MATH 130: Excursions in Mathematics

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This course is a prerequisite or co-requisite for

This course satisfies the formal studies requirement where it is in force.


The course is intended to provide exposure to a variety of mathematical ideas. The emphasis is on topics which are interesting and where the conclusion of a mathematical development can be understood with only high school algebra as background. These topics can involve parts of mathematics which are significant in public affairs; such as voting paradoxes, polling data, and scheduling methods. Other topics involve numbers or shapes to reveal beauty and elegance in mathematics.

Topics covered

This varies with the instructor. Recent treatments have included; street networks, traveling salesman problem, polling data, voting systems, fair division problems, Fibonacci numbers, gnomic growth, golden ratio, tilings, Mandelbrot set.