PBIS 187: Problem based Inquiry Seminar
PBIS 187 – Problem-Based Inquiry Seminar (4 sections) Spring 2013
Sections 001 and 003
We will survey some interesting mathematical topics which you probably have not seen in previous courses, including networks (graph theory), secret codes, and counting and probability. Questions might include: given a map of the streets in a town, is it possible to plan a parade route that goes down every street exactly once? What do those bar codes on the backs of products mean? How is information kept safe on the Internet? How likely is it that someone else in this class will have the same birthday as you? Expect a hands-on course, with numerous and occasionally challenging problems to work on both in groups and individually, and some in-class presentations. Only minimal background is needed; the main prerequisites are willingness to participate and willingness to keep trying when you do not immediately solve a problem. The goal is for you to leave the class with stronger problem-solving and quantitative skills and a greater appreciation for mathematics.
Section 002 and 004