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May 2000
SIMMER Presentation

“Split “P” Soup”

jointly presented by

Dr. Greg Martin and Emmanuel Knafo

(both of the University of Toronto's Department of Mathematics)
Thursday, May 4, 2000
, 6:00 - 9:00 p. m.
at The Fields Institute

Partaking of Number Theory

The Purpose of this month's SIMMER Presentation is to Publicize the Primes, and Promote divisibility and modular arithmetic (their Partners in number theory), Pointing out the Properties they Possess that make them Pertinent to solving Problems that would otherwise Perhaps Perplex Poor People like us.  We Propose the following Plan of a SIMMER meeting split into two Parts.  Our Primary course will consist of a few Puzzles to Ponder, in which we must first Process the Problem to Perceive the underlying Pattern and then use a little number theory to Prepare a Persuasive Proof.  Then we will Proceed to a Period of Play, where the Population will learn two games Prompted by number theory and must Perfect their strategy (or face the Peril of Perishing when Pitted against one another!).

Please come Participate in this Pretty Popular Pastime: “Split "P" Soup” …  in a SIMMERing Pot!


This session was designed to give you a 'taste' of the types of things students will encounter at this summer's SOAR 2000 (a mathematical sciences camp on Number Theory, to be held  July 24 - August 11).

Here are some of the problems, puzzles, solutions and strategies discussed:
     "Locker Problems and Assorted Appetizers", including 'Locker chaos', 'Rocks and lockers', 'Counting change' and ' Monkey business'.
     "Modular Arithmetic Games", including 'The Modular Addition Game' and 'The Modular Multiplication Game'.
    "Solutions and Strategies" of the above two sets.

All three items above are available in PDF format. You will need to have Acrobat Reader on your machine to enable you to read/print PDF files. The Acrobat Reader is free to download from Adobe Systems. If you have difficulty in getting these print outs, please contact MathNet to have copies mailed to you.

Contact information for
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        Emmanuel Knafo:

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