Session leader: Emily McCullough
Session topic: The Hidden Algebra, Geometry and Combinatorics Behind Perfect Shuffles
Algebra is the study of number systems, their operations and structures; Geometry is the study of figures in space and the relationships between them; Combinatorics is the study of the enumeration of sets of elements. How are these three fields of mathematics related to Perfect Shuffles — the interlacing of an even number of cards after a perfect cut? Join us to find out!
About the leader:
Emily is an East Bay native. She has always loved learning and playing sports and continues to seek out both. Emily’s background is math and math education. She holds a BA and an MA in pure mathematics from San Francisco State University and additionally received a math secondary education teaching credential from that institution. Emily has taught mathematics in many settings including high schools, universities and the Art of Problem Solving’s online school. But Emily is most at home in the Math Circle community where she can fully embrace her dual-identity as mathematician-math educator.