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MAT 150 Great Mathematical Discoveries - Elucidated by Reading and Writing (First Year Seminar) (3 credits)

This course introduces students to some of the great ideas in mathematics and to the mathematicians who made these great discoveries or created new theories. Students will read articles or chapters from an extensive reading list relevant to a variety of topics, including, but not limited to, historic information, modern applications of mathematics, biographies, careers using mathematics and other topics. Students will write summaries of or reflections on the articles. These topics vary from year to year and are chosen to match the interests and level of preparation of the students. Examples of topics include designing secret codes, optimal scheduling problems, algorithms and prime numbers.

Course does not fufill the GEP Mathematics requirement.