UBC/UMC t h e u n d e r g r a d u a t e |
UBC/UMC is the undergraduate mathematics colloquium at the University of British Columbia. It puts on talks by mathematicians; the talks are about research in math, and aim to be accessible to undergrads. The details of the colloquium may be found below. All are welcome. Below, you'll find details of the next talk, a schedule of all talks, and a few extras. |
the next talk |
The next UBC/UMC talk is by Mike Lindstrom. It will take place at 3:00 in MATH 203. • The scope of what constitutes a math problem is far wider than "how many apples are left in the basket if..." or "prove the equation has at least one real root." Math problems can be seen in everything from the development of bone structures through the bending of light due to massive objects; math is everywhere. By going through a few projects I've recently had the fortune of working on, I want to highlight a few of the beautiful ways mathematical thinking finds its way into solving real-world problems including: using physical modelling in designing devices for water filtration by electrodialysis, implementing formal asymptotic analysis to predict the behaviour of a fusion reactor, and writing numerical methods to provide a proof-of-concept for a new method of mass spectrometry. Just as there is art in expressing the world through imagery and poetry, so there is in analyzing problems appropriately and making use of such analysis. No prior knowledge is expected: all the problems presented will include the relevant background information. |
past talks |
extras |
We're always looking for new ideas. If you'd like to see a particular talk or a particular speaker, or give a talk yourself, drop us a line. (UBC/UMC is run by Fok-Shuen Leung, whose main page is here.) If you're a student — particularly an undergrad — interested in mathematics, check out the Math Club; they can be found in MATX 1119, and online as well. If you're an undergrad interested in teaming up with a prof and doing some research in math, the NSERC USRAs (the National Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada Undergraduate Student Research Awards — that's why they have acronyms) are an available opportunity. These talks are a great way to gauge your interest in a professor's research. For USRA details, check out the NSERC site, or ask at the Mathematics Department office. |