Mathematics Colloquium at LaGuardia Community College


Natalia Mosina,
Andi Toce (as of October 2013),


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Department of Mathematics,
Engineering and Computer Science
LaGuardia Community College
31-10 Thompson Ave
E-Building, Room E-218
Long Island City, NY 11101




Welcome to the Math Colloquium at LaGuardia Community College.

The colloquium's participants include faculty members of the Department of Mathematics, Engineering and Computer Science (MEC) together with invited speakers from different universities. The talks are usually accessible on a variety of levels. Students are welcome.

Refreshments are served before the talks (schedule and abstracts are posted below). For more information, please contact colloquium organizers.

Upcoming Presentation: Interdepartmental Event (MEC and Natural Sciences)
Date: Wednesday, October 22, 2014, Room: E111 (Refreshments will be served at 2:20pm)
Time: 2:30 - 3:30pm.
SPEAKER: Prof. Noson Yanofsky (CUNY, The Graduate Center and Brooklyn College)

Topic: "An Invitation to Quantum Computing." (Students are encouraged to attend.)

Abstract: Quantum computing is a new and exciting field that tries to harness the strange and wonderful parts of quantum mechanics to make computers better. The field is also important in explaining the important role of information and quantum information in the natural sciences. Surprisingly, a large part of quantum computing can be simply understood with the knowledge of manipulating matrices with complex numbers. We will show the connection between -complex linear algebra and quantum computing. We will start with small physical systems and explain what they have to do with computers. We will move on to give a small lesson in quantum mechanics. We will conclude with a simple algorithm for quantum computing.
Past Talks

  • 4/6/2011: N. Yanofsky (CUNY, The Graduate Center and Brooklyn College), Scientific Limits of Reason.
  • 11/02/2011: Joseph Malkevitch (Professor, Emeritus, at York College and the Graduate Center/CUNY),
                    Bankruptcy Problems: Mathematical Insights into Fairness Questions. Abstract     
  • 4/25/2012: Ms. Vanessa Gruen, Daughter of Professor Lars Ahlfors, The life of Lars Ahlfors. With introduction by
                    Kourosh Tavakoli (MEC, LaGuardia).
  • 11/07/2012: Jerry G. Ianni (Professor at LaGuardia C.C./CUNY),
                    Mathematical Symmetries in Music Theory and Analysis. Abstract     
  • 12/12/2012: Nader Goubran (Professor at LaGuardia C.C./CUNY),
                    Measuring Infinite Sets. Abstract     
  • 05/01/2013: Bill Rosenthal (Professor at LaGuardia C.C./CUNY),
                    Why 0.999 Is AND Is Not Equal to 1. Abstract     
  • 10/02/2013: Gerald H. Meyer and Omar Ait Hellal (Professors at LaGuardia C.C./CUNY),
                    A wave smoothing algorithm with applications to the financial markets. Abstract     
  • 12/05/2013: Milena Cuella (Professor at LaGuardia C.C./CUNY), Interdepartmental Event (MEC and Natural Sciences)
                    The Roaring Sun: a tale of observations, models, and predictions. Abstract