|Math Coffee: "The Art of the Combinatorial Proof" Carl Yerger, Georgia Tech
When: January 26,
Speaker: Carl Yerger, Georgia Institute of TechnologyTicket Required: No
Ever wanted to be Donald Trump? Well here's your chance, sort of. The audience will decide whether combinatorial proofs get hired -- or get fired -- from being the preferred method of proof for a variety of problems. We will describe some identities that may (or may not) lend themselves to combinatorial proofs. Examples using binomial coefficients and Fibonacci numbers will be discussed. It might be helpful to know some background information on binomial coefficients, but a brief introduction will be given at the beginning of the talk. By the end of this talk, the hope is that students will have a better understanding of how combinatorial or bijective proofs can be useful in a variety of settings.
We will gather in the Mathematics Hall at 3:45 p.m. for our traditional light snacks.
Contact: Prof. Donna Molinek