Mathematics Seminar – Buddha Loves Geometry 1/25/12

The Grand Rapids Community College Mathematics Department will be hosting its next monthly Mathematics Seminar on Wednesday, January 25, 3:00 – 4:00 PM in 111 Cook. Our speaker will be GRCC Adjunct Mathematics Instructor Wayne Hsieh. The title and abstract of Wayne’s talk may be found below.

This talk should accessible to anyone with some knowledge of algebra and geometry. As always, anyone from the greater GRCC community is welcome.

Pop and cookies will be served at 2:45 PM.

Buddha loves geometry… at least according to Japanese?

Sangaku (or San Gaku) are Japanese geometric puzzles carved on wood tablets that are used as offerings at Shinto shrines or Buddhist temples. The puzzles consist of circles and triangles utilizing concepts from Euclidean geometry, and they typically ask the solver to find the relationship between the circles and triangles.  In this particular Sangaku, we will be looking at three circles placed inside a particular right triangle, and will investigate the radii and areas of the circles.

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