University of Notre Dame

Mathematics University Seminar

Course Number: MATH 13187-1
Instructor: Michael Gehktman

The goal of this new course is to give students a panoramic view of mathematics by considering a variety of topics displaying its enormous power and beauty. It aspires to present the first year students with an opportunity to participate in the excitement of discovering ideas of their own by practicing the mathematical way of thinking. This topical course will be rich, in content and context. It will stress the connections between mathematics and modern society by considering a wide variety of problems ranging from environmental and economic issues to social and political situations that can be modeled and solved by mathematical means. Also, by giving appropriate assignments and projects, it will allow students to make contributions in areas of their interest and expertise. “Symmetry and Patterns in Mathematics and Beyond” is the theme of the course this term.