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Math, Sports And 'Bracketology'


Math is a subject that- many of us could agree - is anything but fascinating, or “cool” or easy to understand. But one Davidson College professor is working to turn around all those math haters. Tim Chartier made national news early this month for his work in “bracketology,” as in NCAA basketball championship brackets. His formula has had a high rate of success in picking winners and losers in the tournament. Now that we’re almost to the championship round of the NCAA tournament, we’ll join this real life Math Ambassador (yes, it’s a real thing) to talk about bracketology, about his new book Math Bytes, and his wide ranging work in trying to make math accessible, understandable, and even fun for everyone.

Tim Chartier
- Associate Professor of Mathematics at Davidson College. Author of Math Bytes: Google Bombs, Chocolate Covered Pi and Other Cool Bits in Computing. He’s also the Mathematical Association of America’s first ever “Math Ambassador.”
Mandy Passe - 4th Grade Talent Development teacher at Barringer Academic Center, who is part of the Charlotte Teachers Institute