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Spring 2015-2016
* APC 199 / MAT 199 (QR)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Math Alive

Ian M. Griffiths
Adam W. Marcus

Mathematics has profoundly changed our world, from the way we communicate with each other and listen to music, to banking and computers. This course is designed for those without college mathematics who want to understand the mathematical concepts behind important modern applications. The course consists of individual modules, each focusing on a particular application (e.g., digital music, sending secure emails, and using statistics to explain, or hide, facts). The emphasis is on ideas, not on sophisticated mathematical techniques, but there will be substantial problem-set requirements. Students will learn by doing simple examples.

Sample reading list:
SA Garfunkel and J Malkevitch, For all Practical Purposes: Introduction to Contemp...
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
There are 4 components to the grading: a midterm paper, a final paper, problem sets, and class participation. Students must have at least 50% on each component to obtain a passing grade. Other than this constraint, midterm and final papers each count for 25% of the grade, the problem sets count for 40%, and class participation for 10%.

Requirements/Grading:
Paper in Lieu of Mid Term - 25%
Take Home Final Exam - 25%
Class/Precept Participation - 10%
Problem set(s) - 40%

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
This course is intended for non-science, non-engineering majors. When this course has closed, please email amainzer@princeton.edu to be placed on the waitlist..

Website:  http://www.math.princeton.edu/matalive

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
42745 C01 11:00 am - 12:20 pm T Th   Jadwin Hall   A09   Enrolled:63 Limit:65
43195 C02 1:30 pm - 2:50 pm T Th        Enrolled:0 Limit:0 Canceled