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2019-2020 Academic Catalogue 
2019-2020 Academic Catalogue [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

HNS 377W - Great Ideas in Mathematics

Lecture Hours: 3
Lab Hours: 0
Credit Hours: 3

A common misconception among students is that mathematics is all about memorizing formulas and applyinng them to specific types of problems.  They often carry this error with them throughout life.  This course will shatter that misconception.  We will take a journey through some of the greatest and most beautiful ideas of mathematics (and human thought in general) as we explore the theory of numbers,the concept of infinity, selected topics in geometry, topology, chaos theory, fractals, and probability.  Along the way we will focus on skills and creative ways of thinking that will help solve problems in any area of life.   Like all honors seminars, this course is writing-intensive. Prerequisite(s): Enrollment is restricted to cadets who have been admitted to the Institute Honors Program.