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‼️ COVID-19 Information

UConn continues to monitor information and guidance involving the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus) in the U.S. and elsewhere. Your health and safety is UConn’s top priority, and is the guiding principle in our discussions on this topic.

Information specific to our department will be posted here in due course. Please continue to check this page frequently for further updates.

Updates

March 18 2020

Important update: UConn’s courses at Storrs, the regional campuses and School of Law will move to online delivery starting March 23 through the remainder of the 2020 spring semester, including final exams. Students will be graded and given credit as they normally would. Additional details will continue to be posted under the Academics link at right.

March 13 2020

A useful compilation of resources about alternative teaching methods, both general and specific to affected colleges and universities across the US, is available here.

UConn’s resources from CETL are available here.

March 12 2020

The Department held an online town hall for its faculty and instructors about online teaching, with a detailed presentation of available options by Dr. Amit Savkar, supported by representatives from CETL and UConn ITS. Preparations are well under way and will be in place after Spring Break. Instructors are making individual decisions about which solutions are best suited to their courses, and will be informing students and TAs later next week about format and method of access. Students are advised to contact their instructors with any questions or concerns ahead of the resumption of instruction on March 23.

March 11 2020

Beginning on Monday, March 23, UConn will move to online course delivery for all classes held at the Storrs campus and all regional campuses. Information from the Math Department about individual courses will be made available as soon as possible.

Links

UConn’s COVID-19 Updates Page

CLAS COVID-19 Updates Page

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Awards Day 2019: April 26 at 3:30pm

This year’s Awards Day Ceremony will take place on Friday April 26th at 3:30pm in Schenker Lecture Hall, followed by a talk given by Dr. Steven Miller.

The German Tank Problem: Math/Stats At War

Steven J Miller
Carnegie Mellon and Williams College

During World War II the German army used tanks to devastating advantage. The Allies needed accurate estimates of their tank production and deployment. They used two approaches to find these values: spies, and statistics. In this talk we describe the statistical approach and its generalization. Assuming the tanks are labeled consecutively starting at 1, if we observe $k$ serial numbers from an unknown number $N$ of tanks, with the maximum observed value $m$, what is the best estimate for $N$? This is now known as the German Tank Problem, and is a terrific example of the applicability of mathematics and statistics in the real world. We quickly review some needed combinatorial identities (which is why we are able to obtain clean, closed form expressions), give the proof for the standard problem, discuss the generalization, and show how if we were unable to do the algebra we could guess the formula by an application of linear regression, thus highlighting its power and applicability. Most of the talk only uses basic algebra and elementary knowledge of WWII.