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FERMAT is a project funded by the NSF Division of Graduate Education under the GK-12 program. The project unites the efforts of mathematics faculty from California State University Northridge with educators from Los Angeles Unified School District, Local District 1, to place graduate mathematics students as Fellows in two high schools and three middle schools in the district. Fellows construct their lessons in a way that will allow students to experience the mathematical process of conjecture, experimentation, and proof. For the first time, students see mathematics as an area of ongoing learning and research where critical thinking and mastery of basic skills is essential.

NEWS

GRADUATE/FERMAT seminar presents a talk by GK-12 fellow and Option-I graduate student Yeranuhi Semerdjian on Thursday, May 1st at 4:00 PM, in room JR 214.
Title: Noetherian Rings and Affine Algebraic Sets

GRADUATE/FERMAT seminar presents a talk by GK-12 fellow and Option-I graduate student Erin Colberg on Thursday, April 24 at 4:00 PM, in room JR 214.
Title: The Knot Group.

GRADUATE/FERMAT seminar presents a talk by GK-12 fellow and Option-I graduate student Elizabeth Leyton on Thursday, April 17 at 4:00 PM, in room JR 214.
Title: The Mapping Class Group of the Torus.

GRADUATE/FERMAT seminar presents a talk by GK-12 fellow and Option-I graduate student Vahe Khachadoorian on Thursday, April 10 at 4:00 PM, in room JR 214.
Title: Application of Banach’s Theorem to Integral Equations.

GRADUATE/FERMAT seminar presents a talk by GK-12 fellow and Option-I graduate student Aime Jones on Thursday, April 3 at 4:00 PM, in room JR 214.
Title: Riemannian Metrics.

GRADUATE/FERMAT seminar presents a talk by GK-12 fellow and Option-II graduate student Ali Ashar on Thursday, March 27 at 4:00 PM, in room JR 214.
Title: Ranking Schemes, Paired Comparisons, and the Perron-Frobenius Theorem.

GRADUATE/FERMAT seminar presents a talk by GK-12 fellow and Option-I graduate student Cynthia Shepherd on Thursday, March 6 at 4:00 PM, in room JR 214.
Title: Backlund Transformations and Surfaces of Constant Negative Curvature.

GRADUATE/FERMAT seminar presents a talk by Option-I graduate student David Berkowitz on Thursday, February 21 at 4:00 PM, in room JR 214.
Title: A Proof of Gauss's Theorema Egregium.

GRADUATE/FERMAT seminar presents a talk by Option-I graduate student, FERMAT fellow Emily Mcleod Schnitger on Thursday, February 14 at 4:00 PM, in room JR 214.
Title: Pisot Numbers and Pisot-2 Pairs.

GRADUATE/FERMAT seminar presents a talk by Option-I graduate student Cynthia Flores on Thursday, February 7 at 4:00 PM, in room JR 214.
Title: Numerical Simulation of Potential Flow using Finite Element Methods.

GRADUATE/FERMAT seminar presents a talk by FERMAT GK-12 Fellow Will Yessen on Wednesday, January 30 at 4:00 PM, in room JR 214.
Title: Uniquely Associating Algebraic Curves With Irreducible Polynomials Over Algebraically Closed Fields.

FERMAT/NOYCE seminar presents a talk by Professor Heather Thompson on Thursday, November 29 at 4:00 PM, in room JR 217.
Title: Exploring an In-Class Sampling Experiment.

FERMAT/NOYCE seminar presents a talk by Professor Werner Horn on Thursday, November 15 at 4:00 PM, in room JR 217.
Title: Mathematics education in Rwanda - world class standard in a third world country.

FERMAT/NOYCE seminar presents a talk by FERMAT GK-12 Fellows Aime Jones and Will (Vigen) Yessayan on Thursday, November 01 at 4:00 PM, in room JR 217.
Title: Cryptography in Middle Schools.

FERMAT/NOYCE seminar presents a talk by FERMAT GK-12 Fellows Cynthia Shepeherd and Elizabeth Leyton on Thursday, October 25 at 4:00 PM, in room JR 217.
Title: Understanding the commutativity and associativity of binary operations.

FERMAT/NOYCE seminar presents a talk by FERMAT GK-12 Fellows Ali Ashar and Vahe Khachadoorian on Thursday, October 11 at 4:00 PM, in room JR 217.
Title: The Four basic operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division) with decimals.

The FERMAT/NOYCE seminar will start on this coming Thursday, September 27 at its usual time, 4:00 PM. This semester we will be meeting in room JR 217.
The speaker is Blake Barley, former FERMAT GK-12 Fellow.
Title: The Orange Juice Problem.

Highlights of Our Program

"Fermat program has motivated me to go back to school and continue my education. Working with the graduate fellows has rekindled my fire and desire to increase my mathematical knowledge. I am currently enrolled in a math master’s program at CSUN, says Damian Coleman, Math teacher, Vista middle school...". Read more

International component of the GK-12 program at CSUN allowed Fellow Cynthia Shepherd to do a research paper on composite membranes along with graduate students Aldo Lopes and Russell Howes. This project was under the advisement of Professor Renato Pedrosa at UNICAMP (Universidade de Campinas), Brazil... Read more

Our GK-12 Fellows participate in the math club at Birmingham High School. Each week either the Fellows or a pair of students prepare a presentation on a mathematical topic of their choice. Read more

To wrap up the school year, the GK-12 Fellows organized a week of summer math activities to promote enthusiasm for mathematics among middle school students. Read more

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