Tsinghua Mathcamp 2017

All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered; the point is to discover them. - Galileo.

The Tsinghua Mathcamp is a summer camp for mathematically talented and strongly motivated secondary school students from all across China. A highly selected group of students will be invited to join a four-week rigorous program to explore the art of creative problem solving with masters. Mathcamp will also ofer a great opportunity for students to work on research projects through collaborative discoveries guided by their coaches and teachers.

The 2017 Mathcamp will be held on the Tsinghua University campus in Bejing. The camp is primarily sponsored by the Department of Mathematical Sciences at Tsinghua University, and the Yau Mathematical Sciences Center.

  • Time: the 4-week camp will begin on Sunday July 16 and end on Sunday August 13, 2017.
  • Place: Department of Mathematical Sciences, Tsinghua University, Beijing.
  • our curriculum is expected to have three parallel academic tracks, with two focusing on theoretical subjects, while the third one on applied subjects. Each track will run three 1.5-hour classes every weekday conducted by research mathematicians, physicists and computer scientists; in addition, we have a 2-3-hour daily discussion session in small groups led by coaches, who are advanced graduate students recruited from China and the U.S.; all classes and discussions are expected to be conducted in English, though Chinese may be used through an interpreter occasionally. Highlights of the camp feature guest lectures by worldrenowned mathematicians including the Fields Medalist Professor Shing-Tung Yau of Harvard University and the Yau Tsinghua Mathematical Sciences Center. In addition, Mathcamp may organize weekend excursions to famous institutions and historical attractions in Beijing.
  • Subjects: our courses are expected to cover a range of topics from Linear Algebra, Galois Theory, Number Theory, Algebraic Combinatorics, Analysis and Topology, Probability Theory and Statistics, and Computational Mathematics.
  • Selection criteria: students are recruited on a competitive basis from a group of students nominated by some of the top high schools from across China. A selected group of math competition winners will also be invited to apply. About ninety of the very best students, usually aged 15-17, will be invited to join one of the academic tracks of Mathcamp.
  • Tuition fees: as in the last three years, admission to Mathcamp will be ofered free of charge to all qualified students.

Unless exceptions noted, ofce numbers are in the Tsinghua Univ. Mathematical Sciences Building 清华大学理科楼数学科学系. YMSC refers to the Yau Mathematical Science Center 丘成桐数学科 学中心 located in the Jin Chun Yuan West Building.

Camp organizers:
External organizer:
    Prof. Bong Lian 连文豪              Rm A230, lian@brandeis.edu
    Brandeis University
Local organizers:
    Prof. Shiu-Yuen Cheng 郑绍远        YMSC Rm 134, macheng@ust.hk
    Hong Kong UST & Tsinghua YMSC
    Prof. Jun Ye 叶俊                   Rm A211, jye@math.tsinghua.edu.cn
    Tsinghua University
    Prof. Jie Xiao 肖杰                 Rm 314, jxiao@math.tsinghua.edu.cn
    Tsinghua University
Camp administrative staff members:
    Ms. Xinpai Chen 陈新湃, weeks 1-2   Rm B201, chenxinpai@tsinghua.edu.cn, 6277-2984
    Tsinghua University
    Ms. Xiujuan Yu 于秀娟, weeks 3-4    Rm A228, xjyu@tsinghua.edu.cn, 6279-8384
    Tsinghua University

Lecturers and Coaches:
Linear algebra I & II:
    Prof. Bong Lian 连文豪, Lecturer   Rm A230, lian@brandeis.edu
    Brandeis University
    Anurag Rao, Coach(LAII)           anrg@brandeis.edu
    Brandeis University
    Chenlong Yu 余成龙, Coach (LAI)    yucl@math.harvard.edu
    Harvard University
    Ruotian Gao 高若田, Coach (LAI)    grt15@mails.tsinghua.edu.cn
    Tsinghua University
    Huiya He 贺汇雅, Coach (LAII)      hhy15@mails.tsinghua.edu.cn
    Tsinghua University
Number Theory I & II:
    Prof. David Pollack, Lecturer     Rm TBA, dpollack@wesleyan.edu
    Wesleyan University
    Zhenkun Li 李振坤, Coach(NTI)     zhenkun@mit.edu
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Zijun Zhou 周子浚, Coach (NTII)   zzhou@math.columbia.edu
    Columbia University
    Yuanlong Song 宋元龙 Coach(NTI)   jlcsyl@sina.com
    Tsinghua University
    Yunpeng Zi 自云鹏, Coach (NTII)   ziyp16@mails.tsinghua.edu.cn
    Tsinghua University  
Analysis and Topology:
    Prof. Ting Zhou 周婷, Lecturer    Rm TBA, t.zhou@neu.edu
    Tufts University
    Weifeng Sun 孙巍峰, Coach         swf12@math.harvard.edu
    Harvard University
    Lina Wu 武丽娜, Coach             wln16@mails.tsinghua.edu.cn
    Tsinghua University
Algebraic Combinatorics:
    Prof. An Huang 黄岸, Lecturer     Rm TBA, anhuang@brandeis.edu
    Brandeis University
    Yichi Zhang 张一驰, Coach         yichi@mit.edu
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Siyao Yin 殷思瑶, Coach           yinsy16@mails.tsinghua.edu.cn
    Tsinghua University
Applied Analysis:
    Prof. Shitao Liu 刘士涛, Lecturer Rm TBA, liul@clemson.edu
    Clemson University
    Yiting Li 李一霆, Coach           yitingli@brandeis.edu
    Brandeis University
    Yang (Young) Liu 刘杨, Coach      yang-liu16@mails.tsinghua.edu.cn
    Tsinghua University
Computational Mathematics:
    Prof. Xiaozhe Hu 胡潇喆, Lecturer Rm TBA, xiaozhe.hu@tufts.edu
    Tufts University
    Jue Wang 王珏, Coach              Jue.Wang@tufts.edu
    Tufts University
    Wang Kong 孔旺, Coach             kongw14@mails.tsinghua.edu.cn
    Tsinghua University
Probability and Statistics:
    Prof. Paul Horn 保罗·霍恩, Lecturer     Rm TBA, paul.horn@du.edu
    University of Denver
    Gavin St. John, Coach             Gavin.StJohn@du.edu
    University of Denver
    Zhe Liu 刘喆, Coach               z-liu16@mails.tsinghua.edu.cn
    Tsinghua University

