MATH& 107 Math in Society • 5 Cr.
Applies mathematics to contemporary issues. Topics include networks, scheduling, data analysis, and may also include voting methods, linear programming, game theory, growth and decay, or fair division problems. Designed for liberal arts students. Fulfills the quantitative or symbolic reasoning course requirement at BC. Prerequisite: Placement by assessment or MATH 098 with a C or better.
After completing this class, students should be able to:
- Construct appropriate displays of data.
- Interpret data through measures of central tendency and variance.
- Recognize, evaluate and perform statistical reasoning.
- Identify and contrast the use and misuse of statistics in our society.
- Apply graph theory to solve various practical problems.
- Recognize the Traveling Salesman problem and be able to apply heuristic algorithms to “solve” it.
- Apply digraphs to solve scheduling problems.
- Recognize applications that can be modeled with spanning trees and apply spanning tree algorithms to these applications.
- Apply, compare, and contrast various voting methods.
- Explain why there is no such thing as a “perfect” voting method.
- Apply the various apportionment methods and identify the paradoxes that they give rise to.
- Calculate and compare power distribution for weighted voting systems.Fall 2001 14