MAT194: Mathematics Seminar

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== Topic #1: [[MAT194:Pascal's triangle]] ==
== Topic #1: [[MAT194:Pascal's triangle]] ==
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=== Intro ===
 
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I argue that most of us became interested in mathematics because we were identified as good at it. Frequently that was while playing some game, or observing patterns (strategies, etc.).
 
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<li> When he was 7-years-old, my nephew Thomas told me that he likes the math he'd been doing. When I asked him what he likes about it, he gave as an example the following problem:<br><font color="red">"All girls have green hair; Rachel is a girl. What do you know about Rachel?"</font>
 
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<p> (By the way, I believe he was insulting his sister Rachel at the time....)</p>
 
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So patterns are where it's at. And among patterns, the one we examine first is one of the oldest, and among the most famous and important.
 
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=== Pascal's Triangle ===
 
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Many of you are already familiar with Pascal's triangle. It starts with a 1, and then tumbles down like green hair falling down one's shoulders.
 
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It's much older than Pascal, however: frequently a name is granted an object based not on priority, but rather on someone who popularized a thing -- and that might be the case with this triangle.
 

Revision as of 01:36, 29 December 2020

MAT194: Mathematics Seminar (Spring 2021)

Overview

Each topic will have its own page. Each of you is expected to make some contributions to each project page. The cool thing about a wiki is that many people can collaborate to create the final product. There is also a history, which shows exactly who made each change -- so take care! Big Brother is watching...:)

Topic #1: MAT194:Pascal's triangle

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