Splash Biography
TAYLOR COOKMEYER, ESP Teacher
Major: Physics College/Employer: UC Berkeley Year of Graduation: G 

Brief Biographical Sketch:
Not Available. Past Classes(Clicking a class title will bring you to the course's section of the corresponding course catalog)M545: Let's play some (solved) games! in Splash Spring 19 (Mar. 16, 2019)
In the field of math known as game theory, methods of analysis are used to correctly predict the outcome of games. If, from any position, a game's outcome can be predicted, the game is solved. We will "solve" some games (familiar and not familiar) where the solution is short, and we will learn how to play some other solved games.
M359: What's with the hype around complex numbers? in Splash Fall 18 (Nov. 04, 2018)
Why would anyone ever take the square root of 1? That can't be possibly useful?! In this course, we'll look at some cool properties of complex numbers, you'll try your hand at solving some problems that use complex numbers, and we'll talk briefly about real world use of them.
M323: Let's play some (solved) games! in Splash Spring 18 (Mar. 04, 2018)
In the field of math known as game theory, methods of analysis are used to correctly predict the outcome of games. If, from any position, a game's outcome can be predicted, the game is solved. We will "solve" some games (familiar and not familiar) where the solution is short, and we will learn how to play some other solved games.
M262: Introduction to Group Theory and the Rubik's Cube in Splash Fall 17 (Nov. 04, 2017)
In this course, we will enter into the world of higher mathematics. In much of the prehigh school and high school experience of math, there is an emphasis on calculation. Instead, this course will attempt to understand the (2x2x2) Rubik's cube as a mathematical object. To do so, we will need to cover the rudiments of set theory and group theory. Examples will be plentiful and clarifying. All along, I hope to give a flavor of what it is like to study "pure" math.
