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How often do curves meet?
University of Leeds, Michael Sadler Building

1 April 2020

Branch:  Yorkshire Branch

Title:    How often do curves meet?

Presenters:     Dr James Cranch – University of Sheffield

Date:  Wednesday, 1st April 2020

Time:  2:30pm

Summary:  If you take an equation involving variables x and y, you can draw a graph of its solutions: they form a plane curve. If you have two such equations, you have two curves, and you can ask how many times they intersect each other.  I'll explain why counting these intersections is useful for a range of things: from understanding Pythagoras's equation a2 b2 = c2, to annoying people on the internet, to the cutting edge of mathematics. I'll show a very simple formula, which happens to be wrong, and explain why it's a good idea to ignore the fact that it's wrong.  This talk is included in the Key Stage 5 Maths Day. Visit for more details.

Venue:   University of Leeds, (Rupert Beckett, Lecture Theatre, Michael Sadler Building)

Contact:  To book places and for other enquiries Alan Slomson