Central Texas College (CTC) will host its annual Math Appreciation Day event on Thursday, April 17 from 6 – 8 p.m. in the Anderson Campus Center (Bldg. 156). The free event is part of the Mathematical Association of America’s celebration of Math Awareness Month and features a week full of activities and games in which students can win prizes.
Guest speaker will be Dr. Daniel King, math professor at Sarah Lawrence College in New York. He will present “Win, Lose or Draw: The Mathematics of Game Shows” in which he explores the mathematical ideas underlying various elements of popular games shows, new and old. Dr. King will act as the emcee in a game show setting to demonstrate how mathematical minds are applied to some well known game shows including “The Price is Right!” and “Deal or No Deal” to see what interesting observations and deductions can made.
In addition to Dr. King, the CTC math department will offer a variety of games and activities for students including scavenger hunts, trivia contests, programming challenges and a textbook cover design contest. Participating students can win a Corsair survivor stealth series 32GB flash drive, a Microsoft Surface RT tablet and gift cards. Students wishing to participate in any of the activities can sign up by calling 254-526-1499.
The CTC Math Appreciation Day event is part of Mathematics Awareness Month which has been held each year in April since 1986 to increase public understanding of and appreciation for mathematics. The CTC event is free and open to the public.