11/7 -- Group B: An Introduction to Tropical Mathematics - Prof. Bryant Matthews (Azusa Pacific University)
In tropical arithmetic, the "sum" of two numbers is their
minimum and the "product" of two numbers is their usual sum. The
algebraic and geometric implications of these definitions are in many
ways similar to those of standard arithmetic, but with a number of
surprising twists. We will explore the graphs and factorizations of
tropical polynomial functions and the intersections of tropical curves.