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MAT 160 Mathematical Problems & Games
About this course: This course is intended for students
who are interested in sharpening their problem solving skills, and in developing their mathematical intuition and ability
to express mathematical ideas. There will be
no standard "calculus type" material in this course. In fact,
most of the problems we discuss are discrete by
nature and cannot effectively be attacked by the techniques of calculus.
Here are some of the topics
that we will be discussing through problem-solving:
mathematical induction, the pigeonhole principle, counting, finding patterns,
elementary logic, divisibility, probability, graphs, elementary geometry.
The class will be divided into groups of approximately 3 people, to accommodate students with different backgrounds and experience. Many of the problems will require little formal knowledge of mathematics. Despite this, they can be very challenging and fun to do.
Math Tower 3-113
E-mail: tony at math.sunysb.edu
Wed 3:00-5:00 PM in my office, Thurs 11:15-1 in
Grading: MAT 160 is a one credit course with S/U grading. Thus on your transcript you will either get an S and one credit, or a U and no credit. The grade will not affect your GPA. You will be graded on your effort, which will be measured by class attendance and participation, and on the effort expended on homework. There is no final exam. If you wish to get an S for this class, you must keep up with the homework and tell me if you have to miss class more than 3 times in all.
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