Theatre and Math Go Together, Right?
Yesterday, I went to see the finale of Hairspray, the Theatre Department’s winter production. I hadn’t heard of the play before, but I can now say I love it. The cast was simply stunning, and they had such a bubbly energy even after two hours of jumping, hopping, dancing, and singing, and so much practice leading up to their final performance. Personally, I find it amazing that people can be so talented at singing, dancing and acting all at the same time, especially since I find each one in itself such a challenge. It was great to see that students of all years, even freshman, were featured so prominently in the show. If I had any talent at all, I would definitely audition because it seems like the cast had such a great time working together. My friends and I were all in a euphoric state after experiencing such a heartwarming story.
After the show, I went back to my dorm to work on my math paper. I’m currently taking Math 17, a topics course called Math Beyond Calculus, which focuses on number theory and its applications in cryptography this year. The professor does an amazing job tying together many areas of math into a coherent course in an interesting field while giving us a taste of what math is like after the calculus sequence. In the final week, all the students in the class have to study something not directly covered in class. Not only is it a chance to explore anything that interests us outside the curriculum, but it also exposes us to mathematical texts and papers, encouraging us to piece together an understanding the way mathematicians and scientists do when they learn about new topics. We are soon going to start giving presentations to the class, which trains us in conveying difficult mathematical concepts clearly and succinctly, a skill that will definitely come in handy in the future. I had never taken a math class quite like this before, and I love it. I’m so glad that Dartmouth has classes like this, and I plan to seek them out in future terms as well. I’ve been rubbing Warney Bently’s nose every time I pass through the Hop – hopefully that will give me good luck for my presentation.