Survey of abstract mathematical ideas that deepen understanding of patterns from mathematics, art, and the physical world. Topics may include the nature of number, infinity, dimension, symmetries, alternate geometries, topology, chaos, fractals, probability and social choice. While techniques and concepts have much in common with advanced theoretical mathematics, little background is assumed and the course is not practical preparation for later courses in mathematics. The course title is occasionally changed to reflect a special emphasis.
Satisfies the Mathematical and Quantitative Thought requirement.
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Not open to students with credit for, or enrolled in, Mathematics 220, 230, or 255.