that have long fascinated many of the world’s most brilliant thinkers.  Dating back more than 4,000 years to ancient China, magic squares are those in which the sums of each column, row, and diagonal are always “magically” the same number!  Discover surprising strategies to solve these mysterious puzzles and learn how to create your very own magic square.  Materials needed: paper and pencil.

Register for “Magic Squares” on November 30

Senior Sessions: “Math in the Corner Pocket”
Wednesday, December 7, 2:00 pm ET (New York)
Explore angles and the law of reflection while tracing the path of a billiard ball as it bounces off the walls of a pool table.  Use patterns to discover a simple method to predict in which pocket the ball will land and learn how to prove that your prediction is correct.  Game on!  Materials needed: pencil, ruler, and graph paper (printout available).

Register for “Math in the Corner Pocket” on December 7

Senior Sessions: “Grids of Life”
Thursday, December 15, 2:00 pm ET (New York)
Join us to play the Game of Life, invented by John Conway and popularized by Martin Gardner.  Widely known in the 1970s (particularly among the computing community), the Game of Life is an example of a cellular automaton (CA).  Learn the rules, follow recipes, and use CA principles to generate surprising patterns.  Explore simple cellular automata by creating your own infinite patterns!  Materials needed: colored pencils or pens (two colors) and printouts to be provided.

Register for “Grids of Life” on December 15

Senior Sessions: “Math in Art: Tessellations I”
Tuesday, December 20, 2:00 pm ET (New York)
Discover the wonderful world of tessellations!  Explore how geometric shapes can completely cover a plane with no gaps or overlaps and discover where tessellations appear: in nature, in ancient Roman mosaics, in Islamic art and architecture, in quilting patterns, and in the works of modern artists such as M.C. Escher.  Join us to build your own tessellations with regular polygons in this first offering in the Math in Art series.  Materials needed: pencil, paper, scissors, and printout to be provided.  Optional materials: pattern blocks set.

Register for “Math in Art: Tessellations I” on December 20

 

Senior Sessions: “Gallery of Graphs”
Thursday, December 29, 2:00 pm ET (New York)
Dig into graph theory by exploring the connection between vertices and edges — and the walls of any house.  Discover a method to determine whether a ghost can haunt a castle or if a figure can be drawn without lifting the pen.  Explore how these two problems are related and learn what they have to do with bridges in 18th-century Prussia, all while enjoying a unique and accessible introduction to this sophisticated branch of mathematics.  Materials needed: pencil, paper, and colored pens or markers (4 colors).

Register for “Gallery of Graphs” on December 29

 

This program is intended for adults; children will not be permitted to attend, and event registrations are non-refundable and non-transferrable.