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ZACHARY WINKELER, Math PhD Student
Major: Not available. College/Employer: Dartmouth College Year of Graduation: G 

Brief Biographical Sketch:
Not Available. Past Classes(Clicking a class title will bring you to the course's section of the corresponding course catalog)M923: How to Win at (Some) Games in Rainstorm Winter 2022 (Jan. 29  30, 2022)
I want to give a talk about how to win at games in general, but it turns out that games are hard.
Instead, I'll be talking about a very specific subset of games called "impartial games". These games are much easier to analyze, but are by no means trivial. Our goal will be to come up with a strategy to beat any impartial game. Along the way, we'll do some weird math like "playing tictactoe with only X's" and "accidentally drawing a Sierpiński triangle on a chess board".
M806: If It's Knot Theory Then What Is It? in Rainstorm Summer 2021 (Aug. 14  15, 2021)
Knot theory is the mathematical study of knots. We'll talk about what knots are and what it means to study them. Specifically, we'll talk about some "knot invariants", which are numbers (or other things) that we can associate to knots to tell different ones apart.
M817: It's Sort Of Math in Rainstorm Summer 2021 (Aug. 14  15, 2021)
This is a class about sorting algorithms. We'll talk about various ways to sort things (like a deck of cards or a stack of papers), and try to come up with mathematical ways to compare them. Which algorithm is the fastest? Which one is the simplest? Which one uses the least amount of space?
M698: How to Win at (Some) Games in Rainstorm Spring 2021 (May. 15  16, 2021)
I want to give a talk about how to win at games in general, but it turns out that games are hard.
Instead, I'll be talking about a very specific subset of games called "impartial games". These games are much easier to analyze, but are by no means trivial. Our goal will be to come up with a strategy to beat any impartial game. Along the way, we'll do some weird math like "playing tictactoe with only X's" and "accidentally drawing a Sierpiński triangle on a chess board".
M699: How to Win at (Some More) Games in Rainstorm Spring 2021 (May. 15  16, 2021)
I want to give a talk about how to win at games in general, but it turns out that games are hard.
Instead, I'll be talking about a very specific subset of games called "partizan combinatorial games". These games have very simple rules, but analyzing them involves some unexpectedly deep math. We'll draw some pictures, turn those pictures into numbers, and make sense of things like infinitesimals, surreal numbers, and whatever an "infinite beanstalk" is.
M554: How to Win at (Some) Games in Rainstorm Fall 2020 (Dec. 05  06, 2020)
I want to give a talk about how to win at games in general, but it turns out that games are hard.
Instead, I'll be talking about a very specific subset of games called "impartial games". These games are much easier to analyze, but are by no means trivial. Our goal will be to come up with a strategy to beat any impartial game. Along the way, we'll do some weird math like "playing tictactoe with only X's" and "accidentally drawing a Sierpiński triangle on a chess board".
