Week 3

 

AM Mini-Course: Number Theory
Jenny McNulty, University of Montana

PM Mini-Course: Robotics Challenge
Denis Coffey, Lesley University


Variety Sessions

Monday - MSLC Tour
Tuesday - "Two Applications of Number Theory" by Chuck Tiberio
Wednesday - Staff vs Scholar Soccer Challenge
Thursday - Extra Robotics

Evening Program

Monday

6:45 - 8:00

8:00 - 10:00

Open Recreation

Committee Meetings

Tuesday

6:30 - 8:00

8:00 - 10:00

Open Recreation

Who's Line Is It Anyway?

Wednesday

6:45 - 8:00

8:00 - 10:00

Open Recreation

Committee Meetings / Tie Dying

Thursday

6:45 - 8:00

8:00 - 10:00

Open Recreation

Talent Show

 

Monday, July 22
Day 11

Once again we arrived bright and early for the third week.  We headed off to our first class of the week on number theory.  Subjects introduced were divisibility and modular arithematic.  After lunch we had an exciting game of frisbee.  Then we were off to robotics to learn about the topic and a new computer program to help us program our creations, Robolab. 

 

Tuesday, July 23
Day 12

It's the third week now.

Hey, guess what? After breakfast we had the same teacher as last week, Dr. McNulty, for Number Thoery.  Yahoo! - time to play with numbers! 

For the afternoon session, we started creating our artificial environment for our robots to move around in and we also started programming the robots using Robolab.  On Friday we will test our creations.

We had "Who's Line Is It Anyway" for the evening program. 

 


Wednesday, July 24
Day 13

This day was definitely a highlight of the week. We got a chance to play against the staff in soccer. We also tie dyed our t-shirts and socks in the evening. The soccer game was terrific; we scored 7 goals, while the staff team (featuring some of the seniors and even one FRESHMAN) only scored 3. Surprisingly, they (staff) WON! It was all because we decided that the last goal wins the game and it was the staff who scored it. Victor was the best player of the game and was the reason for the scholar teams' success; he made numerous attempts to score and many of them were successful. As for the tie dying in the evening, it went great!

 

Thursday, July 25
Day 14

Morning Class:

Professor McNulty talked about the Chinese Remainder Theorem.  This says that a system of linear congruencies mod a set of relatively prime numbers has a unique solution.  She then showed how to find this solution.  She also talked about the Euler phi function, a function that gives the number of relatively prime numbers less that n.

Afternoon Class:

We worked on finishing our robots.  We did our final building and programming and tried to fix any problems (not always successfully).  Then we moved our robots over to the SERC building.

Evening:

We had our annual RYSP Talent Show.  Garrett described the engineering process, Kelly played the flute, Joe gave a Bill Cosby routine, Cindie played the piano, Noam juggled, and Adrian showed last year’s RYSP video.

 

 

Friday, July 26
Day 15

It's Friday again! There is now only one week left! :(  After breakfast we went off to our last class with Dr. McNulty.  Our lesson today was about the very interesting topic of Cryptology.  Some things introduced to us were the electronic coin toss and the RSA public key cypher.  After lunch and an exciting game of frisbee, we headed off to the robotics competition. Every group had a uniquely designed criter on stage performing some specialized task (quite entertaining). When the competition concluded, we had to take apart our robot and put away the pieces in their appropriate boxes. Then it was time to go and we said our goodbyes for the weekend.