Undergraduate Colloquium – Claude Levesque (U. Laval, Quebec) @ Bilger 335
Feb 4 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

TITLE: On Diophantine equations


A Diophantine equation is an equation of the form F(X_1, X_2, … , X_m) = c (with a fixed c in Z) for which we look for the solutions (x_1, x_2, … , x_m) in Z^m verifying F(x_1, x_2, … , x_m) = c​. The most famous result is probably the solution of Fermat’s last theorem X^n + Y^n = Z^n found by Andrew Wiles using so-called elliptic curves. A small survey of a few results will be given and the notion of elliptic curve will be introduced. The lecture is accessible to anyone, most particularly to undergraduates.

Undergraduate Colloquium – Asaf Hadari (UH Mānoa) @ Bilger 335
Feb 11 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Speaker: Asaf Hadari (UH Mānoa)

Title: Hilbert’s third problem – how to cut and paste using linear algebra

Abstract: In the year 1900 the mathematician David Hilbert famously gave a list of 21 problems that he felt were the most important challenges facing the mathematical community of the day.

The third problem, though stated differently, essentially asked whether it was necessary to use calculus to do basic geometry in three dimensions. For instance, is there a geometric way to calculate the volume of a pyramid?

This was the first of his problems that was answered, using a neat idea from linear algebra. I’ll show you how, and discuss some of the neat mathematics surrounding this problem.

Undergraduate colloquium – Chris Nowlin (NSA) @ Bilger 335
Mar 3 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Speaker: Chris Nowlin (NSA)

Title: Mathematics at NSA

Abstract: We will discuss career opportunities for mathematicians at the National Security Agency. The speaker will share reflections on his 5-year career, including the application process, the types of problems NSA mathematicians work on, and some of the good and the bad associated with working for NSA. Questions from the audience are encouraged.

Undergraduate Colloquium – Janet Becker (SOEST, UH Mānoa) @ Bilger 335
Mar 10 @ 3:00 pm – 3:50 pm

Title: Wave driven inundation for reef fringed atolls

Speaker: Prof. Janet M. Becker, Department of Geology and Geophysics

Abstract: As sea level rises, the threat of wave driven inundation for low lying atolls is anticipated to increase. Wave driven inundation results from three dynamically distinct components: sea and swell energy, breaking wave setup, and low frequency (infragravity) energy. Here, results from field experiments in Ipan, Guam and Majuro and Roi-Namur, RMI are presented that demonstrate the importance of low frequency energy on fringing reefs. The observations are described in terms of linear and nonlinear dynamics. Projections of wave driven inundation that include all components for Roi-Namur under future sea level scenarios are presented.

Undergraduate Colloquium – Yuriy Mileyko (UH Mānoa) @ Bilger 335
Mar 17 @ 3:00 pm – 3:50 pm

Title: A brief overview of topological data analysis

Undergraduate Colloquium – Nodari Sitchinava (ICS, UH Mānoa) @ Bilger 335
Apr 28 @ 3:00 pm – 3:50 pm