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Courses & Advising

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.

Spring 2016

MATH 1150 Math Foundations Seminar
Title: Perspectives in Art
CRN 4363, 30 students, meets MW (10-11:50AM) in Sturm 334
CRN 2098, 30 students, meets MW (12-1:50PM) in Sturm 311
Instructor: Natasha Dobrinen


Perspectives in Art is a course in the mathematics of perspective and fractal geometry in art. We will use a book developed for liberal arts mathematics called, Viewpoints, by Marc Frantz and Annalisa Crannell. We will cover 1, 2, and 3-point perspective and fractal geometry. Perspectives are tools to help artists draw objects more accurately. Fractals occur in nature and can be used to draw life-like images of plants, trees, coastlines, and more. Upon completion of the course, students will have mathematical, and some artistic, tools to draw accurate renditions of geometric objects such as buildings and roads from different angles, fractal-like objects such as snowflakes and trees, and have a better appreciation for art. Basic algebra skills and knowledge of logarithms will be assumed.


MATH 1150 Math Foundations Seminar
Title: The Heart of Mathematics
CRN 2097, 30 students, meets MW (10-11:50AM) in BMC 218
Instructor: Kelly Flaherty


In this course we will consider some great mathematical ideas comparable to the works of Shakespeare, Plato and Michelangelo. We will use powerful methods of analysis, reasoning and thought that will help us to appreciate the beauty of mathematics and discover the power of mathematical thinking.


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, Griesmer, Flaherty)
  • 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 Coloring (Mijares)
  • 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 (Cardona, Galatos)
  • Patterns and Symmetry (Ormes)
  • Perspectives in Art (Dobrinen)
  • Pi: The Story of a Number (Kinyon)
  • Random Walks on Networks (Sobieczky)
  • The Geometry of the Universe (Latremoliere)
  • Thinking Machines (Ball)