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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.

Winter 2017

MATH 1150 Math Foundations Seminar
Title: Graph Theory in The Real World
CRN 2022 Meets T,R,F 11-12 in ECS 200
Instructor: Allegra B. 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, terrorist networking, map coloring, postal delivery routes, amicable seating charts, population life cycle analysis, DNA sequencing, and more. No specific mathematics knowledge is presumed, but skills in reading, writing, and reasoning will be necessary to succeed with assignments. 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 online course container on the Canvas learning management system.

MATH 1150 Math Foundations Seminar
Title: The Heart of Mathematics
CRN 2688, 30 students, Meets MW 10-12
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.

MATH 1150 Math Foundations Seminar
Title: Introduction to Sports Analytics
CRN 3240, Meets M,W 2-4 in ECS 200
Instructor: John Antonioli

Almost every sports fan has a desire to rank the performance in their favorite sport. Is my team better than their rival? How does my favorite player compare to historical greats? In this course we will employ basic statistics and mathematical analysis to start answering this question, with examples coming from football, basketball and the king of sports statistics: baseball. We will discuss the validity of these methods, how they are used in evidence based decision making by real sports franchises, and how their widespread application is changing the future of sports.

MATH 1150 Math Foundations Seminar
Title: Mathematics and Music
CRN 3241, Meets M,W 4-6 in ECS 200
Instructor: Thomas French

There are many connections between music and mathematics, from counting and rhythm to intervals and patterns. This course will explore what mathematics and music have in common, how math governs the underlying structure of music, and how mathematics is used to create the music you enjoy. Students will learn to see logic in music and beauty in structure, using both their creativity and reasoning at the same time.

MATH 1150 Math Foundations Seminar
Title: Cryptological Mathematics
CRN 4579, Meets M,W 12-2 in MRH 006
Instructor: Michael Kinyon

Messages occasionally end up in the wrong hands, either by accident or by eavesdropping. Rather than trying to prevent a message from going astray or being intercepted, it is better to make it unintelligible to anyone except to the intended receiver. This is achieved by encrypting the message with a cipher. The goal is to make the cipher hard to break yet easy to use. This class will introduce basic concepts and techniques of cryptography. The treatment will be rigorous but with an emphasis on practical applications.

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)
  • The Heart of Mathematics (Flaherty)
  • Thinking Machines (Ball)