Abstract: How does a chemist know that a molecule that he or she has synthesized has the desired form? Most non-biological molecules are too small to see in a microscope or even with the help of an electron micrograph.

Professor & MAA President Francis Su, Mathematics, Harvey Mudd College

Location: Brown, Room 118 | Host: Prof. Ron Freiwald | Tea@3:45, Cupples I, Room 200

Abstract: When does a majority exist? How does the geometry of the political spectrum influence the outcome? What does mathematics have to say about how people behave?

Professor Melanie Matchett Wood, Mathematics, University of Wisconsin

Location: January, Room 110 | Host: Prof. Ron Freiwald | Tea@15:45, Cupples I, 200

Abstract: We are familiar with the prime numbers as those integers which cannot be factored into smaller integers, but if we consider systems of numbers larger than the integers, the primes may indeed factor in those larger systems.