Mathematics in the Modern World


This course begins with an introduction to the nature of math as an exploration of patterns (in nature and the environment)and as an application of inductive and deductive reasoning. By exploring these topics, students are encourage to go beyond the typical understanding of mathematics a branch of formulas but as a source of math in patterns of nature, or example, and a rich language in itself (and of science) governed by logic and reasoning.

The course then proceeds to survey ways in which math provides a tool for understanding and dealing with various aspects of present day living, such as managing personal finances, making social choices, appreciating geometric designs, understanding code used  in data transmission and security, and dividing limited resources fairly. These aspects will provide opportunities for actually doing math in a broad range  of exercises that bring out the various dimensions of math as a way of knowing, and beat. the students' understanding and capacity (CMO no. 20, series of 2013.