ESP Biography


Major: Computer Science

College/Employer: Stanford

Year of Graduation: 2018

Picture of Otto Zhen

Brief Biographical Sketch:

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Past Classes

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M4269: Mathemagics: in Splash Spring 2015 (Apr. 11 - 12, 2015)
Are you interested in magic? Do you want to learn shortcuts so that you can multiply large number without a calculator? Are you a human being? Do you like having fun? If the answer to any of those questions is yes, you will enjoy this class which focuses on exploring the relationship between mathematics and magic in a fun and interactive way. The first half of the class will focus on various impressive magic tricks which have a foundation in mathematical principles. Such tricks will include work on magic squares, combinations and permutations, and sequences and series. That last sentence was deliberately general to not reveal the actual tricks. At the end of this section, you will understand the basic math behind these magic tricks and also have three cool tricks that you can perform for your friends and family. The second half of this class focuses on mathematical tips and tricks that will make you a human calculator. Imagine multiply five digit numbers in your head. Basically picture yourself as a version of Will from Good Will Hunting! Many different methods of multiplication and division will be explored!