15 episodes

Professor Christopher R. H. Hanusa (Queens College of the City University of New York) interviews fellow mathematicians and student researchers about their research in combinatorics. Guests present counting problems and discuss their methods of attack.

The MathZorro Podcast Christopher Hanusa

    • Natural Sciences

Professor Christopher R. H. Hanusa (Queens College of the City University of New York) interviews fellow mathematicians and student researchers about their research in combinatorics. Guests present counting problems and discuss their methods of attack.

    Card Collecting

    Card Collecting

    Ray Chin discusses his childhood hobby involving card collecting. (Cards such as Pokemon, Yu-Gi-Oh, Magic the Gathering, Baseball cards, etc.) He asks the question "In how many ways can you collect a full set of 10 cards when every deck you buy contains five random cards each?". This research was conducted during Fall 2014 in Professor Hanusa's Combinatorics class at Queens College of the City University of New York.

    • 9 min
    Chess Piece Placements

    Chess Piece Placements

    Candice Sands and Gaitrie Sackichand ask the question "In how many ways can you place two chess pieces on a chessboard so that they don't attack one another?". They investigate the king, rook, bishop, queen, and nightrider. Part of the interview is a discussion of teamwork in research. This research was conducted during Fall 2014 in Professor Hanusa's Combinatorics class at Queens College of the City University of New York.

    • 11 min
    Chevron Tilings

    Chevron Tilings

    Varindra Hart counts square and domino tilings of a region composed of nested chevrons. Includes a surprise appearance by the square root of 17. This research was conducted during Fall 2014 in Professor Hanusa's Combinatorics class at Queens College of the City University of New York.

    • 14 min
    Nurikabe

    Nurikabe

    Nikki investigates her favorite puzzle game Nurikabe, and asks how many 4x4 solvable Nurikabe boards exist. This research was conducted during Fall 2014 in Professor Hanusa's Combinatorics class at Queens College of the City University of New York.

    • 8 min
    Lattice Paths

    Lattice Paths

    Jan Bazant asks the question "How many lattice paths are there from (0,0) to (m,n) where each step can be North, East, or West?". He addresses the trials he faced throughout his research. This research was conducted during Fall 2014 in Professor Hanusa's Combinatorics class at Queens College of the City University of New York.

    • 6 min
    Basketball

    Basketball

    Seung Park asks "In how many ways can the New York Knicks shoot the basketball?". He explains how he uses generating functions to answer this question. This research was conducted during Fall 2014 in Professor Hanusa's Combinatorics class at Queens College of the City University of New York.

    • 9 min

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