Recent and upcoming conferences, workshops, seminar talks, summer schools and other related mathematical activities
- The 2017 AMS Fall Western Sectional Meeting (November 4-5, University of California at Riverside, Riverside, CA)
Program Abstract book Presenters
Talk: to be announced!
- Geometry, Topology and Physics Seminar (September ??, University of Pittsburgh-Department of Mathematics, Pittsburgh, PA)
Talk: Clausen function and a dilogarithmic integral arising in quantum field theory (abstract, notes)
- The 2017 Mathematical Olympiad Summer Program (June 6-July 1, Carnegie Mellon University- Department of Mathematics & Mathematical Association of America)
Instructor: Topics in algebra and number theory (algebraic integers, advanced analytic techniques in number theory), Euclidian geometry and beyond (geometric & trigonometric inequalities), elementary real analysis (sequences and series of real numbers, applications of derivatives and integrals)
Seminar talk: Euler’s formula for Apery’s constant
- The 3rd Annual Graduate Student Conference in Algebra, Geometry and Topology (June 3-5, Temple University-Department of Mathematics, Philadelphia, PA)
Talk: Analytic aspects in the evaluation of some multiple zeta values and multiple Hurwitz zeta values (abstract, slides)
- 7th Upstate New York Number Theory Conference (May 6-7, Binghamton University (SUNY)-Department of Mathematics, Binghamton, NY)
Detailed Schedule Talk Abstracts
Talk: Analytic aspects in the evaluation of some multiple zeta values and multiple Hurwitz zeta values (abstract, slides)
- Algebra, Combinatorics and Geometry Seminar (April 6, University of Pittsburgh-Department of Mathematics, Pittsburgh, PA)
Talk: Multiple zeta values and multiple Hurwitz zeta values. Analytic and combinatorial aspects (abstract, notes)
- The 33rd Southeastern Analysis Meeting-SEAM’17 (March 17-19, University of Tennessee Knoxville-Department of Mathematics)
Schedule Abstract of Talks Participants
Talk: Analytic aspects in the evaluation of some multiple zeta values (abstract, slides)
- Analysis on Metric Spaces Conference (March 10-11, University of Pittsburgh-Department of Mathematics, Pittsburgh, PA)
- The Undergraduate Mathematics Seminar (February 22, University of Pittsburgh-Department of Mathematics, Pittsburgh, PA)
Talk: How to discover and train talented undergraduate students for the Putnam competition (abstract, slides)
- Algebra, Combinatorics and Geometry Graduate Student Research Seminar (February 2, University of Pittsburgh-Department of Mathematics, Pittsburgh, PA)
Talk: The Riemann and Hurwitz zeta functions, Apery’s constant and new rational series representations involving (abstract, slides, preprint)
- Algebra, Combinatorics and Geometry Graduate Student Research Seminar (January 26, University of Pittsburgh-Department of Mathematics, Pittsburgh, PA)
Talk: A simple proof of Euler’s formula for and some rational series representations involving (abstract, notes, paper)
- The 2017 Joint Mathematics Meeting of the AMS & MAA (January 4-7, Marriott Marquis & Hyatt Regency, Atlanta, GA)
Program Abstract book Presenters
Talk: The Riemann zeta function for integer values and evaluation of some multiple zeta values (abstract, slides, video)
Information on the Advanced Calculus II-MATH 1540 (graduate), Spring 2017
This Spring, I shall be the recitation instructor for the Advanced Calculus II (MATH 1540-graduate version). This course is designed to prepare the 1st and 2nd year graduate students for the Preliminary examination in real analysis. This exam is offered twice a year (May and August) by the department. My teaching page is the following: https://lupucezar.wordpress.com/teaching/.
- Homework (30% of your final grade!) will be assigned and collected weekly by Dr. DeBlois and you can find it on his webpage here. The homework will be graded and returned the following week. Late homework is accepted only with the instructor’s permission.
- The homework assigned last Spring’16 semester by Dr. Xu and me were the following:
- HW 1-LINEAR MAPS, LIMITS, CONTINUITY AND DIFFERENTIABILITY OF FUNCTIONS OF SEVERAL VARIABLES
- HW 2-THE INVERSE AND IMPLICIT FUNCTION THEOREMS; EXTREMUM PROBLEMS AND LAGRANGE MULTIPLIERS
- HW 3-INTEGRAL CALCULUS FOR FUNCTIONS OF SEVERAL VARIABLES
- HW4-SETS OF MEASURE ZERO AND LEBESGUE INTEGRATION
- I encourage you to solve as many problems as you can from this last year’s homework. All of them have the same caliber as prelim problems from previous years.
