UConn Math Club

Conway-Coxeter Frieze Patterns

Emily Gunawan (University of Connecticut)

Wednesday, February 14, 2018 5:45 pm
MONT 321

In math, a frieze pattern is an image that repeats itself along one direction. (The name comes from architecture, where a frieze is a decoration running horizontally below a ceiling or roof.) A certain class of frieze patterns, studied by Conway and Coxeter, appeared in various recreational mathematics publications in the 1970s. Friezes are super fun! And you'll get to see lots of colorful pictures during this talk. A finite integer frieze pattern comes from a triangulation of a polygon. We will discuss how the entries of such a frieze pattern correspond to counting various combinatorial objects.

Comments: Free pizza and drinks!