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ALAN CHANG, Math Major and Rubik's cuber!

Major: Math

College/Employer: University of Chicago

Year of Graduation: G

Picture of Alan Chang

Brief Biographical Sketch:

Some things I enjoy:

* Math -- With relations like $$1^{-2} + 2^{-2} + 3^{-2} + \cdots = \pi^2 / 6$$, how can math not be awesome? I'm the president of the math club at Princeton, and my main goal is to make sure all the math enthusiasts have a great time while they are here!

* Cubing -- I've been Rubik's cubing since 7th grade! I was the president of the Rubik's cube club at Princeton. We host competitions, and sometimes world records have been broken at them! Check out my website at

* Cooking -- I was a member of 2D Vegetarian Co-op ( where I tried to cook healthy food every week. Sometimes I went overboard with the healthiness -- hopefully the other members forgave me for that!

* Teaching -- Splash is such an awesome idea, that we just had to do something like it at Princeton! I'm so glad that there are so many enthusiastic Princeton students who are willing to help out despite their busy schedules.

(Also, you can probably tell that I like to ramble on about things. Sorry about that!)

Past Classes

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X297: Rubik's cube for beginners in Splash Spring 15 (Apr. 25, 2015)
If you have no idea how to solve the Rubik's cube, this class will teach you! (I'll have cubes you can borrow during the class.) Also, we'll talk about Rubik's cube competitions -- what they're like, how fast people are, etc.

M178: What is computational linguistics? in Splash Spring 14 (Apr. 26, 2014)
Here's an amusing use of linguistics: It's a website written by Princeton students that generates random text based on your Facebok data. (I get things like "I must have looked silly walking off the plane in my life was the binder section!" and "For the kangaroos come over I'll let you should learn linear algebra To finish by November 1. Ahhhh!!!") In this class, we'll take a look at what computational linguistics is useful for. (Google Translate and Siri come to mind.) We'll also discuss why it is so hard for computers to process natural human language.