Mathcamp IT & Webpage Manager:
    Wei Chen 陈伟                     wei.chen.sbu@gmail.com
    Stony Brook University

Camp Program Schedules

Week 0:
Jul 16 Sun 9:00-12:00       Campers registration on Math Department ground floor1
Jul 16 Sun 14:00-15:00      Welcome ceremony at the West Ladder Hall 西阶教室
Jul 16 Sun 15:15-17:00      Campers orientation at the West Ladder Hall 西阶教室
Jul 16 Sun 17:30-18:30      Mathcamp Teachers meeting at in Rm 304
Week 1:
Jul 17-21 Mon-Fri           First week of regular lectures and tutorials
Jul 20 Thu 16:30-17:30      Mathcamp Colloquium by Prof. Ezra Getzler, Norhwestern University
                            Lecture (in English) at the Cheng Yu-tung Auditorium 郑裕彤讲堂
                            Title: Bernouli Numbers 伯努利数
Week 2:
Jul 24-28 Mon-Fri           Second week of regular lectures and tutorials
Jul 29-30 Sat-Sun           Overnight visit to Great Wall
                            Details TBA
Week 3:
Jul 31-Aug 4 Mon-Fri        Third week of regular lectures and tutorials
Jul 31 Mon                  Campers sign up for research projects
Aug 5 Sat 16:30-17:30       Mathcamp Colloquium by Prof. Baohua Fu, Chinese Academy of Sc. 中科院
                            Lecture (in Chinese) in Rm 112
                            Title: The Geometry of Cubic Equations 三次方程的几何
Week 4:
Aug 7-11 Mon-Fri            Fourth week of regular lectures and tutorials
Aug 10 Thu 17:00-18:00      Mathcamp Colloquium by Prof. Shing-Tung Yau 丘成桐
                            Harvard Univ. & Tsinghua YMSC
                            Lecture (in Chinese) at the West Ladder Hall 西阶教室
                            Title: My Academic Life & Experiences 我做学问的经验和感受
Aug 12-13 Sat-Sun all days  Research Project Reports and Presentations by Campers in Rm 112
Aug 13 Sun evening          Mathcamp adjourns

Weekday regular
lectures & tutorials:2
09:00 - 10:30               Algebraic Combinatorics & Analysis-Topology & Probability-Statistics
10:45 - 12:15               Linear Algebra I & Number Theory II & Applied Analysis
12:15 - 13:15               Lunch break
13:15 - 14:45               Number Theory I & Linear Algebra II & Computational Mathematics
14:45 - 15:00               Recess
15:00 - 17:45               Homework tutorials & research project discussions3
17:45 - 19:00               Dinner & free activities

1Campers to bring student and personal ID documentations.
2All classes and tutorials are expected to be conducted in English. The venues are Rm 304, 
404, and 112 in the Mathematics Department.
3On days a Mathcamp colloquium or another special event is scheduled, this interval may be
shortened accordingly to accommodate event.

July 16 - August 13, 2017

The 2017 Tsinghua Summer Mathcamp Opening Ceremony 开营仪式

Time: Sunday July 16, 2017, 14:00
Place: The West Ladder Hall 西阶教室
Master of Ceremony 主持人:
    Prof. Ye Jun 叶俊, Tsinghua University Party Secretary 清华大学党委书记 and Mathcamp local organizer

Distinguished guests:
    Prof. Zou Wenming 邹文明,     Tsinghua Dean of Sciences and Chairman of Department of 
                                 Mathematical Sciences
    Prof. Shiu-Yuen Cheng 郑绍远, Professor of Mathematics
    Prof. Youjing Zhang 张友金,   Deputy Chairman of the Department of Mathematical Sciences 
    Other Math Department faculty

Invitees include:
    Mathcamp Lecturers and Coaches
    Incoming Mathcampers and their parents or guardians

14:00   Introduce distinguished guests and math dept faculty
14:05   Introduce the Tsinghua Summer Mathcamp
14:10   Remarks by S.Y. Cheng
14:20   Remarks by Zou Wenming
14:30   Introduce Bong Lian as organizer to speak
14:40   Introduce the 7 Mathcamp Lecturers & and 18 Coaches by Bong Lian
14:50   Remind all Mathcampers, Lecturers and Coaches to Camp Orientation
        to start at about 15:10
14:55   Ceremony adjourns