Professor Sam Nelson, CMC, "Knotted or Not"

02/08/2014 - 10:00am
02/08/2014 - 12:00pm


Abstract: Knot theory is a field of mathematics that studies how strings can be tied in different kinds of knots. Knots have applications in many different areas of science and technology, from chemistry and biology to physics and engineering. In this activity, we will see some of the tools mathematicians use to distinguish different kinds of knots.

The GEMS Project is a program for Jr. High and early High School students (about 8th-10th grade) to explore math in a fun college environment.  The Saturday morning GEMS workshop typically begins with a forty-five minute presentation by a professor, followed by a forty-five minute breakout session into small groups conducting their own hands-on personal explorations related to the presentation. Each breakout group consists of approximately six to eight students and is facilitated by the colleges’ undergraduate and graduate mathematics students. The breakout sessions are followed by a snack, and then group presentations, posters or explanations underscored with lively participation. Limited to 90 participants

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