The Community College Math Ship

The Community College Math Ship
U.S.S. Math Club

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Meeting "Minutes" 2/20

Another meeting "minutes" are here!


We spent large amount of time solving pretty cool problem from Becca's class. It was logical type of problem.  In short, problem was: We were prisoners and we have to choose from two doors, which one we open. Behind one of the doors was gold and tiger behind another. We worked together and we survived!

 Random Activities

We discussed which type of problems should be solved at the meetings. Another discussion was about activities inside and outside the math club. If you have some idea what you want to do, do not hesitate and voice your idea on meeting! :) 


Infinite Possibilities Conference 2015 in March 1-3, 2015 at Oregon State University  (Corvallis, Oregon) is almost here! If you are coming don't forget book your Hotel, review the schedule, etc.  

Attendance: Diana, Marie, Becca, JR and prof. Tong 

Math Club's next meeting is Friday, March 6th, at 11:30-12:30 in room 9-253.

see you, M.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Research Committee Meeting 2/20

Research Committee Meeting
Date: Friday, February 20th, 2015 (after Math Club)
Time: 1:00PM-2:00PM

Purpose: Establish a timeline and a formal research question

1:00 Overview of entire research process for data research to paper  publication / poster session
1:10 Establish a timeline based on overview
1:20 Establish a research question: What do we want to know? What are our goals? What are our motivations?

Homework for next week:
Begin reviewing published literature on the subject (research journal publications, etc.)

Next meeting (Friday, February 27th, 11:30-12:30):
Discuss a survey method (survey questions, target population, sample size, eliminating bias)
Discuss data analysis- what questions should we ask get the right kind if data?
Discuss contacting a Data Analysis mentor from industry with connections to Math Club

2/20 Meeting Agenda

Date: Friday, February 20th, 2015
Time: 11:30AM-1:00PM

Math (11:30-12:30)
Problem of the Week
New Math Topic: Logic

Business (12:30-1:00)
ICC Update
"Giving Tree" Award
"Sugar Torus" Fundraiser
Fundraiser forms
Reimbursement forms
Constitution drafting
*Edit 2/19: Math Olympics in March!

*Research Committee Meeting (1:00-2:00)
Purpose: Timeline and Research Question
Agenda TBA
*IPC Attendees Meeting (2:00-3:00)
Purpose: IPC travel and hotel plans
Agenda TBA

Change: Research Committee Meeting Postponed Until Next Week!

Hi there,

I just wanted to make a post to let everyone know that the Research Committee Meeting at Starbucks that was scheduled for Friday 2/13 has been postponed until next week after the club meeting, which is Friday, February 20th, 11:30AM-12:30PM in room 9-253.

If you would like to volunteer to being snacks this week, please do so! Our thanks go out to Diedrik and his dad for bringing the goods last time.

Expect an agenda to be posted around the end of the long weekend. Enjoy your break!

Math Club President

Monday, February 9, 2015

Upcoming Events of the Week (Math Club-related!)

Upcoming Events:

Wednesday 2/11: STEM Speakers Series in Building 6, 5-6pm. 

Thursday 2/12: Club Rush - Diana, Marie, and Becca are going to start raising funds for the $1000 Math Club Scholarship by selling donuts in-between our classes, so you should come! (fundraising guidelines can be found here). 

Friday 2/13: Holiday (no school), Math Club Research Committee Meets at Starbucks in Sequoia Station, Redwood City, 11:30-12:30. 

Monday 2/16: Holiday (no school), LAST DAY TO DROP A CLASS  WITHOUT A W.

Tuesday 2/17: First Inter Club Council Meeting (If you can, please join Diana at 2:15pm in Building 5, Room 350 to represent Math Club!)

PS: Get your Spring Semester Student ID Card ASAP! You MUST have an ID card to participate.

Friday, February 6, 2015

2/6 Meeting Minutes

Second meeting in this semester is over and here are meeting "minutes":

"PoW" - Problem of The Week

This time we had to deal with problem called PICK'S FORMULA. At first we tried (successfully) to find formula for the area of a geoboard polygon. Than we tried to prove this formula. For the lack of time we didn't finish this task and we will probably work on this next meeting. 

Proving Pick's Formula

examplePick's formula is a great topic for student exploration, but why does it work?

Henri Picciotto

Solution and background info:
We will call simple polygons (no crossing, no holes) with vertices on lattice points geoboard polygons. Pick's formula for the area of a geoboard polygon is A = I + B/2 – 1, where A = area, I = interior lattice points, and B = boundary lattice points.
For example, in the figure above, the quadrilateral has I = 7; and B = 5, so the area should be 8.5.
You can confirm this is correct by subtracting the area of three right triangles from the area of the enclosing rectangle.
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 Cool version of factoring 

 After "PoW" we moved to factoring. Becca showed cool, for some of us new, factoring method.

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Spring 2015 Activities 

We also discussed upcoming activities such as: Infinite Possibilities Conference (IPC) (March 1 - 3), MAA Meeting at Foothill (February 28), and "Club" Day which is here on campus Thursday, February 12.

The rest of our meeting was dedicated to Club Training and Application Update (Club Information, Club Activity form).


Proposition: Math Club should raise funds for the Math Club scholarship by hosting a Texas Hold 'em tournament party with suggested donations. Greg has agreed to teach members how to play Texas Hold 'em and will be in charge of planning for this event.
Votes: Yes: 4  No: 0

Leadership Roles:
President: Rebecca (4)
Treasurer: Diana (4), Jonathan (1)
Club Secretary: Marie (4)
ICC Liaison: Diana (4)

Attendance: Diana, Diedrik, Diedrik's dad, Marie, Becca, prof. Hoffman, and prof. Tong

Math Club's next meeting is Friday, February 20th, at 11:30-12:30 in room 9-253.

see you, M.