Mathematical Art & Play Seminars and Workshops
The Maths Learning Centre occasionally provide seminars and workshops about the joyful and playful aspects of maths, both at university and elsewhere.
- The Queen of Hearts Plays Noughts and Crosses
This workshop was given by David Butler at the MASA Annual Conference in April 2017.
In this session, we'll explore the fascinating world of finite geometry through the medium of noughts and crosses and a deck of cards. The ideas here would be useful for extension of students at many different year levels and levels of maths skill.
Here is a PDF version of the handout, which has templates for the three types of noughts and crosses games.
- ⌊ n!/e ⌉
This seminar was be given by David Butler as part of the School of Mathematical Sciences Undergraduate Seminar Series in September 2014.
What is this formula? Why does it use those strangely mismatched brackets, and why does it use both factorial and the number e? What is it supposed to calculate? And why would someone love it so much that they put it on a t-shirt? In this seminar you will find out the answers to all of these questions, and also find out what derangements have to do with Taylor's theorem.
To view the prezi from the seminar on Prezi.com, follow this link: n factorial on e on Prezi.com
- Eigenvalue Magic Tricks
This seminar was given by David Butler as part of the School of Mathematical Sciences Undergraduate Seminar Series in August 2013.
Eigenvalues are awesome, but students rarely get the chance to see just how supremely awesome they are. In this talk I’ll tell you some awesome truths about eigenvalues that you don’t get to see in first year, and show you their proofs, which happen to contain some of the most clever magic tricks in the whole of maths.
To view the prezi from the seminar on Prezi.com, follow this link: Eigenvalue Magic Tricks on Prezi.com
To download a pdf version of the handout, which contains more cool eigenvalue proofs than in the seminar, follow this link: Eigenvalue Information and Proofs handout
- Secrets of Alice in Wonderland
This live streaming show was presented by David Butler and Cobi Smith at the Royal Institution of Australia as part of Science Week 2012 and the Great Big Science Read project. To find out more about the show, check out the page on the RiAus website
To view the prezi from the seminar on Prezi.com, follow this link: Secrets of Alice in Wonderland on Prezi.com
To view the video of the seminar on YouTube, follow this link: Secrets of Alice in Wonderland on YouTube