Wednesday, Mar. 4 | 3-3:50 p.m. | Bridges 268

By Dr. Matthew Craig, MSUM

Wednesday, Feb. 25 | 3-3:50 p.m. | Bridges 268

By Trevor McGuire, NDSU

Mathematics Undergraduate Seminar Series presents: “Formal Languages, Finite State Automata, Regular Expressions, and Computational Problems in Mathematics (Part II)”

Wednesday, Feb. 18 | 3-3:50 p.m. | Bridges 268

By Justin James, MSUM

Mathematics Undergraduate Seminar Series presents: “Formal Languages, Finite State Automata, Regular Expressions, and Computational Problems in Mathematics (Part I)”

Wednesday, Feb. 11 | 3-3:50 p.m. | Bridges 268

By Justin James, MSUM

In this talk we will discuss de Bruijn sequences, which I claim manage this graceful dance between worlds. We will start in the world of entertainment and find ourselves naturally transported to the world of mathematics for the sake of mathematics.

In this world we will prove that de Bruijn sequences of any size exist and find out how many there are. We will then scratch our heads and wonder how we can apply de Bruijn sequences, and in an instant we will find ourselves in the world of mathematics as applied to computer science, engineering, and biology. A

short discussion about applications to computer science and engineering will quickly lead us whence we came.

We will finish by discussing a bit about how mathematicians are explorers, who move between these worlds as their needs arise. Whether they are solving problems in industry or have just found a curious object, mathematicians are explorers who search for truth, proof, and fun!

Mathematics Undergraduate Seminar Series presents: “The Magic of de Bruijn Sequences”

Wednesday, Feb. 4 | 3-3:50 p.m. | Bridges 268

By Adam Goyt, MSUM

Mathematics Undergraduate Seminar Series presents: “Introduction to Zermelo-Fraenkel Axioms (Part 2)”

Wednesday, Jan. 28 | 3-3:50 p.m. | Bridges 268

By Damiano Fulghesu, MSUM

can be written only in terms of sets and symbolic logic. But we have a problem. If sets are the fundaments of mathematics, what are the objects of which sets are made? They are sets as

well! As an example, consider the set N of natural numbers. Clearly 2 is an element of N, but can we see 2 as a set? Can we give a meaning to the expression 2∩3 ? The Zermelo-Fraenkel axioms allow us to present every mathematical object as a set and they provide a consistent theory for sets and ultimately for mathematics as a whole. In these two seminars, we present

the Zermelo-Fraenkel axioms and show how to write consistent definitions avoiding dangerous paradoxes.

Mathematics Undergraduate Seminar Series presents: “Introduction to Zermelo-Fraenkel Axioms (Part 1)”

Wednesday, Jan. 21 | 3-3:50 p.m. | Bridges 268

By Damiano Fulghesu, MSUM

Minnesota State University Moorhead will award degrees to 362 students during its fall commencement program Thursday, Dec. 18 at 1 p.m. in the university’s Nemzek Fieldhouse.

State Representative Ben Lien, a 2008 MSUM political science graduate, will deliver the commencement address. His district, 4A, is comprised of the city of Moorhead and Oakport Township. Lien will serve his second term in the Legislature after his re-election in 2014.

He grew up in Moorhead, attended Moorhead Senior High School and graduated from Minnesota State University Moorhead. During the last legislative session, he served on the House of Representatives Higher Education Finance and Policy Committee. He would like to continue serving on the Higher Education Finance and Policy Committee because of his passion for higher education as a driver of personal success for students and economic development for his district.

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Minnesota State University Moorhead is a comprehensive regional university and is a member of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system.

Tomorrow’s ceremony will also include live tweeting, so get your phones out and log in to Twitter! Follow @MSUMoorhead and use #MSUM2014 to show your support and excitement for the graduates!

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