- Moreover, I shall assign four WORKSHEETS for this semester as follows:
- LINEAR MAPS, LIMITS, CONTINUITY AND DIFFERENTIABILITY OF FUNCTIONS OF SEVERAL VARIABLES.
- THE INVERSE AND IMPLICIT FUNCTION THEOREMS; EXTREMUM PROBLEMS AND RELATED TOPICS.
- INTEGRAL CALCULUS FOR FUNCTIONS OF SEVERAL VARIABLES.
- LEBESGUE INTEGRATION AND SETS OF MEASURE ZERO.
- My office hours are Tuesday (5-6 PM) & Wednesday (12-2 PM) in the POSVAR LAB and Tuesday (6-7 PM) in the MAC. My office is Thackeray 711.
- I invite you to join our Facebook group. The purpose of this group is to discuss problems from your homework or from previous preliminary exams. Moreover, I shall also post some notes from the recitation as a substitute for review sessions. Maybe, from time to time I shall upload some videos with solved prelim-type problems.
- Last but not least, you should also start working on problems from the famous Berkeley Problems in Mathematics by P. Ney de Souza and J-N. Silva. This book is a must for every graduate student! If you feel discouraged by the difficulty of the problems in the book, please remember to take into account Polya’s advice on how to approach a problem. Other resources can be found on my teaching page (look for Advanced Calculus-undergraduate & graduate 2014, 2015, 2016).
The 2017 Joint Mathematics Meeting of the AMS and MAA
The 2017 Joint Mathematics Meeting of the American Mathematical Society and Mathematical Association of America is the largest mathematics meeting in the world. More than 6000 mathematicians and math enthusiasts met in the beautiful city of Atlanta, GA between January 4-7. The locations were Marriott Marquis and Hyatt Regency. This is the 100th annual winter meeting of MAA and the 123rd annual meeting of AMS. My talk is part of the AMS Contributed Paper Session on Number Theory, III , Friday January 6, 2017, 1:00 p.m.-4:55 p.m at the International 1, International Level, Marriott Marquis.
The 2016 William Lowell Putnam Competition Exam at the University of Pittsburgh
The 77th annual William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition took place on December 5th in 705 Thackeray Hall. Eight Pitt students had the mission of solving the challenging Putnam problem sets. As usual, there were two sessions of 6 problems each. The official Pitt Team members were Alex Mang, Andrew Tindall and Jack Hafer. Other participating students were: Matthew Gerstbrein, Terry Tan, Andrew Klang, Tianke Li and Haoming Yan. Below one can find this year’s Putnam problems. Congratulations to all participants!
Problem A1. Find the smallest positive integer such that for every polynomial with integer coefficients and for every integer the integer
(the -th derivative of at ) is divisible by
Problem A2. Given a positive integer , let be the largest integer such that
.
Evaluate
.
Problem A3. Suppose that is a function from to such that
for real . (As usual, means and ).
Find
.
Problem A4. Consider a rectangular region, where and are integers such that The region is to be tiled using tiles of the two types shown:
(The dotted lines divide the tiles into squares.) The tiles may be rotated and reflected, as long as their sides are parallel to the sides of the rectangular region. They must all fit within the region, and they must cover it completely without overlapping.
What is the minimum number of tiles required to tile the region?
Problem A5. Suppose that is a finite group generated by the two elements and , where the order of is odd. Show that every element of can be written in the form
with and . (Here is the number of elements of .)
Problem A6. Find the smallest constant such that every real polynomial of degree that has a root in the interval ,
.
Problem B1. Let be the sequence such that and for ,
.
(as usual, the function is the natural logarithm). Show that the infinite series
converges and find its sum.
Problem B2. Define a positive integer to be squarish if either is itself a perfect square of the distance from to the nearest perfect square is a perfect square. For example, is squarish, because the nearest perfect square to is and is a perfect square. (of the positive integers between and , only and are not squarish.) For a positive integer , let be the number of squarish between and inclusive. Find positive constants and such that
,
or show that no such constants exist.
Problem B3. Suppose that is a finite set of points in the plane such that the area of the triangle is at most whenever and are in . Show that there exists a triangle of area that (together with its interior) covers the set .
Problem B4. Let be a matrix, with entries choasen indepedently at random. Every entry is chosen to be or , each with probability . Find the expected value of (as a function of ), where is the transpose of .
Problem B5. Find all functions from the interval to with the following property:
if and , then .
Problem B6. Evaluate
.
