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    Vassar College
   
 
  Dec 10, 2017
 
 
    
Catalogue 2017-2018
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MATH 131 - Numbers, Shape, Chance, and Change

Semester Offered: Spring
1 unit(s)
What is the stuff of mathematics? What do mathematicians do? Fundamental concepts from arithmetic, geometry, probability, and the calculus are explored, emphasizing the relations among these diverse areas, their internal logic, their beauty, and how they come together to form a unified discipline. As a counterpoint, we also discuss the “unreasonable effectiveness” of mathematics in describing a stunning range of phenomena from the natural and social worlds. The department.

Prerequisite(s): at least three years of high school mathematics.

Open only to freshmen; satisfies the college requirement for a Freshman Writing Seminar.

Two 50-minute periods and one 50-minute discussion period.



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