MUGS 3: Gotta Catch ‘em All! with Prof. Dror Bar-Natan

Join us this Thursday on Oct 22nd, 2015 at Medical Science Building Room 2173 from 4-6PM for the Math Union’s third instalment: The 17 Tiling Patterns – Gotta Catch ‘em All with Professor Dror Bar-Natan. He is going to uncover all kinds the patterns for plane tiling in mathematical terms and essentially get you obsessed with the game of finding these patterns in everyday life. For those who are interested in symmetries, geometries, and their connections to group theory and topology or simply need new inspirations on tiling designs, do not miss out this excellent opportunity!

Refreshments will be provided. Hope to see you there.

Link to Dror’s bio, and his tiling pattern collection


FREE MAT137 Midterm Prep Session this Friday!

Math Union is very glad to work together with Bluekey Education to organize a FREE midterm preparation session for MAT137 students who are striving for excellent results. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to receive a copy of the Bluekey MAT137 Midterm 1 Study Guide, 2014 MAT137 Midterm 1 Full Solutions, and a surprise Bluekey merch. It is happening this Friday, Oct 16th, 2015 from 6-9PM at Galbraith Building Room 304.

Seats are limited (60 spots). First come, first served basis. Sign up now:

MUGS 2 in collaboration with the BMSSA: The Impact of the Medium of Mathematics and Its Impact on Science

Math Union and the Book & Media Studies Student Association collaborate for the very first time to present you “The Impact of the Medium of Mathematics and Its Impact on Science” with Robert K. Logan (Bob) on Oct 15th, 2015 from 4:00-6:00PM at the Marshall McLuhan Coach House. Bob is a Professor Emeritus from the University of Toronto Physics Department, a Fellow at the University of St. Michael’s College, and the Chief Scientist of the sLab at OCAD. This talk is specifically catering for those who have interest in both general mathematics and humanities. Bob will incorporate the pioneer communications theorist, Marshall McLuhan, and his concept of “Medium is the Message” which describes the origin of our number system and its impact on science.

Refreshments will be provided. Hope you see you there.

FB event page:

His web sites are:

Address: 30A Queen’s Park Crescent East
The Marshall McLuhan Coach House Institute is on St. Michael’s campus. It is in the parking lot behind Alumni Hall situated at 121 St Joseph St. just east of Queen’s Park Crescent East. The Coach House is a small building in the South East corner of the parking lot. Walk south along the sidewalk just to the East of Alumni Hall starting at St. Joseph Street until you reach the laneway. If you turn right at the laneway you will find the Marshall McLuhan Coach House. Here is what it looks like. 


Be part of our team!

Dear full time students who are currently enrolled in any MAT and APM courses,

Many of you have expressed interest in joining our union’s executive team. And so, we are welcoming applications for the position of 1st year representatives, Academic officers, Social officers and Communication officers for the academic year.

The first year representatives / officers shall:
a. Receive instructions from their supervising Vice President or the President.
b. Make every effort to fulfil responsibilities once undertaken.
c. Notify the supervisor as soon as possible if a task cannot be completed.
d. Notify the President of any concerns or grievances that they have.

To apply, we request that you send a email to detailing your name, years of study, position, and any past experience that you feel would make you a great addition to the MU team.

By joining the MU executive team, you will help plan and facilitate these events, allowing them to run smoothly. Not only is this a great addition to your resume and co-curricular record, you will also be representing your fellow students and help enhance every Math student’s undergraduate experience.

For those of you who don’t know, the Math Union is a student organization that works to help anyone currently enrolled in a math course at U of T. To participate in our events, you simply need to show up! (Event advertisements are available on our Facebook group)

We look forward to your applications.

Deadline: Oct 9th, 2015 at 11:59PM
P.S. Each applicant shall submit no more than one application. 

MU Exec Team

MUGS and MACS 2014-2015

This is a collection of all Math Union Guest Speaker Series (MUGS) and Mathematics and Computer Science Mini Series (MACS) co-hosted with the Undergraduate Theory Group posters in year 2014-2015.

First Math Union Guest Speaker Series (MUGS) with Jonathan Love

Join us this Tuesday on Oct 8th, 2015, 4:00-6:00PM (Talk beings at 4:30PM) for our first installment of this year’s MUGS series with Jonathan Love. Jonathan used to be the president of MU in 2012-2013. Currently he is furthering his education in the University of Toronto as a first year Master student in Mathematics. In his spare time, he plays different kinds of musical instruments and he does theater acting. His skills in music and acting and his passion in teaching, no doubt, is going to bring the classroom environment alive.
Refreshments will be provided. Hope to see you there.

Location: To be determined.

Abstract: There’s more than one way to measure size and distance in the rational numbers! After describing a few of these exotic absolute values (focusing on the p-adic absolute values for each prime number p), we’ll prove Ostrowski’s Theorem, which provides a classification of all possible absolute values on the rationals. For such a deep theorem, the proof remarkably requires no prerequisites beyond a high school math background, so this talk is especially suited for first or second year students who want to see what the proof of a significant mathematical result looks like.