Mathematics Seminar – Number Theory Potpourri 4/18/12

The Grand Rapids Community College Mathematics Department will host its last monthly Mathematics Seminar of the 2011-2012 academic year on Wednesday, April 18, 3:00 – 4:00 PM in 111 Cook. Our speaker will be GRCC Adjunct Mathematics/Physics Instructor Tom Post. The title and abstract for Tom’s talk may be found below.

Number Theory can be tantalizingly simple, maddeningly difficult and, above all, beautiful. The topics to be discussed have the potential to amaze attendees and provoke desire for further study.

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

Number Theory Potpourri

This informal talk will feature a collection of interesting topics from the branch of mathematics called number theory. Topics of discussion will include Collatz’s Sequence, the Golden Ratio, Fibonacci Numbers and Binet’s formula, Pythagorean Triples, Continued Fraction Expansions, and Solutions to Pell’s Diophantine Equation.

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