2017-2018 Calendar August 31, 2017 - Math Club Kick-Off! For the first meeting of the year we blew through the basics and introduced the officers for the new year. After the long but entertaining presentation from our amazing President, we played a ice-breaker game that may or may not have disclosed more than enough information about other people in the room. September 7, 2017 - Wtts Wagers & Waffles Witts Wagers & Waffles has become a traditional math club event. We played a trivia type of game called wits and wagers, and will also be eating waffles. Not toaster waffles right out of a freezer. Yes, the fresh and delicious waffles that requires someone to go through the process of adding processed ingredients into a somewhat less food-like product that you would find in the freezer section of a Wal-Mart. September 14, 2017 - Math Mastery The amazing Professor Sonia Esposito came to Math Club to present on math success. It is important to consider more than study skills and test preparation. During the meeting Professor Michelle Mazzuco also discussed some of the resources that the college provides such as basic and class tutoring. September 21, 2017 - Math Pictionary 2016-2017 Calendar August 31, 2016 - First Meeting / Ice Breaker Beginning of the year kick off. President discussed what we do, have done, and may end up doing this semester. Icebreaker for new members and old ones, and as always there were refreshments and snacks! September 7, 2016- Wits, Wagers, and WAFFLES!! Wits, Wagers, and Waffles! On this glorious math meeting, we served waffles and played a game called wits & wagers. A game that faces us with questions, the answers to which no one should realistically know. Such as “How wealthy was Scrooge McDuck in Billions, when he finally made it to the ‘Forbes Fictional 15’ in 2007?”. To end this prestigious event, we rewarded each person on the winning team with 100 grand! September 14, 2016 - Guest speaker: Michelle Mazzucco Michelle Mazzucco gave a presentation on the various resources one can use to succeed in math courses. September 21, 2016 - Plans for the Tutoring Center On this meeting we went into to the math tutoring lab and scoped the place out for decorating ideas. September 28, 2016- Guest speaker: David J Schultz Professor Schultz gave a very interesting presentation on Japanese Temple Geometry. In brief, despite isolation, Japanese mathematics, callad Wasan, flourished and a unique approach to present mathematical problems was developed. Painted wooden tablets called sangaku were hung on display at Shinto Shrines and Buddhist temples. Over 900 tablets have been discovered with math problems that have been solved using analytic geometry and algebraic means and the collection as a whole is frequently referred to as Japanese Temple Geometry. October 5, 2016- Movie We watched the movie stand and deliver and served fresh popcorn, refreshments provided as always. October 11, 2016- Guest Speaker: Sonia Esposito Presentation on improving math study skills. October 19, 2016- Guest speaker: Max Rossiter Our guest speaker came to discuss whether or not major league baseball players are over payed. October 26, 2016- Pumpkin Carvings! On this meeting we had our annual pumpkin carving event. No contest, just crazy fun with friends. Great help with ignoring mid-term stress. November 2, 2016 - ASU Transfer Ambassador The Math Club will have an ASU transfer ambassador presenting at their meeting this week. Also, the W.P. Carey School of Business and Fulton Schools of Engineering will be accompanying the transfer ambassador at this meeting. Come listen to the presentation and get informed and ask questions! November 9, 2016 - Guest Speaker: Rocket Science The Math Club will have a rocket scientist, Gordon Rosner (from Orbital ATK), as a guest speaker. Join us for this fun presentation which incorporates aspects of math and rocket science. November 16, 2016 - Dominoes On this meeting we attempted to beat the dominoes record. We may not have succeeded but it was still fun! (Refreshments were provided, as always!) November 30, 2016- Crazy Fun Scavenger Hunt. If you were lucky enough to show up on this day, we had a blast which unfortunately occurred to fast. Show up for future meetings and you may meet some interesting people and learn about some interesting things in regards to our campus. January 25, 2017- Ice Breaker First meeting of the fall semester. As usual the president for math club explained what we generally do and what some of our future plans for the semester are. February 1, 2017- Bar Games Trivia This week was a bar trivia style game hosted by Michelle. The winning team may not have actually been the winning team, but everyone had fun, and that's what matters most! February 8, 2017 - NOVA For over 350 years, some of the greatest minds of science struggled to prove what was known as Fermat's Last Theorem—the idea that a certain simple equation had no solutions. February 15, 2017 - Art and Creativity