NEAM-1st Northeastern Analysis Meeting, October 14-16, 2016, Brockport, NY, USA
The 1st Northeastern Analysis Meeting (NEAM 1) took place at the SUNY-College at Brockport, Brockport, NY between 14-16 October. More than 80 mathematicians affiliated with universities all around the world participated at the meeting.
The conference was organized by Gabriel Prajitura and Ruhan Zhao of SUNY-College at Brockport and it included special sessions on Fluid Dynamics and Dynamical Systems as well as 4 contributed sections. Although, the contributed sections involved more operator theory, it featured many other fields such as PDEs, number theory, combinatorics and probability. My talk is part of the Contributed Section IV , Saturday October 15, 2016, 3:05 p.m.-3:25 p.m. in Edwards Hall 106. More details about the conference including the abstract of the talks are given below:
Main Speakers Participants Abstract of Talks Program
The 2016 Putnam seminar, Fall 2016, University of Pittsburgh
Information about the competition and seminar (course description)
The William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition is the premiere competition for undergraduate students in North America. More than 500 universities compete in this contest organized by the Mathematical Association of America (MAA). The competition takes place in the FIRST Saturday of December. This year’s Putnam competition will be held on Saturday, December 3 in Thackeray 703 or 705, from 10.00 am-1.00 pm and 3.00 pm-6.00 pm. The test is supervised by faculty members of each participating school. Every problem is graded on a scale of 0-10. The problems are usually listed in increasing order of difficulty, with A1 and B1 the easisest, and A6 and B6 the hardest. Top 5 scoring students on the Putnam exam are named Putnam Fellows. A student can take this exam maximum four times and the Putnam official team of the university consists of 3 members.
The purpose of this class is to provide a comprehensive introduction into the world of problem solving in different branches of mathematics such as: real & complex analysis, linear algebra, abstract algebra, combinatorics, probability, geometry and trigonometry and number theory.
The teaching style will be a mixture of a lecture and a problem-solving session. By the end of this course, students should develop fundamental problem solving skills, and become accustomed to concentrating on a problem for an extended period of time. Indeed, this seminar concentrates on the raw creative problem-solving skills which can serve as an essential ingredient in almost every field of activity. On the other hand, starting this Fall, the Putnam seminar has honors designation.
Last year, Pitt official Team ranked 24th in the nation and this marks the best performance since 2002. More details about this can be found here and here.
Course number, lecturers and webpage
- Putnam Seminar-MATH 1010, Main Campus (Thackeray Hall), Fall 2016
- Coordinators: George Sparling (faculty) and Cezar Lupu (Ph.D. student)
- Invited lecturers: Thomas Hales (faculty), Vlad Matei (Ph.D. student at University of Wisconsin Madison), Derek Orr (Ph.D. student), Roxana Popescu (Ph.D. student)
- Webpage and references: https://lupucezar.wordpress.com/competitions/
Schedule and locations
- Tuesday, 5.15-7.00 PM in Thackeray Hall, room 427
This is a lecture given by the instructor on a certain topic. The students will learn different concepts and techniques. Moreover, the lecturer will also present solutions of some problems and will assign other problems as homework for the students.
- Thursday, 5.15-7.00 PM in Thackeray Hall, room 703
This is more like a recitation rather than a lecture. The students will meet and discuss with the coordinators the problems assigned by the lecturer as homework.
Detailed program (lectures & recitations)
Week 1. What is Putnam competition? Organizational meeting
Abstract: This is an introduction to the seminar and the competition itself. There will be discussed training techniques for a competition of this caliber.
Lecturers: George Sparling & Cezar Lupu
Date: September 8
Week 2. (Elementary) Algebra
Abstract: This seminar will cover problems on topics such as algebraic identities and inequalities as well as polynomials in one variable.
Lecturer: Cezar Lupu
Date: September 13
Recitation instructor: Cezar Lupu
Date: September 15
Week 3. Real Analysis I
Abstract: This will cover problems on topics such as sequences of real numbers, convergence, limits and series of real numbers.
Lecturer: Cezar Lupu
Date: September 20
Recitation instructor: Cezar Lupu
Date: September 22
Week 4. Geometry and Trigonometry
Abstract: This will cover problems on topics such as vectors, conics, quadratics, and other curves in the plane as well as trigonometric formulae.
Lecturer: Derek Orr
Date: September 27
Recitation instructors: George Sparling & Cezar Lupu
Date: September 29
Week 5. Abstract Algebra
Abstract: This will cover problems on topics such as groups, rings, and finite fields.
Lecturer: George Sparling
Date: October 4
Recitation instructor: George Sparling
Date: October 6
Week 6. Real Analysis II
Abstract: This will cover problems on topics such as continuity and differentiability of functions of single variable.
