Department of Mathematics Colloquium


Abstract 

The Vandermonde determinant appears in
virtually all areas of mathematics. I will describe some of these
uses and discuss joint work in progress with Zach Teitler (Boise State)
which writes this determinant as a sum of powers of linear functions,
using (probably) as few linear functions as possible. Most of
this talk will be accessible to anyone who has learned linear algebra
and basic group theory.
