GAUSS (Graduate and Undergraduate Students Seminar)

Unless otherwise noted, the Spring Semester GAUSS talks will be on Fridays at 4:00PM in S2 307.

Upcoming Seminars for Spring Semester

April 10, 2015; 4:00PM in S2 307: Jennifer Elder (Fresno State)

Title: Cayley’s formula for the number of labeled trees

Abstract: Cayley’s formula for the number of labeled trees is a famous result in Combinatorics and Graph Theory. In this talk, we will present two of the more interesting and elegant proofs for this result: one using a recursive formula, and one using double counting. These proofs were taken from "Proofs from THE BOOK" by M. Aigner and G. Ziegler.

April 10, 2015; 4:30PM in S2 307: Thoa Tran (Fresno State)

Title: Hilbert’s third problem: decomposing polyhedra


The great mathematician David Hilbert proposed 23 problems in 1900, and the third on Hilbert’s list of mathematical problems is related to the question: Given any two polyhedra of equal volume, is it always possible to cut the first into finitely many polyhedral pieces which can be reassembled to yield the second? The problem was solved by Hilbert’s student, Max Dehn, who proved that the answer in general is “no” by producing a counterexample. 

In this talk, we will go over an elementary reworked proof of Dehn’s original proof, as given in “Proofs from THE BOOK” by M. Aigner and G. Ziegler.

Past Seminars for Spring Semester

March 27, 2015; 4:00PM in S2 307: Cynthia Cervantes and Simerjit Kaur (Fresno State)

Title: Two times π^2/6

Abstract: There is a classical, famous and important result by Leonhard Euler from 1734, stating that the infinite sum of the reciprocals of the squares of natural numbers is equal to π^2/6. In this talk we will present two elementary but elegant and clever proofs of Euler’s result. These proofs involve double integrals and were taken from “Proofs from THE BOOK” by M. Aigner and G. Ziegler.

March 06, 2015; 1:00PM in PB 428: Monica Cuevas (Fresno State)

Title: Conic Sections

Abstract: After an overview of Apollonius' life and his work on conic sections, this talk will demonstrate and prove a few of Apollonius’ theorems, using GeoGebra. Finally we will discuss Kepler’s work related to conic sections.

March 06, 2015; 4:00PM in S2 307: Majerle Reeves and Manuel Lopez (Fresno State)

Title: Modeling an Influenza Virus

Abstract: Every year before the influenza season begins, the United States focuses its efforts on vaccinating both the young and the elderly. This study uses data from the CDC, WHO, and CDPH and an SEIR model with a travel component to track the spread of the seasonal flu virus in California. The purpose of this study is to prove or disprove that the current immunization scheme is the most effective. The model will be used to find an effective vaccination scheme. The knowledge obtained will allow for earlier production of flu vaccines, a reduction of waste by preventing the over-vaccination of particular age groups, and help prevent spread of the influenza virus.

March 06, 2015; 4:30PM in S2 307: Brennen Fagan and Aramayis Orkusyan (Fresno State)

Title: On the Inoculation of Networks, Big and Small

Abstract: As complex computer networks become more integral to our life, it is becoming more important to create effective and efficient defenses against cybercrime. An introductory foundation on the nature of computer networks and their representation as graphs will be outlined, and two methods will be presented for immunizing these computer networks. The first method will focus on small networks and use centrality measures to form an inoculation scheme. The second method will then transition to large-scale complex networks, and discuss inoculation schemes based on random processes that rely on the scale-free nature of large networks.



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