Mathemight

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Mathemight

Mathemight, an intercollegiate academic event, is a glorious and regular feature of the Department of Mathematics.The event was launched in the year 2003. The shift, from knowledge based education to skill based education, motivated the faculty of Mathematics to organize this event under the sponsorship of UGC.

 

The objective of the event is to provide a platform to students of Mathematics to appreciate and show case the ‘Surprises in Mathematics’ and look deeper into their application.

 

Over the years Mathemight 1, Mathemight 2, Mathemight 3, Mathemight 4, Mathemight 5, Mathemight 6, Mathemight 7& Mathemight 8 were organized. Participation from various colleges of Mumbai increased steadily, and the event was well appreciated by lovers of the subject and media. This event not only facilitates learning beyond classroom teaching but also helps build organizational skill among students.

 

MATHEMIGHT 09

As is tradition, to showcase the might of Mathematics, the Department of Mathematics organised the intercollegiate conference “Mathemight 09” on 16th January, 2016. The conference with its theme “Surprises in Mathematics and their Applications” included events like Paper Presentations, expository Poster Presentation by undergrad students on the same theme, Mathematical Quiz and a popular lecture. Students from various Mumbai colleges participated in the conference.

 

On the day of the event, students started pouring in for registrations, some carrying their creatively made posters. After the registrations, quiz eliminations began. While the quiz participants were brainstorming and finding solutions to problems posed in the hour long written quiz eliminations, the paper and poster presentation participants were busy with some last minute discussions about their presentations. With the arrival of the chief guest and keynote speaker Prof. Ananthnarayan Hariharan, Department of Mathematics, IIT Bombay, the inaugural session began. The founder of Mathemight, Prof. Dipta Dasgupta after convening eight past Mathemight events passed the baton to Prof. Vikas Ware (Head, Department of Mathematics). He shed some light on the genesis of Mathemight and the activities of the Department of Mathematics. This was followed by a brief introduction of the college by Principal Dr. J. K. Phadnis.After a brief introduction of Prof. Hariharan, he began his talk which was cryptically titled “Imagine a cylindrical boy”. His talk was a very interactive one where he prodded the audience with questions about simple real life situations like how many people can fit into a train, how to calculate the amount of cloth required to make uniforms for students of a particular class and so on. Using such simple examples, he introduced the concept of approximation and mathematical modelling. Throughout the talk, the audience got to see a glimpse of Prof. Hariharan’s passion for teaching and mathematics.

 

The paper presentation competition began immediately after the inaugural. We were joined by our second judge for the day, Sudha Agrawal, Department of Mathematics, K.J.Somaiya College of Science and Commerce. The other judge was Prof. Hariharan. The presentations were interrupted by some delicious lunch. Post lunch, poster and paper presentation competition was resumed. Some interesting presentations were made on topics like use of mathematical modelling in differential equations, mathematical patterns in a diagram, catalan numbers, image processing using SVD, Central limit theorem, Use of invariants, Bee’s Algorithm, Fermat’s Little theorem, Android unlock patterns, Fractal Geometry etc.

 

At the end of the day, the teams that cleared the quiz elimination round battled each other in an interactive quiz filled with audio-visual rounds. All questions had a mathematical flavour added to them. The written and final quiz was diligently prepared by student volunteers under the guidance of Prof. Prashant Swami.

 

The excitement of the inaugural talk could only be compared to that of the valedictory function. Students were eagerly waiting for the results. The judges gave some quick feedback to the eager participants. This was followed by the prizes. One of the participants Priyanka Mishra (T.Y.B.Sc), NES College of Arts, Science and Commerce won a prize in all three competitions! Clearly her hard work and intelligence paid off! So, did the efforts of the student volunteers of Mathemight as they added another successful event in the kitty of the Mathematics Department.

 

Student volunteers mostly from TYBSc and some SYBSc and FYBSc formed the backbone of Mathemight 9. They were ably supported by faculty members of the department. All in all, everyone involved had a great day full of learning and mathematics!

