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Tim Chartier

Associate Professor of Mathematics
Ph.D. University of Colorado, Boulder

Primary Research Interests

Applied math and sports data analytics. Chartier works with students to develop algorithms to assist fans in filling out their NCAA men's basketball tournament brackets has attracted national media attention; the methodology was featured at a presentation at the National Museum of Mathematics in New York. Chartier was appointed in 2014 as the inaugural national "Math Ambassador" by the Mathematical Association of America. He is the recipient of an Alfred P. Sloan fellowship and is widely recognized for his efforts to make mathematics fun and accessible to people of all ages. His latest book, Math Bytes, was published by Princeton University Press.

Video Clips

  • Bracketology

    Chartier teaches students how to create mathematical formulas/models to predict winners using bracketology and ranking, a system that has applications in many other fields.

  • Fostering Success in Math

    One way to engage students in learning math is to show them how math is used in other applications – movies, sports, video games, business, etc.

  • Math Problematic

    Math can be problematic for some students in part because of our cultural views surrounding the subject.

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In the Media

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CBS News: Warren Buffett Offering $1 Billion for Perfect NCAA Bracket (video)
The New York Times: The Mathematician vs. the Matildas (video)
New York Magazine: How to Use Stats to Win Your March Madness Pool
The Guardian: Davidson College Team Creates FIFA World Cup Ranking Website
The Guardian: Empire State Building Vanishes and Other Illusions
NPR's Here and Now: An Unusual Way To Teach Math - Miming (audio)