A Variety of Ways to Solve a Problem

Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 1:00pm to 1:45pm

Bronfman Science Center, 106 18 Hoxsey St, Williamstown, MA 01267, USA

A Variety of Ways to Solve a ProblemCourtney Gibbons, University of Nebraska
Mathematics and Statistics Department Colloquium

Abstract: Using a small puzzle as a motivating example, we'll explore how algebra and geometry can be used to model and solve a problem. The major players in this story are ideals, varieties, and the relationship between them. I'll describe these objects and their interplay in the course of the talk, and at the end, we'll touch on some applications of these techniques to scientific questions.

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