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The East Texas Math Teachers’ Circle provides teachers and math enthusiasts with opportunities to explore rich, open-ended mathematical questions as they develop and discuss problem-solving skills. This program is partially funded by the American Institute of Mathematics. Events are free and professional development (CPE and G/T) credits are available. For more information, contact Dr. Jane Long at longjh@sfasu.edu.

Schedule for fall 2021 and spring 2022

Remaining meeting topics and speakers TBA


Tuesday, September 21, 5:30 to 8:00 p.m.

Facilitator: Dr. Brittney Falahola

Title: "The Jug Band"

Description: "Using just a 5 pint jug and a 12 pint jug, measure 1 pint of water!" Is this possible with just these two jugs? What about a 7 pint jug and a 17 pint jug? Or a "p" pint jug and a "q" pint jug? Join us to investigate these questions together.


Tuesday, October 19, 5:30 to 8:00 p.m.

Facilitator: Dr. Vinh Dang

Title: Circle Inversion

Description: We will look at an operation in geometry called circle inversion. We will illustrate how to use this technique to change our perspective and obtain strikingly simple solutions to otherwise difficult problems in plane geometry.


Tuesday, November 16, 5:30 to 8:00 p.m.

Facilitator: Dr. Bob Henderson

Title: Adventures in Probability

Description: We will start with some relatively simple probability problems and then see how we might make them at least a little more challenging.  We will explore how you know you are in a real casino and you will have the opportunity to win $20 of Dr. Henderson’s money!


Tuesday, January 25, 5:30 to 8:00 p.m.

Facilitator: Dr. Jonathan Mitchell

Title: The Mathematics of Power

Description: Each eligible person in a democracy is entitled to one vote during local and national elections. But what about votes that take place within businesses, churches or institutions? Is one-vote-per-person always fair? Perhaps some voting members should have more power than others should. The mathematics of power is yet another demonstration of the old adage “mathematics is powerful”. Come and explore with us the world of weighted voting and its resulting power index. Watch out. There will be percentages, fractions and of course alliances and coalitions.


Tuesday, February 22, 5:30 to 8:00 p.m.

Facilitator: Dr. Jane Long

Title: Coins in Twoland

Description: Celebrate TWOSday (2/22/22) with us by traveling to mythical Twoland, where money consists of coins with of value 1, 2, 4, 8, 16, 32, 64, 128, 256, 512, 1024 and so on. We'll investigate ways to pay for things in Twoland, its capital city of Twoville and consider moving to the city of Oneville.


Tuesday, April 19, 5:30 to 8:00 p.m.

Facilitator: Dr. Clint Richardson

Title: Arithmagic Squares

Description: In this session, we will be exploring Magic Squares and a very nice generalization of that idea, called Arithmagic Squares. This session is appropriate for teachers of all levels.


Tuesday, May 17, 5:30 to 8:00 p.m.

Facilitator: Dr. Nicholas Long

Title: Math Problems Everywhere!

Description: Math problems show up everywhere. All you have to do is look around you and start asking questions. Like when I was looking at a plot of land near my house in the shape of a rhombus, I started to wonder how much more land I could get if I just "claimed" an extra foot in each direction. Or when I was talking to one of my kids about how many different numbers we can get by dividing 1,000,000 into pieces. Or when my son was teaching me chess and I wondered what would happen if I put as many bishops as possible on the board. Or when I wondered how to space birds on a wire so they won't fight each other. We all have problems, but hopefully we can solve a few of these math ones to help make life feel a little easier.


Our Math Teachers' Circle will hold hybrid meetings during the fall 2021 semester. You may opt to attend in person at the SFASU campus or online through Zoom. Dinner will be provided, at no cost, to face-to-face participants.

Please complete this form to register for meetings. You may register for one or more meetings, and you may return to fill out the form for another date at a later time. So that we may plan appropriately, we will send follow-up email communication a few days before each event. At that time, we will ask whether you plan to attend in-person or virtually. Meeting details such as parking and information on joining the virtual meeting will be shared at that time.

Spring 2022 registration will open in December 2021.

For more information, please contact Dr. Jane Long at longjh@sfasu.edu.

Previous meetings: Spring 2021

Feb. 9: "The Tower of Hanoi"
Led by: Dr. Brian Beavers

The Tower of Hanoi may seem like a simple mathematical puzzle, but it has many surprising connections. Studying its solution lets us revisit many common mathematical problem-solving techniques and old friends like Pascal’s triangle and Sierpinski’s gasket. We’ll look below the surface and find something for students of all levels!


March 16: CANCELED
Led by: Dr. Clint Richardson

 


April 13: "Looking at Functions and Graphs"
Led by: Dr. Tom Judson

What is the graph of a perfect golf shot? How do we plot graphs from pictures, words or tables? We will investigate some of these issues using materials from Shell Centre for Mathematical Education.

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May 18: "Magic Squares"
Led by: Dr. Brittney Falahola

Around for over 2000 years, “magic squares” have been thought to have mystical properties – even helping astrologers in the 9th century determine horoscopes. But what is so special about a square filled with numbers? Come join our discussion to find out! (No background knowledge needed.)

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