This project is part of an ongoing program that began in Fall 2012
and is now in its eleventh semester. The general goal of this program
is to seek out and explore interesting problems in n-dimensional
calculus and geometry that are accessible at the calculus level,
motivated by applications in probability, statistics, economics, and
other areas, and that have a broad appeal and are well-suited for
creating interactive visualizations for presentation at outreach
events, and for publication at the Wolfram Demonstrations website.
In recent semesters we focused on mathematical questions arising in
game theory, and in particular on mathematical models of poker.
We expect to continue with the "Mathematics of Poker"
theme in Spring 2018. For further details, and reports on past
projects, visit http://www.math.illinois.edu/~ajh/ugresearch/.
[Image attribution: Photo: Graeme Main/MOD. Published at wikipedia.org under the Open Government Licence]
Completion of Math 241 with a grade of A- or better. However, more
important than any formal prerequisites are an enthusiasm about the
subject and the project, an open mind, a willingness to work with
like-minded students in a team, and a willingness and to make the
necessary time commitment for this project to succeed. Interest in
game theory and some familiarity with poker and similar games would
be a plus, but is not essential.