Imagine Math Day 2012

To most outsiders, modern mathematics is unknown territory. Its borders are protected by dense thickets of technical terms; its landscapes are a mass of indecipherable equations and incomprehensible concepts. Few realize that the world of modern mathematics is rich with vivid images and provocative ideas. --Ivars Peterson, The Mathematical Tourist

What is IMD?

Imagine Math Day gives high school students of all abilities an opportunity to explore and learn new mathematics in a collaborative, creative setting.

Students will spend the morning learning some fundamental ideas in a new branch of mathematics. Equipped with that learning as map and guide book, they will explore this "unknown territory" more deeply in small groups, working on a project and producing a poster explaining their ideas.

Imagine Math Day is not a competition. It is open to high school students of all abilities. The only requirement is a desire to spend a few hours thinking about some new ideas.

Students may come as a group from their high school, with a teacher, or may come on their own.

Students who are registered for the Fall 2012 Preview Days are invited to stay over Friday night. Housing and dinner on Friday night, and breakfast and lunch on Saturday will be provided.

There is no cost to attend Imagine Math Day . Lunch is provided for all participants (students and teachers). Since space is limited, registration is required (see below).

Schedule

Fall 2012, date TBD

9:30 - 10:00am Registration and refreshments
10:00am - noon Session 1: Introductory explorations
noon - 1:00pm Lunch
1:00 - 2:30 pm Session 2: Open-ended exploration (Teachers meet separately)
2:30 - 3:00 pm Gallery walk and closing

Registration

Registration is free but required. Registration details will be announced later in Summer 2012.

Directions to Winter Hall at Westmont College


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Directions from South (Los Angeles)

Take 101 north and exit at Olive Mill Road. Turn right onto Olive Mill and then left onto Hot Springs Road. Turn right onto Sycamore Canyon Road and then right at Cold Spring Road. Turn left into the lower entrance to campus on Cold Spring Road, and proceed to parking lots 10, 9 or 8 (see the campus map). IMD will take place in Winter Hall (building H).

Directions from North (Santa Barbara Airport)

Take 101 south and exit at #94B (Coast Village Road Exit - left exit). Turn left onto East Cabrillo Road, go through the roundabout and continue north on Hot Springs Road. Turn left onto Sycamore Canyon Road and right onto Cold Spring Road. Turn left into the lower entrance to campus on Cold Spring Road, and proceed to parking lots 10, 9 or 8 (see the campus map). IMD will take place in Winter Hall (building H).

Acknowledgments

IMD 2011 is brought to you by the Department of Mathematics at Westmont College. Imagine Math Day was originally created by the faculty at Harvey Mudd College. We are greatly indebted to our colleagues at HMC for the inspiration, materials, and moral support for this endeavor.

Questions?

For more information, please contact Professor David Hunter (dhunter@westmont.edu).

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