MATH W80 Learning from Data. Our world is inundated with data, much of it not fully explored for the wealth of information it contains. The focus in this course will be tools from statistics and mathematics for uncovering knowledge and the implementation of such tools, their practical application, usually to large datasets. While the specific selection of topics may depend on student ability and interest, a sample list includes model building, machine learning, clustering, visualization, classification, regression, principal component analysis, dimensionality reduction, support vector machines, neural networks, Bayesian decision theory, and hidden Markov models. This course may fulfill an elective in the Math major. Prerequisite: One course from Math 231 or Math 256, one from Math 143, Math 145, Math 241, Math 243 or Math 343, and one from CS 104, CS 106 or CS 108, or permission of instructor. T. Scofield. 8:30 a.m. to noon.
MATH W81 Geometry through Symmetry. In the wake of the revolution in axiomatic geometry, during the 19th century, with the discovery of non-Euclidean models, Felix Klein developed his Erlanger program designed to characterize the various geometries via their internal symmetries through the concept of planar transformations. In this course, the aim will be to understand and characterize the concept of transformation, as well as, analyze its relevance to geometry. In particular, the main concept of isometry will be explored and classified via reflections, rotations and translations by analyzing their effect on geometric figures, such as points, lines, triangles, circles, etc. Similarity transformations will also be investigated. Along the way, certain applications to geometry will be given. This course may fulfill an elective in the Math major. Prerequisite: Math 256, or a 300-level mathematics course that emphasizes proof. Math 301 is helpful but not required. J. Turner. 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
MATH 100 Mathematics in the Contemporary World. An introduction to the nature and variety of mathematics results and methods, mathematics models and their applications, and to the interaction between mathematics and culture. Not open to mathematics and natural science majors. This course fulfills core mathematics requirement. B. Dekker. 8:30 a.m. to noon.
MATH 170 Elementary Functions and Calculus. This course is a continuation of Mathematics 159. Topics include applications of derivatives, integrals, the fundamental theorem of calculus, and applications of integrals. Prerequisite: Mathematics 169. Staff. 8:30 a.m. to noon and 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
MATH 323 Teaching Mathematics in K-8. A discussion of the methods, pedagogy, and strategies for teaching mathematics in the elementary/ middle school. Curricular issues, including discussion of various materials and the use of technology, will be tied to criteria for evaluation of such. Topics of assessment, state and national standards, and lesson development will be examined. The relationship of mathematics teaching and the Christian worldview will be discussed. Field experiences will allow students the opportunity to see the issues raised in the course in the setting of a school. Prerequisites: Mathematics 221, 222, Education 302. J. Koop. 8:30 a.m. to noon and 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. (TTH).