in STEAM Prof. Chowdhury and former MCC student Geoff Coppola will present on their art work. The designs are highly symmetrical and based on mathematics. The three art pieces that Prof. Chowdhury worked on were made here on campus and are currently displayed on the Math and Art buildings. February 22, 2017 - Trebuchet Build! On this meeting we discussed the upcoming SUnMaRC event as well as Pi day. Today was also the day that we finally completed building the Math Club's first trebuchet. March 1, 2017 - Grubby Fingers Professor Schultz presentation on Benford's law gave us all new insight on how many things that seem like they should be truly random seem to relate to logarithmic functions instead! Who would have known that something like this can be used to detect fraud? March 8, 2017 - Pi day celebration! Today we celebrated Pi day and Michelle engaged us with some Pi day festivities and explained how we get 3.14.. by using the ratio of the circumference to the diameter to a circle. Congratulations to those who were awarded the super awesome Pi Pencil!!! March 22, 2017 - Witts Wagers and Waffles This week we are playing Wits & Wagers while having freshly made waffles! Feel free to come hungry to this one as we will be providing the waffles. March 29, 2017 - Trebuchet Launch! The much anticipated moment our trebuchet launch finally arrived. The first launch using a softball was very successful, and as they say if you can launch a softball you can launch a watermelon. This catch phrase is spot on. I hope future members will be able to throw a watermelon further then our 75 foot mark. April 5, 2017 - Astronomy: Objects in Orbit Our meeting yesterday had Professor Healy teach us about calculating the positions of objects in orbit over time in any two body system. In other words, where stuff is in space as it orbits other stuff! We even got to see a computer model that was constructed by an MCC student that calculated the positions of stars in orbit around the super massive black hole at the center of our Milky Way galaxy! April 12, 2017 - Club Affairs With the end of the year closing in we discussed the clubs constitution and any changes that members may want to make. Also with elections right around the corner the current officers discussed their roles and responsibilities to give members a better idea of what being an officer entails. April 19, 2017 - Traveling Salesman Problem Professor Chowdhury April 26, 2017 - Honors Presentations The honors presentations were interesting. Most peoples first thought when thinking of dumpster dimensions or moving train cars around isn't calculus, but seeing that calculus is involved really opens up your mind to seeing that much more of the world around you involves complex math then you might have initially realized! May 5, 2017 - Last Meeting Official math business was carried out on this last meeting of the semester. An amendment was voted on to change article III section 1. from membership status requiring 4 consecutive meetings or 6 total overall to just requiring attendance to four meetings to become a member of math club.
September 3, 2015 - Introduction Meeting/Activity Introduction to the club for new members and activity to help people get acquainted. September 10, 2015 - Guest Speaker: Sonia Esposito Discussed practical strategies for test taking and handling the related stresses. September 17, 2015 - NOVA Video Video on math and whether or not it is an invention of man, or a property of the universe that is discovered. September 24, 2015 - Guest Speaker: David Schultz Everything comes back the higher you go in math... Guest speaker David Schultz provided insight into relationships between the math you do in lower level math classes and the math done in the higher level classes and even out into the professional field. Using distance formula as an example we were able to see how this formula taught in Beginner Algebra comes back again in College Algebra/Functions then again in Calculus with Analytical Geometry III and has even been used in hospitals for triage. October 1, 2015 - Math Pictionary Drawing pictographs to represent math terms can be tricky, but the outcome is a good time and plenty of laughs! October 8, 2015 - Volunteer Project The club prepared giveaway bags that were handed out at the AMATYC conference held on campus. October 15, 2015 - Math Hangman This week was midterms for most people so the meeting was kept to a fun game of math hangman and refreshments. October 22, 2015 - Math Jeopardy Preparing for the bi-annual math contest held at MCC is not like preparing for other tests. This week the club played Jeopardy with a math twist to help see how getting the right answer is more important than how that answer is achieved. October 29, 2015 - Pumpkin Carving The math club carved pumpkins just before Halloween. There were some great designs, some scary, some goofy, and even some with math symbols. It was a great way to relieve the stress of