Math Everywhere (Math 81)
Spring 2012
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Credits: 1.0
Time: MWF 10:20AM  11:10AM
Location: Physics 259
Mathematics is essential in our modern world. Mathematical
concepts and reasoning play an important role in making many of
our actions possible. Communicating and storing not only data
but also images or music reliably; getting insight into the
role played by social networks in our society; evaluating
assessments based on statistics; designing fun visuals for
video games or animated movies  all of these make use of
mathematics. And all of these are topics discussed in Math
Everywhere. This course is designed for those who haven't had
college mathematics but would like to understand some of the
mathematical concepts behind these and other important modern
applications. The course focuses on building understanding
rather than developing mathematical skills. It will consist of
6 largely independent units, each taking between 2 and 3 weeks.
There will be handout texts, recommended reading material,
online units to work through examples, and weekly homeworks.
The midterm and final exams will be writing assignments.
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