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Conway's Rational Tangles

  • Thursday, October 26, 2017
  • 3:40 PM–4:30 PM
  • North Hall 276

David Klanderman, Trinity Christian College

John H. Conway, a contemporary mathematician (born in Liverpool, England in 1937) developed the fascinating “rational tangle dance” in 1967 to explain the ideas behind his work in knot theory. Conway’s mathematical contributions are in the fields of number theory, group theory, game theory, knot theory, and combinatorics. In this session, we will use ropes to perform the tangle dances before we analyze the underlying mathematical patterns. K-12 mathematics teachers and university faculty have completed these activities at a recent Math Teachers’ Circle workshop. Put on your mathematical dancing shoes and join us!

 Refreshments precede the talk at 3:30 p.m. in NH 282.

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