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Math Symposium

November 30, 2021 -- Mathematical Sciences Symposium

Modelling Quantum Computers and Algorithms with Linear Algebra

by David Pittman

Abstract:  We will start by seeing how quantum computing differs from classical computing through a brief introduction into the relevant aspects of quantum mechanics, including the non-deterministic nature of quantum theory and the difference between binary numbers and superpositions of binary numbers. Then, we will use linear algebra to model quantum computation, including modeling a quantum circuit as a single matrix. Using this model, we will apply it to some quantum algorithms, including Simon’s algorithm and the quantum Fourier transform. Finally, we will consider Shor’s algorithm and how it relates to factoring integers asymptotically faster than any known classical algorithm.


5:00-6:00 p.m.  |  Tuesday, November, 30, 2021  |  Alumni Building 303


October 22, 2021 -- Mathematical Sciences Symposium

A Perspective on Research in Undergraduate and Graduate Level Mathematics

Todd Fenstermacher, a Ph.D. candidate in mathematical sciences at Clemson University, will share some of his experiences in mathematical research on the undergraduate and graduate levels.   His talk will include some graph theory from his research as an undergraduate mathematics student at Taylors University and an introduction to his current graduate research in ring theory. 

After the symposium there will be opportunity to talk with Mr. Fenstermacher over pizza and dessert.    

4:30-5:30 p.m. | Friday, October 22, 2021 | Alumni Building 303

September 14, 2021 -- Mathematical Sciences Symposium

Mathematics at BJU and Beyond

This event will include short presentations by upper-classmen and recent graduates about interesting real-world projects and the math courses that are applicable, a panel discussion about how to be successful in math courses at BJU, and social time with desserts and games.

Invited panelists: 

  • Jacob Brazeal, alumnus -- mathematics
  • David Pittman, current student -- senior mathematics  
  • Andrew Platt, current student -- senior mathematics
  • Erick Ross, current student -- senior mathematics and computer science 

6:30-8:00 p.m. | Tuesday, September 14, 2021 | Alumni Building 106