# Math Club Update

By: Nets Katz and Ciprian Demeter

The Math club had a very busy schedule in the last two years, with almost one talk every week. This was largely due to a very energetic organizer Sarah Loos. The talks covered a wide range of pure an applied Mathematics, Physics and Bio-Chemistry. Most of the talks attracted around 7-10 students. You could tell that students appreciated the talks by the number of questions they asked.

Four or five of the meetings of the Math Club were dedicated to the preparation for Putnam and for the state competition from Indiana. We went over all sorts of problems with them and practiced team work. One of the IU teams ranked second in the state competition, the best ranking in recent years.

In 2009, the torch of the math club presidency was passed from Sarah Loos to Carlo Angiuli. The math club, as usual, has been hearing talks on a nearly weekly basis. They have heard from Nets Katz on the solution to the Joints problem, from Michael Larsen on finite projective planes, from Matvei Libine on quaternionic analysis, and from John Challifour on black holes, among others.

In the end, the Math Club proved to be an activity which benefited not only the students, but also us, the faculty that supervised it.

For more information see: http://www.indiana.edu/~mathclub/

Michael Larson with the Math Club