# Math Awareness Month

Each year, the month of April is designated the Mathematics Awareness Month by

- the American Mathematical Society
- the American Statistical Association
- the Mathematical Association of America
- the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics

to recognize the importance of mathematics. To avoid the end-of-semester chaos, Texas A&M will hold its annual Fair at the end of February.

Activities at Texas A&M University:

**Julia Robinson Math Festival, Problem Solving, Mathematics Lectures, and Mathematical Arts and Crafts**

### Schedule

(All events are on the first and second floor of Blocker.)9:00-9:30AM | Registration (Blocker 2nd floor lobby) |

9:00AM-12:00Noon | Julia Robinson Math Festival Puzzles, Problems, Arts, Crafts, and More |

11:00AM-12:00Noon |
Paradoxes in Probability and StatisticsPublic Lecture by Boris Hanin Abstract: Probability and statistics are among the most important and exciting areas in pure and applied math. They are also notorious for intuition-bending problems. I will give some examples of such questions, especially ones that are historically important in the development of these fields. |

12:00Noon | Prize Raffle* and Closing Remarks |

2:00PM-3:15PM | Advanced Lectures Pre-Algebra students, Big Numbers and Fast Codes (BLOC 117)Speaker: Maurice Rojas Abstract: Cryptology is the art of making and breaking secret codes. In this activity, we'll get some idea of the kinds of mathematics needed to build codes to protect private information. Among other things, we'll learn how to compute very large powers of numbers (in finite fields) with very little work.Algebra I through Pre-Calculus, The Algebra of Rubik's Cubes (BLOC 113)Speaker: David Manuel Abstract: In this activity, we will discover some of the algebraic properties behind the movements of a Rubik's Cube. We will then use these properties to develop strategies of our own for solving the Cube.Calculus students, A Theorem Combining Tangent Lines, Areas, and Max-Min (BLOC 121)Speaker: Phillip Yasskin Abstract: We will minimize the area between a curve and its tangent line or the volume between a surface and its tangent plane. There are some surprising results. |

3:30PM | Play the Game of Eleusis (BLOC 220) Led by Phillip Yasskin Background: The game was invented by Robert Abbott in 1956 with later improvements and promoted by Martin Gardner. Rules attached, but you don't need to read them in advance. |

*-Limit of one raffle prize per person.

Must be present to win.

Free Parking in unmarked, unnumbered spaces in lots 50 and 51.

If you park in Northside Garage across from Blocker, you will have to pay

the parking fee.

## Recommended links (internal)

- Department of Mathematics at Texas A&M University
- TAMU Math programs for public schools
- A list of Enjoyable Books on Math and Science
- Entertain yourself with optical illusions

## Recommended links (external)

- Math Awareness Month national website
- World's leading math prizes
- The American Math Competitions page
- PBS NOVA Math resources page
- Math in the Movies
- Magic of Math: Books on Math and Science for Students
- Math Puzzles and Fun links

Photos from Math Fair 2014