Track M-1 Descriptions

Learning Math from Zero to Infinity

Dealing with big numbers and exploring the concept of infinity (Beyond Infinity by Eugenia Cheng is a great resource)

Nuclear Astrophysics: Massive stars, tiny nuclei, and you

What do the history of the universe, the life and death of stars, and the elements that make up your body have in common? Nuclear astrophysics! Nuclear reactions such as fusion, fragmentation, and radioactive decay have guided the chemical evolution of the universe and the energy cycle in stars.

This course, sponsored by the Joint Institute for Nuclear Astrophysics and MSU’s world-class Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB), will introduce you to the wonders of nuclei in deep space!

• Discover nuclear concepts with a hands-on model

• Tour FRIB's world-leading rare isotope research areas

• Update yourself on the latest research in nuclear astrophysics

Explore careers in research science (or, “why people will pay you to learn things”)

Probability: What is my next move? 

Do you like board games or playing cards? Do you want to improve your strategy and make the best decisions when playing games? Learn how likely an event is to occur. Students will play games like Punto, Rat-a-Tat roll, SKUNK, Yahtzee, Cribbage, or Blackjack and discuss decision making and probability. Students will be introduced to basic probability, dependent and independent events, sample spaces, and decision making through games.