 

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A small display of our gratitude towards our judges

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Brainstorming during Quiz

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Genesis of Mathemight explained for Prof. Ware

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Poster on Bees algorithm

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Prof. Ananthnarayan Hariharan giving feedback to the participants

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Students presenting on Catalan Sequences

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Team Mathemight

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The winning poster on complexity of andriod pins

 

Mathemight – 08
(Might of Mathematics)

As is tradition, to showcase the might of Mathematics, the Department of Mathematics walked on the path set by Prof. Dipta Dasgupta and organised the intercollegiate conference “Mathemight 08” on 18th January, 2014. The conference with its theme “Surprises in Mathematics and their Applications” included events like Paper Presentations by under-grad students, expository Poster Presentation on the same theme, Mathematical Quiz solely for second year students and a popular lecture by an eminent Mathematician. Around 100 students from various Mumbai Colleges participated in the conference.

 

The event started with students pouring in for the quiz eliminations. The enthusiastic bunch after facing the conundrums of the written quiz joined the inaugural session that started at around 11 a.m. True to the theme of the conference, Prof. Anoop Varghese, a young, bright lecturer of Mathematics at SIES College of Arts, Science and Commerce, inaugurated the event with a talk full of surprises on ‘Fractals’. For those uninitiated, fractals are geometric shapes that are very complex and infinitely detailed. The audience were glued to their seats during his interactive and stimulating session. He tried, successfully, to unravel the beauty of the following quote by Benoit Mandelbrotwrittenin his The Fractal Geometry of Nature (1977), to the students: “Why is geometry often described as ‘cold’ and ‘dry?’ One reason lies in its inability to describe the shape of a cloud, a mountain, a coastline, or a tree. Clouds are not spheres, mountains are not cones, coastlines are not circles, and bark is not smooth, nor does lightning travel in a straight line… Nature exhibits not simply a higher degree but an altogether different level of complexity. ”

 

After the inaugural talk, Prof A. Varghese judged the paper and poster competitions. This year recreational mathematics found a place in the paper and poster competitions with problems like the Mathematics of Sudoku, Knight’s Tour, rolling dice , the peg soldier puzzle being addressed. Amongst the paper presentations, the beauty of the Fibonacci sequence and Golden Ratio attracted the audience’s attention. Later, Prof. Dipta Dasgupta, the convener, gave an enlightening talk on ‘Careers in Mathematics’. The audience was keen to get their queries about career options answered, and this interactive talk did just that.

 

Finally, the quiz elimination results were declared, bringing an end to the suspense. Out of all participants the best 5 teams were filtered to the finals. Each round of the quiz was unique and put to test the participants aptitude and knowledge of Maths. Some of the rounds were Identify the Mathematician, Predict the outcome etc. The participants and the audience thoroughly enjoyed this interesting quiz. The quiz was designed and executed by first year students who were mentored by Prof. Vikas Ware.

 

The Mathemight team was on its toes all the time to make sure the day was a fulfilling experience for all those participating. Due credit also needs to be given to the marketing team that toiled many days before the event to gather the funds that made the event possible.

 

All in all, Mathemight 08 was a lot of fun for the enthused first and second year students, the faculty members and the participants!

 

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Glimpses of Mathemight 7

Highlight of the event is paper presentation by undergraduate students of Mathematics on the theme “Surprises in mathematics and their applications.” Other features of Mathemight include episodes like quiz competition, research poster competition, popular lectures by eminent mathematicians, panel discussion, mathematical treasure hunt etc.

 

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The students’ conference ‘Mathemight 7’ was organized this year at the National level with an élan, which would not have been possible without the support of NASI Mumbai chapter and the enthusiasm and guidance of Prof. Pani.

 

The conference witnessed a congregation of 200 highly motivated students from various Mumbai colleges and also from colleges outside the city.

 

The list of speakers in this three day conference included brilliant personalities like Prof. Rajeeva Karandikar (Director of the Institute of Mathematics, Chennai), Dr. Kamlesh Chakraborty (Deputy Governor, Reserve Bank of India), Prof. Amiya K Pani (Institute Chair Professor, Industrial Mathematics Group, IIT Mumbai), Dr.M.Vanninathan (TIFR, Bangalore), Dr. M.C.Joshi (IIT Bombay), Dr.Sharad Bhartiya (department of Chemical engineering, IIT Bombay) and Dr. Avinash Dharmadhikari (Tata Motors).

 

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