Splash at Northwestern: Winter Splash February 26th, 2023


NU Splash Biography

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RUTH BYERS, ESP Teacher




College: MIT student

Major: mathematics

Year of Graduation: Not available.

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Past Classes

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M24: Sorting Algorithms in Splash 2010 (Apr. 03, 2010)
Imagine that you have five numbers, and you want to put them in order from least to greatest. Now, imagine that your computer has those same five numbers. How does it happen? Now, imagine that your computer has 5000 numbers to order. How does it happen? Doesn't it take a really long time? Find out how computers sort items, how long it takes, and why you would choose to do it one way instead of another.


M27: What is a Number? in Splash 2010 (Apr. 03, 2010)
We use numbers every day, but it took us millenia to start to think about what they are. These concepts which we use so casually are surprisingly difficult to pin down. What does it mean to add and multiply? What does it mean to be ordered? Find out this and much more about what lies at the base of theoretical mathematics.