midterms. November 4, 2015 - Planetarium Trip The math club took a field trip to the Planetarium at MCC. The club got to view some great presentations on the wonders of the universe, as well as a Pink Floyd adventure. November 12, 2015 - Guest Speaker: Rino Mazzucco Guest speaker Rino Mazzucca visited the math club to present a unique class at MCC where building custom guitars is used as a means to teach electrical engineering. Many interested students showed up for this meeting and is a great example of how diverse math club meetings can be! November 19, 2015 - Kakuro Puzzles This semester the math club enjoyed a number of meetings that involved games with math themes. December 3, 2015 - Guest Speaker: Amadou Gaye We got to learn about how math can be used to fight cancer! Guest speaker Amadou Gaye presented interesting mathematical models used to create a map of the human brain with areas of developing cancer and ran through super computers to analyze the data and predict where the cancer will spread over the coming months. This information is useful for knowing how to fight the cancer over that period of time or even if it will be worth it to the patient to put them through cancer treatments. December 10, 2015 - Final Meeting We had a student presentation to start off the final meeting, but the majority of the session was a time for the club to share some good food and memories of the semester. February 1, 2016 - First Meeting Breaking the ice. We all introduced ourselves to each-other and got to see some new faces. Went over some upcoming plans for a weekend trip and other upcoming activities while enjoying pizza and learning a bit about the club. February 8, 2016 - Planning We got input on suggestions for what we can do this semester, will we be going on trips, playing games, or practicing math success tactics? Hopefully all of those options! February 22, 2016 - Guest Speaker: Sonia Esposito We all took a test to see how well our current math study habits ranked. Then we went over useful advice to improve our math study habits for the future. Everyone left with useful tricks and habits that can lead to better math grades going forward. February 29, 2016 - Practice for the Math Competition Some of us signed up to help sell tickets for pie day. We also practiced for this semester's coming math competition. Will anyone from the club win? We shall find out on Thursday! March 7, 2016 - Pi, Pie, and Cake We got to enjoy some (pi shaped) cake while learning about the mathematical concept π. We also discussed the upcoming pi day event of pieing math instructors in the face! March 28, 2016 - Financial Planning At this meeting the Math Club was joined by Financial Planner Jim Rettke who spoke about his career and some basic information on planning your own finances and the math involved. Attendees has plenty of questions for him and we got to hear a bit about everything from investing in stocks, to real estate, to how his academic life impacted his later career. April 4, 2016 - Planetarium Show The Math Club met at the MCC planetarium. There was a show on the planetarium just for the club to watch. 2014-2015 Calendar August 28, 2014 - First Meeting Introductions of Math Club, Math Club officers, and members. Ideas for club activities suggested. September 4, 2014 - Games! Math Club members play Dominoes. September 11, 2014 - Logic Puzzles Math Club members solve fun logic puzzles. September 18, 2014 - Logic Puzzles Math Club members solve more logic puzzles. September 25, 2014 - Math Contest Preparation Preparation for AMATYC math contest to take place @ Dobson campus. October 2, 2014 - Card Counting Apply card-counting techniques described in the book "Beat the Dealer" by Dr. Edward Throp while playing Blackjack. Also discussed Veterans Club book drive, HeatSync tour, and community outreach event. October 9, 2014 - Movie Day Watched the movie "21" based on the true story of the MIT Blackjack team. October 16, 2014 - Veterans Club Book Drive Worked on Veterans Club book drive details. October 30, 2014 - Pumpkin Carving Decorated pumpkins for Halloween. January 22, 2015- First Meeting Enjoyed pizza and games. Introductions of the Math Club officers, announced openings, and introduced members. Explained the myths of "Math Club" and what it really is. If you have time and are interested come and join, or sit in on a meeting. January 29, 2015- Student Success! Math Club members received some excellent advice from Professor Esposito. In order to achieve student success, Math Club members were asked to take a quiz that would grade their studying structure. Upon finishing the quiz Math Club members were able to see where they stood when it came to doing homework and studying for tests. By the end of the meeting Math Club members left with knowledge on how to successfully study for a test. It was a great meeting! February 6, 2015- HeatSync HeatSync Lab was awesome! This meeting was moved from its regular day to Friday. Math Club members