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Utpal Chattopadhyay

Utpal is senior mentor and course designer at GenWise. His passion in life is "to firmly establish science as a wonderful culture in developing young minds."

Since 2010, Utpal has been teaching Advanced Physics to talented undergraduate students at the Indian Statistical Institute in Bangalore. He was one of the founders of Curiouscity Science Education, where he conducted numerous science sessions with middle school children. Utpal has been also been facilitating courses on Physics and Mathematics to gifted school students for the past several years.

Utpal has a bachelor's degree with honours in Physics from IIT Kharagpur (1st in his class), and a PhD from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. His corporate/ professional work experience includes stints at Bell Labs and Motorola (where he was a Director). Post 2005, he cannot imagine life without a chalk and the blackboard!

Think Like a Mathematician: Explorations in Math

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Sofya Kovalevskaya, Russian mathematician who made noteworthy contributions to analysis, partial differential equations and mechanics.

Date(s):

May 8-28, 2022

Think Like a Mathematician
Think Like a Mathematician

GenWise 2022

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Abstract Math

GenWise 2022

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Think Like a Mathematician
Think Like a Mathematician

GenWise 2022

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Think Like a Mathematician
Think Like a Mathematician

GenWise 2022

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For Ei ATS Scholars (and equivalent);

Students in Grades 8/9/10 in 2022-23


This course will be a unique opportunity for students to explore and learn  mathematical concepts rarely offered at the middle to high school level.  Students will delve into rigorous and proof-oriented mathematical explorations spanning several topics of current interest. Some of the topics likely to be discussed include:

  • Proofs vs Conjectures. Techniques of Proofs (such as induction, pigeonhole principle, recursion)  in Algebra, Geometry, Combinatorics; Proofs of impossibilities! Importance of using cross domain techniques (such as using Algebra in geometry and vice versa)

  • Number Theory and its use in modern day cryptography

  • The wonderful world of Probability; winning and losing in lotteries and in gambling bets

  • Introduction to Combinatorics, game theory and search and sort algorithms.


The course will use lectures, problem sessions, demonstrations, and exploratory research to engage students. The problems and puzzles  will be at the level of international Olympiads. There will be graded levels of problems so that every student can find his or her own rhythm and pace  in tackling these problems.


The goal of the course is to shape and attune the students’ minds towards mature mathematical reasoning and get them to start thinking like mathematicians.  We expect that students going through this course, when  confronted with challenging unfamiliar problems, will  be able to marshal their own mental resources and come up with ways of tackling these. 


For a student with a passion for math and the willingness to embrace such challenges without fear, this is an environment to build confidence.