Lecturer: Roxana Popescu
Date: October 11
Recitation instructors: George Sparling & Cezar Lupu
Date: October 13
Week 7. Linear Algebra I (video)
Abstract: This will cover problems on topics such as matrices and determinants.
Lecturer: Cezar Lupu
Date: October 18
Recitation instructors: George Sparling & Cezar Lupu
Date: October 20
Week 8. Number Theory I
Abstract: This will cover problems on topics such as arithmetic of numbers, prime numbers and diophantine equations.
Lecturer: Thomas Hales
Date: October 25
Recitation instructor: George Sparling
Date: October 27
Week 9. Number Theory II
Abstract: This will cover problems on topics such as arithmetic functions and quadratic residues.
Lecturer: Thomas Hales
Date: November 1
Recitation instructor: George Sparling
Date: November 3
Week 10. Real Analysis III (video)
Abstract: This will cover problems on topics such as Riemann sums and integrals.
Lecturer: Cezar Lupu
Date: November 8
Special lecture! Generating Functions and Applications
Lecturer: Vlad Matei (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
Date: November 10
Week 11. Linear Algebra II
Abstract: This will cover problems on topics such as vector spaces, linear transformations, characteristic polynomial, eigenvalues and eigenvectors.
Lecturer: Cezar Lupu
Date: November 15
Recitation instructors: George Sparling & Cezar Lupu
Date: November 17
Week 12. Thanksgiving break!
Abstract: No seminar this week!
Date: November 22 & 24
Week 13. Real Analysis IV (video)
Abstract: This will cover problems on special topics in analysis and beyond.
Lecturer: Cezar Lupu
Date: November 29
Special lecture! Problems with similar ideas in Integral Calculus (video)
Lecturer: Cezar Lupu
Date: December 1
Overview of the course CALCULUS III (MATH 0240), Summer 2016, University of Pittsburgh
This Summer I shall be teaching CALCULUS III (MATH 0240) in the mathematics department at University of Pittsburgh. Mainly, we shall cover vectors, vector functions and space functions, arc length and curvature, functions of several variables, double and triple integrals, line integrals, surface integrals and some other related topics.
About the course
This is the third sequence of three calculus courses for science and engineering students. The goal is to prepare you to make use of calculus as a practical problem-solving tool.
Prerequisite
Math 0230 or equivalent, with grade of C or better.
Lectures and Recitations
- Lectures are from Monday to Thursday, 7-8.45 PM in 704 Thackeray Hall.
- Recitations are from Monday to Thursday, 6-6.50 PM in 704 Thackeray Hall. The recitation instructor for this class is Fawwaz Battayneh. His office hours are Monday and Thursday, 12-1 PM in the MAC.
- Moreover, you can also check the regular teaching page for this class: https://lupucezar.wordpress.com/teaching/ (Calculus 3-Summer 2016).
- Quizzes and exams will appear on the teaching section above.
Office Hours
My office hours are from Monday to Thursday, 5-6 PM in the MAC. If you want to schedule an additional meeting with me in my office (Thackeray hall, room 415) do not hesitate to send me an e-mail to lupucezar@gmail.com.
References (Lecture notes, textbook, and practice exams)
- P. Hajlasz, Lecture Notes in Calculus III, Part 1, Part 2, Part 3.
- J. Stewart, Essential Calculus, Early Transcendentals, 2nd edition.
- A. Athanas, Calculus 3-practice exams.
- I. Sysoeva, Calculus 3-practice exams.
- E. Trofimov, Calculus 3-webpage.
- A. Yarosh, Calculus 3-webpage.
Grades
Your final grade will be determined as follows:
- Homework: 20% (2 homeworks of 10% each)
- Quizzes: 20% (4 quizzes of 5% each)
- Two exams: 60% (2 exams of 30% each)
- LON CAPA homework: 5% (extra credit)
Homework
I shall assign two homeworks which will appear on the teaching section. The first homework is here. Each one will be due before the exams. Additionally, one can do problems from the LON CAPA system. If you find it really annoying, you can also do this.
Final Grade Policy
A: 90-100%, A-: 85-90%, B+: 80-85%, B: 75-80%, B-: 70-75%, C+: 65-70%, C: 60-65%.
Exam Dates
The first exam will be on Thursday, July 14th, 7-9 PM in Thackeray 704.
The second exam will be on Wednesday, August 3rd, 7-9 PM in Thackeray 704.
Disability Resource Services
If you have any disability for which you are or may be requesting an accomodation, you are encouraged to contact both your instructor and the Office of Disability and Services, 216 William Pitt Union (412) 624-7890 as early as possible in the term.