Monday, and Friday: 10:30-11:30 AM

Tuesday 3:30-4:30 PM

Thursday 9:30-10:30 AM

Syllabus

2nd Half Updates

Homework

Class Date |
Pages |
Section(s) Covered |
---|---|---|

Jan. 22 | Introduction and get to know each other | |

Jan. 24 | pg. 1-19 | What is mathematics? |

Jan. 27 | pg. 20-29 | What do people think math is? |

Jan. 29 | pg. 30-37 | Relationship betwen math and science, and some knot theory. |

Jan. 31 | "Solve For X" (podcast below*) | Some unexpected ways to use math. |

Feb. 3 | pg. 38-47 | What makes someone "good" at math? |

Feb. 5 | pg. 52-64 | Triangles! |

Feb. 7 | - | Primitive Pythagorian Triples |

Feb. 10 | pg. 65-72 | Some other number systems. |

Feb. 12 | pg. 73-88 | Scaling |

Feb. 14 | pg. 105-119 | Spheres |

Feb. 17 | 3 articles on PWeb "Article" tab | Who do we exclude from math? |

Feb. 19 | pg. 89-104 | How to build a better dice. |

Feb. 21 | pg. 121-140 | In which we convince you never to buy a lottery ticket. |

Feb. 24 | group projects | Eulerian and Hamiltonian paths and circuits. |

Feb. 26 | group projects | Trees and graph colorings. |

Feb. 28 | pg. 141-150 | How to compute odds. |

Mar. 2 | - | More counting techniques. |

Mar. 4 | - | Even more counting techniques. |

Mar. 6 | pg. 151-157 | "Human beings are terrible at probability." |

Mar. 9 | pg. 158-177 | Insurance. Can you spot the math error? |

Mar. 11 | Prep work on modular arithmetic. | |

Mar. 13 | Different sizes of infinty. | |

Mar. 30/31 | Numbers encoding information. | |

Apr. 1/2 | Redundant information in numbers. | |

Apr. 6 | Correcting errors. | |

Apr. 8 | No class. Group meetings with me. | |

Apr. 13 | Correcting more errors. | |

Apr. 15 | pg. 283-285, 299-314 | Tax Day! |

Apr. 20 | Monty Hall Door Problem. | |

Apr. 22 | Poker and Powerball. | |

Apr. 27 | pg. 314-328 | Voting. |

Apr. 29 | Other voting schemes. | |

May 4 | pg. 267-281 | Gothic Novels. |

May 6 | pg. 329-345 | The Game of Life. |

*

HW | Due Date | Problems |
---|---|---|

# 0 | Jan. 24 | Email me with answers from class 1/22, and read syllabus |

# 1 | Jan. 31 | [pdf] |

# 2 | Feb. 7 | [pdf] |

# 3 | Feb. 14 | [pdf] |

# 4 | Feb. 21 | [pdf] |

# 5 | [pdf] | |

# 6 | Apr. 10 | [pdf] |

# 7 | May 1 | [pdf] |

# 8 | [pdf] |