# ESP Biography

## WAI LOK LAI, MIT Sophomore, Math+Computer Science (Course 18C)

Major: 18C

College/Employer: MIT ## Brief Biographical Sketch:

Hi!! My name is Wai Lok Lai (I go by Angus). I really like math, and I'm a sophomore in Course 18C (Math with Computer Science).

## Past Classes

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M6897: A Quick Glimpse into Abstract Algebra in Spark! 2013 (Mar. 16, 2013)
Algebra!! It's much more fun than calculus!! This is a short class modeled off of the MIT class 18.701 [Algebra I], taught by the famous professor Michael Artin. Topics include group theory, vector spaces, linear operators. symmetry, bilinear forms, and many other fun stuff if time permits.

M6898: Crash Course in Vector Calculus in Spark! 2013 (Mar. 16, 2013)
Ever looked some physics/math stuff up on Wikipedia and get a page full of fearful-looking math symbols, like $$\nabla^2 f$$, $$\left(\frac{\partial y}{\partial x}\right)_\theta$$, or $$\oint_C B\cdot ds$$? Here’s your chance to know what they actually mean! (not everything on Wikipedia, obviously, but it’ll let you decipher a lot of stuff). Vector calculus is also known as multivariable calculus. What we are doing is basically extending the concepts of single-variable calculus to 3 dimensions and beyond. Class modeled off of the MIT class 18.02: Calculus II.

M6339: Crash Course in Vector Calculus in Splash! 2012 (Nov. 17 - 18, 2012)
Ever looked some physics/math stuff up on Wikipedia and get a page full of fearful-looking math symbols, like $$\nabla^2 f$$, $$\left(\frac{\partial y}{\partial x}\right)_\theta$$, or $$\oint_C{B\,ds}$$? Here's your chance to know what they actually mean! (not everything on Wikipedia, obviously, but it'll let you decipher a lot of stuff). Vector calculus is also known as multivariable calculus. What we are doing is basically extending the concepts of single-variable calculus to 3 dimensions and beyond.

M6342: Exotic Topics in Geometry: where Euclid is not always Right in Splash! 2012 (Nov. 17 - 18, 2012)
Euler is not always right!! Ever thought of a place where the angles of a triangle don't add up to 180 degrees? Ever looked at a map and wondered what the shortest path from point A to B is? Ever wonder what geometry has to do with complex numbers? THEN THIS IS THE CLASS FOR YOU!!! We will talk about a wide range of geometry topics that are not covered in the typical high school curriculum, from spherical to hyperbolic geometry, from taxi-cab to complex geometry, and much more.

A6392: Shaolin Martial Arts aka Chinese Kung Fu!! in Splash! 2012 (Nov. 17 - 18, 2012)
Kung Fu! Ever watched a Chinese martial arts film and wanted the mimic those super-cool maneuvers? Here's your chance to learn an actual Shaolin Martial Arts Routine!! Intro to the different types of stances, fists, and kicks. You will learn a short (but complete) routine by the end of the class