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Brian Kell Carnegie Mellon University Title: How many ways are there to cut up a chessboard? Abstract: The inspiration for this talk will be the following question: Given an 11x11 chessboard, in how many different ways can it be cut into one or more pieces along the lines between the squares? This problem can be modeled as a question about graphs, and the general problem turns out to have an interesting connection to compositions of integers (ways to write a given integer as an ordered sum of positive integers). I will discuss some of the known results and some open questions. Date: Tuesday, August 26, 2014 Time: 5:30 pm Location: Wean Hall 8220 Submitted by: Zilin Jiang 