- Section A1: Bartlett Hall 309
- Section B1: Bartlett Hall 310

You are authorized 5 handwritten note sheets for the exam (front/back). Calculators are not permitted.

A review session will be held on Saturday, 13-Dec from 0830-1100 in Thayer Hall 342.

Here are the checklists from the first for blocks:

]]>Remember that there are still roughly 1/3 of the course points to be assigned, between the Project and the TEE!

]]>Dynamic Mathematics and Pursuit/Evasion Games

Dr. Elisha Peterson

*Assistant Professor/Davies Fellow, USMA*

**Abstract:** Pursuit/Evasion Games are simple games in which the primary objective is either to chase down the opposing team, or to avoid capture by the opposing team. These games are played out all around us. Think of football, ultimate frisbee, and capture-the-flag… and what would Hollywood do without car chases? Exact solutions can be found for simple versions of these games using differential equations. However, this talk focuses on visualizations of these games when there are two or more teams and lots of players involved. Several scenarios will be illustrated using a Java platform that automatically updates solutions whenever parameters are changed. This visual approach is one example showing how making mathematics "dynamic" can lead to additional insights into the underlying situation.

Mathematics and the "Age of Biology"

Dr. Ben Cole

*Technical Director of Research, NSA*

**Abstract:** I will address what I feel will become the most significant new technical challenges that lie ahead of us - specifically the manner in which humans will join with the information network - thereby highlighting both the promise and the peril of human enhancement. I will attempt to show why computer science, engineering, physics and mathematics are the basic disciplines that will lead the way in forcing new biological understandings of what it means to be human. I will mention a new effort that has just begun at NSA to understand the place of neuroscience in computation and communication, then conclude with a look at some of the new things that you can get this Christmas which will allow you, yourself to become an actual "player" in the Age of Biology that is dawning.

The idea behind the first problem is reflected somewhat in the applet at http://www.myphysicslab.com/RollerSpring.html… if you're struggling to figure out what's going on it may be worth checking out.

]]>Recommender Systems for Fun and Profit

Dr. Chris Volinsky

*Director of Statistics Research, AT&T Research, Florham Park, NJ*

**Abstract:** In October 2006, Netflix released 100 million movie ratings as part of a $1M prize for any team that could improve their movie recommendation system by more than 10%. This landmark data set generated intense interest from the statistics and machine learning communities, and attracted entries from over 3000 teams from academia and industry. In this talk, I will review AT&T's experience analyzing this data using collaborative filtering techniques, leading to our winning a $50,000 progress prize, as well as a subsequent project applying the methodology to television viewing data.

Does your birthday appear in pi??? Check out http://www.facade.com/legacy/amiinpi/ to see.

]]>The Department of Physics at the U.S. Military Academy

CPT Jim Trimble

*Instructor of Physics*

*Please check in with the section marchers before seating (CDT Weisz for A Hour, CDT Junta for B hour).*

Also, as a reminder I will be responding to emails this weekend and anytime before the project is due if you have any questions. Just let me know! If you would like to come in on Monday or Tuesday, Dr. Braunstein has offered to be available for project help. You can contact her directly.

Finally, I will be responding to project rough drafts submitted later this evening.

]]>I have awarded bonus points for those who participated in the first 3 problems… if you participated and are not listed on the scoreboard let me know.

]]>As a reminder, you'll get bonus points for contributing to the Top Mathematica Tips post.

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