## MATH 1001 - Winter 2012

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## Mathematics for Liberal Arts Students

This is the page where I post material related to the MATH 1001
course I am teaching in WINTER 2012.

**Office hours: ** Monday
11:30-12:30, Wednesday 11:30-12:30, Friday 11:30-12:30
**Office:** 251 Chase building (on the 2.5th floor - you need to
take the stairs at the *South* end of the building.)
If you want to come to my office at a different time please email me:tkenney@mathstat.dal.ca
**Midterm Exam:** Monday 13th February, in class.
**Textbook:** None
Here are links to various sources the we
have discussed, and others that discuss the same ideas
**Final Exam:** Thursday 19th April 12:00-15:00, Dalplex.
#### Handouts

Course Handout

#### Notes on Branches of Mathematics

These are some rough notes on various areas of
mathematics. They're not as finished as I'd like, but I hope they
will prove helpful summaries of what I said in the lectures.

Algebra

Analysis

Geometry

Logic and Set Theory

Combinatorics

Number Theory

Probability and Statistics

#### Essay topics

December
Here is a detailed explanation of the
essays and project to be completed, with suggestions for what could be
included. The topics for later essays may be changed. In this case,
submissions based on the original titles will still be accepted, but
may require more research on your part.

Choose one essay for each submission date:

##### Essays for Wednesday 1st February

Is Mathematics an Art Form?
The Beauty of Mathematics and the Mathematics of Beauty
##### Essays for Wednesday 15th February

What is the Role of Mathematics?
What Would Life be Like Without Mathematics?
##### Essays for Wednesday 29th February

What is Mathematics?
A Vision for Mathematics Education
##### Essays for Wednesday 14th March

An Overview of Modern Mathematics
The History of ...

#### Fun problems

One of the topics of this course is the intellectual joy derived
from mathematical problems. To give you a taste of this experience,
I include a few example problems. These are not for credit, but I
hope you will find the experience worthwhile, and helpful to your
understanding of the issues in the course. Take as much or as little
time as you like on them.

The problems are in no particular order, and vary a little in
difficulty. Feel free to attempt whichever problems seem
interesting, or whichever you think you have a better chance of
approaching. The problems cover a variety of areas, but should all
be accessible with just school-level mathematics.

Feel free to work together, or ask me for hints or advice, or to
check your solutions.

Problems