wrestled with traffic and construction to meet at the HeatSync lab where members got to tour and view the many machines they have there. HeatSync Lab offers a variety of machines to build your wildest 3-d imagination! If your still thinking that Math Club is Math only.. Well your wrong! Come and join us for a meeting every Thursday 4-5 pm in MCC114. You won't leave disappointed. February 12, 2015- Fundraiser Unveiling At this weeks math club meeting we unveiled the fundraising project! As you all know 3/14/15 is coming up to celebrate the MCC Math Club has decided to celebrate by doing a PI Day! Math teachers are encouraged to sign up and we will be selling tickets. Flyers will be going up for all information needed. If you have questions stop on in to a Math Club meeting, held every Thursday's at 4 pm. February 19, 2015- Dominoes This weeks Math Club meeting the club members got to enjoy the wonderful weather and try there steady hands to topple dominoes! This year there were 455 dominoes, they ran down the stairs and onto the ground and looped into a PI symbol. It was slow and steady but the end result was awesome! There was no meeting this week. Some math club members went to the SUNMARC Conference held at the University of Texas in El Paso, TX. Math Club meeting resumes next Thursday at 4pm. See you there! March 05 , 2015- Math Contest At this weeks Math Club meeting, members were given the "Do's and Don'ts" on the upcoming Math Contest. As well as an update on the PI Contest. Don't forget to purchase your tickets! $1.00 per ticket and many math teachers participating! see you at the next meeting, Thursday's from 4pm to 5pm. March 12 , 2015- PI Festivities Today at 2pm teachers with the most tickets bought got pie thrown in their faces! A fun event and plenty of Pies! At the Math Club meeting members recapped the days events and kicked back with some left over pies. There were many flavors of pie and activities to help us celebrate PI Day on 3.14.15, just in time for spring break! Have a safe and wonderful week. 2013-2014 Calendar August 21, 2013- First Meeting Introductions of Math Club, Math Club officers, and members. Ideas for club activities suggested. August 28, 2013- Games! Math Club members played Farkle. September 4, 2013- HeatSync A trip to HeatSync Labs where members got to view 3-D printers, Laser Cutters, and more! September 11, 2013- Planning Session Discussions on this years Math Contest: - Taking place 10/30 @ 3pm in MC 114 - On 10/23 there will be a presentation on preparation and strategies for the Math Contest Officer meeting announced for 9/18 @ 4pm. September 18, 2013- Guest Speaker MCC Counseling Professor, Sonia Esposito, gave a presentation on: "Techniques to become a Successful Math Student". September 25, 2013- Video Video on Math and Music was "shown" -Technical difficulties prevented the watching of the whole video. 2012-2013 Calendar August 20, 2012 - First Meeting Math club officers meeting. Semester goals and tentative schedule discussed. August 27, 2012 - Welcome New Members September 3, 2012 - Labor Day No meeting September 10, 2012 - September 17, 2012 - Mental Math Video Secrets of Mental Math. Learn how to multiply large numbers easily in your head! September 24, 2012 - Presentation! Presentation on Digital Image Processing using MATLAB. Digital images are stored as large 3-d matrices. Using matrix manipulation, image color, shape, and size can be changed with simple code. October 1, 2012 - Mental Math Video Secrets of Mental Math (video 2). Adding and subtracting large numbers. October 8, 2012 October 15, 2012 - Sculptures! Building mathematical sculptures out of toothpicks and Elmer's glue. Student were given one box of toothpicks and a bottle of glue and told to construct a sculpture of their choice. Sculptures were placed in math faculty work room and voted on by staff members. The winner and runners up will receive prizes! October 23, 2012 - Math Biology Lecture Masters thesis modeled the flow of electricity in nervous system of a giant squid. October 29, 2012 ASU CIDSE presentation. November 6, 2012 Presentation on Mathematica math software. Mathematica software has many applications in the business and educational world. Come check out how it all works! November 12, 2012 - Honeywell Aerospace Tour Field trip to 1944 E. Sky Harbor Circle to the Honeywell Aerospace Repair and Overhaul facilities. Students get to see the inner workings of a major aerospace distribution center. The tour consisted of a short presentation by Global Repair and Overhaul Director, Rich Barlow, as well as a tour of the factory floor including a look at aircraft APU's and turbine engines. November 19, 2012 Winners of the AMATYC Math Contest and toothpick sculptures were announced. Prizes were awarded and the Spring math club schedule was announced: 4:30pm - 5:30pm Thursday. January 17, 2013 - First Meeting Officers meeting: Tentative schedule was discussed. January 24, 2013 - Scavenger Hunt |