Themes of MATH4900 Seminar
Themes and brief description of MATH4900, First term 2015-16
MATH 4900A Continued Fractions
In this section, possible topics are continued fractions representations, convergences as best
approximations, measure theory of continued fractions.
MATH 4900B Mathematics related to Rubik’s Cube
In this section, topics are to examine how group theory is used to model Rubik’s cube and similar puzzles.
Concrete and fun examples in finite group theory as well as ideas to solve the puzzles will be discussed.
MATH 4900C Some Geometry, some Topology, a little Analysis
In this section, topics are on the interface of geometry and topology with perhaps analysis involved.
Topics may include discussion of area and congruence, various meanings of dimensions, some
interesting theorems in geometry or topology.
MATH 4900D Computational Differential Geometry in Real World Applications
In this section, topics are surrounding the study and applications of digital geometric images through
differential geometry theories. Applications may include medical imaging, computer graphics, and
MATH 4900E All about Inequalities
In this section, the starting point is inequalities; then the focus leads to topics such as Fourier Analysis,
geometry, combinatorics, and number theory. The unity across different fields of mathematics will be
emphasized, as material will often be drawn from more than one area of mathematics.
MATH 4900F Studies in Operations Research
In this section, small projects and problems in the area of OR will be explored. The aim is to lead
students to a thorough understanding of the art and science of practical applications in OR. Students
may realize the successful way of undertaking projects and what obstacles are present to thwart success.
MATH 4900G Mathematics formulation of Classical Mechanics
In this section, topics about modern formulations of Hamiltonian and Lagrangian mechanical systems in
mathematics will be discussed. It may involve the algebraic presentation or analysis.
MATH 4900H Study of Partial Differential Equations
In this section, some analytic methods for PDEs arising in physics or geometry will be studied. Possible
topics may include Poisson problem, heat equation, and fractional Laplacian.
MATH 4900I Convex Sets and Functions
In this section, discussion topics are given in algebraic theory and separation theorems of convex sets on
a linear space, and analytical properties of convex functions.