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Math 1150 Foundations Seminars

The MATH 1150 Math Foundations Seminars offer challenging and interesting mathematical topics with a computer science component that requires only high school mathematics. The seminar topics vary with each class and they are designed for all students.

Winter 2014

MATH 1150 - Math Foundations Seminar
Title: Graph Theory in the Real World
Section 1, CRN 2477, 30 students, Meets TRF 12-12:50PM in BAUD 101
Instructor: Allegra Reiber

A graph in its simplest form is merely a collection of dots, called vertices, and a collection of line segments, called edges, running between some or all of the vertices. The graph could model the walking paths on campus, the preferred pizza toppings of a group of friends, or an abstract mathematical relationship. During this course, we will study the concepts and results of graph theory, how to solve problems related to graphs, and how solving graph theory problems helps us understand real world problems: scheduling, map coloring, postal delivery routes, amicable seating charts, population life cycle analysis, DNA sequencing, and more. This is a hybrid course, meaning that some of the course meetings are face-to-face (Tuesday, Thursday, Friday), while in between face-to-face meetings, you will engage with course content, complete assignments, and communicate with classmates and the instructor through our Blackboard course. No specific mathematics knowledge is presumed, but strengths in reading, writing, and reasoning will be necessary to succeed with assignments. We will do some work in this class with Mathematica, a software package which is licensed to DU and free to students, in order to compute and visualize with graphs for some online assignments..

Previously offered seminars

  • 2, Infinity & Beyond (Carney, Ormes)
  • Cryptography (Arias, Curran, Vojtechovsky)
  • Games and Logic (Galatos)
  • Graph Theory (Zenk)
  • Graph Theory in the Real World (Locke, Reiber)
  • Great Ideas in Mathematics (Trujillo)
  • Heart of Mathematics (Pula)
  • Intro to Random Walks on Graphs (Sobieczky)
  • Logic and Games (Galatos)
  • Mathematical Art (Gudder)
  • Mathematics for Decision Making (Ormes)
  • Mathematics in Art and Music (Dobrinen)
  • Mathematics of Chance (Latremoliere)
  • Mathematics of Chance and Gambling (Arias)
  • Mathematics of Gambling (Arias, Gudder, Hagler)
  • Mathematics of Games (Pavlov)
  • Mathematics of Politics (Hagler)
  • Mathematics of Voting (Hagler)
  • Models of Computing (Ball)
  • Non-Classical Logics (Galatos)
  • Patterns and Symmetry (Ormes)
  • Perspectives in Art (Dobrinen)
  • Pi: The Story of a Number (Kinyon)
  • The Geometry of the Universe (Latremoliere)
  • Thinking Machines (Ball)